The CRN Take a look at Middle provides the show, portability, and keyboard excessive marks on HP Inc.’s 14-inch convertible.
HP Inc.’s EliteBook x360 Sequence is one in every of our favourite enterprise pocket book lineups on the CRN Take a look at Middle, because of its continued excellence round design and value.
Nevertheless, the PC maker continues to seek out areas of main enchancment with every launch of a brand new EliteBook x360. The EliteBook x360 1040—the primary 14-inch EliteBook convertible—isn’t any exception, with some vital enhancements over the comparatively not too long ago launched fashions within the sequence as properly.
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The EliteBook x360 1040 replaces the clamshell EliteBook 1040 mannequin within the premium, aluminum-bodied HP business pocket book lineup.
What are the 5 finest options we discovered on the HP EliteBook x360 1040, which has a beginning worth of $1,499 (or $2,349 as reviewed, with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage).
The 14-inch contact show on our EliteBook x360 1040 tryout mannequin is actually good – as much as 400 nits for FHD decision, vivid footage, loads of brightness. However the huge show achievement, in our view, is on the show bezel (the border across the display screen). For the x360 1040, the bezels are a lot smaller on the left and proper sides than for the earlier EliteBook x360 mannequin; HP says these bezels are literally a full 41 % smaller this time round.
What we admire much more, nevertheless, is the small “chin” bezel on the backside of the show. One design selection that hasn’t resonated with us on different notebooks is the choice to shorten the bezels on the highest, left, and proper sides, however then stick with a bigger chin on the underside. There aren’t any such oddities within the EliteBook x360 1040, with the highest and backside bezels now comparable in measurement.
The opposite huge benefit of the smaller bezel is that it permits the general measurement of the pocket book to be diminished. The EliteBook x360 1040 really boasts a 2 % smaller footprint than the 13.3-inch G2 mannequin within the EliteBook x360 sequence—so that you get 5 % extra show area in a smaller pocket book total.
HP has additionally saved the EliteBook x360 1040 lighter at 2.99 kilos, becoming a 14-inch display screen on a 13.3-inch chassis. We have discovered it the proper software to tackle the highway in latest months. The x360 1040 can be fairly slim, measuring 0.66 inches thick.
In brief, the EliteBook x360 1040’s keyboard is wonderful. The keys are sturdy however comfy, they usually’re additionally very quiet. You may fly by means of your typing on this keyboard. Principally, we wish this to be the keyboard on each pocket book we take a look at. (Apple, take word.)
For our tryout mannequin (operating a quad-core Intel chip, the Core i7-8650U) — and that includes an FHD contact display screen as a substitute of the 4K configuration accessible — battery life was stable. We achieved a hefty eight hours of use for the EliteBook x360 1040, which included a lot of multi-tasking in all apps and utilizing the battery-draining Chrome browser with display screen brightness set to 75 %. That result’s nearly nearly as good on a smaller mannequin within the lineup — the 13.3-inch EliteBook x360 G3 — which delivered 8.5 hours of battery life in our testing a number of months in the past.
Connectivity and Safety
Whereas they have been much less related to our testing, the connectivity and safety configuration choices on the EliteBook x360 1040 are value highlighting for enterprise customers.
On safety, HP provides its second-generation built-in privateness display screen, the Positive View, as an alternative choice to the x360 1040. Different key security measures embody Positive Get well, which permits a picture to be restored even with out Web connectivity by accessing a securely saved picture. , Positive Click on, which ensures that malware does not go away the browser tab to succeed in the PC; and the fourth technology of HP’s self-healing BIOS know-how, Positive Begin.
The EliteBook x360 1040 can be accessible with optionally available 4G LTE connectivity, in order that the pocket book can work as an always-connected gadget for customers. With hardly ever shedding internet connectivity, LTE brings safety advantages by not connecting to probably unreliable WiFi hotspots. HP additionally specifies that the pocket book provides “gigabit” pace LTE, suggesting it should provide sooner LTE than another units in the marketplace.
Connectivity-wise, it also needs to be talked about that HP continues to prioritize port choices with the x360 1040, which needs to be a aid for a lot of company customers. The pocket book contains two USB-C, HDMI and Nano-SIM, together with two USB-A connectors.