HP EliteBook 840 G2 review

HP EliteBook 840 G2 review

HP EliteBook 840 G2 review

From the powerful to more simple models, but always stylish, contemporary and often exclusive. These are the HP family of notebooks EliteBook. These devices do not need advertising, its functionality speaks for itself.

In review, we look at HP EliteBook 840 G2, which is a logical continuation of the pioneer G1. Just like its predecessor, the notebook belongs to the mid-market, and, in general, these two models are similar in many ways: 14-inch screen, the presence of four ports USB, the same capacity battery. However, there are important differences. For the filling of the first processor includes Haswell and the second – Broadwell. The difference in the drives: SSD and HDD + SSD, respectively, in general, the laptop is unlikely to get predictable.

Design of the HP EliteBook 840 G2

HP EliteBook 840 G2 hardly distinguishable from its predecessor. On the lid is matte shiny logo HP, in simple and strict. The edges of the body are not sharp, but rather, a little flattened.

Workspace notebook HP EliteBook 840 G2 looks similar. However, in contrast to the outer surface used here is not black coloring, and silver. These colors go well together, and the whole design does not look bleak, as light background it is refreshing. Opened notebook allows you to see the keyboard with touchpad, as well as the traditional frame, located on the perimeter of the display. The vents are located on the left side and on the bottom of the notebook. With regard to the materials used here plastic, magnesium, and aluminum.

Housing EliteBook 840 G2 is assembled well enough. It’s hard to bend or to get the slightest creaking panels. Surely laptop firmly transports daily trips. By the way, the size of the housing 339x237x21 mm and weight of 1.55 kg it will not be a hindrance.

Display, sound, webcam of the HP EliteBook 840 G2

The laptop HP EliteBook 840 G2 has a 14-inch screen that has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and anti-glare surface. Display size is quite suitable for many applications, but the resolution can already be considered quite low in the background, or Full HD, for example, WQHD. Although it is not a problem because the manufacturer offers options with 1600×900 or 1920×1080 pixels as well as a touch surface.

HP EliteBook 840 G2 review

Brightness and contrast of the display are too high, they do not exceed 270 cd / m2 and 330: 1 respectively. As a result, the street will have to look closely to the one shown. Color gamut and produces a proper impression. In the space of sRGB, he is only 54%. As for visibility, it is stable only at a right angle, but at a deviation of the display will have to live with faded colors, decrease the brightness level.

The notebook has DTS Studio Sound speakers and two stereo speakers, hidden under the grille above the keyboard. Sounds HP EliteBook 840 G2 is normal, except there is not enough bass. By the way, the output of the sound does not overlap remains clear, but if you want to listen to music, it is better to connect the headphones.

The camera of the HP EliteBook 840 G2 is usually on the frame of the display. It has a small 0.9-megapixel resolution, which is enough for video conferencing.

Keyboard and Touchpad of the HP EliteBook 840 G2

The laptop HP EliteBook 840 G2 is available island keyboard with a thin but durable layer of Mylar film. Thanks, Mylar response when pressing the keys will be quite clear, even if the course is not long and short. In addition, such a membrane will prevent the ingress of moisture to the internal components.

HP EliteBook 840 G2 review

By the way, the keyboard is well marked and fairly quiet. The only function keys that do not differ in any way from the basic color, and the sizes of the two buttons of the switch unit is not enough. Otherwise, everything is convenient, there is no question either to the distance between the keys, not their size that is optimal for typing. By the way, [PgUp], [PgDn], [Home] and [End] are not adjacent to any buttons, they handed a separate group in the rightmost column. Above the keyboard are placed three buttons: two on the right (the activation of wireless modules, mute) and one (including laptop) – on the left.

In the center of the keyboard can be seen Pointstick, usually located between the keys [G], [B], [H]. The joystick has a normal sensitivity, as well as pleasant to the touch surface. Preferring a blind way to print, choose a unique for cursor control pointstick and touchpad are not.

As for the touchpad, then it comfortable to use during positioning, when the scaling, as well as conventional vertical or horizontal scrolling. The touchpad is responsive, delays in the execution of the commands will not. The touch area provided two pairs of keys at the top and bottom. They are designed to work with the touchpad and pointstick.

HP EliteBook 840 G2 review

By the way, the right of the touchpad is a fingerprint scanner. The sensor is an excellent password if you want to restrict the access of unauthorized files on the laptop.

Performance of the HP EliteBook 840 G2

On the laptop HP EliteBook 840 G2 (L2W81AW) is a 64-bit operating system Windows 7 Professional, also provided the licensed software Windows 8 Pro. It is noteworthy that if both versions are installed, then the owner will be able to switch and use one or the other, of course, not both.

Unlike the HP EliteBook 840 G1, which is equipped with a processor of the fourth generation, in the case of our laptop hiding generation Intel Core i5-5300U Broadwell. Dual-core processor built on 14-nanometer process technology and operates at a frequency of 2.3 GHz – 2.9 GHz. In addition, the chip has a cache memory of the third layer 3 MB. It should be noted that Core i5-5300U refers to a family of low-voltage CPU, its power consumption does not exceed 15 watts. As for performance, it is not too high, but it is suitable for many of today’s problems. By the way, this one is not limited to the processor. Instead of picking a low-voltage Core i5 chip, you can choose another, with the younger or the older model: Core i3 or Core i7.

The notebook is provided “straight from the tin” integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 5500. Among the features of the graphics: Support for OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 11.2, ability to decode video N.265, display output simultaneously on three displays. Despite belonging to a new generation of accelerators, the graphics card does not have abilities. In particular, fans play will have to rely mainly on low and medium settings rarely in modern toys. For example, will the F1 or medium Sims 4 with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and a rate of 30 frames per second. Also, get to play on high in FIFA 15 with the same amount of fps.

With regard to the other components of the filling, RAM, and hard disk, there is, as they say, all on the level. In particular, the RAM has a capacity of 4 GB standard DDR3L-1600 MHz. Planck said container stands in one module, the other is left blank, which allows at any time to increase the amount of system memory, up to a maximum of 16 GB.

Hard drive capacity is very common – 500 GB. However, unlike many HDD, its speed is 7200 rpm. For those who will use the notebook to a greater extent for such storage, capacity will be entirely sufficient. Even a small selection of films or albums for photos is always a place. But if you need a fast-loading system or application help SSD-cache, which amounts to 32 GB. Of course, a file storage capacity, this is not given.

Ports and Communications of the HP EliteBook 840 G2

According to the number and arrangement of interfaces models HP EliteBook 840 G1 and G2 are identical. The right side of the notebook holds DisplayPort, next to which is a pair of ports USB 3.0, combo audio jack, and a network RJ-45 interface. Moreover, the right can be seen the socket for charging and docking connector dock. The card reader (SD / SDHC / SDXC) also takes place on the right-hand side but is on the bevel.

HP EliteBook 840 G2 review

Two USB 3.0 ports are provided on the left side. One of them can be used for charging a variety of mobile devices. In addition, here instead of VGA, a slot for a smart card and a Kensington lock. In addition to the interfaces on the left has a vent hole through which warm air is displayed.

In this paper, you can use the wireless communication Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0. In addition, LEDs help (work laptop drive activity Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and battery status).

Battery of the HP EliteBook 840 G2

As in the first version of the HP EliteBook 840 G2 is a lithium polymer battery, which has three sections and a capacity of 50 watts. To charge it using a 45-watt power supply. Autonomy with the battery when viewing the video is 5 hours 30 minutes, whereas while surfing the Web – about 7 hours. But at full load the notebook could not work more than two hours. You can also install an extra battery, which the duration of the battery will increase significantly.

Conclusion of the HP EliteBook 840 G2

Anyone who expected the HP EliteBook 840 G2 raisins is unlikely to remain satisfied in full. In contrast to the first-born, which is equipped with the fourth generation of the chip, there is already the fifth-generation CPU. Perhaps this is the main thing that catches the eye. But much left unchanged: the usual 14-inch display, standard wireless modules and the laconic design and a good set of input devices, including pointstick. As a result, one of the parameters of HP EliteBook 840 G2 better than the previous version, on the other – is in ferior. So the choice is yours as always.

Source: HP

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