HP EliteBook 1040 G3 Review. Classy ultraportable with average battery life

HP has earned a good reputation for producing sturdy, functional small-format notebooks. Although it's neither as thin nor as light as the EliteBook Folio G1 (HP's thinnest and lightest ever), the fanless, passively cooled HP EliteBook 840 G3 have some compelling vital statistics. 

It packs a 13.3-inch screen into a chassis with a footprint of just 31cm by 21cm, measuring 1.57cm thick. The laptop's 1.16kg weight is impressive too, although I can only imagine how HP must have wished it could have shaved off another 160g somewhere along the line.

HP EliteBook 840 G3 - Case

I saw no flaws here, which is true for many parts of the chassis. The 14-inch notebook is surprisingly light, but 1.58 kilograms (~3.5 lb) is still easily beaten by the EliteBook Folio 1040 G3 (1.4 kg/~3.1 lb). The real rivals ThinkPad T450s (1.8 kg/~4 lb) and Dell Latitude 14 E7470 (1.7 kg/~3.7 lb) on the other hand are much heavier. One of the main reasons is the lower battery capacity of the 840 G3 (46 Wh); Latitude and T450s come with 55 and 96 Wh modules, respectively, so the weight difference would be very small with similar batteries.

The base is made of plastics, only the silver top of the base unit has a painted aluminum finish. The former is solid and torsion-resistant, while the latter provides a cool tactile feel for the hands. All the keys are well-integrated, which ensure a firm and hard key stroke.

The lid is very thin, somewhat flexible and the hinges are smooth. Pressure on the frame will result in pressure points on the screen. This can be particularly noticeable when handling the notebook at the upper frame, where TFT is probably connected too tightly to the frame. Pressure on the back of the lid does not create ripples on the screen. You can easily open the lid with one hand, but it is still well-adjusted so there is no bouncing. However, the lid will open to its maximum angle of around 145 degrees when you carry it around.

HP EliteBook 840 G3 - Connectivity

HP has implemented a modern USB Type-C port 3.1, but only Gen. 1, which is a typical USB 3.0 in terms of performance with another connector. DisplayPort or Thunderbolt are not supported by the port and you cannot use it to charge the device via USB Type-C. 

But there is no reason to moan, because you also get a full-size DisplayPort. This is rare since most notebooks – if at all –come with only a Mini-DisplayPort. The UltraSlim docking station, where you can put the 840 G3 on, comes with all the necessary ports including VGA d-Sub, DisplayPort or 4x USB 3.0. The dock retails for 140 to 150 Euros (~$159 to ~$170).

We use our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference SD card to check the performance of the card reader. The maximum transfer rate is up to 83.6 MB/s when you copy large files, while typical jpg-pictures (~5 MB each) are transferred at 61 MB/s. These are average results that we can see from many card readers.

HP EliteBook 840 G3 - Communication

Thanks to Ethernet (1 Gbps) and Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8260 as well as Bluetooth 4.1, you should not have any problems to establish wired or wireless connections. The Wi-Fi module supports Wireless Display, but the antennas do not seem to be as good as the recently reviewed Latitude E7470. The connection dropped at around 35 meters (~115 ft; outside the building) to the router (Fritz!Box 7490 AC). The E7470 still had a connection at 50 to 60 meters (~164 to 197 ft) in the same environment. An LTE modem is an optional extra, and the antennas are already integrated. The hs3110 HSPA+ broadband module costs around 103 Euros (~$117) from HP.

HP EliteBook 840 G3 - Webcam

The webcam produces mediocre results with low sharpness and washed-out colors. This is sufficient for Skype or similar applications, but you should take your smartphone for pictures.

EliteBook 840 G3 - Security

Kensington Lock and fingerprint are the obvious security features of the EliteBook 840 G3. There are even more when we look at the BIOS; the software as well as the sensors. An accelerometer is supposed to park the read/write heads of the HDD when the device is dropped. However, this would only be useful if the test device had such an HDD. 

As per usual for EliteBooks, the BIOS (controlled with the mouse) has numerous possibilities to activate/deactivate ports and hardware as well as the configuration of individual components, such as the Turbo Boost settings of the processor, for instance. The item Security includes the setup of a DriveLock for the storage drive or performs a Secure Erase. TPM 1.2 can be activated just like a Power-On password.

EliteBook 840 G3 - Accessories

Except for the 45-watt power adaptor, the EliteBook does not come with any accessories, but the manufacturer offers various additional items. HP DisplayPort-to-VDI-Adapter HP SATA-HDD, 500 GB, 7200 rpm HP SED Opal 2 Solid-State Disk 256 GB HP Display and Notebook II Stand

HP EliteBook 840 G3 - Display

The 14-inch device (16:9) has 1920x1080 pixels (Full HD). The Chi Mei CMN14C0 panel has an anti-reflective surface and a high luminance, which is not reduced on battery power. Other display options are HD (1366x768 TN matte) and WQHD (2560x1440 IPS matte). HP uses PWM to reduce the luminance when the brightness is reduced to below 90%. Unfortunately, the frequency is low at 204 Hz, which some users will notice as flickering.

The black value of 0.65 is bad, because it is far too high, so the resulting contrast ratio is quite low at 563:1. Subjectively, you can notice pale colors and a gray hue on black surfaces. The competition performs better; all the comparison devices are equipped with IPS panels and mange contrast values of above 800:1.

EliteBooks 840 G3 - Performance

EliteBooks from the 840 G3 series start at 1260 Euros (~$1432). Entry-level configurations are equipped with a conventional hard drive, Core i5-6200U as well as 4 GB of RAM. You get a free M.2-slot, a second memory slot and a slot for the LTE modem, so upgrades are no problem. The current top model is equipped with a Core i7-6500U, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB of RAM and a matte high-resolution panel with 2560x1440 pixels. 

Techgetto review unit has only the FHD screen and no LTE modem (but is WWAN-ready). The 6500U is currently the second-fastest 15-watt mobile processor, so users are well-equipped for demanding standard applications. The performance is not on a workstation level, which would require a 45-watt Skylake or Broadwell processor. Those are available in HP's workstations such as the HP ZBook 15 G2, which is currently ranked third in our Workstation Top 10.

Looking at the performance of the 6500U, it will be interesting to see if the SoC can utilize the performance. The Turbo Boost is often limited, depending on the cooling solution or cautious temperature limits, so the performance of the 6500U can vary depending on the device. Such a thermal throttling can drop the clock below the nominal value in the worst case, which would be a significant performance limitation compared to the specifications.

However, this is not the case for our HP 840 G3, so there should not be any issues here. Cinebench Multi is executed with 3.0 GHz and determines 322 points, which is almost on par with the high-end Core i7 inside the Latitude 14 or the T460s, respectively. This clock can be maintained for quite a while; our Cinebench Multi loop ran for 30 minutes and the processor was still running at 3.0 GHz with the activated fans.

The single-core performance, which is important in practice, is about 19% behind the 6600U, which seems to be acceptable. The iGPU runs with clocks between 998 and 1047 MHz, which is also the case when we stress the CPU simultaneously. No criticism here.

HP EliteBook 840 G3 - Temperature

The higher noise under normal load (3DMark or Prime95) has the following reason: The SoC drops to 2.4 GHz within seconds in the stress test, which is 100 MHz below the nominal clock. Many laptops in the 15-watt class show a similar behavior, simultaneous maximum load for the graphics card (IGP) and the processor creates too much heat, so the system will throttle. 

We do not think this is a problem unless the load will also drop when we only stress one of the components, but this is not the case here. As soon as we turn off the FurMark part of the stress test, the CPU clock will return to the Turbo range of 3.0 GHz. The integrated GPU runs at 998 to 1047 MHz when we stress the CPU at the same time, so there is no criticism here.



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Techgetto: HP EliteBook 1040 G3 Review. Classy ultraportable with average battery life
HP EliteBook 1040 G3 Review. Classy ultraportable with average battery life
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