From rushed breakfasts to working lunches, conference calls with global teams to meetings that involve intensive travel, modern professionals live a high-energy life. The HP EliteBook 830 G5 laptop with HP Sure View intends to facilitate the contemporary professional both inside the office and out. This 13.3” offering from the HP family is priced at $1,599.00. Let’s find out whether it’s bang for your buck.
What You See…
The HP EliteBook 830 G5 is 12.22 x 9.03 x 0.7 inches of love at first sight. It is incredibly slim, weighs a comfortable 3.32 lb, and has a narrow border appearance that gives it a super stylish personality. The full-HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display is bright — visibly brighter than many of its contemporaries — and an ambient light sensor is built in. This is a big plus not only aesthetically but also in terms of lending all-weather, all-location usability. Moreover, the display is backlit and comes with anti-glare, which goes a long way in easing your strained eyes during stressful hours of work.
Graphics-wise, this laptop delivers well. It integrates Intel UHD Graphics 620, and has a 1920 x 1080 resolution in which to render this. The color support is up-to-date: 72% sRGB.
A hallmark feature of the HP Elitebook is its Sure View support: you get a dedicated privacy screen that is integrated into your laptop (300 cd/m²). This means you can work from anywhere without the nagging fear of an onlooker prying into confidential work information. In these unsettling times where peeping Toms abound, this simple feature is stellar in bringing you mental peace.
…Is What You Get
Underneath all that impressive display, does this laptop succeed in fulfilling your computing needs through high performance? Fortunately, yes.
The HP EliteBook 830 G5 draws its processing power from an eighth generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor (four cores) with a base frequency of 1.8 GHz and an 8 MB cache. It has a memory of 8 GB (DDR4-2400 SDRAM) and 256 GB SSD storage (with two SODIMM memory slots to expand the space available). While these numbers are fairly impressive and adequate for your professional computing tasks, you can also use the Intel Turbo Boost technology to raise the stakes of processing: up to 4 GHz. The EliteBook runs Windows 10 Pro 64, a work-friendly operating system.
Also notable is this machine’s ENERGY STAR certification which guarantees energy efficiency. The battery backup is competent, thanks to the 50 Wh Lithium-ion battery (3-cell) that is HP Long Life-enabled. Both the laptop and the battery are covered under a three-year warranty.
Accessibility, Connectivity & Portability
Staying connected to the world (your pesky colleagues included) and being able to access your laptop under any circumstances is core to a professional’s day. With the HP EliteBook, you get an exciting array of features and provisions that make this a breeze.
The keyboard (with drain) is compliant with HP Premium Collaboration and also spill resistant, so no more coffee-mug woes when you’re working from inside a packed train. Interestingly, the clickpad also supports multi-touch gesture, which gives you easy accessibility for different purposes, say creating a deck versus presenting it to an audience.
Especially unique is the docking solution that this laptop offers: you can use a USB-C cable to transition to desktop-class productivity; yes, that’s all it takes! If you seek to manage enterprise solutions for your business, you can avail of the HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 (optional). The EliteBook also supports side docking. Simply put, this translates into excellent portability for all your professional endeavors.
How is the EliteBook’s device and connectivity support? The laptop is equipped with one Thunderbolt port (that you can avail of with a Type-C USB connector). There are also two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one HDMI, an RJ-45, and a smart card reader. Combined with wireless-AC (8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, a Near Field Communication module and Wi-Fi, you can experience a seamless working environment, whether you’re in your designated cubicle or have taken your work to the grand outdoors.
The Collaborative Professional
Well, in these hyper-connected times, that’s most of us. In line with this, you will find a hefty investment in partnership in the EliteBook 830; it offers multiple tools to stay connected and work productively with your team.
An intuitive feature is the HP Noise Cancellation — it eliminates extraneous noise to give you crisp voice calls when you have to participate in discussions minus the luxury of conference-room quietude. Even otherwise, the two stereo speakers are rich and loud, the Webcam is High-Definition (and supports InfraRed), and the microphone (3 multi-array) is top-notch. There’s something to be said, after all, for the excellence that comes with a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The laptop also scores on the manageability front, offering handy utilities like the HP BIOS Config Utility and the HP System Software Manager to assist you with everything you need for your fleet. You also get in-built software like Native Miracast support and an HP ePrint Driver to help you be an individual as well as team-player, rising to the need of the hour.
The Collaboration vs. Security Tradeoff
Probably one of the commonest tradeoffs today, this involves compromise on security at the cost of sharing-is-caring. The HP EliteBook 830 labors to free you of this anxiety-ridden tradeoff and how.
In what is perhaps the most winning feature of this laptop, you get hardware-enforced security solutions for your data. The HP Sure StartGen is effective in insulating your laptop from threats/malware while the HP Sure Click is terrific for browser-based security. It is strengths like these that give you comforting assurance even when you’re working in highly collaborative, high-on-data-sharing environments.
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Verdict – HP EliteBook 830 G5
While many aspire to partner with the thriving professional of today, dreaming of growing together, it is a challenging aspiration. The HP EliteBook 830 G5 draws from its prestigious family name and displays an inherent understanding of the demands of this populace.