HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8 evaluate: Superlight and superexpensive

MSRP $2,679.00

“The HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8 is a superlight enterprise laptop computer with a excessive worth.”

Execs

Stable construct high quality, but light-weight

Brilliant, color-accurate show

Good productiveness efficiency

Superior battery life

Class-leading suite of enterprise instruments

Cons

Very costly

16:9 show is old style

How vital is a half-pound in designing a laptop computer? Nicely, for HP, it’s sufficient to justify a brand new model often known as “Aero” in its line of laptops.

There’s the budget-oriented Pavilion Aero 13, which packs a bunch of energy right into a 2.18-pound chassis. A lighter laptop computer could possibly be much more handy for enterprise individuals, and that’s why HP has an Aero for you, too. The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 hits that objective of being a half-pound lighter than its non-Aero model.

I reviewed the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 with a Core i7-1185G7 and a 14-inch 1080p show. Sadly, it comes within the old-school 16:9 facet ratio and instructions an especially excessive worth of $2,679. Nevertheless it’s mild and highly effective, and is loaded with enterprise options that your IT workers will recognize.

Design

Should you examine the Aero model of the EliteBook 840 G8 with its non-Aero sibling, you’ll discover a laptop computer that’s nearly similar in measurement, inside just a few fractions of an inch in width and depth, and precisely as thick at zero.70 inches. However HP crafted the EliteBook Aero 840 G8 out of magnesium moderately than aluminum and managed to shave off nearly half a pound, bringing it from 2.92 kilos to 2.5 kilos. That’s mild for a 14-inch business-class laptop computer and noticeably simpler to hold round.

Whereas there are 14-inch shopper laptops in the identical weight vary, just like the Acer Swift 5 that weighs 2.31 kilos and is zero.59 inches thick, there aren’t many enterprise machines that may match it. The Dell Latitude 7420, for instance, is 2.7 kilos with carbon fiber in its development and a pair of.89 kilos with an all-aluminum chassis whereas being zero.68 inches thick.

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One laptop computer that matches the EliteBook is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 at 2.49 kilos and a thinner zero.59 inches, which additionally makes use of magnesium in its chassis and is extra versatile. In the end, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 achieves its objective of being extraordinarily mild even because it’s not the thinnest laptop computer round.

The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 additionally manages to keep away from a typical pitfall of magnesium chassis, which is that they are usually much less inflexible than aluminum. The EliteBook is stable throughout, with a lid that solely bends if you happen to apply inappropriate strain, a keyboard deck that reveals zero flex, and a chassis backside that has no give. Enterprise laptops are usually extra solidly constructed than some shopper laptops, such because the MSI Status 14 Evo, which is aluminum however nonetheless has a barely bendable lid, so this isn’t something new. However being so mild and so stable is a superb mixture and never one that you just discover all that usually. The laptop computer’s hinge is a bit tight and it requires two palms to open the lid, however it’s tapered all the best way round to make it straightforward to open and it reclines to 170 levels for collaborative viewing.

Aesthetically, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 matches HP’s common EliteBook feel and look. It’s all silver with little in the best way of adornments. There’s a chrome HP brand on the lid and a refined EliteBook brand on the keyboard deck, and the speaker grilles on either side of the keyboard have a laser-cut sample, however in any other case, we’re speaking a minimalist design. The Dell Latitude 7420 is comparable in its simplicity, which can also be true of different enterprise laptops.

Enterprise laptops want to attach, and the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 delivers.

Producers are inclined to go conservative of their designs for this class of pocket book — you don’t desire a laptop computer that grabs consideration in a convention room. Nonetheless, that doesn’t make the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 a bad-looking laptop computer in any respect. It’s fairly engaging and has simply sufficient angles, plus rounded rear and lid edges, to provide it fairly a contemporary look. I’ll observe that the big high and backside show bezels detract from that notion a bit — the EliteBook has an 85% screen-to-body ratio, which is low for a contemporary laptop computer.

Enterprise laptops want to attach, and the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 delivers. On the left-hand aspect, you’ll discover a nano safety lock, two USB-A three.1 Gen 1 ports, a three.5mm audio jack, and an elective sensible card reader. On the right-hand aspect are a proprietary energy connection (my evaluate unit got here with a USB-C charger), a full-size HDMI 2.zero port, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt four, and a nano-SIM slot for 4G LTE or 5G assist. In addition to WWAN assist, there’s WI-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 on board.

Safety and privateness

You’re not going to spend a lot cash on the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 only for its conservative, light-weight chassis and comparatively normal elements. Somewhat, you — or extra doubtless your corporation — goes to make the funding to achieve entry to the wide selection of safety and manageability instruments constructed into HP’s enterprise machines.

It’s this degree of safety and manageability that helps to justify the laptop computer’s very excessive worth.

The EliteBook makes use of HP’s Wolf Safety for Enterprise, which gives many options that make the laptop computer meet essentially the most demanding group’s safety wants. The listing is exhaustive, beginning with HP’s Administration Integration Equipment (MIK) that makes it simpler to combine the laptop computer into Microsoft’s System Heart Configuration Supervisor for enhanced manageability. The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 gives Intel vPro as an possibility, additional increasing how nicely it may be built-in into enterprise IT programs.

HP’s Endpoint Safety Controller (ESC) runs on the laptop computer’s lowest degree, offering hardware-enforced know-how that gives a Root of Belief by way of HP Positive Begin that’s bodily remoted and protects the laptop computer’s vital firmware. The safety works throughout runtime as nicely, continually monitoring the safety system, and makes use of Wolf Safety cryptographic hardware features. HP Positive Get better minimizes downtime by offering embedded restoration instruments, network-based restoration, and the flexibility to assist company photos. HP Tamperlock protects towards bodily case intrusions and DMA, flash alternative, aspect channel, and TPM probing assaults.

We’ll cease there, however suffice it to say that the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 is very safe and simple to handle, offering customers and enterprises with a ton of confidence that their machines and information will stay safe. It’s this degree of safety and manageability that helps to justify the laptop computer’s very excessive worth.

Efficiency

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My evaluate unit was outfitted with the 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 with vPro. This top-of-the-line U-series GPU in Intel’s lineup is geared toward skinny and light-weight laptops, and it gives a theoretical efficiency elevate over the extra common Core i7-1165G7.

In our benchmarks, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 was aggressive with many of the equally outfitted laptops in our comparability group. It was third-highest in Geekbench 5, with the HP Elite Dragonfly Max coming in first place on this check. In our Handbrake check that converts a 420MB video to H.265, the EliteBook scored nicely for the CPU, coming in fourth, with solely the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo being considerably quicker than the Intel pack.

I included the Asus ZenBook 13 OLED to provide a style of AMD Ryzen 5000-series efficiency, and as you’ll be able to see, it’s considerably quicker at CPU-intensive duties. The EliteBook additionally fell in the midst of the pack within the Cinebench R23 benchmark, one other check that taxes the CPU. In PCMark 10, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 stored up its middling efficiency, and that prolonged throughout each the Full rating listed within the desk and the Necessities, Productiveness, and Content material Creation parts of the benchmark.

General, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 is a stable productiveness performer that doesn’t lead the pack however manages to maintain up. You’ll discover it helpful for maintaining together with your demanding productiveness workflow, however you received’t need to use it for artistic functions. Nonetheless, that’s no knock towards the EliteBook, because it applies to all present Intel U-series laptops. You’ll have to look to AMD for higher artistic efficiency.

Geekbench 5 (single/multi)
Handbrake (seconds)
Cinebench R23 (single/multi)
PCMark 10
3DMark Time Spy
HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8 (Core i7-1185G7)
1569/5279
204
1474/4496
4868
1663
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 (Core i7-1165G7)
1327/5201
170
1469/4945
5147
1776
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo (Core i7-1185G7)
1352/4891
203
1360/4392
4872
1751
HP Elite Dragonfly Max
(Core i7-1185G7)
1570/5297
252
1385/3604
4724
1468
Dell XPS 13 (Core i7-1165G7)
1540 / 5432
201
1399/4585
3859
1589
HP Spectre x360 14 (Core i7-1165G7)
1214 / 4117
236
1389 / 3941
4728
1457
Asus ZenBook 13 OLED 
(AMD Ryzen 7 5800U)
1423 / 6758
124
1171 / 7824
6034
1342

The EliteBook 840 Aero G8’s gaming efficiency was consistent with different laptops outfitted with Intel’s built-in Iris Xe graphics. That’s, it wasn’t nice. You’ll get round 29 frames per second (fps) in Fortnite at 1080p Excessive graphics and 22 fps at Epic graphics.

That’s adequate for older titles, or newer titles with decision and graphics turned manner down. However this can be a enterprise laptop computer and makes no pretense of being a gaming machine.

Show

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I’m not a fan of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) shows, even on 14-inch shows. I like larger resolutions. That stated, I preferred the low-power show on the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 greater than standard — exterior of its old-school 16:9 facet ratio. The show was shiny, colours had been dynamic with out being overblown, and black textual content popped on a white background. Subjectively, it’s one of many higher 1080p shows I’ve used on a laptop computer that’s not particularly supposed for creators.

My colorimeter backed me up. First, the show was certainly shiny at 479 nits, manner above our 300-nit threshold and nicely above the premium common. This can be a show you’ll be able to most likely use in daylight. The distinction was additionally wonderful for an IPS show at 1,740:1, once more nicely above our most well-liked threshold, on this case 1000:1. It’s higher than the show on many different enterprise laptops, together with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 that put out simply 306 nits and had a a lot decrease distinction ratio of 970:1.

Colours had been additionally good for a non-creators show, coming in at 77% of AdobeRGB and 99% of sRGB. That’s just a few proportion factors above the premium show common and once more beats out the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9’s 76% and 96%. The EliteBook 840 Aero G8’s show was additionally correct, at a Delta-E of 1.11 (1.zero or much less is superb), in comparison with the ThinkPad at zero.99.

All in all, I discovered the show a pleasure to make use of for productiveness work and bingeing Netflix. Once more, I’d have most well-liked a higher-resolution show, however many individuals will discover a Full HD show to supply a pointy sufficient picture on a 14-inch show. Nonetheless, I do want the show had been touch-enabled, and that’s an possibility for many who really feel the identical manner.

The audio is supplied by two upward-firing audio system on either side of the keyboard. HP touts the amount and bass supplied by the audio system, and I discovered the claims to be true. There was loads of sound when turned up all the best way and no distortion. Mids and highs had been good and clear, and, sure, there was a contact of bass. The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 can’t stay as much as Dell XPS 15 or MacBook’s audio requirements, however it’s adequate for watching Netflix and listening to the occasional tune.

Keyboard and touchpad

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HP’s EliteBooks all have nice keyboards. The one on the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 was redesigned to be even higher, particularly to offer a constant really feel throughout the entire keys. The redesign contains including in a programmable hot-key, and shifting the facility button to the keyboard and requiring a bit further strain and an extended maintain to activate it. The keyboard’s mechanism is deep, with a quick bottoming motion, and it’s very quiet. I’d charge it up there with the HP Spectre keyboards, which have lengthy been my favourite Home windows 10 keyboards, and higher than the keyboards on Dell’s XPS line. Solely the MacBook’s Magic Keyboard is healthier.

The touchpad is reasonably sized, with a clean glass floor and Microsoft Precision Touchpad assist. I discovered it serviceable, with dependable efficiency when utilizing Home windows 10’s suite of multitouch gestures. It’s smaller than it could possibly be, although, to accommodate buttons for the Lenovo TrackPoint-like cursor nubbin in the midst of the keyboard. That works nicely if you happen to’re into that type of management, and it gives a textured floor to assist keep management.

Home windows 10 Hey assist is supplied by each a fingerprint reader within the upper-right nook of the palm relaxation and an infrared digital camera for facial recognition. Each labored shortly and with out fuss, making it straightforward to log into the EliteBook 840 Aero G8.

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Battery life

The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 packs in 53 watt-hours of battery, which is common for a 14-inch laptop computer. With a 1080p show, I’d count on good however not nice battery life, most likely sufficient to make it via a workday however not sufficient to maintain working via the night.

Because it seems, battery life was a bit higher than I anticipated. I noticed roughly 11 hours on our web-browsing check, which is a powerful outcome. The MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo with the identical CPU, a Full HD+ (1,920 x 1,200) show, and a 70 watt-hour battery got here in at only a minute longer. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9, a extra direct competitor, lasted for about one other hour. In our video-looping check that performs a neighborhood 1080p film trailer, the EliteBook made it to 14 hours and 15 minutes, once more a very good time. Something over 12 hours is true consistent with what we count on from a premium laptop computer. I’ll observe that the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 lasted for a spectacular 21 hours, so the EliteBook doesn’t fairly dominate the enterprise class.

Within the PCMark 10 Purposes battery check, which is the perfect indication of productiveness battery life, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 achieved a powerful 13.75 hours, putting it within the higher finish of our database. The ThinkPad once more dominated, although, at 17.25 hours. I additionally ran the PCMark 10 Gaming battery check, the place the EliteBook hit simply over 5 hours — the longest we’ve seen. This check, although, appears to point out how exhausting a laptop computer works whereas on battery moderately than absolutely the battery life, so you’ll be able to count on diminished efficiency when unplugged.

General, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 was a sturdy performer when it comes to its battery life. It exceeded my expectations, and it’ll hold you working nicely into the night when you have the necessity. You may not get the quickest efficiency whereas on battery life, however it’ll hold you going if you’re away from a charger.

Our take

HP took the EliteBook 840 G8 and made it lighter with the Aero model, giving enterprise customers a stable various that leverages HP’s sturdy suite of business-oriented safety and manageability instruments. The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 is well-built but very mild, performs nicely, and gives nice battery life.

It’s costly, although. You’re undoubtedly paying for the enterprise options, and most definitely, it received’t be the person footing the invoice. However organizations on the lookout for an ideal enterprise laptop computer ought to hold the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 on their shortlist.

Are there any alternate options?

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is a powerful competitor when it comes to its efficiency and battery life, and it’s additionally inexpensive when configured the identical ($2,260 on sale), however it solely has a one-year guarantee, Lenovo additionally packs in a number of enterprise options, however they’re not fairly as intensive as HP’s choice.

Dell gives the Latitude 7420, one other stable various that’s additionally inexpensive at $2,020 (with a three-year guarantee). Dell has its personal suite of enterprise instruments, and the Latitude will even serve organizations nicely in the event that they want safety measures which can be straightforward to handle.

Should you don’t want a business-class laptop computer, then there are a number of shopper alternate options. However in that case, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 shouldn’t even be into consideration.

How lengthy will it final?

The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 is well-built and may give confidence that it will possibly final for years of typical enterprise use. The elements are updated, which means it’ll sustain with Home windows necessities for years as nicely. You’ll recognize the three-year guarantee, which ought to be anticipated for business-class machines however isn’t all the time supplied with out an additional price.

Must you purchase it?

Sure. It’s costly however value it if you happen to want a laptop computer that your corporation can belief.

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