HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8 Review: Superlight, Superexpensive

HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8 review: Superlight and superexpensive

MSRP $2,679.00

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

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-fashioned

How necessary is a half-pound in designing a laptop? Nicely, for HP, it’s sufficient to justify a brand new model often called “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 could possibly be much more handy for enterprise folks, and that’s why HP has an Aero for you, too. The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 hits that purpose 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 side ratio and instructions an especially excessive value of $2,679. But it surely’s gentle and highly effective, and is loaded with enterprise options that your IT workers will admire.

Design

For those who examine the Aero model of the EliteBook 840 G8 with its non-Aero sibling, you’ll discover a laptop that’s virtually equivalent in measurement, inside a couple of fractions of an inch in width and depth, and precisely as thick at 0.70 inches. However HP crafted the EliteBook Aero 840 G8 out of magnesium moderately than aluminum and managed to shave off virtually half a pound, bringing it from 2.92 kilos to 2.5 kilos. That’s gentle for a 14-inch business-class laptop 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 0.59 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 building and a pair of.89 kilos with an all-aluminum chassis whereas being 0.68 inches thick.

HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8 sitting on desk. Backside view of top/lid.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

One laptop that matches the EliteBook is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 at 2.49 kilos and a thinner 0.59 inches, which additionally makes use of magnesium in its chassis and is extra versatile. Finally, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 achieves its purpose of being extraordinarily gentle even because it’s not the thinnest laptop round.

The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 additionally manages to keep away from a typical pitfall of magnesium chassis, which is that they are typically much less inflexible than aluminum. The EliteBook is strong 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 typically 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 gentle and so strong is a good mixture and never one that you just discover all that usually. The laptop’s hinge is a bit tight and it requires two arms to open the lid, nevertheless 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 suits HP’s common EliteBook appear and feel. 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 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 need a laptop that grabs consideration in a convention room. Nonetheless, that doesn’t make the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 a bad-looking laptop in any respect. It’s fairly enticing and has simply sufficient angles, plus rounded rear and lid edges, to present it fairly a contemporary look. I’ll word 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.

Right side view of the HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8. Plugins & ports.
Left side view of the HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8. Plugins,ports, and hinges..

Enterprise laptops want to attach, and the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 delivers. On the left-hand facet, you’ll discover a nano safety lock, two USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an non-obligatory sensible card reader. On the right-hand facet are a proprietary energy connection (my review unit got here with a USB-C charger), a full-size HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4, and a nano-SIM slot for 4G LTE or 5G assist. Apart from 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 parts. Somewhat, you — or extra seemingly what you are promoting — goes to make the funding to achieve entry to the big selection of safety and manageability instruments constructed into HP’s enterprise machines.

It’s this stage of safety and manageability that helps to justify the laptop’s very excessive value.

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

HP’s Endpoint Safety Controller (ESC) runs on the laptop’s lowest stage, offering hardware-enforced technology that gives a {Hardware} Root of Belief by way of HP Certain Begin that’s bodily remoted and protects the laptop’s important firmware. The safety works throughout runtime as effectively, continuously monitoring the safety system, and makes use of Wolf Safety cryptographic {hardware} features. HP Certain Get well minimizes downtime by offering embedded restoration instruments, network-based restoration, and the flexibility to assist company photographs. HP Tamperlock protects in opposition to bodily case intrusions and DMA, flash alternative, facet channel, and TPM probing assaults.

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

Efficiency

HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8 sitting on desk.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

My review unit was geared up with the Eleventh-gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 with vPro. This top-of-the-line U-series GPU in Intel’s lineup is aimed toward skinny and lightweight laptops, and it gives a theoretical efficiency carry over the extra common Core i7-1165G7.

In our benchmarks, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 was aggressive with a lot of the equally geared up 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 effectively for the CPU, coming in fourth, with solely the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo being considerably sooner than the Intel pack.

I included the Asus ZenBook 13 OLED to present a style of AMD Ryzen 5000-series efficiency, and as you’ll be able to see, it’s considerably sooner 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 strong productiveness performer that doesn’t lead the pack however manages to maintain up. You’ll discover it helpful for maintaining along with your demanding productiveness workflow, however you received’t need to use it for inventive functions. Nonetheless, that’s no knock in opposition to the EliteBook, because it applies to all present Intel U-series laptops. You’ll have to look to AMD for higher inventive 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 in keeping with different laptops geared up 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 approach down. However this can be a enterprise laptop and makes no pretense of being a gaming machine.

Show

Closeup on the HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8 screen.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

I’m not a fan of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) shows, even on 14-inch shows. I like larger resolutions. That mentioned, I preferred the low-power show on the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 greater than standard — outdoors of its old-school 16:9 side ratio. The show was vibrant, colours have 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 that’s not particularly meant for creators.

My colorimeter backed me up. First, the show was certainly vibrant at 479 nits, approach above our 300-nit threshold and effectively above the premium common. It is a show you’ll be able to in all probability use in daylight. The distinction was additionally glorious for an IPS show at 1,740:1, once more effectively above our most popular 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 have been additionally good for a non-creators show, coming in at 77% of AdobeRGB and 99% of sRGB. That’s a couple of share 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 (1.0 or much less is superb), in comparison with the ThinkPad at 0.99.

All in all, I discovered the show a pleasure to make use of for productiveness work and bingeing Netflix. Once more, I might have most popular 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 choice for individuals who really feel the identical approach.

The audio is offered by two upward-firing audio system on either side of the keyboard. HP touts the amount and bass offered 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 have been good and clear, and, sure, there was a contact of bass. The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 can’t dwell as much as Dell XPS 15 or MacBook’s audio requirements, nevertheless it’s adequate for watching Netflix and listening to the occasional tune.

Keyboard and touchpad

Closeup on the HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8 keyboard.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

HP’s EliteBooks all have nice keyboards. The one on the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 was redesigned to be even higher, particularly to supply a constant really feel throughout the entire keys. The redesign consists of including in a programmable hot-key, and transferring the ability button to the keyboard and requiring a bit additional 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 price 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 best.

The touchpad is reasonably sized, with a easy 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 effectively if you happen to’re into that sort of management, and it gives a textured floor to assist keep management.

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

Closeup on the HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8 webcam.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

Battery life

The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 packs in 53 watt-hours of battery, which is common for a 14-inch laptop. With a 1080p show, I might anticipate good however not nice battery life, in all probability sufficient to make it by a workday however not sufficient to maintain working by 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 robust 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 an area 1080p film trailer, the EliteBook made it to 14 hours and quarter-hour, once more time. Something over 12 hours is correct in keeping with what we anticipate from a premium laptop. I’ll word 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 robust 13.75 hours, inserting 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 indicate how onerous a laptop works whereas on battery moderately than absolutely the battery life, so you’ll be able to anticipate decreased efficiency when unplugged.

General, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 was a sturdy performer by way of its battery life. It exceeded my expectations, and it’ll maintain you working effectively into the night in case you have the necessity. You won’t get the quickest efficiency whereas on battery life, however it’ll maintain you going once 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 strong various that leverages HP’s sturdy suite of business-oriented safety and manageability instruments. The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 is well-built but very gentle, performs effectively, 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 consumer footing the invoice. However organizations searching for an important enterprise laptop ought to maintain the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 on their shortlist.

Are there any alternate options?

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 is a robust competitor by way of its efficiency and battery life, and it’s additionally inexpensive when configured the identical ($2,260 on sale), nevertheless 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 strong various that’s additionally inexpensive at $2,020 (with a three-year guarantee). Dell has its personal suite of enterprise instruments, and the Latitude may even serve organizations effectively in the event that they want safety measures which might be straightforward to handle.

For those who don’t want a business-class laptop, 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 will give confidence that it could final for years of typical enterprise use. The parts are updated, that means it’ll sustain with Home windows necessities for years as effectively. You’ll admire the three-year guarantee, which ought to be anticipated for business-class machines however isn’t all the time offered with out an additional price.

Must you purchase it?

Sure. It’s costly however price it if you happen to want a laptop that what you are promoting can belief.

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