The HP ProBook 450 G3 is really a business-centric 15.6-inch laptop Pc with mid-range elements. The ProBook 450 G3 lacks some advanced corporate-class options like Intel vPro technique management and security technology, so it is actually far more suitable for compact corporations. “Akku Lenovo” The laptop delivers the latest 6th Generation Intel Core processing technology. You can choose the very basic Intel Celeron 3855U, somewhat faster Pentium 4405U, lower-mid-tier Intel Core i3-6100U, mid-range i5-6200U, and higher-mid-range i7-6500U. The HP ProBook 450 G3 has two program memory slots. HP offers 4GB and 8GB RAM modules, so you can have up to 16GB in total. “Notebook Akkus LG” Data storage system consists of a 2.5-inch bay for hard drives and an M.2 slot for solid state drives. You can select a 500GB, 1-Terabyte, or 2TB HDD and a 128GB or 256GB M.2 SSD.
Design and construction
We will try to be brief here, as we already gave our opinion of the overall design and construction in ProBook 440 G3’s overview. The 15-inch and 14-inch versions share absolutely the same design language and materials but, of course, the 15-incher weighs (2.217 kg) a bit more and it’s slightly bigger. The lid is covered in a black matte, slightly rubberized, plastic providing secure grip, nice feel, and relatively good sturdiness. Nonetheless, the panel sinks under pressure but nothing problematic. Hinges aren’t too tight so opening the laptop with one hand is possible but keeps the screen stable and firmly in position. The bottom piece adopts two service lids – one of the RAM chips and the other for managing the storage devices. “Notebook Akkus Medion” There are also a few vent openings for extra airflow and the battery is user-replaceable. Luckily, the increase of height in the 455 G3 is quite unnoticeable with only a few millimeters – 24.8 mm vs 21.1 mm in favor of the 440 G3 (14-inch variant). The same goes for the port placement – the left side holds one HDMI port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports and a VGA connector right next to the main exhaust vent. The right side adopts another set of two USB 3.0 ports, LAN and 3.5 mm jack. There’s also the optical drive if you still have the need for those. The sides are built from silver-colored plastic mimicking the brushed aluminum-finish in the interior. Speaking of which, it’s noticeably bigger than the one on the 14-inch version, giving more room for the wrist rest area as well as letting the keyboard stretch with a Numpad. “MSI Akku” Oh, and the keyboard is awesome as usual – long key travel, good spacing (maybe on the tight side, but easy to get used to) and excellent ergonomics. The same kind words apply to the touchpad, which is responsive, sometimes unwilling to register a two-finger swipe, but the mouse buttons are really comfortable to use. Of course, the best part in the interior is the brushed aluminum plate giving extraordinary sturdiness and a nice touch.It might be a bit hefty for some (2.270 kg), but at this price range, we can’t really complain. Also, the build quality is quite frankly unmatched for the asking price so now we only need to check a few a lot more things – battery life, performance and cooling capabilities.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The keyboard follows most other modern laptops, using separated, Chiclet-style keys. There’s a decent amount of feedback to them and a generous amount of travel, too. This makes typing for long periods comfortable and pleasant. “Chargeur Asus adp 90yd b” A touchpad of equal quality finishes things of nicely. Its physical buttons, located below the pad, bring back the lost art of soft mouse buttons, and have a huge amount travel, which is something we really like. There’s a fingerprint scanner just below the number pad, which allows you to set up an alternative to a password when logging into Windows. The pre-installed HP Client Security software also lets you set up file encryption to secure your important data from thieves.
HP’s ProBook is actually a 15.6-inch office laptop designed for professional and home use. The installed processor has additional than enough computing power for routine. The integrated graphics core would allow playing computer games to a limited degree in dual-channel mode. Our review sample is sold for approximately 640 Euros (~$701). Other configurations are also available. “Chargeur Asus ADP-65JH BB” Alternatives are models from the identically built ProBook 455 G3 lineup that feature AMD APUs. The diverse models from the ProBook 450 G2 and ProBook 455 G2 lines are still available. The buyer will find a bargain here. For example, HP’s ProBook 455 G2 G6W45EA (A8-7100, 500 GB, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7/8.1 Pro) was sold at approximately 430 Euros (~$471) at test time. The latter is part of HP’s Cashback campaign running until 01/31/2016. The buyer gets back 50 Euros (~$54) or can choose among diverse accessories when sending in the purchase receipt by this date. “Apple Magsafe 2 Adapter Laptop” The most interesting item is often a warranty upgrade to three years. This cashback promotion applies to many models of the ProBook 4X0 line – both for G2 and some G3 models alike. Detailed information can be found on HP’s corresponding webpage. Another note: Our present critique sample carries the product number P5T01ES. This model is found in many price search engines and online shops. However, an HD screen is often listed in the corresponding product description (1366×768 pixels). That is incorrect. The device sports a Full HD screen (1920×1080 pixels).
Power Consumption & Battery Runtime
Intel’s i3, HD 4000 and a rather dim screen – our tested sample of the ProBook 450 already sounds like it’s not very power hungry on paper. The measurements confirm this assumption. The laptop consumed a maximum of 10.7 Watts in idle using the “High-Performance” energy profile, Wi-Fi on and the screen set to maximum brightness. It was only 6.7 Watts with minimum brightness, Wi-Fi off and enabled energy-savings mode. “PSU Bose Soundlink” It really is only natural that the power consumption increases during load. The laptop consumed 33.5 Watts during full load via FurMark and Prime95 and 24.3 Watts without graphics load, which is rather unrealistic in view of the ProBook 450’s office alignment. Considering these rates, bottlenecks will unlikely occur while recharging the battery with the included 65 Watt power supply (19.5 volts at 3.33 ampere). The battery appears at its best particularly when HP’s ProBook 450 only has to cope with little computing load. A runtime of over 9 hours was possible in idle. “Adapter Chicony A12-120P1A” The runtime dropped to a bit over three hours when we loaded the processor and increased the brightness (Wi-Fi test). The laptop lasts a few minutes longer when the user uses it for multimedia purposes only and watches a DVD movie. The runtimes are not awe-inspiring but solid. The battery runtime decreased to a bit over two hours during full load, which is rather unrealistic for the routine use of an office laptop such as the ProBook 450.
Entry into the company world can be successful with the HP ProBook 440 G3. The look of the notebook mainly made for the office variety is appealing. The incorporated chiclet keyboard is even convincing in permanent use. The touchpad can be called “small, yet solid.” Safety standards are especially important for everyday enterprise use. The test model is nothing to sneeze at with its basic options including software solutions, TPM, a Kensington security lock slot, and a fingerprint reader. “Medion FSP045-RHC Voeding Oplader” As already found in the other cheap ProBook series, the display performs poorly in brightness and viewing angles. The competitors prove that it can be different. A brand new Skylake CPU inside the 14-inch notebook makes for sufficient performance. The hard drive rotates at 7200 RPM and delivers decent read and write rates for its kind. Overall, the performance is alright for its field of application. There are even some performance reserves. The emissions are basically alright during normal use. “Batteria Acer” The heating is reasonable and the noise is quiet. The disappointing battery life can be a point of critique. The battery is not sufficient for a workday. Those who need a notebook for mobile use should take a closer look at the competitors.