HP ELITEBOOK 840 G4 (2LG06AV) i5-8250U/8GB/1TB HDD [Premium Refreshed]

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Hardly any changes. HP now ships its business notebooks with Kaby Lake processors as well, but the rest is pretty much unchanged. This is also the case for the display, which is quite bright, but it disappoints in all other areasThe EliteBooks from the 800-series are premium business notebooks from HP. There are two more expensive EliteBooks with the additional Folio designation (1040G1), but they have a bigger focus on mobility. The EliteBook 840 with its 14-inch display is already the fourth generation (G4), but there are only minor changes compared to the previous EliteBook 840 G3. More precisely: You only get a new processor from Intel’s current Kaby Lake generation.

Our test model carries the designation Z2V49ET ABD and is a mainstream model from the 840 G4 lineup when you have a look at the available components. HP equips the test model with an Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, a 256 GB NVM-SSD as well as a Full HD display. The latter is unfortunately not an IPS screen but is based on TN technology, which was already the case for the previous model.

Is that enough to keep up with some of the completely reworked rivals? We already reviewed many new business laptops, including the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 & T470s and the Fujitsu LifeBook U747. Dell also offers the updated Latitude E7480, which is currently in review.

Case

The elegant case of the EliteBook 840 G4 did not change this year. HP once again uses a combination of magnesium alloy and painted aluminum, only the bottom is made of dark plastic. The palm rests are therefore cool to touch and fingerprints are no problem. We really like the design with the mixture of black and silver. The lid has a silver HP logo, but there are otherwise no design elements. HP uses a visual trick, because the chassis gets a bit slimmer towards the front, so the laptop itself appears thinner than it actually is.

The stability of the base unit is also good and only a lot of pressure can warp the surfaces, which also results in slight creaking sounds. The thin lid is not as stable and can easily be twisted. Pressure from behind will also create ripples on the screen. The hinges have black plastic covers and are smooth, but they have some play and the display will quickly bounce. The maximum opening angle is sufficient at ~145 degrees. We can hear some creaking from the hinges when we adjust the angle, but it is not as bad compared to some shown in user videos on the Internet. Obviously we cannot check the long-term effects during our short review period.

This is the second model year with the same chassis, but it still holds up very well in our size comparison. The footprint is very similar between all comparison devices. This is also the case for the height, except for the noticeably slimmer EliteBook Folio 1040 G3. At ~1.9 cm and a weight of around 1.5 kg, the 14-inch laptop is very portable and can easily be stored in a bag or backpack.

Connectivity

The ports did not change compared to the previous model. The EliteBook 840 G3 was already equipped with a modern USB-C jack, but it is still just a “regular” USB 3.1 port without support for Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, or power supply. At least you get all the other important components including two video outputs (DisplayPort 1.2, VGA) as well as a docking port. These connectors are very important for office environments.

The port layout is not perfect, because they are at the center of the two sides. If you do not use a docking station and still attach external devices, you will have to manage some cables. The performance of the USB ports (2x USB 3.0, 1x always-on) is decent at 310 MB/s on average (Samsung SSD T3), but it could be better.

Left side: Kensington lock, VGA, USB 3.0, SmartCard reader
Left side: Kensington lock, VGA, USB 3.0, SmartCard reader
Right side: USB-C Gen.1, DisplayPort 1.2, SD-card reader (not visible), 3.5 mm audio, USB 3.0, RJ45, docking port, Micro-SIM, power
Right side: USB-C Gen.1, DisplayPort 1.2, SD-card reader (not visible), 3.5 mm audio, USB 3.0, RJ45, docking port, Micro-SIM, power

SD-Card Reader

The SD-card reader is well hidden.
The SD-card reader is well hidden.

It is easy to miss the SD-card reader, because it is located very far to the bottom of the right side and there is also a small black plastic tray. The memory card does not stand out. We check the performance in combination with our reference card from Toshiba (Exceria Pro 64 GB UHS-II), which manages transfer rates of up to 260 MB/s according to the manufacturer. We only see average transfer rates and all the comparison devices are pretty much on par. A folder with pictures (~5 MB each) is transferred at almost 75 MB/s, while AS SSD determines up to ~84 MB/s.

Communication

Communication modules EliteBook 840 G4
Communication modules EliteBook 840 G4

HP implements a full-size Gigabit Ethernet port (folds out), despite the pretty slim base unit. Wireless network connections are handled by different Wi-Fi adapters from Intel. Our test model is equipped with the familiar 8265 adapter (2×2), which supports all common standards including the fast 802.11 ac as well as Bluetooth 4.2. Mobile Internet connections are possible as well thanks to the integrated Snapdragon X5 LTE module; the corresponding Micro-SIM can be inserted at the right side.

Our standardized WLAN test with the router Linksys EA8500 (one meter from the test system) does not determine any record values, but more than 500 Mbps is still a decent result. We did not experience any issues with the Wi-Fi connection during our review period, either.

The familiar HD webcam sits above the display, but the picture quality is bad. It does its job during video conferences, but we would like to see better sensors in the future. The dual-array microphone works well, as per usual, and an external headset is often unnecessary.

Security

Integrated fingerprint scanner
Integrated fingerprint scanner

The new EliteBook 840 G4 once again offers all relevant security features. This includes the fingerprint scanner (swipe-style), TPM, SmartCard reader, and a slot for a Kensington lock, for example. But HP also implements numerous software tools and features to increase the security of the laptop. This includes HP SureStat or HP Client Security, where many security-relevant settings (administration of passwords, fingerprints, hard drive encryption) are summarized. The EliteBook 840 G4 is also equipped with a vibration sensor, but it is only important for SKUs with mechanical hard drives.

Accessories

The box only includes the laptop, a compact 45-Watt power adapter and some service brochures. HP offers a number of optional accessories like several adapters and docking stations. The chassis did not change, so you can also use accessories from the previous generation.

Maintenance

It is no problem to loosen the screws after the removal of 10 rubber caps. You should not forget the screw in the SD-card slot, which is usually covered by a plastic tray. Once the bottom panel is removed, you get full access to all components. The empty RAM slot is particularly interesting. The free 2.5-inch slot features the necessary connector, but the corresponding mounting frame is missing.

Bottom without rubber covers
Bottom without rubber covers
Internal layout HP EliteBook 840 G4
Internal layout HP EliteBook 840 G4

Input Devices

Keyboard

Illuminated keyboard
Illuminated keyboard

The keyboard was already pretty good last year and HP did not change it. The black chiclet input (spillwater-proof) still provides a firm feedback with sufficient key travel. The individual keys are completely flat; rivals like Dell and Lenovo have an advantage with their slightly concave keys. You have to get used to the additional column on the right side as well as the small vertical directional keys.

All in all, we are still very satisfied with the keyboard and even longer texts are no problem. The illumination can be adjusted in three stages and improves inputs in low-light situations. The two additional buttons for the communication modules and the speakers at the upper right are very handy.

Input devices
Input devices

Touchpad

The touchpad is equipped with dedicated mouse buttons, but they are not perfectly integrated and clatter a bit. The clicking sounds do not leave the most sophisticated impression, either. The touchpad surface itself is not very large at 10 x 5.5 cm due to the dedicated buttons, but the handling is very good thanks to the smooth surface. Gestures are also executed well.

HP also includes a black PointStick. The cursor control is precise, but the stick is not as smooth as the counterparts from Lenovo or Dell, and it requires more force to initiate the cursor movement. A third scrolling button is unfortunately not available.

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

HP offers many displays for the EliteBook 840 G4, and the two matte IPS models (1920×1080 or 2560×1440 pixels) are particularly interesting. Similar to the previous test model of the EliteBook 840, however, we are once again dealing with the FHD-TN panel. The TN technology is indicated by SVA (Standard Viewing Angle) in spec sheets from HP. There is a worse option with the HD TN panel, but the FHD screen is not particularly satisfying, either.

The best aspect is the high luminance, because we can determine an average of almost 320 nits. The black value is very high at 0.86 in return though, so dark surfaces always look grayish and the contrast suffers as well. The latter is only 402:1, despite the high luminance – insufficient for a modern business notebook priced at more than 1,500 Euros (~$1614). The result is a washed-out picture, which suffers from a heavy blue cast as well. At least there is no PWM.

Additional information

Processor

Intel Core i5-8250U Processor 1.6GHz (6M Cache, Up to 3.4GHz)

Ram

8GB RAM DDR4

Storage

1TB SATA HDD

Graphics

Intel UHD 620 Graphics

Screen

14.0" HD (1366x 768) AG Display

Operating system

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Weight

1.48kg

Warranty

Local seller warranty 1 Year

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