HP EliteBook 1050 G1 Review

According to HP, the EliteBook 1050 G1 is definitely an ‘ultraslim’ business enterprise notebook, but don’t get also excited about that. This 15.6-inch laptop features a desktop footprint of 245mm by 360mm, and lenovo x1 carbon 20bt battery is 18.9 mm thick. It really is fairly heavy also, with a starting weight of 2.06kg. You’ll need a relatively hefty backpack or bag, and you happen to be unlikely to would like to carry it incredibly far.

Increasingly the boundaries involving business enterprise and customer laptops that had been clear earlier are becoming additional fluent. Examples for this usually are not only the Apple MacBook Pro laptops, but in addition the Microsoft Surface Book laptops and lenovo thinkpad yoga s1 battery replacement/lenovo thinkpad yoga 20cd battery the Dell XPS notebooks, that are component on the “Prosumer” category which can be also supposed to attract enterprise purchasers. The Dell XPS 15 9570 as well as the Apple MacBook Pro 15 in distinct are bestsellers – 15.6-inch laptops with slim circumstances, highly effective elements, and high costs. Now HP starts the counter attack with the EliteBook 1050 G1. This really is the first generation of a new premium laptop series using a 15.6-inch show, which is signified by the “G1” inside the model name.

Design

The EliteBook looks great, and there is adequate about its style to make it stand out from its principal rivals – the familiar MacBook Pro as well as the dated carbon-fibre with the Dell XPS.

The base has sharp, bevelled edges and brushed metal sides, and lenovo yoga 900 13isk2 battery/yoga 900 13isk battery you can find more eye-catching angles exactly where the base meets the screen. The lid has HP’s sensible new logo, the base has milled vents, as well as the Elitebook logo sits to the bottom-left with the keyboard. The speaker grille is wise and stretches across the complete width in the machine.

It looks the component, but this 15.6in machine is really a small chunkier than the competition. It weighs two.06kg, and it really is 22mm thick when its rubber feet are deemed. The MacBook Pro 15 weighs 1.8kg and surface pro 4 charger/microsoft surface pro 4 charger is 16mm thick, when the Dell XPS 15 is a 17mm, 2kg machine. The HP’s dimensions are not ruinous, in particular for a laptop that is not as high-priced as the competition, but they’re worth contemplating if you would like to lug this laptop around from day-to-day.

Build high quality is one more area where the more affordable HP can not quite match the Apple and Dell machines. There is a bit give inside the aluminium made use of to construct the base, and dell inspiron 15 7559 charger/dell inspiron 7559 charger pressing the back in the screen sees the desktop distort. The EliteBook’s develop good quality is not negative, however the competition is undoubtedly greater.

Around the edges you will uncover pairs of Thunderbolt three and USB three ports alongside an SD card slot and an HDMI output. Apple’s machines provide you with 4 Thunderbolt ports but no USB connectivity and no HDMI, when the Dell matches the HP’s configuration. On the inside, you’ve got dual-band 802.11ac wireless networking, but no wired networking.

Impressively, HP’s machine includes several neat company features. A plastic cover can block the webcam, and pa5121u 1brs/toshiba battery pa5121u 1brs there’s a fingerprint reader beneath the keyboard. The base panel can also be removed, which makes this machine much easier to service than Apple’s systems.

You get Certain Start out Gen four, which adds a layer of protection to the BIOS, and toshiba battery pa3817u 1brs/toshiba laptop battery pa3817u 1brs this machine is also compatible with the Thunderbolt Dock G2, which serves up wired networking, a lot more USB ports and additional show outputs.

The HP also has an impressive screen privacy alternative. Pressing F2 activates an further layer that makes the screen nearly not possible to find out for anyone sat on either side with the machine – although maintaining the method usable for its owner. With lenovo think pad x1 carbon 20fb battery this solution activated the screen is usually a small dimmer, nevertheless it functions incredibly nicely to block viewing in the side – and that’s a worthwhile trade-off if you’re handling sensitive work or using this machine in public.

Connections

The connection gear is extremely similar to that in the Dell XPS 15 9570, together with the EliteBook 1050 G1 providing two Thunderbolt-3 connections although the current Dell XPS 15 only gives a single connection of this type. When compared with the a lot more economical HP EliteBook 850 G5, the HP EliteBook 1050 G1 also has one particular a lot more USB-C/Thunderbolt-3 connection and dell 40wh m5y1k battery/dell m5y1k battery also delivers an SD card reader. However it will not have the proprietary HP side-docking connection and no RJ45 Ethernet connection. These other connections are a lot more appropriate for the design and style with the EliteBook 1050 G1, considering that as opposed to the EliteBook 850 G5, this targets extra the creative segment rather than massive company customers.

While the connection gear itself is very equivalent to that from the XPS, you can find important variations inside the positioning in the connectors. This is due to the positions with the fans and their vents: Dell has placed these hidden on the back behind the hinge of the XPS 15, while HP however has placed the fan vents on the sides. This leaves less space for the dell inspiron 15 7559 charger/dell inspiron 7559 charger connections, which due to the hinge style couldn’t be moved for the back either. This causes the connections on each sides to become placed fairly far inside the back, with the exception on the SD card slot plus the audio jack. So far so great: connections need to be as far in the back as you can so as to not interfere together with the use of an external mouse. Nonetheless, here the use of the USB-A ports can develop into problematic, considering the fact that each of them are squeezed tightly subsequent to one another within the lenovo yoga 700 14isk charger/lenovo yoga 700 14isk battery left corner of the case. This could speedily outcome in some blockage when the USB cable or device utilized is slightly wider. You could only prevent this by moving to the proper side, when you use a USB-C-to-USB-A adapter.

Although the connections won’t bring any problems for mouse users, the hot air stream from the fans could possibly develop into uncomfortable. Whether or not you happen to be ideal or left handed, the fan air will hit the mouse hand in any case.

Display

There are three diverse display choices for our existing test unit. The basic solution is really a Full-HD show (1920×1080 pixels) which is supposed to attain 400 cd/m2 according to HP. There is also a Full-HD show offered with toshiba laptop battery pa5109u 1brs/toshiba battery pa5109u 1brs HP’s SureView privacy filter technology (tested here). According to the specification sheet this even delivers a maximum brightness of 650 cd/m2. Finally the trio of available LCD panels is completed by a 4K UHD display (3840×2160). All three displays have a matte, non-reflective surface and are determined by IPS technology.

Our test unit has the 4K UHD show, as well as the first issue we need to note is that apart from the HP EliteBook 1050 G1, none with the direct competitors supply a totally matte 4K UHD LCD. In the Dell XPS 15 and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme, only the Full-HD choices possess a non-reflective show, even though the 4K displays are struggling with lenovo yoga 3 14 battery/lenovo yoga 3 14 battery replacement reflections resulting from their glass surface. Because its conversion to high-resolution displays a number of years ago, the Apple MacBook Pro 15 is commonly only supplied using a glossy screen. The ThinkPad T580 and EliteBook 850 G5 however provide matte 4K UHD displays, but are certainly not playing inside the same league when it comes to their high-quality and performance. This could certainly be taken as a positive point for the EliteBook in our evaluation.

However, HP has denied the EliteBook 1050 G1 the DreamColor show, which as a result remains reserved solely for the almost identically equipped HP ZBook Studio G5. The show that is definitely built-in right here is supposed to produce 400 cd/m2 of brightness based on HP, and with hp spectre x360 13 battery/hp spectre x360 13 4066nz battery an average worth of 389 cd/m2, it virtually reaches this. In contrast, the DreamColor 4K display of the ZBook is supposed to reach 600 cd/m2 in line with HP. It really is unfortunate that HP doesn’t integrate the most effective possible show that’s built-into an identically equipped sibling model, into a device that expenses much more than 4000 Euros (~$4663). Within this respect, Lenovo and Dell usually do not distinguish among the typical models and their similarly equipped workstation offshoots.

While nearly 400 cd/m2 is of course still a decent result overall, when compared with its competitors, the EliteBook 1050 cannot definitely impress with that. The displays on the Apple MacBook Pro 15 and lenovo x1 carbon 20bt battery/lenovo x1 carbon battery 20bs the Dell XPS 15 are brighter. At the very least, the show is about 60 cd/m2 brighter in comparison with the 4K panel from the ZBook Studio G4, so there is certainly progress in this respect. The UHD show in the Lenovo ThinkPad T580 is also darker. While the brightness itself is great, the brightness distribution of 83% isn’t so fantastic. The panel is significantly brighter inside the center than at the edges. This uneven brightness is pretty much noticeable with the naked eye inside a totally white show. The high quality handle of HP must happen to be a bit extra stringent right here.

Conclusions

HP’s EliteBook 1050 G1 is massive and heavy, and won’t simply match into a bag or backpack. Having a 15.6-inch screen along with a discrete Nvidia GPU choice, it’s properly suited to operating graphically demanding applications. The construct good quality is solid, so if this laptop does must travel, it should be effectively protected. Battery life is impressive, as well, and lenovo ideapad p400 touch battery/lenovo p400 touch battery the EliteBook 1050 G1 even has a decent audio subsystem, that is something of a rarity to get a laptop.

The high-end choices of course push up the price, but you will get a program that is nicely equipped to handle demanding workloads. The EliteBook 1050 G1 should prove a worthy competitor for 15-inch laptops from the likes of Dell and Apple.

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