HP EliteBook 1050 G1 Review

According to HP, the EliteBook 1050 G1 is an ‘ultraslim’ enterprise notebook, but don’t get too excited about that. This 15.6-inch laptop includes a desktop footprint of 245mm by 360mm, and lenovo x1 carbon 20bt battery is 18.9 mm thick. It’s fairly heavy too, with a starting weight of two.06kg. You will need to have a pretty hefty backpack or bag, and you happen to be unlikely to desire to carry it pretty far.

Increasingly the boundaries amongst organization and customer laptops that had been clear earlier are becoming more fluent. Examples for this are certainly not only the Apple MacBook Pro laptops, but also the Microsoft Surface Book laptops and lenovo thinkpad yoga s1 battery replacement/lenovo thinkpad yoga 20cd battery the Dell XPS notebooks, which are component in the “Prosumer” category which can be also supposed to attract enterprise buyers. The Dell XPS 15 9570 along with the Apple MacBook Pro 15 in distinct are bestsellers – 15.6-inch laptops with slim circumstances, highly effective elements, and high prices. Now HP starts the counter attack together with the EliteBook 1050 G1. That is the first generation of a new premium laptop series with a 15.6-inch display, that is signified by the “G1” inside the model name.

Design

The EliteBook appears great, and there’s enough about its design to create it stand out from its most important rivals – the familiar MacBook Pro and the dated carbon-fibre of the Dell XPS.

The base has sharp, bevelled edges and brushed metal sides, and lenovo yoga 900 13isk2 battery/yoga 900 13isk battery there are more eye-catching angles exactly where the base meets the screen. The lid has HP’s sensible new logo, the base has milled vents, plus the Elitebook logo sits for the bottom-left from the keyboard. The speaker grille is smart and stretches across the whole width from the machine.

It appears the portion, but this 15.6in machine can be a small chunkier than the competition. It weighs 2.06kg, and it really is 22mm thick when its rubber feet are viewed as. The MacBook Pro 15 weighs 1.8kg and surface pro 4 charger/microsoft surface pro 4 charger is 16mm thick, although the Dell XPS 15 is often a 17mm, 2kg machine. The HP’s dimensions are not ruinous, particularly to get a laptop that is not as expensive because the competitors, but they’re worth taking into consideration if you’d like to lug this laptop about from day-to-day.

Build quality is yet another area exactly where the cheaper HP can’t fairly match the Apple and Dell machines. There’s a bit give in the aluminium used to create the base, and dell inspiron 15 7559 charger/dell inspiron 7559 charger pressing the back of the screen sees the desktop distort. The EliteBook’s make excellent is not undesirable, but the competition is certainly much better.

Around the edges you will discover pairs of Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3 ports alongside an SD card slot and an HDMI output. Apple’s machines give you 4 Thunderbolt ports but no USB connectivity and no HDMI, even though 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 contains numerous neat business characteristics. 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 may also be removed, which tends to make this machine less complicated to service than Apple’s systems.

You get Positive Get started Gen 4, which adds a layer of protection towards the BIOS, and toshiba battery pa3817u 1brs/toshiba laptop battery pa3817u 1brs this machine can also be compatible with the Thunderbolt Dock G2, which serves up wired networking, far more USB ports and additional show outputs.

The HP also has an impressive screen privacy solution. Pressing F2 activates an added layer that makes the screen nearly not possible to view for any one sat on either side of your machine – even though maintaining the technique usable for its owner. With lenovo think pad x1 carbon 20fb battery this alternative activated the screen is a tiny dimmer, however it functions very effectively to block viewing in the side – and that’s a worthwhile trade-off if you’re handling sensitive work or working with this machine in public.

Connections

The connection gear is very similar to that with the Dell XPS 15 9570, using the EliteBook 1050 G1 providing two Thunderbolt-3 connections whilst the existing Dell XPS 15 only delivers a single connection of this sort. In comparison to the a lot more inexpensive HP EliteBook 850 G5, the HP EliteBook 1050 G1 also has one far more USB-C/Thunderbolt-3 connection and dell 40wh m5y1k battery/dell m5y1k battery also offers an SD card reader. However it will not possess the proprietary HP side-docking connection and no RJ45 Ethernet connection. These other connections are additional suitable for the style of the EliteBook 1050 G1, due to the fact unlike the EliteBook 850 G5, this targets much more the creative segment in lieu of big organization buyers.

While the connection gear itself is extremely comparable to that from the XPS, you can find significant differences in the positioning in the connectors. This is resulting from the positions of your fans and their vents: Dell has placed these hidden around the back behind the hinge on the XPS 15, whilst HP on the other hand has placed the fan vents around the sides. This leaves significantly less space for the dell inspiron 15 7559 charger/dell inspiron 7559 charger connections, which due to the hinge style could not be moved to the back either. This causes the connections on each sides to become placed quite far in the back, with the exception in the SD card slot and the audio jack. So far so fantastic: connections needs to be as far in the back as you possibly can so as to not interfere together with the use of an external mouse. Even so, right here the use of the USB-A ports can become problematic, due to the fact both of them are squeezed tightly subsequent to one another inside the lenovo yoga 700 14isk charger/lenovo yoga 700 14isk battery left corner in the case. This can quickly outcome in some blockage if the USB cable or device employed is slightly wider. You can only stay away from this by moving towards the correct side, in case you use a USB-C-to-USB-A adapter.

Although the connections won’t bring any troubles for mouse users, the hot air stream in the fans may become uncomfortable. No matter whether you’re correct or left handed, the fan air will hit the mouse hand in any case.

Display

There are three unique display selections for our existing test unit. The basic choice is often a Full-HD display (1920×1080 pixels) that may be supposed to attain 400 cd/m2 in accordance with HP. There’s also a Full-HD display obtainable with toshiba laptop battery pa5109u 1brs/toshiba battery pa5109u 1brs HP’s SureView privacy filter technologies (tested here). Based on the specification sheet this even delivers a maximum brightness of 650 cd/m2. Ultimately the trio of out there LCD panels is completed by a 4K UHD show (3840×2160). All three displays have a matte, non-reflective surface and are based on IPS technology.

Our test unit has the 4K UHD display, as well as the 1st issue we ought to note is that apart from the HP EliteBook 1050 G1, none of your direct competitors present a completely matte 4K UHD LCD. In the Dell XPS 15 and also the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Intense, only the Full-HD choices have a non-reflective display, although the 4K displays are struggling with lenovo yoga 3 14 battery/lenovo yoga 3 14 battery replacement reflections as a consequence of their glass surface. Since its conversion to high-resolution displays a couple of years ago, the Apple MacBook Pro 15 is commonly only supplied with a glossy screen. The ThinkPad T580 and EliteBook 850 G5 alternatively supply matte 4K UHD displays, but will not be playing within the identical league in terms of their high-quality and efficiency. This can unquestionably be taken as a positive point for the EliteBook in our evaluation.

However, HP has denied the EliteBook 1050 G1 the DreamColor display, which therefore remains reserved solely to the virtually identically equipped HP ZBook Studio G5. The display that may be built-in here is supposed to make 400 cd/m2 of brightness in line with HP, and with hp spectre x360 13 battery/hp spectre x360 13 4066nz battery an average value of 389 cd/m2, it virtually reaches this. In contrast, the DreamColor 4K display on the ZBook is supposed to reach 600 cd/m2 in line with HP. It really is unfortunate that HP does not integrate the best achievable show which is built-into an identically equipped sibling model, into a device that costs additional than 4000 Euros (~$4663). Within this respect, Lenovo and Dell usually do not distinguish among the common models and their similarly equipped workstation offshoots.

While nearly 400 cd/m2 is not surprisingly nevertheless a decent outcome overall, compared to its competitors, the EliteBook 1050 can not actually impress with that. The displays in the Apple MacBook Pro 15 and lenovo x1 carbon 20bt battery/lenovo x1 carbon battery 20bs the Dell XPS 15 are brighter. At least, the show is about 60 cd/m2 brighter when compared with the 4K panel of your ZBook Studio G4, so there’s progress within this respect. The UHD show of the Lenovo ThinkPad T580 is also darker. Though the brightness itself is fantastic, the brightness distribution of 83% isn’t so great. The panel is considerably brighter inside the center than in the edges. This uneven brightness is nearly noticeable with the naked eye within a absolutely white show. The good quality control of HP should really have been a little extra stringent here.

Conclusions

HP’s EliteBook 1050 G1 is huge and heavy, and won’t easily match into a bag or backpack. Using a 15.6-inch screen along with a discrete Nvidia GPU selection, it’s well suited to running graphically demanding applications. The build high-quality is solid, so if this laptop does must travel, it really should be effectively protected. Battery life is impressive, also, and lenovo ideapad p400 touch battery/lenovo p400 touch battery the EliteBook 1050 G1 even has a decent audio subsystem, that is some thing of a rarity for any laptop.

The high-end alternatives of course push up the cost, but you will get a technique that’s well equipped to manage demanding workloads. The EliteBook 1050 G1 should really prove a worthy competitor for 15-inch laptops from the likes of Dell and Apple.

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