Anyone using HP Elitebook 840 G5?

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  1. 9ac3

    9ac3 Notebook Consultant

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    It seems like a great business laptop for those on a budget. I am interested in the one that goes for $865 (see here).

    If I configure it to Core i5-8250u + 4 gb RAM + 512 gb SSD with 400 nits display along IR camera and backlight keyboard, etc., then the price is still less than $1200. I don't see an option to choose higher RAM so I am planning to add more RAM by myself, as the device is serviceable.

    Here's a review of it as well: https://www.notebookcheck.net/HP-EliteBook-840-G5-i5-8250U-SSD-Full-HD-Laptop-Review.295916.0.html.
     
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    Having 2 dimm slots for RAM is quite neat, the maintance is nice and easy.
    The screen is really good except for the color coverage which falls a bit flat, but good contrasts and blacks combined with a high brightness make it look rather good. It's not meant for graphic designers but for a normal user it will do absolutely fine. Outdoor usage should be no problem whatsoever.

    What I really like about this notebook is its extremely quiet cooling solution.

    However, the notebook does have severe power limit throttling, which likely will be fixed at some point since HP did also fix their omen series, also the notebook does have rather meh battery life compared to the competition.

    You could maybe check out the Lenovo T480s, that notebook fixed the weaknesses of the HP. Also the HP you have linked does only offer the 220nits screens.

    EDIT: nvm when you choose IR camera, then you get the 400nits options, but the notebooks gets around 1k+ USD then, which makes it harder to recommend as opposed the Lenovo T480S.
     
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    Ya they're using a 50Whr battery. The Dell Latitude uses a 65Whr battery.
     
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    Yes, I was thinking of Lenovo T480 as well (T480s is a bit expensive for me also not sure about its thinner chassis). Heard that thermal throttling is a problem in the T series as well. Also considering Latitude 7480 from the Dell outlet.
     
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    Oh and before I forget,

    The Xiaomi Mi Notebook pro is worth mentioning alongside the Huawai matebook X, they are excellent notebooks for officework and boast massive batterylife.

    No, thermal throttling is not an issue once you repasted on the Lenovo. It's a notebook that allows for higher TDP as well, it's a notebook that doesn't powerlimit throttle.
     
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    I just can't stand glossy screens. Also Xiaomi has the 8gb RAM soldered to the motherboard so there's no room for upgrades other than adding the extra storage in the M.2 slot for the SSD. The 16gb version of Xiaomi is a bit overpriced IMO. Also it's risky buying the Xiaomi because of lack of customer support.

    The Matebook X is a 13 incher and just dual-core so not considering that. I prefer 14 inch business laptops that can offer reliable customer support.

    So for a work computer I've narrowed it down to:

    Latitude 7490 (refurb)
    Thinkpad T480
    Elitebook 840 G5
    Clevo N141WU from either AVADirect or XoticPC
    Dell XPS 15 9570 (although a glossy screen it is a powehouse for my purposes and is upgradeable)

    I'm not really a heavy-user or anything. Mainly do programming and work with large data sets. Run software like Stata, R, Matlab, Python, etc.
     
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    I'd go for the Thinkpad then, since I wasn't sure if u needed something more casual or something reliable. Some people enjoy casual nicely designed notebooks, so people would love to get the macbook copycats, but since you need something for programming and such, clear Thinkpad winner.
     
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    The problem I have with T480 is its low sRGB and Adobe RGB coverage with the FHD display. Lenovo really wants ppl to go for the WQHD display for a brighter and more vibrant display. This is the reason I'm looking at the Elitebook. Also, any thoughts on the refurbished 7490? The Dell outlet seems to have some great deals.
     
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    What's wrong with the WQHD option tho?
     
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    I didn't say anything being wrong abt having the WQHD option per se. It's the extra price that people like me who are on a budget have to pay to get a display with a better color coverage.

    I'm on a budget and don't want to spend more than $1300. The WQHD option pushes it close to $1500 for the T480. If the FHD option had a higher sRGB and Adobe RGB coverage then there would be no need for me to want the WQHD option (at least for my purposes).

    As I said earlier, it's just a business tactic by Lenovo to eek out more money from ppl who want a decent display. They have no choice but to go for the WQHD option to get a better color coverage than stick with the FHD for a worse experience.

    Anyway, this is a digression from the thread. I want to know about the experience of people who have used/are using the Elitebook 840 G5.
     
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