As a preamble to this test
Latest release in the range HP, we’ve been running tests onElitebook 810 G3…Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.So we ran tests on HP Elitebook 810 G3 to find out what it was worth.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
Elitebook 810 G3 enough for internet use?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
That’s the direction taken by HP with this Elitebook 810 G3.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Material that seem to be well-designed.
With a 12.5 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. The processor at the heart of this laptop, a Intel Core i5-5300U, is a rational choice. Considering that the components evolve very quickly, HP offers a laptop of good quality that will remain a good choice over several years. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 128 Gb. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 7 hours of tranquility. With this laptop Elitebook 810 G3 it will therefore be necessary to always keep the power cable within easy reach. Because of this last point, you can either switch to a competitor’s laptop or always have the product plugged in; it’s up to you.
The Elitebook 810 G3- the right model for streaming and videos ?
You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! HP offers the Elitebook 810 G3 perfect for that. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
Equipped with a small screen size, 12.5 inches, it has a resolution format 1366×768. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 2.6 kilogram.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this Elitebook 810 G3. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Elitebook 810 G3. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The processor installed on this model is a Intel Core i5-5300U sufficient one for audio and video. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). This will result in fluid video and audio sessions.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
On the connectivity side, you will have 3 ports. In the norm compared to most other computers in the competition.Between, the speakers, the mouse, and the external hard drive you will have little possibility to add many more peripherals.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. 7 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see.
The Elitebook 810 G3 to use while travelling.
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. So we put this test to the Elitebook 810 G3. Is it made to be taken on trips, packed in your luggage ? Will it be designed for your home-to-work transfers? Should you only consider it for weekend trips with your family? Or should this use be confined to going from the living room to your kitchen.
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
With its 2.6 Kg, it Elitebook 810 G3 is one of the heaviest in its class. Every transport is painful. Its size will make you regret the format of ultrabooks. The weight is mainly related to the size of the screen. The 12.5 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. It would have allowed a better use of this model outdoors.
With its processor Intel Core i5-5300U, this laptop has a power consumption in the average of the others.
However, please note that the autonomy indicated by HP must be reduced. This is an estimate for average current use; you can consider that the actual range will be around 75%.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 7 hours before the breakdown.
This laptop will therefore rather be intended to stay on the desk or to be taken away from time to time at the weekend. The reasons are its size, and the hard drive that the brand HP decided to put in it. About the hard drive, HP has chosen a classic technology for its 128 Gb hard drive; Good when it comes to storing data (photos, music, movies), less good for the time it takes to boot up or get out of standby mode. Only an SSD hard drive could improve this, but then it is an additional cost.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. With a screen of 12.5 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
HP provides 3connectors on this model. It’s one of the average laptops.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Taking all this into account, we can say that it will be useful for you on holiday.
The Elitebook 810 G3 to make audio or video editing.
If your main professional activity is not audio or video editing, but you are looking for a laptop that can meet this need for your hobbies, then this Elitebook 810 G3 is the right choice. Even for an amateur level, editing and creating music requires processor speed and sufficient RAM. Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
Generally speaking, for occasional use, the choice of processor Intel Core i5-5300U makes it possible. Having 8 Gb de ram, it is good and powerful enough. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
The 128 Gb of storage size should be enough. A disk size equivalent to competing products. And that’s what you’ll need to store your films and music locally. Regarding the speed at startup, HPmade the choice of the conventional hard drive. Flash memory, which is useful when you need to run a program quickly or run several tasks in parallel.
For the autonomy part, HP proposes last generation batteries. For 7 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. A result in the average of the competitors.
On the connection side, the Elitebook 810 G3i s equipped with USB 3 technology. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
A quality product, designed by HP with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode. If necessary, it can be used for word processing and e-mails. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.
Elitebook 810 G3 for video games?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. The tests we ran showed that the choices of HP in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Our tests have shown that for HP this computer is not intended for playing video games. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.With 128 Gb it Elitebook 810 G3is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For the Wi-Fi technology, HP, has done little more than standard i.e. without the 5GHz wireless band. We would have liked it to be one of the available options.
With 2.6 Kg, it is likely to remain on your desk more often than in a case to take it on a trip.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 7 hours.
In conclusion, it Elitebook 810 G3 is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. Good for games, but also for many other uses.
Is the Elitebook 810 G3 adapted to office automation ?
Whatever the type of operating system, it is possible today to have an office use on all laptops. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. This Elitebook 810 G3 is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. In this case, it is Windows 10.
It Elitebook 810 G3 is not designed to be transported, but it will do the job in the case of an exclusively fixed use, and little displacement. With a weight of 2.6 Kg, you will limit as often as possible the various movements of this laptop.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Elitebook 810 G3. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
With only 128 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
What about the Elitebook 810 G3 ?
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. With the Elitebook 810 G3 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– travel use
– office tasks