As an introduction to this analysis
Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.To make the choice easier, we have judged this HP EliteBook 840 G2 according to what you are going to do with it.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
EliteBook 840 G2 compatible with internet use?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is in this spirit that HP has developed this EliteBook 840 G2.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Material that seem to be well-designed.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 14 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. 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. Contrary to a video editing style use that requires computing power, this model is correct for surfing the internet; a use that does not require too much computing power. A standard equipment with 8 Gb of RAM. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 180 gigabytes will be enough. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 8 hours of tranquility. It is in the average range of what is done with today’s battery technology. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.
Is EliteBook 840 G2 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
This EliteBook 840 G2 is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
Through all the available laptops, you will know if, despite an average score, it corresponds to your needs.
HP decided to make this laptop a very versatile product. This diagonal of 14 inches and a resolution of 1920×1080, is a good compromise. And in film display mode, you’ll have excellent visual quality with bright, realistic images. Clearly, big enough to tire your eyes when watching movies, but also rather light (1.5 kg) when you have to carry it.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
On the sound side, it EliteBook 840 G2 has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
This EliteBook 840 G2, equipped with a processor Intel Core i5-5300U, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
Equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Regarding the connectivity part, HP has made efforts with available 3 ports. It’s better than the competition. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. HP promises 8 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
EliteBook 840 G2 the right choice for travelling connected ?
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. We therefore analysed this EliteBook 840 G2 from the point of view of nomadic use. 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 ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
A priori, for holidays and home-to-work travel, it is one of the best of the moment.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this EliteBook 840 G2 of 1.5 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. One of the reasons is its 14 inches screen.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
The manufacturer offers the processor Intel Core i5-5300U on this laptop; in average in terms of power compared to other products in the same range, and also in terms of energy consumption.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this EliteBook 840 G2. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 8 hours.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 180 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even if a portable laptop stays at the hotel 80% of the time, it is relevant to have a screen that is not too big so as not to be disturbed, but big enough to enjoy the image. Because of its size, 14 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
At the connector level, this model provides 3 inputs. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Taking all this into account, we can say that it will be useful for you on holiday.
EliteBook 840 G2 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. It appears that this EliteBook 840 G2meets this need perfectly. Since the last generation designed by HP, there have been many improvements on the components. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10 Pro, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Intel Core i5-5300U of this laptop is within the market average. With its 8 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If you decide to install pro applications, you may need to add more memory or you may experience performance degradation.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. Here with 180 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. The available battery life is of 8 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
On the connection side, the EliteBook 840 G2i s equipped with USB 3 technology. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
By choosing this EliteBook 840 G2, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
A quality product, designed by HP with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode.
The EliteBook 840 G2 for online or local games.
Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. And this EliteBook 840 G2 is one of the average laptops you can play with. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 1920×1080, nothing better at the moment
The graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620 card and processor Intel Core i5-5300U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Intel Core i5-5300U’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
The most demanding will prefer a processor and graphics chip of the latest generation, but for the majority, HP has chosen the features resulting in good playability on most games currently available.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 180 Gb.
For online gaming, it EliteBook 840 G2 has high quality Wi-Fi. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.5 Kg and 14 inches), comparable to most similar products.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 8 hours.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.
The EliteBook 840 G2 for office automation.
Access on efficiency, this EliteBook 840 G2 is part of the laptops provided for office automation. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s Windows 10 Pro, last generation.
Neither too heavy nor too light. In short, an average laptop with 1.5 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
HP chose the matt tile option for thisEliteBook 840 G2 that does not reflect light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
The storage of this model, 180 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive EliteBook 840 G2can be quickly filled.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. The middle groud for recurring use in office automation mode.
The EliteBook 840 G2 – in summary
There is no such thing as a perfect laptop for every purpose, unless you put a price tag on it, and keep in mind that it will be too powerful for most of your needs. With the EliteBook 840 G2 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– travel use
– making audio and video editing