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Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
ProBook 450 G6 compatible with internet use?
Just because your use of a laptop is limited to e-mail and web browsing sessions, doesn’t mean you should buy any model.This laptop will ensure that the tasks you perform will be reliable and trouble-free for years to come.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. This product will thus perfectly meet your needs.With this ProBook 450 G6, HP is well positioned in relation to other competing models.With a 15.6 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it around. A reasonable choice equips this model; the Core i5-8265U. HP basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. 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. With 8 Gb of RAM, it ProBook 450 G6is a good product. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
For hard drive sizing, HP decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
In the end, with an autonomy of 7 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. With this laptop ProBook 450 G6 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.
Is ProBook 450 G6 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
Making this ProBook 450 G6 a multimedia tool, such seems to have been the objective of HP. In the age of multimedia, this laptop has evolved and is a cross between a TV, radio and a desktop computer. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. A quality of image and sound that allows it to achieve an excellent score in this category.
HP presents this model in a large size version. It is one of the largest, with a screen size of only a few 15.6 inches, and it has a good resolution of 1366×768. This model has a wide screen that will be essential for viewing your movies and streaming video. The rendering is bright and vivid, and if you take a moment to look at the screen from several angles you will see that there is no distortion of the image or inverted colors.
Note that one eliminatory criteria for some nomadic users is its weight; here this model weighs 2 kg, partly because of the screen size.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. 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 ProBook 450 G6 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 ProBook 450 G6, equipped with a processor Core i5-8265U, corresponds to a price/power ratio in the average, sufficient for a dedicated multimedia use. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel UHD 620, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 4 ports. That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
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 ProBook 450 G6- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes ProBook 450 G6 to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
This is one of the heaviest models compared to the competition: 2 Kg. Every transport is painful. Its size will make you regret the format of ultrabooks. The main cause is due to the size of the screen. Its weight is a disadvantage, but the15.6 inches screen will make it an advantage when writing e-mails or doing word processing.
No backlit keyboard on this ProBook 450 G6. Not really necessary.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. The viewing is up to the mark.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
With its processor Core i5-8265U, this laptop has a power consumption in the average of the others.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 7 hours before the breakdown.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, HP was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.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.
When it comes to taking your laptop with you, it will seem safer to do so only occasionally. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. The main reason is its 15.6 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
At the connector level, this model provides 4 inputs. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
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…
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this ProBook 450 G6 for travel use.
The ProBook 450 G6 for 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 ProBook 450 G6 is the right choice. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, it is not at the level of what is done for professionals, but it responds well anyway.
Generally speaking, for occasional use, the choice of processor Core i5-8265U makes it possible. Having 8 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
The designers of HP have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
For the autonomy part, HP proposes last generation batteries. The available battery life is of 7 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 result in the average of the competitors.
For the connector part, the ProBook 450 G6has the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
If necessary, it can be used for word processing and e-mails. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.
ProBook 450 G6 the right choice to play online?
Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this ProBook 450 G6 is one of the models in the average. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
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.
Since HP has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
A space of 256 Gb to save your data; this is in the average of what other brands offer. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
A better access to wifi on this ProBook 450 G6 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
One of the heaviest laptops of the moment, partly due to its 15.6 inches size.
Please note that with an autonomy of 7 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
It ProBook 450 G6 is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
The ProBook 450 G6 for office automation.
Whatever the type of operating system, it is possible today to have an office use on all laptops. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. Perfectly office oriented, this ProBook 450 G6 is efficient.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. In this case, it is Windows 10.
It ProBook 450 G6 is not designed to be transported, but it will do the job in the case of an exclusively fixed use, and little displacement. Note that with its 2 Kg it is one of the heaviest.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
HP chose the matt tile option for thisProBook 450 G6 that does not reflect light. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In conclusion, the ProBook 450 G6 is an excellent choice for office use. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
ProBook 450 G6 the right choice for the right use
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. The ProBook 450 G6′ is average but will do the job very well.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– travel use
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks