Someone is FINALLY taking AMD seriously! – HP Enterprise Laptops Showcase
– For years Intel has gotten all the love from laptop manufacturers. They get the coolest designs, the most prominent placement on the website, and they get all the marketing, until today. HP sponsored this video for us to look at not one, not two, not three, but, as is sort of becoming tradition, four of their 14 inch laptops that are aimed squarely at everyone, from home users all the way to professionals, who want something portable and powerful with AMD at the heart of every single one of them. So let's take a look, shall we? (upbeat music) First thing I should probably cover is you are never ever to store laptops by stacking them on top of each other
Like this. That is a big, oh woopsie, no, no. Second, we're gonna take a quick look at the EliteBook 845 G7. So an EliteBook is different from a ProBook in that this is designed around your corporate rollout. So one of the big selling points for HP of this puppy, aside from having creature comforts that professionals apparently like, like the nub style mouse in the middle of the keyboard, is serviceability. So as part, this is very unusual, as part of a sponsored video they've actually told me yeah, it's fine to whip out the tool kit and crack this thing open.
First, I want to fire it up though. So let's have a look at our external IO We've got our two USB type Cs, full-size HDMI, that is something I have really missed on my current daily driver, barrel plug, although the type Cs are apparently also good for charging, which is great. Then over on the other side two type As, another thing I have sorely missed on my current laptop, as well as a headphone microphone combo jack, and is that a smart card reader? Sweet, is that a built… oh, I think this one's got their built in privacy screen. I was like, is that a TN panel in 2020?
No, no, it's not. That would have been pretty embarrassing, wouldn't it? Hey, there it is. Now you do lose some of your horizontal viewing angles for having that feature. But if privacy is a factor for you it's a lot better than having a film over the top of it having it integrated into the screen like this, that's sick. Hey, so look at that: off axis, boom, blank screen. Matte finish 1080p, 60 Hertz, and a very nice keyboard, very soft too, not too loud. I did promise though that we're going to take a look at the insides. One of the first ways they've got to impress me
Is by not having too many screws and not requiring any kinds of fancy security beds ho ho ho ho ho, extra credit captive screws, very nice HP. One of my worst nightmares when working on a laptop is popping off the bottom panel only to have all the screws go (mumbles). You know, 'cause I accidentally left one in or left them in on purpose thinking, "Oh, I'll just leave these in here." And then five screws, that's it. And they're all stuck in there. No way to lose them. Absolutely love it. Inside, we're going to find a Ryzen 7 4750U,
So that's an eight core, 12 thread processor that runs at 1.7 gigahertz base, and boosts up to 4.1 gigahertz. So this is one responsive little machine that can also run a video render if you're into that sort of thing as well. It's got 16 gigs of RAM pre-installed, so each of these is an eight gig module and these are, of course, easily replaceable, whether by a tech or by a user, given that it's only five Phillips head screws. We're running a 256 gig MVME SSD, this particular one is from Western digital, but of course your mileage can vary on those. We've got, now that's interesting, we've got a second card.
Oh, that's probably for like a 5G card or something like that. We've got our Intel AX wireless over here. And of course we've got a 53 watt hour battery. So in a machine this size, that is a very respectable capacity. Everything in here is really, I mean, very standard in terms of the layout, single heat pipe, this cooler comes out with just, it looks like a couple of screws, if you need to remove it for servicing, or whatever the case may be. This little daughterboard is attached by a ribbon over here. Yeah, this thing looks crazy simple to work on, like a battery swap is like one, two, three, four
Four screws, and then one cable, it's freaking awesome. It's like fastest tear down ever. Oh. Uh oh, please tell me it still works. – It's working now. – Oh! (laughs) From my angle, I can't see it. I thought I just broke the laptop while I supposed to be making a video about it. Okay, in terms of performance, we scored 4818 in PC Mark. Now it doesn't have a crazy beefy cooler on it, which for an eight core processor, you might think that's insane but AMD's Ryzen 4000 series.
Mobile chips are quite frankly a marvel. They perform great. They run cool. They run usually quiet, but we're about to find out how that worked out in the EliteBook here. Very reasonable, (mumbles) Windows Hello too? Sick, fingerprint and Windows Hello, real nice. Our next contestant is the Probook 635 aero G7. This puppy features a Ryzen 4700U, so we stepped down a little bit in terms of CPU, but very similar access to the bottom chassis and cut down, but still very reasonable IO. So over on the right, full-sized HDMI, USB type C, with charging or a barrel plug, if you prefer that.
And over on the left side two USB type As, as well as a headphone microphone combo jack, that is what I'd consider to be basic but very flexible because at least you can use that type C with a dongle to go, "Okay, you know, there boom." With one thing clicked in, I've got another HDMI, three USB type As, a micro SD SD reader, and a gigabit ethernet jack. Our render's almost done on the EliteBook, so this has been running for quite some time. Keyboard, temperatures are still what I would describe as warmish, definitely not hot. And in terms of noise, my microphone is actually right here, guys.
Pretty darn quiet. Sorry, I know I'm spending all the time on the EliteBook, but this is the one that I feel like is more likely to end up in my backpack. So I'm just checking it out for me and for you. So I'm running the render again in the background here and it's not falling under 2.8, 2.84 gigahertz. That is way above base clock. This is an all core load. All right. With this machine, the initial feel is actually very similar and you've still got some professional features like Windows Hello, fingerprint reader, really nice feeling keyboard,
But you do give up some things. So you've got no mouse nipple in the middle, no smart card reader, of course, and no built in privacy filter. So this is just your standard issue, 400nit 1080p display. The screen's also a little bit smaller at 13.3 inches instead of 14, and the specs get downgraded a touch as well. So we're running a Ryzen 4700U instead of that 4750 in the other machine. In practical terms that performance difference is difficult to measure though, and you're more likely to notice something like the difference between the speakers.
So the EliteBook has Bang and Olufsen tuned audio. Whereas the Probook does not it doesn't sound bad or anything. It's just not quite as full sounding is the easiest way for me to describe it. One thing I did forget to mention though is that the Probook weighs just 0.999 kilograms, or 2.2 pounds for our imperial friends. So that's a benefit if you're running around the office with it in your hands. Dinally, the battery is smaller but it does have HP's fast charge feature just like (mumbles), our next contestant, the Probook 445 G7. So here we got a screen size upgrade.
We maintain our good mix of IO, so your Kensington lock, USB type A, oh, we've got an SD card reader this time. Over on the other side, two USB type As, HDMI, oh yeah, wired ethernet, as well as USB type C, and a barrel plug, if you're into that sort of thing. And we maintain our good biometric security with a fingerprint sensor, as well as Windows Hello. And you got to love that little slidey slide on the webcam. So you can cover that up if you're not into it. Now I'm having a little bit of trouble finding the power button, there it is. (laughs) Yeah. Yeah. This one's got a pretty dim screen,
Got resin on my hoodie. Damn you, resin table. Oh, that's really bad. – Buy a new one from LTTstore.com. – We don't carry resin tables, Andy. Oh, the hoodie. That makes more sense. Yeah. LTTstore.com, thanks, Andy. Once again, in spite of the Ryzen 4700, rather than 4750 processor, we still have extremely similar performance but the screen's a touch larger than our last one at 14 inches. Although it is not as bright,
So watch out for that. If you're planning to use your laptop outdoors, for example. And one of the compelling features for this one is that it can be easily upgraded with more storage with a two and a half inch device. So this is the first out of all three models that we've looked at that has a two and a half inch bay. Like the other two, it uses the Windows precision drivers for the touchpad, and has a nice soft touch keyboard. But that's pretty much all there is to say about this one. It's a little bit thicker, a little bit heavier. The 635 aero was crazy light, but still a nice feeling machine. Bringing us finally to the ProBook 435 X360, as you guys might put together,
This one has a 360 degree hinge, making it, now that I think about it, probably the most solid contender for my backpack, because I forgot when I was looking at that first one that I actually do use my two in one capabilities a fair bit. Now we lose Windows Hello on this one, but we've still got the fingerprint sensor. And in spite of downgrading all the way to a 4300U so this is just a four thread, four core processor. We're still putting up fairly respectable numbers in PC Mark. Another big plus for me is that even though it's a two in one, it's still got a USB type A port,
And then over here on the other side, oh yeah, full-size HDMI USB type A, USB type C, with charging again, and a barrel plug, as well as the micro SD reader and headphone microphone combo jack. The number of times that in a work environment especially, that you need to whip out an HDMI cable and plug into a projector or something like that, or capture device, you know sometimes capture software can be inconvenient compared to just plugging into something external in my line of work anyway, it comes up a freaking lot. I'd say the weakest points for this machine are probably the 250nit screen, and single channel memory, but like its ProBook and EliteBook cousins that we've had to look at today,
It's very easy to get access to. So let's have a look at the internals of this one. No broken clips, huh, very nice. Western digital MVME, is this a little pull tab for it? Oh, that's nice. Thanks, HP. Why does it say single channel memory in my specs? That can't be right. Just as much cooling in spite of the fact that we're only running four processor cores. Sweet. Let's go ahead and fire windows back up here and see if maybe something got mistranscribed, hardware info, all right, show me the dual channel money. Yeah, the memory is totally running in dual channel.
So it's 3200 megahertz dual channel. That's freaking awesome for a value machine. I guess that's kind of the theme when it comes to AMD equipped laptops, it is more bang for your buck. So thanks to HP for sponsoring this video. Thanks to you guys for watching it. You can check out their EliteBook and ProBook lineup at the link in the video description, featuring AMD Ryzen processors. It's really like look at how complete this line up is, so nice to see AMD treated properly, properly. Let me make a laptop tower. Wait for it.