HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3 – REVIEW

HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3

8.4

Design

9.0/10

Screen

8.5/10

Performance

8.0/10

Keyboard/Trackpad

9.0/10

Autonomy

7.5/10

Pros

  • Details for professionals, such as privacy mode or BIOS protection
  • Top level design and finishing
  • Adequate performance for office tasks and content reproduction
  • Very suitable screen for outdoor work
  • Sound via high quality speakers

Cons

  • Graphical section only available with integrated solution
  • Shortage of ports for the professional sector
  • Scarce battery for a team that wants to travel a lot
  • High price

HP is still one of the PC manufacturers that offers the most convertible and complete options on the market. The new HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3 is the reference team within the new releases for the company’s world of work.

HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3, data sheet:

SCREEN: 13.3-inch IPS Full HD IPS screen, 700 nits brightness, matte finish

RESOLUTION:1,920 x 1,080

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-8650U 1,9 Ghz

GRAPHICS: Intel UHD 620

RAM: 16 GB LPDDR3-2133

SSD: 512 GB SSD PCIe NVMe M.2 SED

SOUND/WEBCAM: Bang & Olufsen sound with 4 stereo speakers / 1080p and infrared camera

SYSTEM: Windows 10 Pro

CONNECTIVITY: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2 x 2) Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.2
2 x USB-C (laptop charging, video output and data transfer up to 5 GB / s)
1 x USB 3.1 / 1 x HDMI 1.4 / 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack / nanoSIM slot

WEIGHT: 1,25 Kg

PRICE: $1.800

Almost twin brother of the Spectre x360, the HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3 is the new team of professional cut and environment more labor than consumer of the manufacturer that gives more options in the world of convertible ultrabooks.

The HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3 is a minor update to last year’s model, which has been improved in appearance, retouched some connectivity elements, and equipped with the new eighth-generation Intel processors. The graphical section, the weakest of the team, pivots everything on the integrated Intel UHD 620, even if the last name 1030 could lead to a mistake about the presence or not of a dedicated Nvidia.

All this has been seasoned by elements that are welcome in the environment of workers in mobility, such as the slot for nanoSIM or an extra security both hardware nd software.

 

The attractiveness of the well-finished metal

HP, with a recent logo change, has updated the design of their portable equipment in a radical way, giving them an appeal that gives extra value to their catalog. Speaking of a model committed to the field of the company no longer means neglected in the aesthetic aspect.

Just look at the new HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3, which has a metallic finish on its entire body, with a well finished case, rounded at the ends so that it is not aggressive and with a matte finish that is pleasant to the touch and very clean, which helps keep the team clean on a day to day basis.

The laptop, without breaking records of lightness or thinness, presents a contained and very balanced dimensions for the market to which it is addressed. It has a weight of just over 1.2 kg and a thickness of 1.5 cm, so when we want to use it as a tablet, it is not an uncomfortable or unwieldy model.

We have indicated that we can use it as a tablet because this is a fully convertible laptop where the screen is completely collapsed (180 degrees) on the keyboard. It does so thanks to a robust hinge system that can reliably stop the screen from collapsing at any point. The resistance that presents to the displacement is perfect, supporting its own weight at the time that does not require more than a hand for the opening of the equipment.

The good metallic finish of the external case remains identical inside. There stand out the two side speakers that occupy the space left between the keyboard and the edge of the equipment, and that are signed by Bang & Olufsen, responsible for the sound of this laptop.

In this aspect, this laptop sounds really well, with power and clarity that is not usually seen much in this type of ultrabook type equipment. It is an extra that should be considered valuable if it is an aspect that you are looking for especially in a laptop that also gives you satisfaction in sessions of multimedia content playback or simply using the integrated webcam for voice or video calls.

Regarding the lower part of the equipment, we find the typical anti-loosening rubber bands, which go from side to side, the ventilation outlet just between the hinges and an extra grille for the sound.

The difficult balance of connectivity

One of the sections that can most separate the consumer market of the professional is in the ports of the teams. This HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3 plays a bit two sides and the result is something in no man’s land.

On the right side we have a USB-A 3.1 port that in some families of select and thin ultrabooks disappeared a while ago. Beside it we find the headphone ports and the power button, which is certainly hard to get used to. We prefer it always in the interior, where it is more within reach and we do not have to tempt with the fingers for its ignition as it happens now.

On that left side of the laptop we also have a slot for nanoSIM card, one of the peculiarities of this Elitebook.

The bulk of the connections have to be found on the right side of the laptop. There are the two USB-C ports (Thunderbolt 3), one of them for charging, a full HDMI 1.4 port, the security connector and, surprise, a physical volume control that despite being comfortable, we still prefer inside.

As big absences, we must mention the Ethernet port, as well as the slot for microSD cards, two ports that in certain sectors of workers can make a lot of sense, without having to depend on base stations or adapters that always assume more load in the day to day and an extra memory so that they never forget us.

It does not really count as a port, but we do not forget the fingerprint reader that helps us identify more quickly and safely.
A high-level touchpad

One of the nice surprises of the HP Elitebook is found on the touchpad. It has a glass finish, facilitating fluid movement and very precise for its surface. In our test the gestures with several fingers have worked perfectly and is one of the most reliable we have seen under the Windows ecosystem.

But he still has room for improvement. To begin with, the size could be greater to feel more freedom of movement. On the other hand, the implementation of the buttons on the mechanism of the glass itself has been somewhat hard and too long.

And the keyboard? It is chiclet type, with good travel, quite silent but global dimensions somewhat reduced. It’s easy and quick to get used to but I think that keys of a slightly larger size would have suited him well.

Some shortcuts, such as the Windows calendar or the phone function (remember that it has a SIM card slot and business profile), as well as the reduced dimensions of the upper and lower scroll keys, call attention to its distribution.

The keyboard is backlit individually on each key, without annoying leaks, having two levels of brightness in addition to the off mode.

A bright screen with privacy mode

It is curious that the section more configured of a laptop is the screen. More even than processor, RAM or storage unit. It occurs with the HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3, which is available with up to five different screen configurations.

The most significant choice has to do with the resolution of the panel, which can be 1080p or 4K. But there is also the possibility of choosing maximum brightness or panel type (matte or glossy). The model that we have tested in Engadget is the one that offers 1080p resolution, but in the version with a matte finish panel to avoid reflections.

On the screen of this Elitebook the side edges have been reduced considerably, although without being able to be considered as a notebook with a screen without borders. The superior, the most forceful, includes a camera with enough quality to perform videoconferences, in addition to an IR.

That reduction of edges is appreciated when we switch to tablet mode. With a quick 180 degree turn we can place the screen completely on the keyboard and take advantage of the touch panel technology. This element is very precise, we can move with the finger without problems of precision throughout the operating system and its options, but also the team comes with a styles for when we need to draw or take notes.

Another interesting detail for those who use the laptop for work in mobility is the button to avoid prying eyes to the screen. With a single touch, the screen applies a filter that slightly darkens the screen when we look at it from the front, but which makes it quite difficult to see from the side. The difficulty of visualization is already seen at about 50 degrees.

Correct autonomy, without any boast

Often some families of ultrabooks suffer from problems of autonomy when the manufacturer prioritizes power and thinness to battery size. The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is aware that it has work tasks in mobility, its strong, and the battery complies, although without great fanfare.

In the daily work with the team, during the week that we have been using it as a main team, with text editing tasks, some images, social networks and almost all the time within the web browser (with WiFi connectivity), the laptop HP has allowed us to work continuously during sessions of between 3 and 3.5 hours, always with brightness at a medium-high level.

Another use scenario in which we test laptops is based on the reproduction of video with brightness at about 200 nits and activated Wi-Fi connectivity, a task in which the HP model is capable of exceeding 8.5 hours without problem.

Final Words

The world of portable ultrabook type supports many recipes, all around maximum portability without sacrificing sufficient power. This new HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3 meets the majority of conditions that we can require a team intended primarily for work, starting with its performance and ending with specific details and nothing usual in the consumer market both hardware and software side.

In our test we have been satisfied with the outdoor screen, especially with the matte finish, high brightness and the curious but well thought out way of privacy. The convertible solution also fulfills, but it leaves us with a bad taste in the mouth that there are no options to integrate dedicated graphics solutions and a little more autonomy, factors that together with the high price move part of the consumption sector away from this solution.

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