The HP EliteBook 1040 G3 the version up from the HP EliteBook 840 G3. The main difference from the 1040 to the 840 G3 is the biggest 6 cell battery in the HP EliteBook 1040 G3 compared to the 3 cell battery in the HP EliteBook 840 G3. HP EliteBook 1040 G3 gives the real-world battery life of around 9 hours. Another main difference between the 1040 and 840 is the 1.58 centimeter thinness in the HP EliteBook 1040 G3 making it lighter as well coming in at 1.43 kilograms on the scales.
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The downside with this thinness is the 8 GB memory on this model is soldered and on options are available to upgrade up to 16 gigabytes whereas the 840 can be upgraded to the maximum or 32 gigabytes. The 10/40 keyboard has plenty of travel in its grave for typing long documents and working on projects.
You have to be impressed by the aluminium CNC design. It’s a premium design that looks good while working at the airport, business, lounge and at the same time can take a few knocks with Mal STD 810G.
For this model, it got an Intel core i7 6600U processor with 8 GB of memory and 512GB of M2 SSD storage, a dual microphone array and 720p webcam gives decent quality Skype calls with your work colleagues or family. The stereo speakers with tweaking by Banging Olsen are good and loud. It’s not going to win awards but will allow you to wind down after work with a bit of Amazon Prime TV or YouTube.
Gaming on the Intel 520 graphics is limited to basic games on the 14 inch 4 HD 1080p display. Talking of the screen it can be slightly disappointing with the anti-glare coating giving it a dull and grainy effect.
The HP EliteBook 1040 G3 manages to squeeze in a great selection of ports including one USB C, one HDMI, 2 USB 3s, an SD card reader, NFC and even a SIM slot for 4G LTE connectivity. Its glass click pad is large and responsive.
This HP EliteBook 1040 G3 model comes with Windows 7 Pro with an upgrade option to Windows 10 Pro. Adding to Windows 10 Pro, is the BitLocker encryption and Windows Hello authentication which is HP security client.
The HP EliteBook 1040 G3 comes with a slim power adapter and an adapter to add an Ethernet port and vga connector. There’s little to fault with the performance on the laptop with the i7, 8 gigs of RAM and 256 gigabytes of M2 SSD. Working on office 2016 to Adobe Creative Cloud is fast and efficient.
HP EliteBook 1040 G3 is a great choice if you want a laptop that is portable, fast, durable and look stylish. The only downside is the dull screen and high price tag but the overall package justifies its price tag with a great battery life, many ports and security tools make it a top-notch business laptop.
Main features for HP EliteBook 1040 G3
14.0 Inch Display
Intel Core i7
2.6 GHz Processor
512 GB Hard Disk