When I tested the HP EliteBook series laptops in previous years, I had the impression that I was dealing with a higher category of equipment. Has the HP EliteBook X360 1040 G8 changed anything in the perception of the brand’s flagship business series?
Specifications HP EliteBook X360 1040 G8
- metal body, dimensions 319 x 203 x 16.6 mm, weight 1.32 kg,
- IPS LED screen, diagonal 14 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60 Hz, matte, touch, declared brightness 400 nits,
- processor – Intel Core i7-1165G7 (4 cores, 8 threads, 2.80-4.70 GHz, 12MB cache),
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics,
- 16 GB RAM (LPDDR3x, 4266 MHz), soldered,
- M.2 PCIe 512 GB SSD,
- Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE modem,
- 2x USB 3.2 Gen. 1, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0, jack 3.5 mm,
- covered HD camera, fingerprint reader, white backlit keyboard,
- 54 Wh battery, charging via USB-C with 65 W power,
- price: PLN 8,299
The set includes a two-piece charger. Optionally, a stylus appears in it.
The HP EliteBook X360 1040 G8 is the Yoga they took from me
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Lenovo’s Yoga laptop development, but at the same time, I’m a big fan of models from the series from years ago. The HP EliteBook X360 1040 G8 makes my eyes widen. I get a true two-in-one. Or rather… double two in one?
On the one hand, it is such a structure that connects a laptop and a tablet thanks to 360-degree hinges. On the other hand, it combines the design and sturdiness of the EliteBook series with what I miss in Lenovo Yoga laptops today. Well cut edges, sharp, refined, sometimes angular. And all this in a silver body that catches the eye from a distance.
However, there is one downside to all this perfect shell. This is not a record-breakingly light laptop, although it would be a sin to complain about the weight of 1.32 kg. The problem, however, is the balance of the build. The center of gravity is somewhere far at the rear edge of the case, so if we take it in one hand, we feel a clear overload. After all, in an office environment, such a laptop is often carried open in one hand, and this will be a bit of an inconvenience. But once we close it, we can easily fit it in almost any bag or backpack.
There is not a bad word to say about the hinges. They look very solid and, as the name suggests, allow you to rotate the screen through the full range of 360 degrees.
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See, an ultrabook can have many ports!
The small number of ports is due to the small thickness of the case. There is nowhere to mount them. Familiar, right? Ultrabook manufacturers have already accustomed us to a very economical number of ports. HP shows it can do otherwise.
On the right side we find USB 3.2 Gen. 1 port, a full-sized HDMI 2.0 and two USB C ports, both with Thunderbolt 4.
On the other side we have a second USB 3.2 Gen. 1 port, 3.5 mm jack, SIM card slot and Kensington Lock. A SIM card slot is rare and I personally would prefer a memory card slot, but who likes what. Considering the fact that this is strictly business equipment, LTE connectivity may be more useful in an office setting than a memory card slot (but it’s always worth having both!). The LTE modem is also associated with the presence of an antenna line running along the lid of the laptop.
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Bright, matte touchscreen. Here’s how you can?!
The HP EliteBook series can often surprise you with its screens. The parameters they achieve, especially in terms of high quality, are often ahead of the competition. In the case of the EliteBook X360 1040 G8, the screen is not only very bright, but also tactile and, which rarely goes hand in hand with touch, matte. Thanks to this, it can be used in practically any conditions, even in very bright environments and outdoors.
You can only stop at fairly large frames, especially at the top and bottom. The display covers 89% of the damper area. This can be explained by an advanced system of microphones located above the screen, a proximity sensor and a face recognition mechanism. We have two microphones facing the user and two opposite. For this, an HD camera with an option to cover, which is activated with a button on the keyboard.
Color coverage is 99% sRGB, 76% AdobeRGB, 76% P3 and 71% NTSC. These are very good results and they are more than enough for work. The gamma is perfect and is 2.2. The maximum brightness is 365.7 cd/m^2, the contrast is 1240:1 and the white point is 6300. Again, the results are excellent and even the white point itself is very close to ideal. Another plus is the uniformity of the backlight and colors. There are differences here, but they’re really small, especially compared to the competition. The measured Delta-E average is 0.82, which is also great. The matrix is really of very good quality and can certainly be classified as one of the strong points of the tested laptop.
The tested variant lacks the SureView function, which prevents people sitting next to us from suspecting the contents of the screen. When choosing the EliteBook X360 1040 G8, it’s worth looking for a version equipped with this feature.
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The EliteBook series keyboard does not disappoint again
There is probably no more comfortable keyboard in laptops than that of the EliteBook series. Apart from the slightly similar Huaweia MateBook 14s, they are unmatched. The EliteBook X360 1040 G8 doesn’t break it. The keyboard is incredibly flexible. Buttons are pressed with a noticeable resistance, greater than most laptops. However, the pressure itself is soft and produces a warm sound. We have to use a little more force to type, but thanks to this, your fingers get much less tired while typing. In turn, high elasticity means you can type faster. This is a very interesting combination that is difficult to tear yourself away from.
The keyboard is, of course, backlit and, characteristic of the series, an additional column of buttons – home, end, pg up and pg dn, located on the right. It is also splash resistant.
The touchpad is pretty standard. Small, slick and easy to use. It also supports basic gestures like zooming by stretching out two fingers. Like on a smartphone screen.
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Tests in programs
The versions of the programs I used in the tests can be found in the graphs. The Handbrake tests consisted of checking the conversion time of a 10 minute 33 second .mp4 movie to H.264 and H.265 (1080p30). In the 3DMark tests, I used benchmarks available in the free version of the program.
The disk may not be the most efficient design, but such results are enough for comfortable work. The same applies to the other results. The laptop is definitely not an efficient design, but considering the design and focus on mobility, such results will satisfy you in daily work and use of the equipment.
Can I play games on the HP EliteBook X360 1040 G8?
In the case of Watch Dogs: Legion, with low details, I got an average of 22 fps and 1% below 16 fps at Full HD and 33 and 25 at 1280 x 720 px. In Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla it was 22 and 14 respectively at Full HD and 31 and 24 at 1280 x 720. Another game I checked was Borderlands 3. Here with very low settings, on average at Full HD I got 25.3 fps, but in 1280 x 720 px now 42.6 fps. The latest game is Total War Saga: Troy. In this case, with the low settings, you can easily enjoy the game in Full HD. The average number of frames per second is 65.6, and the lowest is 60. With less demanding or older titles at the lowest details, you can enjoy relatively smooth gameplay even at a lower resolution, while at very demanding games, unfortunately, even lowering the resolution will not help much.
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Temperature and volume
The rest consisted of the desktop shown, browser on, 100% brightness and WiFi connection. I did the load by running Cinebench R23 + FurMark. I took infrared pictures with the CAT S61 smartphone.
Even under load, the case does not heat up much and there is no problem using the keyboard. On it is the hottest point, but such temperatures are perfectly acceptable. The CPU at rest was around 38°C and under load was below 70°C. When idle, you can’t hear the HP EliteBook X360 1040 G8 in action. Under load, the volume from a distance of 20 cm was about 42.2 dBA, which is very good. Therefore, work culture should also be classified as one of the advantages.
Intel Evo obliges, that is, working hours
Intel Evo laptops must run for at least 8 hours on a single charge to be included in the program. HP goes one step further, which can be expected from the representative of the EliteBook series.
With brightness set to 60%, the laptop allows almost 12 hours of web surfing and office work and less than 11 hours of watching movies. At maximum brightness, the working time decreases, depending on the load, to 7-8 hours.
The battery is usually a laptop, two part battery. But it is compact, with a very long cable in a strong braid.
The HP EliteBook X360 1040 G8 is the laptop you want to work on
I haven’t seen any EliteBook series laptops in three or even four years and what can I say… little has changed. Both in terms of style and the options available. These are some of the best made laptops on the market, with great screens, brilliant keyboards, long runtimes and adequate performance reserves. All this can be found in the HP EliteBook X360 1040 G8.
It’s a great tool for office work, you could even say it’s prestigious. It will also work well for photo processing. If you often work away from home, as I mentioned earlier, it’s worth looking for a screen option equipped with the ShureView feature. Also, despite the high price, I definitely recommend this model. Worth!