March 24, 2019

HP EliteBook 1050 G1 Review

EliteBook 1050 G1

The HP EliteBook 1050 G1 brings together everything a professional mobility team should have and complements it with exclusive features such as the privacy screen filter and collaboration keys.

Review HP EliteBook 1050 G1

Professional laptops have evolved over time to adapt to the current needs of companies. Offering great performance, greater autonomy and power, and special emphasis on the security section, an area that worries companies.

The HP EliteBook 1050 G1 is one of the latest to be added to the catalog. With a screen whose viewing area amounts to 15.6 inches and with which you can work comfortably with various applications.

HP EliteBook 1050 G1 Specification List

  • 15.6 “Full HD IPS screen
  • Resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Optional model with 15.6 “IPS 4K panel
  • Intel Core i7-8850H processor
  • VPro mode
  • 8 GB RAM with 2 SODIMM slots
  • 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD storage
  • Intel HD 630 graphics
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
  • Connectivity 2 USB 3.1 Type C (Thunderbolt), 2 USB 3.0 and headphones
  • HDMI 2.0 video output
  • SD card reader
  • Bang & Olufsen speakers
  • Windows 10 Pro operating system
  • Dimensions 360 x 254 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 2.06 Kg

Verdict

It is great news the great duration of your battery offered, along with extra features related to collaboration and security. This makes the new EliteBook 1050 G1 a great team for business environments.

HP Sure View has a long track record of improvement and we are confident that the company’s engineers will refine these aspects in the upcoming EliteBook. Meanwhile, it should be noted that the laptop adopts new features that you will not see in other brands.

HP EliteBook 1050 G1

Pros

  • Fantastically good battery
  • Solid performer
  • Effective privacy screen filter

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Excels at office work – but not much else

Price and availability

Retail price $ 1,825

The EliteBook 1050 G1 family was introduced at the end of 2018 and among its specifications; it is possible to choose 4 different models depending on the needs of each one. Prices start at $ 2,055 for the model with the most basic FHD IPS screen.

As you customize the components, the price of the model increases. In fact, only the entry price includes a 4-cell battery, while the other three models have 6 lithium-ion cells to guarantee 95.6 Wh.

The amount of RAM (32 GB maximum), the type of storage used (PCIe SSD up to 1 TB), and the IPS 4K screen mark the price of the model EliteBook 1050 G1 top range that reaches a figure of $ 4,180.55.

With a thickness of 18.9 millimeters and a weight of 2.06 kg, it has a low profile for easy transport, in addition to being designed with a single body of light magnesium alloy with diamond cut, resistant according to the certification of military standards Test Military Standard 810G.

The generous size of its IPS Full HD panel with the anti-reflective system and LED backlighting (which can also be 4K) stands out by significantly reducing the levels of its sides compared to previous generations of laptops.

The resolution of the model with 4K panel scales up to 3840 x 2160 pixels. You can always choose to acquire the Full HD model with lower resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)

Design and specifications

Inside and on paper, the EliteBook 1050 G1 has the most advanced Intel Core processor of the eighth generation, not the last. In our case, it is the Core i7-8850H accompanied by a 256 GB SSD storage unit.

The two SODIMM type memory slots support dual-channel DDR4-2666 SDRAM modules. The configuration evaluated by our part included 8 GB in total. The other key component is its GeForce GTX 1050 graphics that complement the integrated Intel.

As you can see in the images, you will find ventilation grilles everywhere, both on the sides and the base, which makes it possible for the working temperature of its components to be conducive to such high performance.

For manageability purposes, the keys with matt finish are spacious and are integrated into the laptop’s chassis. The distance between them facilitates the work of writing and eliminates the appearance of errors associated with double-clicking.

Its trackpad complements the use of its keyboard, offering a great tactile response, as well as ensuring a generous area of use to display movements with the fingers.

Connectivity and collaboration

All ports on the EliteBook 1050 are located on both sides. On the right, we find two Thunderbolt ports, one full-sized HDMI 2.0 video, as well as an SD card slot and the headphone jack. Here is also the power connector.

On the left side, you will find two USB 3.0 ports next to the Kensington type slot, the widely used in the market that allows you to physically fix the equipment to a specific place.

For communications purposes, mention that we have dual-band Intel wireless connectivity compatible with the 802.11 a / b / g / n and ac standards, along with the Bluetooth 5.0 mode.

But if something stands out the new HP professional solution is for its collaborative tools, which we will stop to comment carefully. Few laptops include dedicated function keys, as is our case.EliteBook 1050 G1

In the upper right row and next to the ‘delete’ key we find two communications oriented ‘Hang up and off-hook’ that you can use to support a video call, such as Skype.

Screen with privacy Sure View

Thinking about security and privacy, the screen of the EliteBook 1050 G1 supports a private viewing mode called HP Sure View Gen2 with which the viewing angles of the screen are significantly reduced to work in public places.

Press the dedicated key (associated with F2) and the screen will reduce the brightness so that the information will only be visible to the person who is operating the laptop. If you turn slightly 20º with respect to the central axis, you will see that the screen becomes illegible to those around you.

In this way, you can open your documents, your Excel sheets, or manage the ERP with private and sensitive information without it being exposed to bystanders or potential hackers who pursue the theft of credentials or identity.

And is that the protection of the equipment reaches levels even of the firmware. HP offers recovery protection executed on the hardware in order to recover the BIOS in the event of a malware infection or a ransomware or rootkit attack.

The HP EliteBook range allows you to protect your identity by using up to three factors of authentication together, such as facial recognition, the fingerprint system and a third measure that can be a key.

No less important is the measure of manually hiding the laptop’s webcam. Helped by a tab located on its upper front that allows hiding the camera. It is a measure that the company has extended to the entire professional range of EliteBook laptops.

Performance and autonomy

As usual in our tests, we use PC Mark 10 to obtain a performance score that allows us to draw conclusions when compared to other models.

Its index of 4720 indicates that it beats the Dell XPS 15 with the Core i7-8700G processor. Which showed a value of 3638. Meanwhile, the EliteBook 1050 G1 is surpassed by the score of 5325 that the ZenBook Pro 15 gave us. Asus.

The results show us that it is a well-trained team for office environments but not so much for games. Where we depend on the dedicated GeForce GTX 1050 graphics and integrated Intel HD Graphics.

For the purposes of autonomy and according to our experience, you will be able to face long days of work without having to carry your charger everywhere. The video playback test exceeded 9 hours and 16 minutes before running out completely, a surprising index.

Improve the EliteBook 1050 G1

The 15.6-inch Full HD screen of the model we have evaluated has strong brightness levels exceeding 600 nits. Which is much brighter than the 300 NITS offered by many other laptops.

Its refresh rate is 120 Hz and the range of color temperatures is also appropriate. However, when activating the Sure View screen privacy function. We check that it works well, but the panel illumination is not uniform.EliteBook 1050 G1

This is the first approach, but we see how the EliteBook screen shines more in one area than in another. Something that becomes visible when you work with white screen backgrounds such as a Word document.

 

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