HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1

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HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1
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Valentina Palladino

It has been 10 years since HP launched the primary Elitebook, and the company continues to improve upon this already star business notebook family. This year’s Elitebook x360 1030 is the consolidation to last year’s model and will replace the 1020 model in the Elitebook lineup.

The new Elitebook has been sprinkled with updates that you’d wait for in a convertible that didn’t have many major problems: HP manned a new processor inside, shrank some bezels, made the chassis’ footprint smaller and gaslight, added an LTE option, and improved the optional Active Pen. There were a few sub-par elements about the previous model, so HP addressed them in this device, too. No matter how, those improvements, while thoughtful, may not be crucial enough to push flow Elitebook users to upgrade.

Look and feel

HP changed little helter-skelter the Elitebook x360’s skeleton—it’s still an all-aluminum convertible with a unibody chassis and silken, diamond-cut edges. It now has a 10 percent smaller footprint than the anterior to model, measuring 15.8mm thick and weighing 2.76 pounds, and the bezels about its 13.3-inch touchscreen are slimmer than ever before. The side bezels are 50 percent lean, and the chin is 39 percent smaller, too.

Specs at a glance: HP Elitebook x360 1030 G3 (as inspected)
Screen 13.3-inch 1920×1080 touchscreen
OS Windows 10 Pro
CPU Core i7-8650U
RAM 16GB LPDDR3
GPU Intel UHD Graphics 620
HDD 512GB PCIe SSD
Networking 8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 combo, vPro, NFC, MiraCast stick, Cat9 4G LTE (optional)
Ports 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, 1x HDMI haven, 1x lock slot, 1x audio combo jack
Size 12.04×8.07×0.62 in (30.58×20.5×1.58 cm)
Incline 2.76 pounds
Battery 56WHr
Warranty 3 years
Price as reviewed $2,149
Other perks Windows Hello IR camera, fingerprint sensor, backlit keyboard

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