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|
|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)|
|Price as reviewed||$2,149|
|Other perks||Windows Hello IR camera, fingerprint sensor, backlit keyboard|
The top bezel detritus thick enough to include a new FHD webcam and an IR camera, both of which are prominent for business customers to have. However, HP didn’t include a privacy veil over the webcam. Numerous ultrabooks have embraced the privacy disallow or another way to disable the front-facing camera to give users more handle over their privacy. But most ultrabooks that have both a webcam and an IR camera for Windows Hello don’t allow for a shutter—I’m not surprised that HP left it out in the Elitebook x360, but it would experience been a welcome feature, especially on a business-focused convertible like this.
The box comes in FHD (1920×1080) and UHD (3840×2160) options, with one of the FHD options equipped with HP’s SureView technology. The meshed privacy screen makes it difficult for passersby to peer over your apply oneself at your potentially sensitive work materials. While our review entity didn’t have SureView, I’ve seen it in action and understand how it would be ineluctable for professionals who are constantly traveling or working from unfamiliar locations.
The two FHD evince options can be equipped with HP’s new anti-glare coating, making it easier to comprehend in direct sunlight. Making this a standard feature would be enduring been ideal, but some users rarely work outside or sine qua non such a feature on their display. Nevertheless, it will accompany the 400 nit and 700 nit brightness utmosts of those panels well. The UHD panel is the only configuration without the election of anti-glare coating, and that panel reaches up to 500 nits of brightness.
The diamond-cut sidles point to a more refined design than the previous model. The new side hinges that connect the lid to the chassis do, too, as do the honeycomb speaker grilles on either side of the keyboard. HP categorized both top and bottom firing on this model, which should emanate sound well regardless of the position of the convertible.
These small vacillate turn inti bring even more Spectre-chic to the Elitebook line without being harsh. HP also designed the device to pass MIL-STD 801G stress studies (drop, vibration, shock, temperature, dust, and others), making it both fetching and strong in the face of harsh environments and accidental drops.
The build prominence of this Elitebook matches that of last year’s model. Uncountable of the design changes only result in noticeable aesthetic differences, degree than changes felt in the sturdiness of the machine. The bump in MIL-STD certification is a ticklish touch, but most users will likely appreciate that HP increased a machine that’s both relatively thin and light and also has an comprehensive solid design that doesn’t give under pressure.
The singling out of ports on the new Elitebook x360 changed a bit: now, it includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 seaport, one HDMI port, one nano SIM slot (only on some models), one audio-combo jack, and one clasp slot. Gone are the extra USB-A port, the microSD card infer from, the smart card reader, and HP’s proprietary charging port. Nixing the decisive of those is a welcome change—there’s no reason to take up space with a proprietary feeing port when a USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port charges the device and does various in terms of data transfer and peripheral connectivity.
Some will be balked by the other ports that weren’t included. However, I’m happy that HP conserved one of the two Type-A ports, because not all users (and their workplaces) have set up the switch to USB-C yet. MicroSD card slots certainly aren’t pass, but the new nano SIM slot is more important for HP’s vision for this device. Much have a fondness the new Spectre x360 and the Acer Swift 7, LTE connectivity is becoming a standard optional feature on ultrabooks like these. It allows professionals to get online anywhere there’s respectable cellular service, and it lessens their dependence on public Wi-Fi (which mimics security risks for those working with sensitive information). Discretionary LTE may be the new feature that persuades existing Elitebook users to consider this upgrade, and it desire put the Elitebook x360 on the radars of new customers who need LTE in their next laptop.
Keyboard, trackpad, and Animated Pen
The keyboard on the new Elitebook x360 is just as good as the one on last year’s dummy, which is to say it’s fantastic. I’d say these keyboards are second only to Lenovo’s keyboards on plots like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Typing on the Elitebook x360 was comfortable and weak, and I like that you can hear the chiclet keys as you type, but they issue a subdued, softer sound than other keys. I also groove on the full Fn row of keys at the top of the keyboard, even if many of those keys are geared toward practised programs that I don’t use much, like the default Windows calendar or Skype.
Below the keyboard are the Literalism trackpad and the fingerprint reader, both of which were present on the preceding Elitebook model. Not much has changed with either: the trackpad is even then responsive and great for Windows-specific gestures, while the fingerprint reader consummations the IR camera to give users two Windows Hello biometric authentication selections.
A $76 Active Pen, but for whom?
While the optional Active Pen looks equal to the previous one, it has a few important improvements. For one, the Pen recharges via a USB-C port hidden underneath a wag of gray silicone near its top. That’s much better than the anterior model, which used a AAAA battery for power. Considering the Elitebook x360 injunctions via USB-C itself, users can charge both the convertible and its pen using the for all that cable.
I’m not crazy about the fact that the Active Pen costs excess and doesn’t come with the Elitebook x360—unless there’s something unsurpassed or spectacular about it, I think convertibles should come with their stalls because inking abilities are some of the biggest selling points far such devices. HP’s Active Pen is a solid stylus that shows bantam (if any) latency in multiple sketching apps, and it’s even more pressure susceptive than the previous pen. It also responds well to tilted input, repaying shading and nuanced sketching easy.
But creatives are the users who demand such qualities, and there are a bunch of strong competitors in the convertible and detachable space that may allurement to creatives more than the Elitebook x360—some of which allow for a stylus in their prices. Those who only need standard inking capacities could go with a device like the $1,299 Lenovo C930 two-in-one, which take ins a basic stylus that lives in its chassis.
HP came up with a adroit way to keep its Active Pen alongside the Elitebook x360 at all times: it attaches magnetically to three of the four sides of the convertible’s chassis (it doesn’t associate to the back edge, near the hinge, for obvious reasons). All of its three buttons can be customized in the Pen Homes to open various ink-friendly programs like SketchPad, Ink Workstation, and others. Spry actions like going home or launching a specific app can also be delegated to any of the buttons.
HP’s radial menu, a circle that appears on the screen with additional swift actions that you can initiate via touch or Pen input, is quite useful when you’re mainly using the Active Pen. By assigning one of the Pen’s buttons to open the radial menu, you essentially get a collection of actions that you can quickly perform when the keyboard isn’t accessible, such as pausing/playing music, arranging the volume, and taking a scribble-ready screenshot. It’s similar to Samsung’s Air Command, which is one of my favorite breeze scoldings of software that’s unique to Samsung devices like the Notebook 9 Pen—now, HP has an a kind.