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HP EliteBook 840 G1 Ultrabook - Intel Core i5 4GB Memory 180GB SSD 14" Ultrabook Windows 7 with 3yr Warranty- (E3W30UT#ABA)

  • Intel Core i5 4300U (1.90GHz, Turbo Up-to 2.9GHz)
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM (1 open slot max 16GB), 180GB SSD
  • 14" Antiglare Screen (1366x768)
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400, Backlit Keyboard
  • Windows 7 Professional 64
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • David S.
  • 12/23/2014 9:02:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDefinitely Recommend

Pros: I've been using the 840 for a year now and absolutely love it. Our business is switching over exclusively to these to replace our aging fleets of xx40, xx60 and xx70 series of Elitebooks.

Users of the older models complained of the weight and bulk and love the new lightweight and slim desgin of the 840. Those that used the 12" model appreciate having a 14" screen that weighs much less than their 12" did.

The backlit keyboard is a huge improvement over the LED light that used to be on the screen by the camera of previous models which didn't work most of the time.

The speed and performance boost from the SSD is also a big improvement. A lot of our sales force is on the road and they can be a bit rough on PCs so not having a mechanical drive means much less support is needed because drives aren't crashing like they used to from being bumped, dropped, etc.

We order all our 840s with 8GB RAM standard which is more than sufficient, but they can run up to 16GB which again for those with resource intense applications is a great option.

There is also a USB port on the left side (lightning bolt) that you can use to charge your phone even when the PC is off which I find as a great benefit when needing to charge while on the go (such as walking through the airport or taking a bus/taxi someplace).

Cons: The only con for me is the 180GB SSD that comes standard. For most of our users it is more than sufficient, but some of the IT folks and power users could use a 250GB or 500GB SSD (I happen to run multiple VMs on mine for testing) so space is tight but it was easily fixed by installing a larger size SSD.

Some people might find the lack of a CD/DVD as a con, but let's be serious. If you're still using CD/DVD media, you need to get with the times. USB sticks are cheap and hold a lot more data than a CD/DVD can and are much more portable. That combined with cloud and network based storage there is no reason to need a CD/DVD drive anymore. All media can be downloaded and installed directly. As a member of the IT team responsible for all client applications, I can't recall a time when we had any physical media to install software over the last 2-3 years unless it's a really old program that should be retired or upgraded to a current and supportable version anyway.

Other Thoughts: Had been a fan of the Lenovo line of notebooks for a long time but the newest Elitebooks have finally tipped me in favor of the HP notebooks. My brother got a new Lenovo notebook from his company recently and my HP 840 blows it away across the board: weight, size, features, performance...you name it.

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  • Ronald T.
  • 11/14/2014 7:38:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsHP Elitebook 840G1 Ultrabook- A Step Backwards

Pros: - Slim Design
- Lighter than previous Elitebook models
- Backlighted Keyboard does make it easy to use in dark room.
- Front of Keyboard is sturdy such that you can rest your wrists on it without sending the mouse cursor moving everywhere. This is a BIG improvement.

Cons: - i5 CPU is slower and less powerful than in the HP 8460p
- SDXC Slot is exposed which allows Card to be Damaged!
- No CD/DVD drive
- Screen is less bright than Elitebook 8460p
- USB 3.0 Ports seem slower than on the 8460p
- No 54mm card slot
- Black Matte Plastic Top gets fingerprints and oil marks and it is difficult to clean.

Other Thoughts: I currently own HP Elitebook 8440p, 8460p, and Probook 4525s for my small business/home use. I now have a HP Elitebook 840G1 with 256GB SSD and 16GB Ram running Windows 7 64-Bit Pro OS which I have been using for several months. Up to now, I have been very happy with the HP Elitebook series laptops because they had excellent features like e-sata ports, firewire ports, Display ports, rugged mil spec construction, upgradeable, excellent support from HP, and very good performance for the price. The previous HP Elitebooks were workhorses but they were a little heavy.

I like the slimmer design of the 840G1 and the lighter weight. The battery life is a little better than for previous models which makes it unnecessary to use an extended life battery unless you regularly take very long international flights (they now have power ports at your seat so even that isn't a reason to get a bigger battery). I also really like the new backlighted keyboard which lets me type in a dark room. The older little LED light on the 8460p top of screen was totally non-functional. I also like that the keyboard top is now sturdy like the older 8440 models such that I can rest my wrists on the front of the keyboard to type without disturbing the cursor. Those are the only things I like about the 840G1.

In general, the 840G1 is a step down from the 8460p in terms of processor performance and capability. CPU intensive applications like video transcoding are much slower on the 840G1. The lack of a CD/DVD read/writer is also a problem for me. I have to load the files from another PC to save them to my SSD and that is much smaller than before.

With previous models I put a 128GB SDXC card in the laptop to extend the memory capacity. The 840G1 has the slot but it does not protect the card which sticks out about 4mm. I managed to crush a card and lost all the files from that card with this PC!!!! This is a BIG Problem for me. You have to remove the SCXC card whenever you are not using it and that is a Problem. They also eliminate the 54mm card slot so you cannot

The screen brightness isn't any improvement over the 8460p either. I would say that graphics performance is the same or slightly less than with the 8460p. It certainly isn't up to the 8460w.

Bottom line - The 840G1 is lighter, slimmer, and has a longer battery life than the older Elitebooks. To get that, you have to give up features like a faster processor, sturdiness, CD/DVD drive, e-sata port, and a good SDXC card slot and a 54mm card slot.

I want HP to make a unit like the 8460 but with the sturdiness and keyboard of the 8440. I will take the weight to get the features. I would give up the 840G1 in a second but I have it on lease for the next two years.

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