The newest HP EliteBook 1030 G1 delivers almost everything, whether it is seamless performance or design. It is designed perfectly and rightly sized at 13.3-inch which sits perfectly between 12.5-inch EliteBook Folio and 14-inch EliteBook 1040 G3. In recent times HP has made an excellent reputation for manufacturing laptops that can deliver best in class performance and are easy to carry. Although the HP EliteBook 1030 G1 is not as thin and light as the EliteBook Folio, yet it sports some brilliant specifications which make it stand at par with the best business class laptops in the market.
HP EliteBook 1030 G1 – Design:
The Classic and bulky laptops are now part of the history and people prefer thinner and lighter laptops which can be carried easily and give the best performance. Keeping this in mind HP has made a compact yet powerful laptop in the form of HP EliteBook 1040 G3. The build is also just like any other typical HP laptop. The round edges and aluminum chassis make this laptop both durable and lightweight at the same time. The base of the laptop is rubberised which it makes easier to get the hold of the laptop.
The near edge to edge 13.3-inch display comes in two variants. The first one being a Full HD display with the resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and another one having the resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. Both the variants are good enough to provide the finest viewing experience, and they can deliver excellent multimedia presentations and entertainment. The keyboard is nicely designed with a nice bounce back. The good thing about the keyboard of the HP EliteBook 1030 G1 is that it does not make much sound and it is good for those who have quiet workplaces. The trackpad is rightly sized, and it is also very responsive, providing a smooth working experience.
Audio and Ports:
The Bang and Olufsen powered stereo audio provides good audio quality even if the volume is at the maximum. When buying a compact laptop people usually do not expect much connectivity options, but HP has done an excellent job by providing all the required ports. It has two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.0 type-C port, an HDMI out port and a headset jack. It also has a docking port. Unlike other EliteBooks, an integrated LTE connectivity module is not available for HP EliteBook 1030 G1. Furthermore, the Bluetooth 4.2 and wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac are available as the communication options.
HP EliteBook 1030 G1 – Performance and Battery:
The HP EliteBook 1030 G1 has been designed for better productivity and optimum performance. The passively cooled down Intel M5 processor does not only prevent the laptop from being overheated, but it also provides ultra-fast working experience. Although frugal, the Skylake processor can attain the maximum clock speed of 3.1 GHz. However, there is no dedicated GPU; rather it comes with integrated HD Graphics which is good enough for playing some modern games. However, the M-series chips are not compatible with DDR4 Ram and the EliteBooks run on soldered RAM. It can be customized either with an 8GB RAM or 16 GB RAM based on the requirements. The 512 GB M.2 SSD storage makes it even faster.
The battery life is excellent, and on a full charge, the four cell 40 Wh battery can last up to 13 hours which is enough for finishing all the office work. It comes with pre-installed Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit.
Specification of HP EliteBook 1030 G1:
Processor- Intel Core M series processor with maximum clock speed of 3.1 GHz. ( Comes in for variants each having different processor from the M-series).
RAM- LPDDR3- 8/16 GB (Soldered).
Display- 13.3-inch. Two variants FHD and QHD with the resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 3200 x 1800 pixels.
Storage- 512 GB SSD storage.
Battery Runtime- 10 hours on full charge. (Depends on the type of the work).
> Premium build and excellent quality case.
> Great display with good viewing angles.
> Powerful performance.
> USB Type- C connectivity
> Fast WLAN with ultimate transfer speed.
> Cannot be upgraded
HP EliteBook 1030 G1 – Final Words and Price Details:
The HP EliteBook 1030 G1 is a high-quality laptop which comes packed with some good specifications. It is thin, light and it can give a tough competition to other laptops available in the market in the same price range. Good display, better sound quality and a processor powerful enough to provide a smooth working experience make this laptop one of the best business laptop available in the market. Finally, the price starts at $1,249.