HP EliteBook 1040 G3 Design and Hardware

The HP EliteBook 1040 G3 marks the beginning of an era of more advanced, ergonomically designed and powerful laptops. It is a windows laptop which almost imitates the style, class and the performance of an Apple MacBook. If someone loves laptops with a premium build and good performance, then this laptop by HP is one of the best options available right now. The new model is most beautifully designed and power packed laptops available in the market. It has the necessary performance hardware that can handle the most difficult task. The laptop maintains a balance between portability and capability, which makes it a tough competitor and best in the business.

HP EliteBook 1040 G3 frontHP EliteBook 1040 G3 – Design and Hardware:

The body of EliteBook 1040 G3 is built by Aluminium and Magnesium, which makes it almost identical to the MacBook by Apple. The new EliteBook is very thin, and at 0.62 inches it is one of the thinnest laptops available. Another plus point of this laptop is the addition of the fingerprint scanner. It is synced up with HP’s Client Security software which is helpful in guarding the data using the biometric encryption.

Although it is almost same as its predecessor, there has been a significant change, and that is a larger trackpad. There have also been some major updates such as a new function for left and right click buttons. The keyboard is beautifully designed, and the strokes are soft which result in low noise development. Overall the keyboard provides premium typing experience.

The display is also on the par with other high-end machines, but a 4K display would have been much better. There will be two variants available in the market- one would be an FHD version with 156 PPI density and other wold be a touch enabled QHD version.

Connectivity wise it scores full marks, and it has a full-sized HDMI port, two 3.0 USB ports, a USB-C, an audio jack and a smart card reader. There are port layouts on both the sides. Both VGA and ethernet cables can be used for docking purposes as it has all the required adapters available. It also has a WWAN module integrated with it plus a sim card is also offered by HP. The WiFi is managed by the popular Intel WLAN module which supports both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks along with Bluetooth 4.2. NFC is also a bonus add-on to the features of this laptop.

HP EliteBook 1040 G3

HP EliteBook 1040 G3 – Performance and Battery:

The ULV hardware from Intel and choice between Core i5 and i7 processors makes it very high performing. The RAM is soldered and it comes in 8 and 16 GB memory. It also comes with inbuilt SSD storage irrespective of the configuration of the laptop. Although HP has increased the battery capacity from 42 to 46.5 watts from its predecessors, it does not increase the battery life of the laptop. Several tests state that its battery will last up to 7.5-9 hours on a full charge.

The Elitebook comes with pre-installed Windows 10 Pro. With downgrade rights users, can also get Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 Pro. Overall the performance is great, and it fares ver good in various benchmark tests.


Processor- Intel Core i5 or i7.
RAM – DDR4 RAM come in two choices 8 and 16 GB.
Storage – 512 SSD Storage.
Screen Sizes – Comes in various screen sizes.
Display – Comes in two different displays FHD, and a QHD with a touch screen. Another QHD Display without a touch screen is also rumored.
Wifi – Dual-Band Wireless – AC 8260 from Intel 2.4 and 5 GHz supported. Bluetooth 4.2
Resolution – 2560 x 1440 pixels.
Battery Life – 7.5 Hours – 9 hours on a full single charge.
Build – Strong Aluminium and Magnesium Alloy body.


> Great Display options.
> Excellent and premium build quality.
> Very Thin, Lightweight and portable.
> Integrated Sim card slot with LTE support.
> VGA and Ethernet adapter included.
> High-quality performance.
> Excellent Keyboard, trackpad, and speakers.


> Poor Battery runtime.
> NO SD card reader.
> No support for Thunderbolt 3.
> Price is a little high.

HP EliteBook 1040 G3 rear

HP EliteBook 1040 G3 – Conclusion and Price Range:

The 1040 G3 is one of the best business laptops by HP. It is all built and has good specifications with more hardware features makes it a must buy for anyone who is seeking to try something new. The price of EliteBook 1040 G3 starts at $ 1,199.