The HP ProBook 440 G3 is designed to meet the needs of IT managers and business users. This 14-inch notebook is light, sturdy and loaded with a plethora of hardware management tools used by IT departments. In spite of its subpar display and above average battery life, this laptop delivers serious performance on the go.
HP ProBook 440 G3 – Display and Performance:
The 440 G3’s 720p screen isn’t the brightest one around as it emits only up to 243 nits (a measure of brightness). Also, the colors produced by the screen are not very accurate. In a Delta-E test for color accuracy, the G3 scores 3.6 (closer to zero is better) which is below the category average (2.12) for slim and lightweight notebooks.
CPU, RAM, and Storage:
Under the hood, the HP ProBook 440 G3 has an Intel Core i5-6200U CPU and 4GB of RAM which collectively generate enough processing speed for up a certain level of multitasking. The notebook doesn’t stutter even when you open a dozen Chrome tabs at a time, with Gmail, Google Docs, YouTube and Slack kept open simultaneously. On Geekbench 3, the machine recorded a score of 4,990 which is plenty for a Core-i5 device. The 500 GB Hitachi HDD with a speed of 7200 rpm should be plenty to store your files.
However, the lack of a discrete gaming GPU is clearly evident as the ProBook scored just 58,077 on the Ice Storm Unlimited test, falling behind the Dell Latitude 14 3470 (69,246) and the Lenovo Thinkpad T460 (65,981). On the left side, the HP ProBook 440 G3 has a headphone jack, a USB 2.0 port, and an SD card reader while the right side of the machine houses a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port, a VGA port and an HDMI port. These should be enough for most business users.
HP ProBook 440 G3 – Durability and Security:
The ProBook 440 G3’s soft chassis shouldn’t make you doubt the machine’s ruggedness since the notebook passed the MIL-STD-810G test, which means it can survive drops, vibrations, shocks, and dust. The IT managers will be happy to see the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip for data security and a fingerprint scanner for biometric logins. Speaking of security software, there’s HP BIOSphere, a firmware ecosystem that allows you to manage other hardware remotely. The HP Touchpoint Manager application allows the IT personnel to keep other HP business PCs functional and productive.
This HP business laptop’s 4-cell battery does a good job, but we recommend upgrading to a 6-cell battery by paying $5 extra. During a battery test, the ProBook, without a battery update, lasted for about 7 hours and 31 minutes.
The laptop can be used for hours at a stretch with no heating problems. Even after playing full-HD videos for 15 minutes, the machine stayed remarkably cool.
HP ProBook 440 G3 – Price:
In addition to the popular variant with a Core-i5 processor, the HP ProBook 440 G3 is also available with 6th-generation Core-i3 and Core-i7 CPUs. The model we reviewed here costs about $579 while the most premium variant is sold for $986. HP also provides you plenty of options to upgrade the screen, hard drive, RAM, and battery.
Overall, this device has a durable design, spillproof keyboard and a decent set of security applications tailor-made for IT managers. We hope this HP ProBook 440 G3 Review helps you find the right business laptop.