HP ProBook 450 G1 Review

HP ProBook 450 G1
Written by Shehroz Butt

For small business users, 15.6-inch HP ProBook 450 G1 laptop model is a suitable option that received favorable reviews from its users for its quality and usage. Unlike providing Intel vPro system management technology typical for managing large groups of laptops, it comes with some specific features for business laptops such as a spill-resistant keyboard, anti-glare display, and an optional fingerprint reader. Its full-blown processors with non-low standard voltages and their full performance make this notebook based on the 4th Generation Intel Corei3, i5, and i7. A solid-state drive or a hard drive with up to 128GB capacity and 1-Terabyte respectively and up to 16GB of random access memory (RAM). Unlike the pricier HP 650 that provides 1920*1080 pixel choice, it does optionally give a selection of the touchscreen. Either an AMD Radeon HD discrete video card or the Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics manages the display.

This model also does have a webcam, stereo speakers, HDMI, built-in optical drive, four USB ports, a media card reader, VGA video outs, and many connectivity features. There is a silver-colored aluminum keyboard deck, and a rubber-like soft-touch finish covers its LCD lid.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Features Specific to Business Laptops
  • Portable and Lightweight
  • Good Battery Runtime

Cons

  • Spill Resistant Keyboard
  • Low Screen Resolution
  • No Intel vPro System Management Technology
Best for Quality Comfort and Durability

Performance:

As far as this model’s performance is concerned, it is an excellent machine to work on. The blend of high-performance Core i7 quad-core processor, Windows 7/8 Professional, and matte screen make it a work machine. Test reports indicate that this device is worth the money.

HP comes with a Core i7-4702MQ processor like the latest Haswell CPU generation. Although its clock speed is 2.2 GHz, yet it can be boosted to 3.1 GHz (two cores), 2.9 GHz (all four cores), and 3.2 GHz (one core only) via Turbo. Scores did not disappoint when its processor performed the Cinebench CPU tests at full speed. Due to weaker processors, the TravelMate (Core i5-4200U, HD Graphics 4600) and the Thinkpad Edge (Core i3-4000M, HD Graphics 4600) could not compete with this model. In PCMark benchmark scores, these two also could not match. Moreover, without experiencing delays and other problems, it functions smoothly.
Its hardware makes it easy for this model to run smoothly using a low-quality level and low resolution for playing games. The frame rates can be increased up to 20% by installing a second working memory module.

Features:

This model’s 15.6-inch screen makes it a good option for professional and private usage. In features, it matches its relatives such as ProBook 455 G1 H6P57EA (AMD A4-4300M, Radeon HD 7420G) and ProBook 450 G0 H0V92EA (Core i3-3120M, HD Graphics 4000) but not in connectivity, casing, input devices, and speakers.

The ProBook’s matte screen provides 1366*768 resolution, and its average brightness is equal to that of the TravelMate and marginally lower than the ThinkPad Edge’s. In addition to that, its black level and screen contrast rates are not promising as well. The AdobeRGB or the sRGB color required for professional image editing cannot be reproduced on its screen. For outdoor usage, this laptop can be used despite the only middling brightness. However, overly bright surroundings should be kept away from.

Furthermore, its viewing angle stability is equal to both the ProBook 455 and the ProBook 450 G0. However, image distortion happens in the case of quickly changing the vertical viewing angle. Although dims with an increasing angle, yet content is generous and can be recognized if seen from a horizontal angle.

The ProBook’s 750 GB hard drive that spins with a speed of 5400 revolutions per minute was furnished from Seagate’s Momentus line. Its transfer rate is 82.4 MB/s, and read speed is 103.3 MB/s, according to the CrystalDiskMark. These rates are suitable for a hard drive with 5400 rpm. Offering a hard drive with 5400 rpm at this price is inappropriate. It should have come with a hybrid hard drive, at least a 7200 rpm hard drive, or a small SSD.

Moreover, its HD Graphics 4600 with a clock speed ranging from 200 to 1150 MHz makes possible video output. The ProBook is a winner of the 3DMark benchmarks. At first, this was surprising, but soon the reason found was that ProBook’s graphics core clocks’ higher speed takes advantage of its more robust CPU.

Specifications:

Coming to specifications, It provides us a 15-inch screen with 1366*768 resolutions. Core i5 processor gives it powers and possesses 4GB of RAM along with 500GB of HDD storage. Connectivity ports include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, and others. Graphics are powered by Intel Integrated HD Graphics 4600.

A detailed list of specifications is given below:

Processor:

Processor Family

4th Gen Intel Core i5

Processor Frequency

2.5 GHz

Processor Cores

2

Processor Threads

4

Memory:

Internal Memory Type

DDR3-SDRAM

Internal memory

4GB

Memory slots

2*SO-DIMM

Memory clock speed

1600 MHz

Maximum internal memory

16GB

Memory layout (slot*size)

1*4 GB

Display and Graphics:

Display Diagonal

15.6 inch

Display Surface

Matt

Display Resolution

1366*768

On-Board Graphics Adapter Family

Intel HD Graphics

On-Board Graphics Adapter Model

Intel HD Graphics 4600

Storage:

Total Storage Capacity

500 GB
HDD Capacity
500 GB
HDD Interface
Serial ATA
HDD Speed
5400 RPM
Number of HDDs Installed
1
Card Reader Integrated
Y
Storage Media
HDD
Total HDDs Capacity
500 GB

Battery:

Battery technology

Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Battery cells

6

Battery capacity

47 Wh

Decree:

HP ProBook 450 G1 with good battery runtime, decent input devices, and high application performance is a preferable choice. However, the rating is ruined by an unacceptable screen that has average brightness, low contrast, and a bluish cast.

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