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HP ProBook 450 G8 Review – Best Laptop Under $500

For small business users, 15.6-inch HP ProBook 450 G8 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 11th Generation Intel Core i5 (Core i5-1135G7) and Core i7 (Core i7-1165G7). A solid-state drive (SSD) with 256GB capacity 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 with Core i7 version. Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics manages the display.

This model also does have a 720p HD privacy camera, stereo speakers, HDMI, four USB ports, 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.


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 10 pro/10 Pro, and matte screen make it a work machine. Test reports indicate that this device is worth the money.

HP comes with the latest 11th Gen Core i7-1165G7 processor. Although its clock speed is 2.80 GHz, yet it can be boosted up to 4.70 GHz via Turbo. Scores did not disappoint when its processor performed the Cinebench CPU tests at full speed. Moreover, without experiencing delays and other problems, it functions smoothly.
Its hardware makes it easy for this model to run smoothly using Full HD resolution for playing games instead of using 4K resolution. The frame rates can be increased up to 20% by installing a second working memory module.


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 1920*1080 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 256 GB Solid state drive transfer rate is 1700 MB/s read & 1400 MB/s write according to the CrystalDiskMark. These rates are suitable for a Solid State drive.


Coming to specifications, It provides us a 15.6-inch screen with 1920*1080 resolutions. Core i5 processor gives it powers and possesses 8GB of RAM along with 256GB of SSD storage. Connectivity ports include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, and others. Graphics are powered by Intel Integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics

A detailed list of specifications is given below:


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HP ProBook 450 G8 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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