HP's consumer lineup is being flanked by its professional-class of laptops and PCs meant for enterprise usage. The EliteBook x360 1030 G2 is the latest version of this brand to bring Intel's latest along with some Wacom pen support, Windows Hello (fingerprint and facial), and a bevy of options to hit various price points and performance.
Like all x360 devices the 1030 G2 lets users switch between tent and tablet modes as well as lying flat or just being used as a standard laptop. That ability is also necessary for its included Wacom pen and Windows Ink support – something HP seems to be embracing in many of its recent releases.
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 specifications
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home64, Pro 64|
|Processor||7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U|
Intel Core i5-7300
Intel Core i7-7600U
|Display||13.3"diagonal FHD UWVA ultra slim with Corning GorillaGlass|
13.3" diagonal UHD UWVA ultra slim with Corning Gorilla Glass touch screen (3840 x 2160)
|Privacy||HP Sure View integrated privacy screen, featuring 3M privacy technology|
|Memory||16GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM|
|Solid-state drive||128, 256, 360GB optional PCIe NVMe SSD or Sata|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Audio||Bang & Olufsen tuned speakers|
HP Noise Cancellation microphones
|Webcam||Front-facing 720p IR Webcam|
Windows Hello capable
|Fingerprint||Touch fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello|
|Weight||Starting at 2.82lb (1.28kg)|
|Ports||micro SD, 1x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.1, 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x external micro SIM|
|Battery||57Wh Li-ion battery|
Up to 16 hours
|Additional Features||Designed to pass MIL-STD-810G testing|
CNC aluminum unibody frame, and diamond cut accents
For young professionals, the HP EliteBook looks like a fantastic choice for meeting the demands of the modern workplace while embracing Windows 10's signature features. Being a 'pro' device, it is not surprising to see HP boasts about the EliteBook's ports, which include a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt, two USB 3.1 ports, one full-size HDMI port, a MicroSD card reader and a smart card reader.
Finally, HP's innovative Sure View integrated privacy screen is a neat feature that lets users flick a switch to help hide sensitive information from onlookers.
Update: The Elite Book 1030 is now available to purchase
No exact word on a release date though the new EliteBook is expected to hit markets later this month starting at the $1500 price point.
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