Every laptop and PC developer will make sure to segment their products to key market groups. From the casual users to hardcore gamers, there is always a laptop for the specific type of person you are. HP has their Elitebook series to cater to users working in the professional field, for the up and about executives of the world.
Working Class Hero
The new HP Elitebook 745 G5 was made for the on-the-go worker who also favours not only a reliable and powerful machine, but also a laptop that can keep the user’s security in tact. It comes in a sleek, silver body, which fits with its business-centric aesthetic.
The Elitebook 745 G5 runs on the AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U processor, has 8GBs of RAM, 256GB storage, a 14-inch 1920x1080 IPS display, and weighs just about 1.48kg. Accessibility-wise, the Elitebook is jammed packed with more than enough ports for the average user. There are 2 USB Type-A ports, USB Type-C, HDMI port, Ethernet port, a Smart card reader, and even a SIM card reader. It’s a shame that the laptop doesn’t actually charge by USB-C though.
Thanks to its processor, the laptop is powerful enough to run certain games if you’re looking to do some light gaming. Games like the highly popular Fortnite or indie games such as Transistor or Guacamelee all run smoothly. The speakers on the Elitebook are made by Bang and Olufsen, so you know that the audio quality is going to be top-notch.
The main selling point with the Elitebook 745 5G is still the number of security measures that is on the laptop. There’s a fingerprint reader on the right side of the keyboard, which allows you to add that extra layer of security. An even extra layer comes in the Smart card reader, which adds dual-factor authentication, though isn’t the most commonly used way to keep your data secure. There’s also a sliding cover for the webcam at the top of the screen, which really keeps your privacy safe.
While the security measures are top-notch, the build quality is just so-so. The aluminium body while solid does feel a little cheap. It doesn’t feel as premium like the Macbook’s metal finish. We’re not sure if it was the review model we got but the touchpad was faulty and had moments where it just didn’t work as intended. The Elitebook 745 also has a battery life that doesn’t really last a whole workday, it can last for 7 hours at most, even just through mild browsing.
Overall, the Elitebook 745 G5 does the job as advertised and keeps your privacy secured. It’s definitely more for business than play, though its drawbacks certainly doesn’t help in that regard. Check it out if you’re need a stable and portable work laptop.