HP’s EliteBooks are usually more practical than flashy, but it adds a little spice with its latest models. The recently updated corporate laptops include virtually mandatory updates like the 10th generation Intel Core and AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 series processors, but the real stars are the EliteBook x360 1030 G7 and 1040 G7. Both convertibles have the option of fast 5G data (although they’re not the first), and the 1040 G7 collects up to 29 hours of claimed battery life. We wouldn’t expect such a long lifespan in practice, but it’s good to know that the system should last a long working day.
All new EliteBooks have a quieter, redesigned keyboard and webcam privacy shutters, both of which should help with non-stop video calls. The x360 models are also slightly smaller than their predecessors and the Ryzen-based EliteBook 835 G7 has the longest (official) battery life of a regular AMD corporate laptop with up to 24 hours of runtime. Again, we wouldn’t count on achieving that in everyday use.
Whoever needs the power of a mobile workstation is also in for a treat. The ZBook Firefly 14 is billed as the “smallest and lightest” portable workstation (under narrow conditions) with a starting weight of 3.1 pounds, and now has the option of special NVIDIA Quadro graphics to help with GPU-heavy tasks. It has the “brightest” 14-inch screen for those times when it’s safe to work outdoors. The ZBook Firefly 15 is now HP’s lightest 15-inch workstation (although the weight wasn’t available when we wrote this).
Be ready to wait, depending on what you want. The EliteBook x360 will be updated in July, but there are no prices yet. The AMD based EliteBook 805 series laptops will arrive in August with similarly mysterious pricing. If you need something earlier, the Intel-powered 800-series models will arrive in June starting a $1,399. The 5G-less EliteBook x360 830 G7 ships arrive in July starting at $1,419, while both ZBook Firefly designs arrive in August starting at $1,099.