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HP EliteBook 1050 G1 review – business notebook in chic outfit

HP EliteBook 1050 G1 review – business notebook in chic outfit

HP has their EliteBook collection for one cause. To fulfill the wants of their most pretentious shoppers. Premium high quality, premium safety, premium efficiency – premium worth. Every part right here actually screams premium. From the primary look – to the primary contact. Some would say that it appears type of like a MacBook. Nicely, it definitely does. Nevertheless, this gadget has some character. It has a special spirit. Whereas it could actually definitely be seen as a challenger to the almighty 15-inch Apples, it’s in a league of its personal.

One of the outstanding security measures are the fingerprint reader and the IR face recognition. Along with that, you have got the complete selection of HP equipment and vPro processors. In case you are greater than a businessman or you’re some type of a content material creator, there’s the choice for a discrete GPU within the type of GTX 1050.

You’ll be able to verify the costs and configurations in our Specs System:


Specs Sheet

HP EliteBook 1050 G1 technical specs desk




15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS




360 x 254 x 18.9 mm (14.17″ x 10.00″ x zero.74″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 2x USB Sort-C three.1 (three.1 Gen 2), Thunderbolt three, DisplayPort, HDMI
  • 1x USB Sort-A (three.1 Gen 1), Sleep and Cost
  • 1x USB Sort-A (three.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI
  • Card reader SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2×2)
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio jack
  • HP Module with NXP NFC Controller NPC300 I2C NCI


  • Net digital camera 720p HD
  • Microphone twin array microphone
  • Audio system Bang & Olufsen
  • Safety Lock slot
  • Ambient mild sensor
  • Glass ClickPad with chemically etched floor

What’s within the field?

HP has included all kinds of paperwork with the EliteBook 1050 G1. One of many brochures truly exhibits each potential official accent which you can get together with your EliteBook system – good advertising there. Along with that, you get the laptop computer itself, in addition to an ample 150W energy brick.

Design and development

HP EliteBook 1050 G1 represents the standard easy premium laptop computer. It has an all aluminum physique, comprised of brushed and polished materials. Along with that, it employs chamfered edges and aggressive strains, in distinction to the rounder MacBook Execs. Along with that, we discover it quite a bit sleeker than Dell Latitude 5591. Furthermore, the laptop computer has a 19mm skinny profile and weighs 2.06 kg (Four.5 lbs), which is neither an excessive amount of, nor too little for a 15-incher.

HP has gifted the EliteBook 1050 G1 with slender aspect bezels. Nevertheless, its chin and brow are fairly outstanding. Whereas we will’t actually clarify the large masculine chin, there’s a particular purpose for the massive brow – it’s due to the face recognition know-how. In reality, this is among the greatest working Face Recognitions on the market. It really works in a totally darkish setting and low display brightness. Not solely it really works flawlessly, however it does so extremely quick. Significantly, guys, this know-how is not any joke.

On the bottom of the pocket book, we discover a big grill, a not so giant (NumPad-less) keyboard, a touchpad, and a fingerprint reader. We’re comfortable to see that beneath the speaker grill there are two audio system, including to the 2 on the underside of the pocket book. Whereas they’re removed from the precise measurement of the grill, they sound fairly good.

Regardless of the shortage of Numeric keys, the keyboard could be very tactile. Nevertheless, the important thing journey is a bit of brief to our likings, however nothing like a Butterfly key of a MacBook. Furthermore, there’s a backlight illuminating the keyboard. Nevertheless, right here is the place Latitude 15 5591 excels.

Subsequent, we’ve got the touchpad and the fingerprint reader. We have been fairly proud of the touchpad expertise – quick, correct, glass cowl – 10 factors for Gryffindor. Opposite to that, there’s a sluggish, not all the time correct fingerprint reader. Truthfully, we might simply give it up for just a little money again, because the Face Recognition is principally flawless.

Width Size Peak Weight
HP EliteBook 1050 G1 360 mm (14.17″) 254 mm (10.00″) 18.9 mm (zero.74″) 2.06 kg (Four.5 lbs)
Dell Latitude 15 5591 376 mm (14.80″) 251 mm (9.88″) 24.three mm (zero.96″) (+29%) 1.97 kg (Four.three lbs) (-Four%)
Apple MacBook Professional 15 (2018) 349 mm (13.74″) 240 mm (9.45″) 15.5 mm (zero.61″) (-18%) 1.83 kg (Four lbs) (-11%)


On the left aspect of the gadget are neatly situated two USB Sort-A ports, one among which has charging help. On the opposite aspect are the charging plug, in addition to two Thunderbolt connectors, and an HDMI port. Additional alongside the rim are situated a Combo Audio jack and an SD card reader. We should always notice that there are exhaust drills on both aspect of the system.

Disassembly, improve choices, and upkeep

As a premium gadget which can also be sensible, HP EliteBook 1050 G1 provides good upgradability choices. So as to take action, although, it’s a must to get inside it first. This may be carried out by unscrewing the 9 Torx-headed screws from the underside plate. Right here, HP was sort sufficient to implement a design of the underside plate, through which the screws stay hooked up to it even when they’re unscrewed from the physique. This manner you gained’t lose any of them. An essential word right here is that you must unpry the underside plate ranging from the hinges. In any other case, it may be fairly troublesome so that you can even carry the plate up.

This reveals an fascinating image – the processor is cooled by two heatpipes, resulting in opposing sides of the chassis. This could end in an enormous efficiency of the cooling system, boosting the frequencies greater than the competitors.

Nicely, clearly all the things about this laptop computer’s internals is available in two – there are two RAM DIMMs which help as much as 64GB of reminiscence. Not solely that, however the EliteBook is provided with two M.2 NVMe enabled slots.

Lastly, we obtained the 64Wh battery, which in reality is the smaller of the 2 obtainable choices. Given the very fact our unit doesn’t have the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 onboard, this could present an inexpensive battery life.

Show high quality

HP EliteBook 1050 G1 has an IPS panel, mannequin quantity AUO AUO24ED. Its diagonal is 15.6″ (39.62 cm), and the decision 1920 х 1080 pixels. The display ratio is 16:9, and we’re taking a look at a pixel density of – 142 ppi, and a pitch of zero.18 х zero.18 mm. The display turns into Retina when seen at distance equal to or larger than 60cm (24″) (from this distance one’s eye stops differentiating the separate pixels, and it’s regular for taking a look at a laptop computer).

It has wonderful viewing angles. We provide pictures at 45° to guage picture high quality.

The measured most brightness of 396 nits in the midst of the display and 382 nits as a mean for the entire space, with a most deviation of eight%. The Correlated Shade Temperature on a white display is 7260Okay – colder the optimum for the sRGB commonplace of 6500Okay. The typical shade temperature by means of the gray scale earlier than profiling primarily matches the optimum at 7230Okay.
Within the illustration under you possibly can see how the show performs from a uniformity perspective. In different phrases, the leakage of sunshine from the sunshine supply.

Values of dE2000 over shouldn’t happen, and this parameter is among the first it is best to verify for those who intend to make use of the laptop computer for colour delicate work. The distinction ratio is ok – 1340:1 (1260:1 after profiling)

To ensure we’re on the identical web page, we want to offer you a bit of introduction to the sRGB shade gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start out, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the seen specter of colours by the human eye, supplying you with a greater notion of the colour gamut protection and the colour accuracy.

Contained in the black triangle, you will notice the usual colour gamut (sRGB) that’s being utilized by tens of millions of individuals in HDTV and on the internet. As for the Adobe RGB, that is utilized in skilled cameras, screens and so forth for printing. Principally, colours contained in the black triangle are utilized by everybody and that is the important a part of the colour high quality and colour accuracy of a mainstream pocket book.

Nonetheless, we’ve included different shade areas just like the well-known DCI-P3 normal utilized by film studios, in addition to the digital UHD Rec.2020 commonplace. Rec.2020, nevertheless, continues to be a factor of the longer term and it’s troublesome for as we speak’s shows to cowl that properly. We’ve additionally included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colours that naturally happen round us day by day.

The yellow dotted line exhibits HP EliteBook 1050 G1’s shade gamut protection.

Its show covers 91% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (net/HDTV normal) in CIE1976.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimum shade temperature (6500Okay) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We examined the accuracy of the show with 24 generally used colours like mild and darkish human pores and skin, blue sky, inexperienced grass, orange and so on. You possibly can take a look at the outcomes at manufacturing unit situation and in addition, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Under you possibly can examine the scores of EliteBook 1050 G1 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Net design” profile (proper).

The subsequent determine exhibits how properly the show is ready to reproduce actually darkish elements of a picture, which is important when watching films or enjoying video games in low ambient mild.

The left aspect of the picture represents the show with inventory settings, whereas the proper one is with the “Gaming and Net Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you can see the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the show. On the 2 graphs under you possibly can simply verify for your self how your show handles the darkest nuances however remember that this additionally is dependent upon the settings of your present show, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the encompassing mild circumstances.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We check the response time of the pixels with the standard “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” technique from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 32 ms.

PWM (Display flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is a simple solution to management monitor brightness. Whenever you decrease the brightness, the sunshine depth of the backlight shouldn’t be lowered, however as an alternative turned on and off by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these mild impulses, the sunshine/no-light time ratio varies, whereas brightness stays unchanged, which is dangerous to your eyes. You’ll be able to learn extra about that in our devoted article on PWM.

HP EliteBook 1050 G1’s show is flicker-free all through the complete brightness spectrum. Thus, making the display protected on this facet.

Blue mild emissions

Putting in our Well being-Guard profile not solely eliminates PWM but in addition reduces the dangerous Blue Mild emissions whereas preserving the colours of the display perceptually correct. Should you’re not acquainted with the Blue mild, the TL;DR model is – emissions that negatively have an effect on your eyes, pores and skin and your entire physique. You will discover extra details about that in our devoted article on Blue Mild.


HP EliteBook 1050 G1’s display has a panel with a Full HD decision, snug viewing angles, and good distinction ratio. Along with that, the display could be very brilliant and covers the sRGB colour spectrum virtually absolutely (at 91%). Furthermore, it doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment. On the draw back, the response time of the panel is fairly sluggish, though this can be a parameter regarding primarily players.

Purchase our profiles

Since our profiles are tailor-made for every particular person show mannequin, this text and its respective profile package deal are meant for HP EliteBook 1050 G1 configurations with 15.6″ FHD IPS AUO AUO24ED.

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Learn extra concerning the profiles HERE.

Along with receiving environment friendly and health-friendly profiles, by shopping for LaptopMedia’s merchandise you additionally help the event of our labs, the place we check units to be able to produce probably the most goal critiques potential.

Office Work - screen profile

Workplace Work

Workplace Work ought to be used principally by customers who spend more often than not taking a look at items of textual content, tables or simply browsing. This profile goals to ship higher distinctness and readability by maintaining a flat gamma curve (2.20), native shade temperature and perceptually correct colours.

Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed toward designers who work with colours professionally, and for video games and films as properly. Design and Gaming takes show panels to their limits, making them as correct as potential within the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 normal for Net and HDTV, at white level D65.

Health-Guard - screen profile

Well being-Guard

THealth-Guard eliminates the dangerous Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the unfavourable Blue Mild which impacts our eyes and physique. Because it’s customized tailor-made for each panel, it manages to maintain the colours perceptually correct. Well being-Guard simulates paper so the strain on the eyes is enormously decreased.



HP EliteBook 1050 G1 is likely one of the loud notebooks in terms of speaker high quality. Along with that, the low, mid, and excessive tones are clear.


By default, the EliteBook 1050 G1 comes with a preinstalled model of Home windows 10 Professional. In case you ever have to reinstall it, although, yow will discover all the drivers you want right here:

Storage efficiency

Our HP EliteBook 1050 G1 got here with 256GB NVMe drive from Toshiba. The mannequin quantity is KXG50ZNV256G, nevertheless, it’s extremely potential that you simply get a unique SSD in your nation. Shifting to the check outcomes we noticed one thing acquainted for a Toshiba SSD drive. The Learn rating was comparatively good at 2.69 GB/s, whereas the Write speeds have been mediocre – 320 MB/s which is worse than a SATA SSD.

SSD mannequin (240-256GB variants) Max.Seq.Learn (GB/s) Max.Seq.Write (GB/s) IOPS 4K Learn IOPS 4K Write Latency Learn (ms) Latency Write (ms)
Toshiba KXG50ZNV256G (NVMe) 2.69 zero.32 7948 27002 zero.127 zero.051
Toshiba KBG30ZMS256G 1.48 zero.24 8091 19820 1.564 zero.309
Samsung PM981 three.41 1.88 12199 27961 zero.040 zero.zero35
LITE-ON CA3-8D512-Q11 three.18 1.66 9864 25136 zero.171 zero.zero41
Intel Professional 6000p Collection 1.83 zero.59 7792 28266 zero.075 zero.033


Now, we conduct the battery exams with Home windows Higher efficiency setting turned on, display brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all different packages turned off apart from the one we’re testing the pocket book with. Allow us to remind you that our unit is provided with the smaller for the mannequin 64Wh battery.

We have been impressed by the 11+ hours of net shopping solely on battery energy. Along with that, in the event you play movies continuous, the pocket book will final for round 7 hours, which develop into two hours and 20 minutes, in case you are enjoying a recreation.

CPU choices

HP EliteBook 1050 G1 has a complete of 4 CPUs for selection. You will get the common quad-core Core i5-8300H, the hexa-core Core i7-8750H or their respective vPro variations – the Core i5-8400H or the Core i7-8850H.

GPU choices

The “base” mannequin of the EliteBook 1050 G1 comes with the built-in Intel UHD Graphics 630. In fact, in case you are prepared to spend some extra money to the already premium price ticket, you will get the GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB of GDDR5 reminiscence.

Gaming exams

Clearly, that is removed from a gaming laptop computer. Particularly because it comes with no discrete GPU – the UHD630 has to do all of the lifting by itself. This leads to body charges decrease than even these of UHD620-equipped notebooks.



Temperatures and luxury

Max CPU load

On this check we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The primary column exhibits a pc’s response to a brief load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a critical activity (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is an effective indicator of how good the laptop computer is for lengthy masses akin to video rendering.

Common core temperature (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i5-8300H (45W TDP) zero:02 – zero:10 sec zero:15 – zero:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
HP EliteBook 1050 G1 three.15 GHz (B+37%) @ 83°C three.24 GHz (B+41%) @ 92°C 2.98 GHz (B+30%) @ 87°C
Dell G3 17 3779 three.44 GHz (B+50%) @ 98°C three.29 GHz (B+43%) @ 98°C three.11 GHz (B+35%) @ 91°C
Intel Core i5-8400H (45W TDP) zero:02 – zero:10 sec zero:15 – zero:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Dell Latitude 15 5591 three.35 GHz (B+34%) @ 75°C three.26 GHz (B+30%) @ 97°C 2.92 GHz (B+17%) @ 82°C

HP EliteBook 1050 G1’s cooling was capable of deal with the Core i5-8300H with none issues. Nevertheless, it maintained fairly excessive temperatures by way of the check – reaching an all-time excessive of 92C till the 30th second. With a mean of three.24 GHz for the second interval, it was capable of keep 2.98 GHz within the remaining 5 minutes of the torture check. Unusually sufficient, this was achieved with a 5C greater temperature than the Latitude 15 5591 (regardless of the totally different branding the processors are primarily the identical). The oddity comes as a result of the latter is cooled by a single tiny heatpipe and only one fan blowing on the heatsink, whereas the EliteBook has double the quantity of heatsinks.

Gaming consolation

HP EliteBook 1050 G1 maintained sufficient temperatures on its floor. The most well liked spot was, fairly clearly, the world simply above the processor. Nevertheless, the keyboard or the world you may be truly touching by no means exceeded 44.5C. We have now to notice, although, that in excessive workloads, the system tended to be a bit noisy.


HP has taken the EliteBook recreation one step forward with their 1050 G1. For those who haven’t checked our evaluation of the EliteBook 850 G5 we propose you do this within the first place, so you possibly can perceive the distinction between them. Regardless of the extra skilled look of the EliteBook 850 G5 with its designated dock port, we see the 1050 G1 as a stronger system.

It’s extra aggressive in its look and offers a greater multimedia expertise than the previous – its sound is louder and its display is best. Talking of which, the show of EliteBook 1050 G1 goes as much as 400 nits and has wonderful distinction ratio. Along with that, it covers 91% of sRGB and doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment (AUO AUO24ED).

Principally, the EliteBook 1050 G1 looks like the right enterprise system. It has fingerprint scanning (fairly sluggish, although) and one of many quickest and most correct facial recognition applied sciences available on the market. To not point out the heavy HP Safety bloatware.

Nevertheless, if there’s an space by which it closely lags behind the Dell Latitude 5591, for instance, it’s the keyboard. Often, that is the place Latitudes excel over different units since their keyboards have an extended journey and appear fairly sturdy. However, the one on the EliteBook 1050 G1 is just not solely “NumPad-less”, however the keys are fairly small and have a brief journey. Sure, they’re fairly however that is an enter system – it ought to be sensible.

Sufficient nitpicking! If you’d like a safe laptop computer, which has a particularly lengthy battery life (round 11 hours of net searching to be exact) and a spectacular display – the EliteBook 1050 G1 is the best way to go. Nevertheless, in the event you favor efficiency and higher bodily suggestions, we might level the finger to the Latitude 15 5591 or the extra content-creation-oriented XPS 15.


  • Good construct high quality
  • Shiny display with 91% sRGB protection (AUO AUO24ED)
  • 2 NVMe M.2 slots
  • PWM-free throughout all brightness ranges (AUO AUO24ED)
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Tremendous quick face recognition
  • Nice battery life


  • Will get noisy underneath a heavy workload
  • The keyboard design tries to repeat MacBook Professional
  • Comparatively excessive worth

You’ll be able to examine the costs and configurations in our Specs System:

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