The backlit (on or off) keyboard has well-spaced keys and is quiet. The throw is about 1.2mm and actuation force 40g. The feel is excellent I can achieve 85% of the typing speed on a mechanical keyboard.
The smaller 12.0 x 6.0 cm, 2:1 aspect t trackpad feels less expansive. It can only swipe 66% across the screen unlike the 1009% of the Spectre and Elitebook. It could do with a bit more vertical height, and it doesn’t have quite the same responsiveness or accuracy as the best trackpads I’ve used.
HP includes a stylus pen (on some models) which supports Window’s Ink 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. It is not bad, but Spectre and Elitebook support 4096 pressure levels.
It has HP Wide Vision HD IR Camera which means it supports Windows Hello facial recognition login. The camera is .9MP (1280 x 720) and records [email protected] Colours are a little dull, but it is fit for purpose.
It has an integrated dual array digital microphone that can follow two people’s voices – good for a huddle group.
The 13.3-inch as tested has an IPS WLED (white LED WRGB) with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT.
Colours reach 89% sRGB, and colour distribution is even with a slight deterioration at the left and right vertical edges. Contrast is 1,100:1.
HP claimed 250nits brightness. We tested an overall average 225 nits. Still, that is not bad, and low reflectivity means good outdoor readability.
It is not for gamers – 30ms grey-to-grey is a little slow.
Bottom line: One of the better lower cost screens I have seen. It is fine for movies and Office
- 2 x USB-A 3.1 (one is sleep and charge)
- 1 x USB-C 3.1, Gen 2, 5Gbps (not Thunderbolt 3). This will support dongle and HDMI 2.0b, DP 1.4, Power delivery 3.0 (up to 100W)
- 5mm combo audio
- Separate power brick to round connector (as well as USB-C charging)
- microSD slot
Welcome to the world of USB-C. Dongles are good!
It uses a Realtek B822 WLAN chip to provide Wi-Fi AC 2×2 MIMO. Although it can connect at 867Mbps at two metres from our D-Link AC5300 router, it falls off quickly to 500Mbps at 3m and 100Mbps at 20m etc.