Now that HP’s latest ProBook series is out, it’s time to put it through our usual testing process. If you remember last year, HP actually did some changes in terms of design. The then-new ProBook 440 G6 featured a base, which was the same color as the rest of the notebook, contrary to its respective predecessor. Now, unlike the sixth generation, the ProBook 440 G7 doesn’t offer any design change.

Of course, this isn’t always a bad decision, as there were no general mistakes in last year’s build. However, the ProBook 440 G7 comes equipped with the new Comet Lake processor lineup. All the way from the Core i3-10110U to the Core i7-10510 – no six-core versions yet. Indeed, this is nothing but a refresh to the Whiskey Lake CPUs, so the only major difference would be optimization, hence battery life, although, we are yet to confirm that.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-probook-440-g7/

Contents


Specs Sheet

HP ProBook 440 G7 – Specs


HDD/SSD

up to
512GB SSD + up to 1000GB HDD


OS


No OS, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home


Dimensions


324.2 x 237.7 x 18 mm (12.76″ x 9.36″ x 0.71″)


Body material


Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum

Ports and connectivity

  • 1x USB Type-A 2.0
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 2x USB Type-C 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1), Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI 1.4b
  • Card reader SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Audio jack 3.5 mm combo

Features

  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD
  • Backlit keyboard optional
  • Microphone
  • Speakers 2x 2W
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

What’s in the box?

Inside the box, we found a 45W power brick (you will get a 65W one if you opt for a discrete GPU option), as well as the mandatory paper manuals, and the laptop itself.

Design and construction

Since there are no differences to the yesteryear device, the ProBook 440 G7 comes with an aluminum/plastic combo for the build. Once again, it has an 18 mm profile and weighs 1.60 kg. Not the thinnest, nor the lightest of devices out there, but for a business 14-incher it seems fine. As far as rigidity goes, the notebook is pretty resistant to flexes.

Its lid can be easily opened with a single hand, while the hinges remain balanced throughout their entire travel. And while the side bezels are very thin, this cannot be said about the top and bottom ones, which have quite the bulk. Additionally, HP has put a hardware shutter on the camera, which comprises a single plastic slide block.

Then, let’s move to the keyboard deck, which features an optional backlight. What is better about it is its spill resistance. Additionally, the key travel is still a little bit short to our likings but at least it offers clicky feedback. Also, there is a pleasant finish on top of them, which is soft and smooth. Actually, there is another one difference to the predecessor, which is honestly a little unjustified in our opinion – it is the size of the left Shift key, which now has a buddy – check the images.

Beneath the keyboard, you’ll find the touchpad which has a glass surface and is pretty comfortable to use. Gliding is great, while all of the Windows gestures are supported. Then, on the right side of the base, you can see the fingerprint reader – a rather fast and accurate unit. By the way, above the keyboard, you can see a pretty long grill, which houses the speakers.

Lastly, on the bottom plate, you’ll see only the air intake grills, as the exhaust is happening from the left side of the chassis.

Ports

Along with the ventilation cutouts on the left, you can find a USB Type-A 2.0 port, as well as an SD card reader. On the right, there is the charging plug, as well as a USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 1) port with Power Delivery and DisplayPort capabilities. Then, there is an RJ-45 connector, followed by an HDMI 1.4b connector, two USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) ports, and an audio jack.

Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance

As with the other design features, the disassembly process of the ProBook 440 G7 remains largely unchanged from its predecessor. Unscrew all 7 of the Phillips-head screws and pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool. After that, you should be easily able to lift the panel away from the chassis.

Cooling-wise there is a single, rather long heat pipe that connects to a side-mounted heat spreader. There is also a decently sized fan there. Interestingly, HP was pretty generous when applying the thermal compound, as you can clearly see it sipping away from the cooler mounting spot.

In terms of upgradability, there are two RAM SODIMM slots, which house up to 32GB of DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 2666 MHz. Additionally, there is a 2.5″ SATA drive bay, as well as an M.2 SATA/PCIe x4 slot.

Lastly, there is a 3-cell 45Wh battery pack.

Display quality

HP ProBook 440 G7’s display has a Full HD IPS panel, model number LG LP140WFA-SPD3 (LGD060F) – the same unit used in the HP EliteBook 745 G6. Its diagonal is 14″ (35.56 cm), and the resolution – 1920 х 1080. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 157 ppi, their pitch – 0.161 x 0.161 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 56 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).

It has comfortable viewing angles. We have provided images at 45 degrees to evaluate quality.

The maximum measured brightness is 261 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 259 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of only 3%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 6400K (average) – slightly warmer than the 6500K optimum for sRGB.

In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from uniformity perspective. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 77% Brightness (White level = 143 cd/m2, Black level = 0.136 cd/m2).
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is good – 1050:1.

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.

Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.

The yellow dotted line shows HP ProBook 440 G7’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers a narrow 50% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Below you can compare the scores of HP ProBook 440 G7 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).

The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.

The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 24 ms.

Health impact – PWM / Blue Light

PWM (Screen flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.

Our instruments didn’t detect any usage of PWM across all brightness levels of the display. This means it is comfortable for long periods of usage, without being harmful to your eyes in this aspect.

Blue light emissions

Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin, and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.

Conclusions

HP ProBook 440 G7 in the configuration we tested, uses an IPS panel with a Full HD resolution, good contrast ratio, and wide viewing angles. Additionally, its backlight is completely flicker-free, ensuring comfortability for long periods of use. Its only disadvantage is the color representation – both in terms of sRGB coverage and color accuracy.

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Since our profiles are tailored for each individual display model, this article and its respective profile package are meant for HP ProBook 440 G7 configurations with 14.0″ LG LP140WFA-SPD3 (LGD060F) (FHD, 1920 × 1080) IPS.

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Office Work - screen profile

Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Health-Guard - screen profile

Health-Guard

THealth-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

All

Sound

HP ProBook 440 G7’s front-facing speakers produce a decently loud sound with good quality. The low, mid, and high tones are clear of deviations.

Drivers

All of the drivers and utilities for this notebook can be downloaded from here: https://support.hp.com/sg-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-probook-440-g7-notebook-pc/29090063

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. Similarly to its predecessor, this laptop is equipped with a 45Wh battery pack.

It offers 10 hours and 10 minutes of Web browsing, 9 hours and 43 minutes of video playback, and around three hours of heavy load usage like playing games for instance.

CPU options

As the ProBook 440 G7 comes with the Comet Lake processor lineup, you have three CPU choices, which include the Core i3-10110U (2c/4t), the Core i5-10210U (4c/8t), and the Core i7-10510U (4c/8t).


GPU options

In terms of graphics power, you can either go with only the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620, or you can pick a dedicated GPU. Your options are the GeForce MX130 and the GeForce MX250, both equipped with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.


Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i5-10210U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
HP Probook 440 G7 3.08 GHz (B+68%) @ 59°C 3.00 GHz (B+68%) @ 67°C 2.55 GHz (B+38%) @ 72°C
Lenovo ThinkBook 15-IML 3.08 GHz (B+93%) @ 73°C 3.00 GHz (B+88%) @ 82°C 2.55 GHz (B+59%) @ 80°C
Lenovo ThinkPad L13 3.04 GHz (B+90%) @ 97°C 2.10 GHz (B+31%) @ 97°C 2.12 GHz (B+33%) @ 79°C
Dell Inspiron 14 5491 2-in-1 3.45 GHz (B+116%) @ 94°C 2.33 GHz (B+46%) @ 86°C 2.00 GHz (B+25%) @ 74°C
ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481 3.26 GHz (B+104%) @ 94°C 2.77 GHz (B+73%) @ 98°C 2.06 GHz (B+29%) @ 71°C
Lenovo Yoga C640 (13) 2.87 GHz (B+79%) @ 73°C 2.89 GHz (B+81%) @ 85°C 2.23 GHz (B+39%) @ 87°C
Dell Vostro 5590 3.50 GHz (B+119%) @ 94°C 2.68 GHz (B+68%) @ 97°C 2.36 GHz (B+48%) @ 79°C
Lenovo Yoga C740 (14) 3.09 GHz (B+93%) @ 96°C 2.66 GHz (B+66%) @ 97°C 1.96 GHz (B+23%) @ 71°C

It is good to see that the ProBook 440 G7 remains relatively cool even after 15 minutes of stress testing. In the first two checkpoints, we can see that the HP is keeping a 25W power limit, while after that the average wattage is around 17W – close to the default 15W limit.

Comfort during full load

We noticed that the fan is spinning occasionally, even when there is no heavy load applied, but the main point here is that the device is not too loud under stress, while the outer temperatures barely reach 34-35C.

Verdict

Once again, HP has produced a more than a decent business machine. Despite the continuity in terms of design and overall build, the ProBook 440 G7 offers a slightly better battery life, which should be a credit to the slightly more efficient chipset. Indeed, in terms of performance, we didn’t see any significant change to the last-year model, while the display has similar characteristics.

HP ProBook 440 G7 in the configuration we tested, uses an IPS panel (LG LP140WFA-SPD3 (LGD060F)) with a Full HD resolution, good contrast ratio, and wide viewing angles. Additionally, its backlight is completely flicker-free, ensuring comfortability for long periods of use. Its only disadvantage is the color representation – both in terms of sRGB coverage and color accuracy.

Moreover, you have an SD card reader, a USB Type-C port with Power Delivery and DisplayPort capability, and a dedicated Ethernet port. If this is not enough to convince you this is a pretty decent machine, you have the option to put up to 32GB of DDR4 memory with speeds up to 2666 MHz, thanks to the dual-channel SODIMM slots. As of the storage, there are two options – one M.2 PCIe x4 slot that also supports SATA drives, and a dedicated 2.5″ SATA drive bay, which can be used both for HDDs and SSDs of the appropriate size.

Honestly, the input devices are great for work, as the keyboard has comfortable and clicky feedback, while the touchpad is agile and precise. In addition to that, you have a fingerprint reader, for better security.

Now, everything seems very good about it, doesn’t it? One would wonder why didn’t we give it the Editor’s Choice award. Well, the main reason for that is the uninspiring decision not to change much about the notebook. And if you happen to own the ProBook 440 G6, we found no reason for you to upgrade to this unit. Even if you own the older ProBook 440 G5. At least it is good you can buy it with the GeForce MX250, should you need some dedicated graphics memory or you just want to play a casual game on your work computer.

Pros

  • Cool performance under heavy load
  • Decent keyboard with spill-resistance and an optional backlight
  • Good port selection with an SD card reader
  • Fairly long battery life
  • Its Full HD IPS panel has comfortable viewing angles and good contrast ratio (LG LP140WFA-SPD3)
  • Lacks PWM for brightness adjustment (LG LP140WFA-SPD3)
  • Supports 32GB of DDR4 memory in dual-channel mode and it has an M.2 SATA/PCIe x4 slot plus a 2.5″ SATA drive slot

Cons

  • Pretty much a copy of its predecessor
  • Covers only 50% of sRGB (LG LP140WFA-SPD3)

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-probook-440-g7/





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