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New laptop Time

Like lease cars, laptops must be changed every 3 years.

Current HP 2560P has been flawless.

But time for a change.


Which to get. Portability is the overriding requirement
along with long battery life. Bigger screen though hmmm..?


The runners are:

Dell E7250 Ultrabook
Dell E7450 Ultrabook
HP EliteBook 820 G2
HP EliteBook 840 G2


The 840 G2 is currently in the lead.

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HP EliteBook 840 G2 Notebook Review - NotebookCheck.net Reviews suggests the screen is the shortcoming to be aware of with the G2. E7450 is slightly better though not great (and also depends if resolution is crucial as the E7450 is an IPS 1920x1080 v the HP TN 1600x900
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Hmmm thanks. Good point on the resolution.


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I've had the 840 G1 for almost 2 years now - G2 is identical, only with Broadwell cpu intstead of Haswell.

It's the model with the matte full HD IPS screen, the i7, the dual graphics card and 8 gigs of ram.

I've replaced the HDD with an SSD and the thing flies! Virtually silent, extremely cool, battery life up to 5 hrs with office use. Powerfull enough for everyday tasks and can even do a bit of gaming.

Very happy with quality, very light and easy to carry. I've even managed to fit it in a 13" laptop bag!
Good WiFi reception, decent speakers for its size, good HD webcam, dual mics for clear conference calls and very good touchpad.

You can also get an optional sheet battery that attaches to the bottom and doubles battery life.

But be careful to choose the model with the full HD screen (hopefully they still make it)

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I've had the 840 G1 for almost 2 years now - G2 is identical, only with Broadwell cpu intstead of Haswell.

It's the model with the matte full HD IPS screen, the i7, the dual graphics card and 8 gigs of ram.

I've replaced the HDD with an SSD and the thing flies! Virtually silent, extremely cool, battery life up to 5 hrs with office use. Powerfull enough for everyday tasks and can even do a bit of gaming.

Very happy with quality, very light and easy to carry. I've even managed to fit it in a 13" laptop bag!
Good WiFi reception, decent speakers for its size, good HD webcam, dual mics for clear conference calls and very good touchpad.

You can also get an optional sheet battery that attaches to the bottom and doubles battery life.

But be careful to choose the model with the full HD screen (hopefully they still make it)
We are in the middle of deploying 7500 or so new PCs which include several thousand 840 G1's with some G2's coming through soon. I'm using a 840 G1 at work and have been using one for nearly a year, although the first had a spinning disk.

I agree with what's been said before. I don't think the screens are the best that I've seen on the 840's, but I rarely use it. Performance with 8.1 using SSDs are fine and it's light with a good battery life.

We've seen a number of failures on them, mine needed a new screen but with the numbers we are talking about, it's to be expected to see a few issues. The worst thing about them are the docking stations. We have had a large number of failures. They aren't very sturdy. After we rolled out the first couple of hundred, we were looking at over 30 replacements. I've not had an update, but I saw another failure last week by chance.
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Cool, thanks guys. Digesting info...
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I used to worry about screen resolution etc - but these days I worry far more about portability. If I am doing serious work, it will be hooked up to a 27" monitor or similar. The crummiest screen on a laptop today is more than good enough for banging out documents. I'd be looking at a 12" ultra portable with the biggest processor you can stuff in it, and enough grunt to drive two big monitors ideally.
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Agreed about portability but 1368x768 is inadequate when you are trying to
bring up a much larger sized Citrix session that's running CAD layout software.
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Work.

Raised a purchase order for the 840 G2 yesterday afternoon.
Have to wangle for the higher res as corp spec is for the lower one.
Will be on Win7 corp image.
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