HP EliteBook 840 G5

The EliteBook 840 G5 looks glamorous with its silver aluminum unibody and stylized slash logo, but it is really a workhorse that woos IT managers with its Intel vPro manageability, HP Sure Start protection against BIOS hackers, and HP Sure Recover option. (The last can restore a company’s software image from the cloud if the solid-state drive has been wiped.) Compared to its G4 predecessor, it even has tethered screws on the bottom, so you can open the chassis for service or upgrades without dealing with easy-to-lose screws and screw caps.

Except for its 14- rather than 13.3-inch display and the welcome addition of dedicated Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys to the keyboard, the EliteBook 840 G5 tester unit is a near twin of the EliteBook 830 G5. This model has the same 1,920-by-1,080-pixel (1080p) native screen resolution, the same eighth-generation Core i7-8650U quad-core processor with Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated silicon, the same ports on the left and right edges, and the same 16GB of memory and 512GB SSD.

Also identical is the choice of a face-recognition webcam or a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello sign-ins, plus an option for a SmartCard slot, for enterprises that prefer that kind of secure-access solution. The base model makes do with a seventh-generation Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.

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