Pros: The 14-inch Elitebook 840 G5 offers just about everything you could ask for in a business notebook, starting with its classy, sleek design. The laptop's aluminum clamshell chassis is relatively thin, at 0.7 inches, and weighs just 3.4 pounds, making it easy to slide into a bag and use on a long flight. Don't worry about packing an external power brick; the Elitebook 840 G5 endured for 8 hours and 31 minutes on our battery test.
Assigned a report on a deadline? Then you'll appreciate the EliteBook 840 G5's outstanding keyboard, which is comfortable to use even during long typing sessions. And if you work better with tunes playing in the background, the 840 G5's Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers pump out sweet audio.
With up to a Core i7-8650U CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and an AMD Radeon RX540 (2GB of VRAM) GPU, the Elitebook 840 G5 offers plenty of power to run the most demanding programs.
Regarding security and durability, the EliteBook 840 G5 is well-armed. The optional features you can add to its MIL-SPEC-tested chassis include an IR camera for Windows Hello login, Intel vPro for remote management and a blindingly bright Sure View display, which has a built-in privacy filter that hides your screen from anyone who isn't standing directly in front of it. Also available on the 840 G5 are a fingerprint sensor, a sliding webcam cover and useful software like HP Sure Recover, which can reimage your PC even if its hard drive gets wiped.
Cons: Business users rely on webcams for video conferencing more than anyone else, so it's a shame that the EliteBook 840 G5's camera captures blurry video. A quick fix for that is to purchase an external webcam. But that means hauling around another component that takes up one of the 840 G5's two USB Type-A ports.
If you want a colorful display, then you'll want to upgrade from the 1080p base panel, which covers a measly 70 percent of the sRGB color gamut (compared with the 119 percent from the privacy display). Furthermore, the budget-friendly panel reaches only 217 nits of maximum brightness, which is nearly 100 nits below the category average (305 nits).
Key Specs — CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8650U | GPU: UHD Graphics 620/AMD Radeon RX540 | RAM/Storage: Up to 32GB/Up to 1TB | Display Size/Resolution: 14-inch/1080p | Size/Weight: 12.8 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches/3.4 pounds