- Good built quality
- Stereo sound with very good quality
- Decent keyboard
- Good wireless network
- Powerful processor
- IPS display with good viewing angles
- Good battery results when working in autonomous mode
- The color range is modest
- Small amount of RAM
The Hewlett-Packard company revealed their new laptops from the ProBook 400 series which work with 8th generation Intel Core processors and are targeted at the small and middle business. The new series stands out with thinner profile and aluminum details along the construction. In addition, the laptops from this series are designed with the idea to be durable and are aimed to endure MIL-STD 810G tests as they also feature various security features including HP BIOSphere and HP Client Security.
For our review, we have chosen the HP ProBook 430 G5 model which is equipped with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, has an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 (Intel Gen 9.5) GPU, features 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD SanDisk SD8SN8U-128G-1006.
Its 15-inch display has Full HD resolution.
The Intel Core i5-8250U processor works with base clock speed in the 1.60 – 3.40 GHz range and also has 6MB L3 6 MB SmartCache. Furthermore, the laptop also offers wireless communication capabilities via WiFi module Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265.
The laptop came well-packed in a box. It includes a 45 W AC power adapter providing 19.5V voltage and 2.31A current. Here, we also found user manuals and the laptop itself.
Design and construction
The HP ProBook 430 G5 design features silver and graphite gray highlights. The lower lid is made of aluminum in silver. The lid with the keyboard is also made of aluminum in graphite gray which contrasts very well to the lighter base. In addition, the surface is smooth and pleasant to touch and it is not stained by fingerprints. The color of the display lid is also silver. The embossed logo of the Hewlett-Packard company is located on it. What’s more, the construction is made firm and stable. The laptop weight is 1.5 kg, while its thickness – 21 mm.
The laptop features a 15-inch matte Full HD IPS display. At the bottom, in the middle below the display we notice a diminished version of the Hewlett-Packard logo. In the upper part, above the display you can see a web camera recording 720p HD video. On the bottom lid, there are service lids. When removing the small lid with a grill, you can partially access the hardware for prevention. In order to access the internal part of the laptop you need to remove the entire bottom which is secured with clamps and 10 screws.
The cooling openings are located in the middle of the bottom lid from where the cooling system takes in cool air. On the left side of the construction are located the openings for taking out the warm air from the laptop. In addition, the hinges are tightened and firm and they are stable enough to keep the display in its position. The laptop construction and display lid are made of aluminum and this gives an idea more stability of the overall construction. When opening and closing the display, there is no twisting. What’s more, when the display lid is pressed, there is no perceptible sinking in the area on which the pressure is applied. In addition to everything listed so far, let’s not forget the feeling you get when you touch the metal. Despite this being a budget model, it creates the feeling of owning a premium machine.
The keyboard is of the Island Style type and it is comfortable to work with. The buttons are pleasant to touch, have dense travel and response well to slight pressure. Additionally, the touchpad is also nice, the buttons response adequately to light clicks. Moreover, the laptop is equipped with stereo speakers that are mounted in the upper part above the keyboard and are located under the decorative panel. The notebook doesn’t sport an optical drive. In the right part below the keyboard is located a fingerprint sensor.
On the right side of the laptop you will notice 1 х USB 3.1 – Type-C port, 1 х USB 3.1 port, HDMI port, VGA port, RJ-45 port for network connection and power adapter plug.
On the left side of the laptop are located an audio jack, 1 х USB 3.1 port, integrated SD card slot, Kensington lock slot and LED indication showing the work of the hard drive. The wireless connectivity includes an Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8265 module and Bluetooth 4.2.
The laptop has active cooling which is realized by a fan and a turbine. It seems that this cooling system is designed well and manages to cope with its task.
The storage devices are limited by the size of the device so you can only take advantage of an M.2 SSD (2280) slot. In our case, we received the laptop with a 256GB SSD SanDisk SD8SN8U.
|M.2 slot||SanDisk SD8SN8U – 128GB SSD|
The HP Probook 430 G5 features a Full HD panel with an IPS matrix, model LG Display LGD052D. Its diagonal is 13.3-inch, while the resolution – 1920 х 1080 pixels. In addition, the aspect ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 166 ppi, the pixel pitch – 0.153 х 0.153 mm. The screen can be considered as “Retina” when viewed from a distance equal to or greater than 53 cm.
HP Probook 430 G5 has comfortable viewing angles. We offer screenshots to evaluate image quality.
We were able to record a maximum brightness of 255 cd/m2 in the center and 254 cd/m2 as average across the surface of the display with a maximum of 10% deviation. The correlated color temperature on white screen at maximum luminance is 6700K, slightly colder compared to the optimal 6500K but as we go along the grayscale, the average color temperature is around 6600K. You can see how these values change at 140 cd/m2 (67% brightness).
dE2000 values above 4.0 are unwanted and should not be exceeded. The recommended tolerance for color displays made for work with colors (in this case, however, the laptop is not such) is less than 2.0. (This is a very important parameter, one of the first things to look at if the color accuracy of the display matters to you).
The contrast ratio is not bad – 820:1 (800:1 after calibration).
To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction of 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.
Тhe display covers 52% of the sRGB color gamut in CIE1976.
The “Design and Gaming” profile is created at 140 cd/m2 brightness, D65 (6500K) white point and optimal gamma in sRGB 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.
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.
We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and reverse.
We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 26 ms.
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.
The HP Probook 430 G5 display uses PWM for all brightness levels except for the maximum brightness. In the other cases, the pulsations’ frequency is high and reduces the negative impact.
Blue light emissions
Installing of 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.
You can see the levels of emitted blue light on the spectral power distribution (SPD) graph.
HP Probook 430 G5 has crisp stereo sound. The tones are clear in the whole range from low to high frequencies.
The HP Probook 430 G5 display in the reviewed modification has Full HD resolution, not bad contrast and comfortable viewing angles. The color range is modest.
The current specs sheet is for this particular model and configurations may differ depending on your region.
HP ProBook 430 G5 configurations
HP ProBook 430 G5 - $818.56
HP ProBook 430 G5 - $959.81
HP ProBook 430 G5 - $1003.84
We used the pre-installed Windows 10 (64-bit) for the writing of this review but if you wish to perform a clean install of the OS without the bloatware, we suggest downloading all of the latest drivers from HP’s official support page.
Hewlett-Packard has chosen а 3-cell battery with a capacity of 45 W which gets the job done relatively well. All tests are conducted with screen brightness set to 120 cd/m2 and Power Saver mode turned on.
In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.
Very good result – 500 minutes (8 hours and 20 minutes).
For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.
Impressive result – 429 minutes (7 hours and 9 minutes).
We recently started using F1 2017’s built-in benchmark on loop in order to simulate real-life gaming.
The measured 273 minutes (4 hours and 33 minutes) is a very good result for gaming load but the laptop doesn’t feature a discrete GPU and doesn’t allow playing games at high and ultra settings levels.
CPU – Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel Core i5-8250U is an energy-efficient quad-core processor manufactured as SoC. It is designed to be implemented in portable computers. In addition, it is based on the Coffee Lake generation and was announced on the market in August 2017. Compared to previous CPUs from the Core i5 8250U series it features 4 real cores running at lower base frequencies. Moreover, it supports Hyper-Threading Technology. The maximum amount of RAM is 32GB (DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133) working in dual-channel mode.
The chip is manufactured using a 14nm proccess. Intel has renewed only the Speed Shift technology which serves to accelerate and dynamically adjust the voltage and clock speed of the cores. According to the manufacturer, Core i5-8250U is 40% faster and more efficient compared to its predecessors.
Depending on its purpose and laptop model in which it is embedded, the power consumption and dissipated heat (TDP) can vary between 7,5W and 25 W depending on whether the cTDP Down function is used.
It features an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 (Intel Gen 9.5) GPU.
Integrated GPU – Intel UHD Graphics 620
Intel UHD Graphics 620 is a refresh of the HD Graphics 620 found as an integrated solution in many ULV Kaby Lake processors. UHD Graphics 620 is codenamed “Kaby Lake R U GT2” and it’s a part of the Gen 9.5 generation.
Intel UHD Graphics 620 has roughly the same performance as HD Graphics 620, depending on the other components in the system. UHD Graphics 620’s performance is similar to AMD Radeon R5 M420X and NVIDIA GeForce 910M/920M.
We conducted tough one-hour CPU, GPU and memory test using the stress test for stability of the AIDA64 software and the Prime95 test, as our aim was to see how well the cooling system handles tough workload and evaluate its overall reliability in the long run. You have to keep in mind that there won’t be such workload on all components in real life.
In the AIDA64 software stress test during the whole test, the CPU kept its maximum work frequency of 3.4 GHz. The temperature reached a maximum of 82 Celsius degrees and during the whole test CPU throttling didn’t occur.
During the entire Prime95 software test the CPU kept its maximum work frequency of 3.4 GHz. The temperature reached up to 88 Celsius degrees and during the entire test, CPU throttling didn’t occur. Overall, we can conclude that Intel Core i5-8520U is one relatively powerful processor which with its four cores although working at reduced frequencies releases quite a lot of temperature at full load. In addition, the cooling system of the laptop handles its main task very well.
During the stability system test, we also recorded the temperatures in various areas on the surface. As you can see from the image below, there is nothing to worry about. We can confirm that the cooling system does a very good job.
In conclusion, we can say that HP ProBook 430 G5 is a very good model which combines combines in itself a high-quality aluminum construction, enduring autonomous work, very good CPU, comfortable viewing angles and good surround. The longer time for refreshing the display matrix and the lack of discreet GPU don’t create an opportunity for good gaming but the purpose of this series is not gaming. At the same time, however, the small amount of RAM and the modest color range don’t allow the laptop to be used for more serious work with graphics editors. When combined with our profiles, the color accuracy improves significantly.
The good range of the wireless connectivity adapter gives us enough stability when surfing in the Web. HP ProBook 430 G5 also has very good quality stereo sound. The laptop is relatively light and comfortable to carry.