HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 Review

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Last Updated on May 1, 2024 by Daniel Osakwe

In recent years, HP has produced laptops that are visually striking and feature-packed compared to its previous offerings. As well as offering the Envy Spectre and Envy x360 series, HP also offers the EliteBook x360 1040 G7, which features many of the same capabilities. Despite its less glamorous design, the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is just as capable as the Elite Dragonfly.

This laptop stands out among others due to its fast processor and long battery life. Additionally, there is a wealth of ports for work and play, and a wealth of features that enhance efficiency and security while you work.

Because of its high price, only the high-rollers can afford the 1040 G7; executives who earn six-figure salaries, indispensable researchers working long hours, and people whose LinkedIn profiles have Fortune 500 companies attached to them. When you have the cash, or if you have the budget, you can certainly get the best business laptop.

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7: Specs

  • CPU:  Intel Core i7-10810U
  • GPU: UHD
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Display: 14-inch, 1080p
  • Battery: 15:45
  • Size:  12.6 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds

EliteBook x360 1040 G7: Design

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7

Upon unpacking this notebook, this thought entered my mind. It’s functional, yes, but HP can teach Dell a lesson in style.

Several notable design elements contribute to its luxurious appearance. Although the metal is cold to the touch, it doesn’t add much weight. The EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is heavier than carbon and magnesium laptops, such as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2.4 pounds, 0.6 inches) but lighter than many aluminum notebooks, such as the Dell Latitude 8410 2-in-1 (3 pounds).

Furthermore, its small footprint, measuring 12.6 x 8 x 0.7 inches, makes it portable. Throughout the screen, a thin bezel surrounds the display, keeping the size of the device down and drawing attention to the 14-inch panel. Despite its silver color, the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 has a relatively standard design, with a touchpad on the lid, and a black keyboard. The design is worth checking out even though the colors are staid.

On either side of the keyboard, there are three triangular holes for speakers. Along with the laptop’s tapered corners, tapered edges, and brushed edges, the touchpad is surrounded by chrome trim. This tapered corner design makes lifting the lid easier thanks to the tapered corners.

The EliteBook x360 1040 G7 turns into a tablet when the screen is rotated backward. Though both notebooks had dual hinges, they were so flexible that I wasn’t able to slam the screen when I opened the lid.

EliteBook x360 1040 G7: Ports

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 Laptop Review

In order to create a slim laptop that has the ability to connect to peripherals and accessories, HP EliteBook has been designed.

On the right side of the EliteBook x360, 1040 G7, is a large power indicator light, two Thunderbolt 3 ports (used for charging), and a USB 3.1 Type-A port. We would appreciate it if one of the Type-C inputs were on the other side so you can charge using either one.

Besides the second Type-A USB 3.1 port, there is also a SIM card slot, a lock slot, and a headphone/microphone jack on the left side.

EliteBook x360 1040 G7: Display

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 Laptop Review

It’s best to choose a 4K OLED display if you don’t mind sacrificing battery life, but our review model has a 14-inch, 1080p panel.

My desire to watch these indefinitely delayed Bond movies increased even more after watching the No Time to Die trailer in FHD. In the trailer, Daniel Craig’s face had red streaks from every cut. When compared to Craig’s bloodshot eyes, the narrator’s aqua eyes displayed a stark contrast.

According to our colorimeter, the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is more colorful than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (72%), and the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (78%). Despite being a matte panel, this laptop still scored 86%, on average.

There is a 344 nit display in the Latitude 9410, which is higher in brightness than Dell’s (287 nits) laptop. Despite having a lower brightness (364 nits) than the average premium laptop (392 nits), the X1 Carbon edged out the competition this time around.

EliteBook x360 1040: Performance

With its 16GB of RAM and Intel 10th Generation Core i7-10810U processor, I was able to run even the most demanding workloads on the EliteBook x360 1040 G7.

My use of the EliteBook 1040 G7 during work did not cause any performance issues, and I do not organize my tabs well. My Google Chrome is often open with dozens of tabs open while I surf around tech news sites, with YouTube Music playing right under the first tab. The match between Germany and North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifying match was on when I wasn’t working (and we lost). As I worked on pushing the EliteBook x360 1040, I played four YouTube videos in 1080p while I had around 20 tabs open.

I am pleased with the benchmark results as well. According to Geekbench 5, the HP scored 4,692 compared to the X1 Carbon (3,913, Core i7-10610U), Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (3,780, Core i7-10610U), and the premium average (4,125).

From 4K to 1080p, the EliteBook x360 14 converted videos in 16 minutes and 25 seconds, two minutes faster than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (18:29) and Latitude 9410 (19:09e) and slightly faster than the average (16:33).

It performs far worse than its competitors – the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (1,044.7 MBps), and the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (767.1 MBps), as well as the category average (632.8 MBps).

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7: Graphics

This is the second generation of Intel UHD graphics. Hopefully, the wait won’t be too long. These days, integrated graphics such as Iris Plus or Xe just don’t cut it.

Our testing revealed that. When the EliteBook couldn’t run the benchmark at a smooth 12 frames per second, we didn’t even want to try Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. In contrast, the category average (27 fps) is much higher than that of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (8 fps, UHD) and Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (10 fps, UHD).

With a score of 1,229, the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is right in line with its competitors, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (1,219) and Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (1,213). This is an entirely different planet than the average in the category (4610).

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7: Battery life

I’d like to review the lab report once again. Does the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 last long? After 15 hours and 45 minutes of continuous web browsing without interruption over Wi-Fi, the EliteBook x360 1040 shut down.

This is the longest a laptop has ever run. The HP EliteBook 8540p ranks as the best of our laptops with the longest battery life, outlasting both the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (10:45) and the Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (16:54). As compared to the category average (10:13), the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 adds an additional 5+ hours to the 10.13 hours achieved by the category average.

Pros Cons
Attractive, slim design Graphics are weak
A long-lasting battery Costly
Good 1080p display  
Exceptional speakers  

Final thoughts

Featuring an elegant metal chassis and amazing battery life, this business laptop from HP will not disappoint. Thanks to the Intel vPro chips inside, the 14-inch, 1080p screen we tested was colorful and bright. Besides the keyboard and trackpad, I like the magnetically attached stylus.

It is hard for me to find a single bad thing about the EliteBook 1040 G7. However, there are a few things I disagree with. In comparison to today’s standards, Intel’s UHD Graphics on these 10th Generation chips are outdated. Business notebooks do not have a microSD card slot for designers.

I have reviewed the most expensive laptop I have ever seen in my lifetime, the EliteBook 1040 G7. Honestly, I can’t believe how much this costs. With the configuration you really want, you will need to spend over $3,000. You will have to spend over $2,000 to get a decent configuration. If you wanted a notebook that was sleek and powerful, you’d need quite a big budget to buy a fleet of these.