High capacity SSD
Good battery life
Despite the fact that the HP ProBook 430 G5 did not show record results in any of the individual disciplines, it managed to secure a place in the top three of our rating. Good value for money and more than positive test results helped to achieve this. Whether it’s «Performance», «Features», «Ergonomics» or «Mobility» — in all areas, this HP ProBook 430 G5 made a positive impression on us. Only in the display we found minor flaws, but these are, as they say, nitpicking of a very high level.
High capacity SSD
Good battery life
Not bright enough display
Made partly of brushed aluminum, the HP ProBook 430 G5 looks attractive and boasts high-quality workmanship. When the user opens this device, only 23 millimeters thick, he sees a comfortable keyboard unit with illuminated keys. Thanks to their long stroke and pleasant pressure resistance, the keyboard is ideal for those who type a lot.
In the “mouse substitute”, in addition to the rare stalling of the cursor (which is practically not noticeable in everyday use) when moving vertically across the screen, there is also nothing to complain about. But the touchpad-integrated fingerprint scanner expands the ProBook’s capabilities with a practical and reliable unlock method.
In the ProBook, the manufacturer installed the current generation Intel Core i5-8250U Kaby Lake Refresh, which runs at a clock speed of 1.6 GHz. The performance of this 4-core processor in everyday use is good without any reservations, and the merit in this is not least due to the Turbo Boost mode, in which the processor is able to “fire up” up to 3.4 GHz. This laptop is suitable not only for office tasks and web surfing, but also for multimedia entertainment and simple games.
Even complex image processing and basic video editing (with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM on board) should not be a problem. This is confirmed by the results of the launch of the PC Mark 7 benchmark. In it, the HP ProBook 430 G5 achieves an excellent 6043 points and is slightly lower in this indicator than our record holder Dell Inspiron 13 7000 with its 6236 points.
And just like Dell, HP’s laptop remains pleasantly quiet even under full load. Whoever listens very carefully in complete silence will still be able to hear a slight high-frequency squeak of the coils. But in such a tone they should not interfere. In addition, it is far from always quiet during working and daytime hours.
An excellent list of equipment is completed by a fast 512 GB SSD drive. To whom this will not be enough — it can connect external HDDs via three USB 3.0 ports. The signal can be output to a second monitor at any time via the integrated HDMI or VGA ports, and for access to the Internet, the user has a choice between an ac WLAN module or a gigabit LAN port.
The HP ProBook 430 G5 IPS panel with Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels), displayed on a 13.3-inch diagonal, and even in combination with a powerful Intel processor and 16 GB of RAM, gives the laptop an excellent potential for processing photo and video content. True, you will not find a dedicated graphics card needed for video editing here. And the color space coverage of only 64% sRGB cannot be called ideal.
The checkerboard contrast ratio of 168:1 and the stability of the viewing angles are normal here. The maximum brightness could have been a little better. And while we set a pretty good 257 cd/m2 for this parameter, other laptops in this price segment often offer values on the other side of the 300 cd/m2 mark.
Minor display flaws are quickly forgotten thanks to excellent battery life. In our simulated «office» mode of operation with occasional pauses (as in normal everyday use), the ProBook lasted almost 11.5 hours. And when constantly playing videos at the average brightness of the display, the laptop turned off after 10 hours and 21 minutes of continuous operation on a single charge.
Both are excellent performance that only a few devices from our respective rating can beat. Good mobility successfully complements the insignificance of weight — only about 1.5 kg. Thus, in general, despite its rather high cost (about 690$), the ProBook 430 G5 boasts excellent value for money.
With a brightness of 306 cd/m2, the Toshiba Satellite Pro A30-D-10E display is noticeably brighter than the HP ProBook. Checkerboard contrast at 216:1 also remains uninterrupted. Considering all this, it is not surprising that the alternative option we offer is currently the leader in the Display test category.
In other test disciplines, this 13.3-inch laptop does not have to be shy about its performance either. Performance is good here with an Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB of RAM and a fast SSD, and the equipment and portability won’t raise waves of criticism either. The cost does not exceed 600$
An Intel Core i7, 12GB of RAM, and a dedicated nVidia GeForce MX 150 graphics card are the key features of the Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G, which costs around $6,000 more. The 15.6-inch laptop is suitable not only for image processing, but also (with some limitations) for gaming.
But all this is given to the device at the expense of sacrifices in terms of mobility: the battery life barely overcomes the mark of 9 hours, and with its 2.2 kilograms, a powerful laptop cannot be called lightweight. However, for those users who are not averse to playing from time to time, the Acer Aspire 5 is a great alternative.
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|Display: max. brightness
|Display: checkerboard contrast
|Display: pixel density
|Display: brightness distribution
|Offline work: office suite
|Battery life: video playback
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|Test: PCMark 7
|Test: 3DMark (Cloud Gate)