HP ProBook 440 Core i5 – 4th Generation Laptop, we have now taken a look at the second-smallest ProBook 400 model from HP. The ProBook 440 G5 is the successor of the ProBook 440 G4 and is one of the cheaper 14-inch notebooks in the business segment. On its website, HP has advertised the ProBook 440 G5 as an “affordable combination of innovation and security and multimedia functions” for small companies.
Today’s competition devices are a Lenovo ThinkPad, a Dell Latitude and an Acer TravelMate. Only the ThinkPad E480 has been equipped with a new-generation CPU; the Latitude 3470 and the TravelMate P449 in our comparison still run on older CPUs.
Our test unit is equipped with a Full HD IPS screen, an i5-8250U, a 256-GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM. The device also comes with Windows 10.
HP has given this year’s ProBook 400 series a new design. The previous generation, the ProBook 400 G4, was mainly silver. The new models are still silver on the outside, but the inside is mainly black, which makes the device look more professional. The shape is similar to last year’s version, although it has become a little more angular. A big change is the hinge design: Instead of two small drop-down hinges, the ProBook is now equipped with a larger, wider hinge of the same build. The single hinge has a silver cap and keeps the display in place while being loose enough to enable opening the display with one hand. The opening angle is limited to 135 °, which can be bothersome sometimes.
The materials have not changed. Most of the case is still made of plastic; only the wrist rest has an aluminum surface. This feels good and increases stability around the keyboard. Apart from that, the case is comparatively flexible. The display cover and base unit can be warped quite easily, although the display cover is weaker than the thicker base unit. Pressure on the back of the display is immediately visible on the panel. The ThinkPad E480offers a lot more stability.
The same can be said for the workmanship. We already noticed a badly made edge at the front of the wrist rest on the ProBook 450 G5. Today’s test unit has the same issue at almost exactly the same spot (on the left side of the touchpad).