HP ProBook 440 Core i5 – 4th Generation is an affordable 14-inch convertible that HP has designed with professionals and smaller businesses in mind. HP ProBook 440 Core i5 – 4th Generation to appeal to professionals and small to medium-sized businesses, something which the device’s relatively affordable pricing reflects. Moreover, the x360 440 G1 offers a good combination of performance, versatility, security and multimedia features.
HP equips the device with only a choice of Intel processors, the cheapest of which that OEMs currently use are either the Intel Pentium Gold 4415U or the Intel Core i5 7200U. However, the most basic configuration of the x360 440 G1 has an Intel Core i3-8130U, which HP currently prices for around €880 (~$1036). The device can also be configured with up to an Intel Core i7-8550U, the variant of which currently costs around €1,250 (~$1471). Moreover, there are options for up to 512 GB of solid-state storage and an NVIDIA GeForce MX130 that has 2 GB of dedicated VRAM. HP recently announced that they would be selling the x360 440 G1 with an Intel Core i5-8350U too, but they have not announced the pricing for this new variant at the time of writing.
Our test device sits within the mid-range of these offerings and is equipped with an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256 GB NVMe SSD. This variant currently costs around €999 (~$1176); all variants come with the same 14-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen display.
We have chosen to compare our test device against five other devices that we have already tested, the details of which we have included below.
|Lenovo Yoga 730||Dell Latitude 5289||Asus ZenBook Flip 14||HP Pavilion x360||Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-8550U||Intel Core i5-7300U||Intel Core i5-8250U||Intel Core i5-7200U||Intel Core i5-8250U|
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 620||Intel HD Graphics 620||Intel UHD Graphics 620||Nvidia GeForce 940MX||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Display||13,3 Zoll 3.840 x 2.160 (IPS)||12,5 Zoll 1.920 x 1.080 (IPS)||14 Zoll 1.920 x 1.080 (IPS)||14 Zoll 1.920 x 1.080 (IPS)||13,3 Zoll 1.920 x 1.080 (IPS)|
|RAM||16 GB DDR4||8 GB DDR3||8 GB DDR3||8 GB DDR4||8 GB DDR4|
|Speicher||512 GB SSD||256 GB SSD||256 GB SSD||128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD||512 GB SSD|
, Two SO-DIMM DDR4 2,400 MHz slots, both of which are occupied. Maximum 32 GB RAM
Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G, 256 GB
, M.2 SSD (NVMe), 185 GB free
The x360 440 G1’s case is mostly made of plastic with a silver finish except for the keyboard deck, which is made of aluminum that has a brushed black finish. The silver case looks good and feels good in the hand. However, the device feels cheaper than those that are entirely made of aluminum. In short, the x360 440 G1 feels like a budget device. This is no bad thing though as the quality of our test device is impeccable with all gaps between materials being small and even.
What’s more, the x360 440 G1 is sturdy despite being a mostly plastic device. Our test device creaks slightly when we twist it, but we still need to apply plenty of force to make this happen. Likewise, the display lid is difficult to twist probably because of the added strength from using a glass touchscreen display. Moreover, the display lid resists pressure well albeit we could induce some slight deforming to the LCD. We were unable to deform the keyboard deck either.
The x360 440 G1 has a 360-degree hinge, as the name implies, which allows the device to be used in four modes; laptop, presentation, tablet and tent. The hinges are sufficiently well designed for one-handed opening, but the display does teeter somewhat when opening the display.
Overall, the x360 440 G1 is a good-looking device and HP has conveniently included a generously large maintenance cover.