HP stands out among laptop manufacturers as one that offers high-performance laptops at affordable prices. For years, HP Probooks have provided the premium touch of high-end laptop PCs. The Probook 455 G3 is one of these high-performance machines.
HP 455 G3 Probook takes after the 250 G4 and 255 G3 Probooks. As an upgrade on these two, it offers a more mature performance and comes at a higher price. This review looks into the possible extras that come with the Probook besides the elegance befitting business persons.
The HP 455 G3 Probook is a 15.6-inch laptop weighing 4.6 pounds (2.1 kg). Its built quality is robust, with stable wrist rests and good flex resistance. The center of the lid bears the usual reflective HP logo that gives it a professional touch. It is a little wonder that the corporate class loves it. It is also impossible to avoid noticing the strip metal at the back of the lid.
Opening the lid reveals a matte-black keyboard base bearing a brushed aluminum pattern. Most of the body is plastic except for a few stylish metallic touches such as the silver trackpad and a mesh speaker grill. It is easy to understand that HP designed the body of the Probook to capture attention.
The Probook is powered by the 6th generation of four core AMD processors, the A10-8700 APU. It is a more capable option compared with Intel’s Core i3- 5005U. On clock cycles, it beats the previous leader of AMD processor, FX-7500. For single thread applications, it runs at a 3.1 GHz, thanks to the HP Turbo technology. When all the four cores are engaged, the speed falls to 2.3 GHz. Even then, it is still higher than the nominal speed of 1.8GHz.
Surprisingly, the machine has a lower OpenGL score than the HP 250G4 that is powered by Intel’s Core i3-5005U. There is no possible explanation for the confusing rating except that it is a result of manufacturer’s tweaking with chip’s settings. Even if that be the case, the processor is still slightly lower than the higher clocked FX-8880P APUs and i5-5200U. These processors power most laptops are found in most in this category.
Memory and Storage
The combination of memory and storage in the HP 455 G3 Probook puts it above its competitors. It hosts a whopping 16GB DDR3L RAM with a frequency of 1.6GHz. The read-only memory is a 1000GB 5200rpm SATA Hard Drive. That is more than enough for keeping business files and programs. It also has a DVD-ROM.
The Probook 455 G3 comes with a 15.6-inch high definition LED backlit display panel. It has a resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels. Its anti-glare display enables the use of the laptop in strongly lit areas. Hence, it is a suitable tool for people who are required to make presentations outdoors. The low resolution leads to average color saturation and contrast. The horizontal and vertical viewing angles are of little help.
Graphics and Gaming Experience
The AMD A10-8700 APU comes with an integrated Radeon R6 graphics. Its performance is equal to that of Radeon HD 8280. As a result, it can only handle new games that are not graphics intensive and old games.
It is a standard feature of most laptops in this category and might not be worth mentioning. However, unlike most laptops that require the installation of other software to use the camera, HP machines always have them preinstalled. The Probook comes with CyberLink Power2Go. Those who do not mind pre-installed software and apps will find it a handy tool. Nevertheless, the quality of the photos and videos are not to be compared with those of high-resolution phone cameras.
The side of the HP 455 G3 Probook is full of ports. There are three USB ports two for 2.0 type of USBs and one for 3.0 USB type. HP makes up for the absence of Type C USB port by including an SD card reader port. Other connectivity ports are for HDMI, VGA, and Ethernet. It is worth mentioning wireless connections like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, for completeness’ sake.
The 4-cell lithium ion 44Whr battery in the HP 455 G3 Probook is better than those in the HP 240 G4 and 255 G3. Under average performance, the battery lasts 5 hours and 31 minutes. It, however, takes a sharp dip under processor-intensive tasks and games.