HP EliteBook 830 G5
The silver aluminum HP EliteBook 820 G5 is an elegant machine, with small touches that differentiate it from most business notebooks. A groove in the middle of the front edges of the lid and deck enables easy one-handed opening, and its back edge tapers outward for a nice wedge design.
The EliteBook 830’s Thunderbolt 3, Ethernet, HDMI and USB 3.0 ports are on its right side, next to the headphone jack, power jack and HP docking port. If you customize the laptop with cellular support, you’ll see a SIM slot next to the headphone jack.
The second USB 3.0 port is on the left side, near the lock slot and optional smart Card reader.
Keyboard, Touchpad and Pointing Stick
As I navigated the desktop, the EliteBook 830 G5’s 3.9 x 2.1-inch touchpad tracked my input accurately. It also smoothly registered two-finger scrolling and Windows 10’s three-finger navigation swipes, though the latter once required me to restart the computer.
Some users will be excited to know the EliteBook 830 G5 offers a pointing stick and a pair of physical mouse buttons. This concave nub tracks input accurately and allows you to keep your fingers on the home row of keys so you don’t need to move them down to the touchpad. Yes, that may sound strange, but some people live and die by whether a laptop has a nub.
The Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers in the HP EliteBook 830 G5 provided quality audio, filling a medium-size conference room. When listening to Pusha T’s “The Story of Adidon,” I heard the rapper’s brutal vocals come through clearly, while the track’s sample of Nina Simone’s “Four Women” was reproduced accurately. As I blasted Grandtheft & Keys N Krates’ track “Keep It 100,” the thump of the instrumental track demonstrated that the laptop handles bass well. The Huawei MateBook X Pro and the Dell Latitude 7490 also produced great sound, while we thought the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s audio was “tinny.”