HP’s latest EliteBook, the x360 1030 G3 laptop, comes in a sleek and lightweight aluminum case that contains all of today’s must-have features.
Those include a solid-state hard drive, bundled software, touch screen and the ability to work as either a tablet or a regular notebook.
The review unit I tested came with an Intel Core i7 processor and UHD Graphics 620 chipset, with 1 terabyte of SSD storage and 16 gigabytes of RAM. It ran Windows 10 64-bit Professional.
HP Offers High-End Viewing and Audio Options
HP has managed to cram a 13.3-inch diagonal display into a compact case that’s easy for travel. The display comes in four options, all touch-enabled with Gorilla Glass 4 for extra durability. My unit had an optional internal privacy filter called Sure View, which limits viewing angles and operates at 700 cd/m². HP offers other displays that operate at either 500 or 400 cd/m² brightness; the high end delivers 3480x2160 resolution, while the other screens can pump out 1920x1080.
The EliteBook x360 also has two USB-C/Thunderbolt ports and one USB-A port, an HDMI port and an audio jack. It comes with support for broadband wireless networks from AT&T and Verizon; each unit has a nano-SIM slot for this purpose.
State and local agencies will especially like the audio features. The laptop comes with Bose speakers on top and bottom that are better than the built-in components of most laptops. The unit feels solid and should resist most bumps and other impacts.
The x360 laptop weighs just a hair under 3 pounds; its battery lasted, on average, more than 8 hours, and can recharge within an hour.
Government Agencies Gain Peace of Mind with Security Features
HP’s EliteBook x360 1030 G3 comes with a variety of additional features that are sure to please government agencies mindful of security. It supports the Windows Hello password-free login, using its built-in fingerprint sensor — thus enabling multifactor authentication — and software called HP Sure Run.
Sure Run also provides app protection by continuously monitoring critical services and preventing malware from making unauthorized changes to executable files. For agencies that have HP Endpoint Security Controller software, Sure Run can provide additional reporting and management. It is disabled by default, so IT managers will need to set it up with the HP Client Security Manager tool.
The x360 also comes with the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 chipset, which checks for OS tampering upon boot with HP Sure Start software. Agency admins can access the laptop to make changes to security policies and prevent users from loading their own software.
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3
Processor: Intel Core i7-865OU, 2.11GHz
Weight: 2.76 pounds
Dimensions: 12x8x0.62 inches
Display: 13.3-inch diagonal touch screen
Hard Drive: 1TB SSD
Memory: 16GB RAM
Ports: 2 USB-C /Thunderbolt, USB-A, audio headphone jack, nano-SIM, HDMI