HP EliteBook 820 G1 review

Sturdy, streamlined, secure: HP packs business features into a lighter-weight, 12.6-inch laptop

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3D Mark 11: P766
Graphics Score 696
Physics Score 2783
Combined Score 577

Cinebench 11.5:
CPU performance: 2.47
OpenGL graphics performance 13.13fps

Battery Eater
3 hours 27 minutes

The dropped hinge and metallic grey-black styling of the HP EliteBook 820 conceals a reasonably powerful 1.6GHz Haswell Core i5 4200U CPU, with 8GB of RAM. What that gives you is great business performance. The 1366x768 screen and Intel HD Graphics 4400 mean this isn't a high-powered gaming system. To be sure, rendering was visibly slow in our 3D and graphics testing, but it's fine for everyday work in productivity software (including Photoshop) and movies, with reasonable sound – and plenty of volume – coming from the soundbar behind the keyboard.

Opening the case
Business-class performance hardware

Even if you don't take advantage of the Windows 8 licence included with the system, we'd suggest upgrading to IE 11 for performance improvements. Even the Intel graphics subsystem is fast enough to speed up web pages with hardware acceleration and the HP EliteBook 820 scored a very acceptable 9.2 on Microsoft's informal PirateMarrk benchmark for HTML5 rendering.

Innards shot
The EliteBook packs a decent-life battery

HP promises up to 12 hours' battery life for the EliteBook 820 G1, but that's with the higher-capacity battery slice. The standard battery we tested came in with a reasonable four to five hours of working time with Wi-Fi on and the screen set to full brightness (we'd expect that to increase by 30-60 minutes with Windows 8). Dim the screen to get longer battery life. In our run-down test with no power saving options and the screen on full brightness, we measured three hours and 27 minutes. And while it's not a tiny USB charger, the power brick is fairly small and neat, and delivers an impressively fast charge – you can get 25% charge back in about as many minutes.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4400
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time11.25 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEliteBook 820 G1
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-4200U
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional Upgradable to Windows 8 Pro
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size31.8 cm (12.5")
Number of Cells3-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.33 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, EU WEEE, IT Eco Declaration, RoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3L-1600/PC3-12800
Height21 mm
Width310 mm
Depth215.3 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product Series820 G1
Product NameEliteBook 820 G1 Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, Pointstick
Product LineEliteBook
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberH5G05ET#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Now employees can hit the road with a travel pro. The HP EliteBook 820 G1 industry leading thin and light notebook is ultra-mobile in and out of the office. Work with confidence thanks to proven enterprise technologies and enterprise security, performance and management features that will meet all your business needs.

    Maximum Memory16 GB
    Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
    Package Contents
    • EliteBook 820 G1 Notebook PC
    • Lithium Polymer Battery
    • AC Adapter
    • Power Cord
    • Genuine Windows 8 Pro License Media
    Limited Warranty3 Year