HP ProBook 450 G8 In Sri Lanka
What’s in the box?
Inside the package, we found some paper manuals and a 45W power brick with a barrel-style plug. Note that some units will come with 65W adapters, and some of them will use a USB Type-C connector.
Design and construction
Here comes one of the biggest improvements over last year’s device. HP has managed to drop the weight from 2.00 down to 1.74 kg, while the profile remains 19.8mm thick. Interestingly, the front side of the laptop is heavily cut and feels extremely thin. Other than that, you get an aluminum lid and a plastic base, which is a bit bendy, when you twist it. Also, instead of the very subtle trim on the lid, now you have the entire top portion made out of plastic, in order to house the antennas.
Thankfully, opening the lid can be done with one hand. Inside, we see thin bezels around the matte display and an HD Webcam with a privacy shutter. As we said, some units will feature an IR face recognition sensor.
Moving to the keyboard, we see a very adequate unit with good key travel, clicky feedback, and a backlight. It also has a NumberPad section and features spill-resistance. In terms of rigidity, we noticed some deck flex when you press on it, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary. By the way, HP has put the speakers above the keyboard, and while it looks like they’re huge, they actually use a very small portion of the grill.
Further down, we see the touchpad. Now, it is responsive, and fairly accurate, although we had an issue. We needed to press pretty hard to get it to register our clicks. It was very annoying, as the device produces a click even with low pressure. We hope that this problem is isolated to our unit, and not on everyone out there. On a more positive note, there is a fingerprint reader on the right side of the palm rest area. It is extremely fast, and accurate so thumbs up for that.
Let’s turn the laptop upside down. As the speakers are firing towards the user, there are no cutouts on the bottom panel, aside from the ventilation grills. Hot air, on the other side, now exits the chassis through the backside of the laptop (or in between the lid and the base, to be precise), instead of one of the sides, as we saw on older laptops.
On the left side of the device, there is a security slot, an RJ-45 connector, and a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port. Switch sides, and you’ll see the charging plug, a USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 2) port with Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4 capabilities, two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, an HDMI 1.4b connector, an audio jack, and a MicroSD card reader.