HP ProBook 645 G4 and EliteBook 700-series G5s put Ryzen Pro to work

HP is probably the major PC vendor with the closest and most consistent relationship with AMD. Dell, HP, and Lenovo are all on board with AMD's Ryzen Pro processors, but HP's upcoming ProBook 645 G4 and EliteBook 700-series G5s will be the first laptops to arrive with the business-oriented version of the red team's Ryzen Pro Mobile APUs.

All of HP's new business machines have a pair of customer-accessible SO-DIMM slots capable of supporting up to 32 GB of 2400 MT/s DDR4 memory. The EliteBooks and the ProBook all have an M.2 slot for SATA or NVMe SSDs. The ProBook also gets a 2.5″ bay for an old-school spinny hard drive. All the machines have three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports plus a Type-C connector of the same speed grade. None of the machines offer discrete graphics, but the Vega IGP baked into AMD's Ryzen Pro APUs should be more than enough for most office tasks. All four laptops also sport Gigabit Ethernet ports, though only the ProBook gets a premium Intel vPro Ethernet controller. Users that need NFC capability for whatever reason will need to choose the ProBook, too.

Buyers can get the ProBook 645 G4 with any of AMD's three Ryzen Pro Mobile processors: the Ryzen 3 Pro 2300U, the Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U, or the Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U. These chips have the same clock speeds as their non-Pro equivalents, but add in extra management and security features that should make the IT staff a little less grumpy than usual. HP offers Realtek and Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth setups, and LTE modems are also available.

The base screen for the ProBook 645 is a pretty sad 1366×768 “standard viewing angle” panel, but touch and non-touch 1920×1080 IPS units are also available. These screens aren't photo-handling material given their 45% coverage of the sRGB color space, but they should more than suffice for office work. The display outputs are unfortunately limited to one HDMI 1.4 output and a VGA connector.

The EliteBook 735 G5, EliteBook 745 G5, and EliteBook 755 G5 all get the same Ryzen Pro APU choices as the ProBook above. As one might guess from the similar model numbers, the big differences between the three laptops are the screen and chassis size. The 735 G5 is a 13.3″ laptop, the 745 G5 is a 14-incher, and the 755 G5 has a 15.6″ display and a dedicated number pad.

All machines get standard 1920×1080 IPS displays and multiple touch- and non-touch panel options. The 745 and 755 models offer HP's Sure View integrated privacy screen as an option. Realtek and Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth cards are on offer, too. Those that need to stay connected when away from Wi-Fi can also add an LTE modem, once again.

The EliteBooks don't have a projector-friendly VGA port, but they do get an HDMI 2.0 connector and can add another display over the USB Type-C port. While the new AMD-powered EliteBooks don't have native Thunderbolt 3 capability, they can use the PC maker's TB3 dock using USB-C video and power delivery.

NotebookCheck says the EliteBook 700 G5s and the ProBook 645 G4 will start shipping in May. The site puts the EliteBooks starting at $1000, while the base ProBook 645 G4 should cost purchasing departments $760 and up.

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    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen a prosumer G4 laptop. RIP PPC.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 2 years ago

    HDMI is very strange in a business laptop. All of our Lenovo’s are mini-DP. None of them have analog either, which is nice to see phased out.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      Do projectors use HDMI commonly?
      I know large TVs do and that would be one common use for a business laptop when giving a presentation.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        Yes. If a projector is new enough to support anything other than VGA D-Sub, then HDMI is all but guaranteed.

        Most meeting/conference rooms use HDMI over in Europe and it’s pretty much ubiquitous.

          • DancinJack
          • 2 years ago

          There are far less projectors around now than there used to be. Lots of new-ish 50″+ TVs in offices now. HDMI is not a bad choice. (I meant this as an indication of what tech looks like in SV and other cities in the US)

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            Just about every projector I’ve hooked up to in the last year or two (which are all at hotels in large conference rooms) are still VGA only, but there’s always an HDMI to VGA adapter available for people with modern laptops.

            • Voldenuit
            • 2 years ago

            We still use projectors in our engineering job, because a 50″ TV doesn’t replace a whiteboard. And yes, they’re still all VGA.

            • Norphy
            • 2 years ago

            That depends on the display. An interactive display from the likes of Promethean or Smartboard or a device like a Microsoft Surface Hub could arguably do the job of a projector and a whiteboard.

            • Chrispy_
            • 2 years ago

            Company our size has 10 large meeting rooms. That’s 10x large format displays and zero projectors.

            The only projectors we have are a handful of portables for staff to borrow from the pool and a set of fixed projectors for a marketing displaywall in the lobby.

        • Concupiscence
        • 2 years ago

        Oh, yes. My last job had teleconference offices with VGA and HDMI as options. I’d assume it’s fairly ubiquitous, though I’ll confess I haven’t had to connect to a ton of projectors elsewhere.

      • thecoldanddarkone
      • 2 years ago

      Doesn’t your Lenovo have hdmi, displayport, and thunderbolt?

      • prb123
      • 2 years ago

      Video Outputs are very strange in business laptops in general…

      We have connectivity boxes with cable/adapters for our conference rooms.

      Laptops: VGA/HDMI/Mini HDMI/Display Port/Mini Display Port…and then Apple had to get crazy and go USB-C Only.

      Tablets/Phones (Mainly IOS). Apple 30Pin, Lighting, & USB.

      • NovusBogus
      • 2 years ago

      That is an odd choice. DP and VGA rule the business world, and probably always will.

        • ludi
        • 2 years ago

        All the Dell Latitudes I’ve used in recent memory have a full-size HDMI port along with a mini-DP. As to which one is more useful, I can only say that AFAIK, I’ve never even seen a miniDP dongle in the flesh, let alone used one. Our conference rooms have TVs, and TVs have HDMI inputs. So do all newer projectors.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 2 years ago

          I have a Latitude E5570. It has VGA and HDMI. No DisplayPort.

          Would have been nice, too, since the HDMI is only 1.4 so there’s no way this thing will ever connect to a 4K display.

      • leor
      • 2 years ago

      Actually I work in corporate, and HDMI is the easiest connector to plug into all screens/large displays. When I had a Lenovo with mini DP, no one had the dongle to change it to HDMI and no one wanted to spend the $80 to order one.

      Before anyone posts a link of how they can be had for cheaper, we have to go through whatever vendor sells at those prices. If I wanted to get it on Amazon I’d have to buy it out of pocket.

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