HP has produced a variety of visually stunning and feature-packed laptops in recent years, which are a welcome change from its past products. In addition to the Envy and Spectre series, HP also offers the EliteBook x360 1040 G7, which has many of the same features.

The EliteBook 1040 G7 is just as capable as the Elite Dragonfly despite its less glamorous design. An exceptionally fast processor and a long battery life make this laptop stand out among others. Besides the 1080p display, there are a wealth of ports for both work and play, and a wealth of features by default and optionally that make your work experience more efficient and secure.

As a result of its high price, the 1040 G7 is only for high-rollers; executives making six-figure salaries, indispensable researchers working long hours, and people with Fortune 500 companies attached to their LinkedIn profiles. You can certainly get the best business laptop if you have the cash, or if you have the budget.

  • CPU:  Intel Core i7-10810U
  • GPU: UHD
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Display: 14-inch, 1080p
  • Battery: 15:45
  • Size:  12.6 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds

EliteBook x360 1040 G7 design

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 review

Please let me know the availability of the new x360 EliteBook 1040 G7. After I unpacked this notebook, this thought popped into my head. It’s functional, sure, but HP can teach Dell a lesson in style.

Its luxurious design is enhanced by several notable design elements. While the metal is cold to the touch, it doesn’t add a lot of weight. In terms of weight, the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is heavier than rival carbon and magnesium laptops, like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2.4 pounds, 0.6 inches) but lighter than many aluminum notebooks, like the Dell Latitude 8410 2-in-1 (3 pounds).

Additionally, its small footprint, measuring 12.6 x 8 x 0.7 inches, makes it portable. A thin bezel surrounds the display on all four sides, helping to keep the size down and to draw your attention to the 14-inch panel. This EliteBook x360 1040 G7 has a rather standard design, being predominantly silver, with a touchpad on the lid, and black keys on the underside. Despite the staid color choices, the attention to detail put into the design makes it worthwhile.

There are three triangular speaker holes bordering the keyboard. Chrome trim surrounds the touchpad, which, along with the laptop’s brushed edges, modern logo, and tapered corners, gives it a premium appearance. One of the benefits of those tapered corners is that the lid is easier to lift.

When the screen is rotated backward, the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 transforms from a laptop to a tablet. Although the dual hinges of both notebooks prevented me from slamming the screen, they were not so rigid that they made it difficult to adjust the lid.

EliteBook x360 1040 G7 ports

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 review

The HP EliteBook has been designed so you can connect peripherals and accessories to a slim laptop.

A large power indicator light sits next to two Thunderbolt 3 ports (used for charging), and a USB 3.1 Type-A port, on the right side of the EliteBook x360, 1040 G7. It would be nice if one of the USB Type-C inputs was on the other side so you could charge from either.

There is a second Type-A USB 3.1 input, a SIM card slot, a lock slot, and a headphone/mic jack on the left side.

EliteBook x360 1040 G7 display

HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7 review

If you’re okay with a significant drop in battery life, a 4K OLED display would be the best option, but our review model has a 14-inch, 1080p panel.

Seeing the No Time to Die trailer in FHD made me wish even more that this pandemic would end so I could watch these indefinitely delayed Bond movies. Daniel Craig’s face had red streaks from every cut in the trailer. In stark contrast to the bloodshot eyes around Craig’s green eyes, the eyes of the narrator showed brilliant aqua.

Our colorimeter indicates that the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 is more colorful than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (72%), and the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (78%). Although this is a matte panel, the average premium laptop has a score of 86%.

As for the brightness of the screen, it reaches 344 nits, which is higher than Dell’s Latitude 9410 (287 nits). Although even the X1 Carbon (364 nits) did not match the average premium laptop (392 nits), it edged out the competition this time around.

EliteBook x360 1040 performance

My most demanding workloads were no match for the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 due to its Intel 10th Generation Core i7-10810U CPU and 16GB of RAM.

Using the EliteBook 1040 G7 during work didn’t cause any performance issues for me, and I don’t keep my tabs organized well. As I visit tech news sites around the web, I often have dozens of tabs open in Google Chrome, the first of which has YouTube Music playing at all times. I watched (and lost to) Germany playing against North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifying match while I was off work. Using four 1080p YouTube videos while having around 20 other tabs open, I worked to push the EliteBook x360 1040.

As for the benchmark results, they look good as well. A Geekbench 5 score of 4,692 places the HP ahead of the X1 Carbon (3,913, Core i7-10610U), the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (3,780, Core i7-10610U), and the premium average (4,125).

The EliteBook x360 14 sped up video conversion from 4K to 1080p in 16 minutes and 25 seconds, two minutes ahead of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (18:29) and Latitude 9410 (19:09e) and slightly faster than the average (16:33).

This is way below its competitors, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (1,044.7 MBps), the Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (767.1 MBps), and the category average (632.8 MBps).

EliteBook x360 1040 G7 graphics

The UHD graphics of Intel continue. Let’s hope we won’t have to wait much longer. Iris Plus and Iris Xe, among others, make it clear that this flavor of integrated graphics just doesn’t cut it in our day and age.

We found that much in our testing. After the EliteBook ran the benchmark at a laggy 12 frames per second, we didn’t even want to try Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. However, the category average is much higher (27 fps) than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (8 fps, UHD) and Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (10 fps, UHD).

The EliteBook x360 1040 G7 scored 1,229 in 3DMark Fire Strike, right in line with its rivals, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (1,219) and Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (1,213). Compared to the category average (4,610), this is an entirely different planet.

EliteBook x360 1040 G7 battery life

Please allow me to double-take a look at the lab test report. How long did the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 last? In our test, the EliteBook x360 1040 powered down after 15 hours and 45 minutes of continuous web browsing at 150 nits over Wi-Fi.

We have never seen a laptop run for that long. We rank the HP EliteBook 8540p as the best of our laptops with the longest battery life rankings, outlasting the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (10:45) by over an hour and the Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 (16:54) to be the second-best. Based on the category average (10:13), the EliteBook x360 1040 G7 adds an additional 5+ hours to the 10.13 hours achieved by the category average.

Pros Cons
Attractive, slim design Weak graphics
Epic battery life Expensive
Good 1080p display
Powerful speakers

Conclusion

This business laptop from HP is built with an elegant metal chassis and offers an amazing battery life. In our test unit, the 14-inch, 1080p panel was plenty colorful and bright, thanks to the Intel vPro chips inside. I also like the keyboard and trackpad, and the stylus can be magnetically attached to the side of the deck.

The EliteBook 1040 G7 has so many good features that it’s hard to think of anything I dislike about it. Nevertheless, I have a few nits to pick. Compared to today’s standards, UHD Graphics included with these 10th Generation Intel chips are dated. A microSD card slot is also not available for creatives who wish to use business notebooks.

The EliteBook 1040 G7 is undoubtedly the most expensive laptop I have ever reviewed. I can’t believe how expensive this is. In order to get a decent configuration, you have to fork over $2,000, while if you want the one you really want, you will have to fork over $3,000. You would need a large budget to purchase a fleet of these if you’re a Fortune 500 company looking for a notebook that looks great and performs well.