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HP Elite line gets a new 15-inch laptop and tweaks all around

HP's somewhat revamped business lineup includes a 15-inch EliteBook 1050, streamlined x360 1030 and updated portable monitor.

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HP's Elites

Summer updates to the line include the three laptops -- 1030 G3, 1013 x2 G3 and the new 15-inch 1050 G1 -- the S14 portable display and the EliteOne 1000 G2.

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HP EliteBook 1050 G1

The only addition to the line is the 15-inch 1050 G2; the flagship thin-and-light business line didn't have a model for people who need more screen. If the design looks familiar, that's because it's extremely similar to the Spectre x360 announced earlier this year. 

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HP EliteBook 1050 connections

On the left side there are two USB Type-A ports.

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HP EliteBook 1050 connections

On the right side are two USB-C/Thunderbolt connections and an HDMI connection, plus a full-size SD card slot.

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HP EliteBook 1050 power

HP fits a full set of connectors in plus vents on both sides. The extra vents are necessary because the 1050 incorporates an Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU and up to 32GB RAM

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HP EliteBook 1050 keyboard

Oddly, the Spectre 15-inch model has a much bigger keyboard, with a full numeric keypad on the right side. I'd expect a business system to have that, too. The 1050's speaker grille and location are the same.

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HP EliteBook 1050 SureView 2

HP has updated its privacy screen feature, available on select displays; it's still not available in 4K.

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HP EliteBook 1050 webcam shutter

HP introduced its webcam shutter -- a switch that blocks the camera when not in use -- to its EliteBook line earlier this year.

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HP EliteBook 1050 webcam shutter close up

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HP EliteBook 1050

As expected from a business notebook, it includes a fingerprint sensor for secure login.

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HP EliteBook 1050 design

The 1050 takes a design tip from HP's latest ZBook mobile workstations with chamfered edges near the hinges. 

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HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3

On the outside, the G3 version of the EliteBook x360 doesn't look much different than the G2 version we reviewed earlier this year

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HP EliteBook x360 1030 updates

Updates to this convertible include eighth-generation Core i processors; the brighter displays that HP rolled out across the entire line; faster Cat 9 LTE wireless support; and a proximity alert for the Active Pen, which notifies you when you leave its geofenced range.

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HP EliteBook x2 1013

The x2 received some design tweaks this go-round, including squared edges and thinner display bezels, which really does give it a sleeker look and allows HP to up the screen size from 12.3 to 13 inches.

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HP Elitebook x2 1013 display

The x2 gets the higher-brightness display options that have been introduced across the entire EliteBook line, intended to help with outdoor viewing. There's also a SureView privacy screen option.

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HP Elitebook x2 1013 connections

HP added two more USB-C ports for a total of three, one of which supports the DisplayPort alternate mode in addition to Thunderbolt 3.

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HP EliteDisplay S14

This rather old display finally gets the dust brushed off with a more modern look -- squared edges and thinner bezels help make it a little smaller -- and support for USB-C.

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HP EliteDisplay S14 resolution

Now the resolution goes up to a standard 1,920x1,080 so you can better use it to watch HD content.

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HP EliteDisplay S14 size

It's also smaller and lighter than the older model.

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HP EliteDisplay S14 power

However, it consumes more power -- 5 watts typically compared with 4 watts for the earlier model, and 15 watts maximum, compared to 7 watts. That doesn't matter if you're plugged in, but it might when you're working on the road. It's brighter than before, too, but still a disappointing 250 nits.

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HP EliteDisplay S14 back

The view for other people looks nice as well.

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HP EliteDisplay S14 stand

The stand remains basically the same, and looks a lot like Apple's iPad Smart Cover.

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HP EliteOne 1000 AiO G2

The business version of its Envy model, the EliteOne can now be configured with a discrete AMD Radeon RX 560 GPU.

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HP EliteOne 1000 AiO G2

Instead of the charging pad on the base of the Envy, though, you get the collaboration controls and it retains the up-driving speakers of the previous models. And you can still swap bases and displays for improved upgradeability and hand-me-down-ability.

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HP EliteOne 1000 AiO G2 popup webcam

It retains the popup webcam that you can push down when you want privacy or when it's not in use.

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HP EliteOne 1000 AiO G2 models

In addition to the model with the 34-inch curved display, it comes in more traditional 24- and 27-inch flat screens.

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HP EliteOne 1000 AiO 27-inch 4K UHD Display

You can still configure the 27-inch model with a 4K display.

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HP EliteBook x360 1030

Enjoy the rest of the photos in caption-free silence.

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HP EliteBook x360 1030

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HP EliteBook 1050 fingerprint reader

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HP EliteBook 1050

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HP EliteBook x360 1030

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HP EliteOne 1000 AiO G2

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