HP EliteBook 1040 G4 unboxing and first impressions

A few months ago, HP announced a pair of new EliteBook laptops. There was the EliteBook x360 1020, and the EliteBook 1040. The numbers go in order of display size, so while the 1020 has a 12.5-inch screen - I reviewed the 13.3-inch x360 1030 earlier this year - and the 1040 is 14 inches.

You might notice that the 1040 isn't an x360 device; it's a standard laptop form factor with a touchscreen. But while you're sacrificing some functionality there, you're making up for it in power. It comes with up to a Core i7 HQ series processor, which is Intel's high performance graphics chip. It's quad-core, compared to the U-series dual-core processors, which is what you'll find in most ultrabooks and convertibles.

And since it's from HP's Elite brand, that means that there are a bunch of business-centric features. Sure Start checks the BIOS against a master copy to make sure it's not corrupted, and a companion Work Wise app allows you to get alerts if your device has been tampered with. A new feature is Phone Wise, which lets you send texts and make calls from your PC.

Check out our unboxing and first impressions video below:

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