HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop Review: Pros, Cons & More

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HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop

HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop

USD
8.2

Value for Money Score

8.3/10

Reliability Score

8.2/10

Performance Score

8.4/10

Specifications and Features Score

8.1/10

Design Score

8.2/10

Pros

  • Well priced system
  • Good office device
  • Fair operating temperatures
  • Barely audible fans
  • Good enough speakers

Cons

  • Low screen resolution
  • Automatic reboots
  • Lower RAM
  • Non-touch screen
  • Limited features

Verdict

The HP ProBook 450 G6 laptop, though unpretentious, is very much a worthy laptop to own. Offering easy upgradability, this system will perform most of the computing jobs easily, providing high value in return.

HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop & Variants Price

Introduction

There are very few things that this computing system has that can be compared to any high-end laptops.

In fact, there may not be anything that can be considered as truly remarkable and which can outshine others. However, the system is highly reliable even with its limited features.

When you use it, you will see that the system does not make any serious blunder, or use too much power and memory while operating, or get warm beyond your expectation.

Everything is perfectly balanced, right from its design, its build and use of hardware components, to make this system highly reliable.

The processor and the storage both are reliable and fast. The wi-fi module is good enough to provide a stable and more reliable connectivity.

Most importantly, most of the components in this system are upgradable, though accessing them could be an issue.

HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop

Buy for: Easy upgradability on point, better price-performance ratio, spill resistant keyboard.

Beware of: Frequent failing, memory issues.

Best uses for: Small business, agricultural science students and other purposes.

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Design and Build

Though not very creative or extremely stylish, the design of this system will surely grab your attention.

The 15.6-inch HD screen that displays images at 1366 x 768 pixels comes with an anti-glare feature in the design, which is a good bargain considering the price of the laptop.

HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop Display

Moreover, this non-touch screen also comes with LED backlit feature that also adds to the clarity and sharpness of the images.

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The lid of the laptop is quite easy to open due to the flexible hinges. Check out best laptop brands.

It is due to its supple design that you will not feel too much of a bend on it when you apply the torsion pressure.

The build of the keyboard is another important aspect of this laptop.

HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop Keyboard

Resembling most of the keyboards of the HP ProBook 450 series, the keyboard of this device is good enough and there is a click-like feedback.

There is a touchpad a little off-center below the keyboard. This is of average size and is very responsive and accurate at the same time.

The speakers are above the keyboard, just as HP has continued to do so for the past few years.

HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop speaker panel

This prevents the speakers from being covered when you use the system on your lap or in your bed.

The metal case of this system is comparatively thin, but nothing to the extent to make it ultra-thin.

It is the high-quality build of this silver color device that has enabled HP to keep its weight to 4.41 pounds only.

Performance

The different hardware components of the system help it to perform the basic computing functions effectively, within its limitations.

The 8th generation Intel Quad Core i5-8265U processor comes with 4 cores and 8 threads and operates at 1.60 GHz.

This helps in faster processing of data and instructions. Of course, you can use the Intel Turbo Boost technology to enhance the speed up to 3.90 GHz.

This along with the 6 MB Smart Cache will raise the level of performance even higher and make it far better.

The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 will ensure images are produced at a faster rate and in good quality.

The graphics card also has the ability to provide maximum support for 4K resolution at 60 Hz.

The operating system, Windows 10 Professional 64, will, as usual, enable easy operation.

The features and functionality of this specific operating system hardly need any specific mention.
Benchmarks

CPU

The HP Pro Book 450 G6 laptop is equipped with the Intel Core i5-8265U processor. The average CPU mark of this Intel Core i5, quad-core processor is 6063. The single thread rating of this processor is 2108.

The technical experts of this benchmarking site analyzed 2377 samples and they decided to give it an overall rank of 1139. Another good point of this processor is that its margin of error is low.

The CPU mark value of this processor is 12.13, which indicates that this is a good value-for-money product. This is a good and efficient Intel i5 processor. This is so efficient that the Intel Core i7-8750H is considered the closest competitor of it.

We can consider the single thread ratings of both of these processors, to compare their processing capabilities of them. The single thread rating of the above-mentioned Intel i7 processor is 2315. This is a higher score than that of the Intel Core i5-8265U.

So the Intel Core i7-8750H can deliver better, faster, smoother performance than the Intel Core i5-8265U. So a laptop that comes with the Intel Core i7-8750H processor can deliver better performance than the HP Pro Book 450 G6.

One of the most prominent examples of such a device is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop. But, the Intel Core i5-8265U is also a good and efficient processor.

Casual users who need to mainly do plenty of multitasking regularly can be pleased with the performance of this processor.

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HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop cpu benchmark

GPU

The HP Pro Book 450 G6 laptop is equipped with Intel UHD Graphics 620. According to the User benchmark, the average bench score of this Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphics chip is 4.83%.

688 graphics chips of a similar category were examined by the technical experts of this benchmarking site and they run multiple performance tests on these GPUs. And based on its performance, this Intel UHD Graphics 620 has secured the 392nd position.

HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop gpu benchmark

RAM & Storage

Though a 16 GB RAM is more preferred now, the 4 GB DDR4 memory of this system will prove to be good enough to do some basic computing jobs on it, along with some simple gameplay, operating at 2400 MHz speed.

However, there are two 260-pin SODIMM RAM slots that will allow you to upgrade the memory up to 16 GB, maximum. This will actually boost its performance.

As for the storage of the system, since this is designed for small computing jobs, the 500 GB SATA hard drive is enough.

Running at a speed of 7200 rpm, it is capable enough to support such jobs with ease and in quick time.

Ports & Connectivity

If you want to add a few external devices with this system, you can do it easily with the different ports in it.

HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop Ports

There are two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and one USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port.

You will also get one USB 2.0 port along with one RJ-45, one HDMI 1.4b and one headphone/microphone combo slot.

However, you can also use a SD card reader in this system.

You will be able to use both Bluetooth v4.2 and wi-fi connectivity of 802.11a, b, g, n, and ac (2×2) wireless standard.

Battery Life

Just as all other laptops, the battery life of this system also varies according to the usage.

With all other factors remaining the same, the 45 watt-hour, 3 cell Lithium ion battery will run for about 8 hours while web surfing.

It can be a bit more if it is used for simple video playback only.

However, if you play games on the system, the battery life can come down to only a couple of hours or a bit more.

Additional Features

There are a few additional features of this system that are worth mentioning.

The webcam integrated in the system comes with HD features. The 720p camera will take good enough images.

HP ProBook 450 G6 Laptop Webcam

Another useful feature of the system is its keyboard. It is full size and comes with a good quality numeric keypad.

The backlit keyboard is spill resistant that will enable you to write your thoughts over a cup of coffee! (Pun intended).

For your peace in mind, HP ships this product with a manufacturing warranty for one year.

Specs:

  • Brand: HP
  • Screen: 15.6 inches
  • Display: HD (1366 x 768)
  • Storage: 500 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage Type: SATA Hard Drive
  • RAM Type: DDR4
  • Processor: 8th generation Intel Quad-Core i5-8265U
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Processor Speed: 1.60 GHz up to 3.90 GHz with Turbo Boost
  • Processor Brand: Intel
  • Product Dimensions: 14.37 x 10.11 x 0.75 inches
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Professional

What Do Users Think about HP ProBook 450 G6 laptop?

Some users say that this is a very good laptop for the price, while others have a few downsides of it to mention.

To some of the users, this is a fantastic laptop to possess not only due to its affordable price point but also for its features and design.

They say that the backlit keyboard is comfortable to use and the trackpad is far better than most of the other laptops.

Few users were pleased with the screen performance, though it is not very high in resolution. They said that at this price it is great to have a screen that comes with an anti-glare coating.

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Other users had a very bad experience using the system, especially due to the frequent memory errors.

They also said that they did not like the idea that the system automatically reboots itself twice a day, at least.

There were a few users who suggested that it is a good laptop, provided the memory is upgraded to 16 GB.

A small section of the users said that the system fails often in spite of the specs that appears to be great, but it is only on the surface.

They felt that it was obvious that HP did cut corners while building this system. Check out ProBook 450 G6 Manual.

Our Testing & Analysis Report

When we reviewed the HP ProBook 450 G6 laptop, we were not much impressed with its build quality, to start with.

Though most of its case is metal, unlike the G5 which is mostly plastic, the G6 is still not very rigid. We found that the case seems to bend and creak to pressure and the hinge is not as smooth as it should be.

Then, we tested its ports and connectivity and used JPG copy test and AS SSD sequential read test and found that it is not very impressive.

In fact, the copy and read test lagged far behind Dell Latitude 5590 or TravelMate P2510, both of which clocked nearly 80 Mbps. Its file transfer speed is also not that fast.

When we typed a few documents on the system, we found that the keys are quite pleasant and comfortable to type, in spite of their medium stroke. The pressure points are crisp. The trackpad is fairly large, smooth, and easy to use.

The display of the laptop fared reasonably well when we put it to the DE 2000 color accuracy and deviation test. It has a fairly good response time and steady viewing angle and sufficient color space coverage.

As for the CPU and the integrated graphics, our technical team used Cinebench R15 Multi 64-bit benchmark for half an hour and concluded that it can sustain load pretty well but there is a slight drop in its performance under heavy load for a long time.

The results were nothing exceptionally different when we conducted PCMark 10 tests.

Overall, we found that the laptop did not crash or fail frequently when we used it for very basic tasks or run some low internet-based apps.

Questions & Answers:

Can you attach two SSDs to the HP Pro Book 450 G6?

No, there is no slot for attaching a secondary SSD slot.

Is the RAM capacity of the HP Pro Book 450 G6 upgradable?

Yes, there are two RAM slots and you can get easy access to them, and can modify the RAM capacity of this laptop.

About Puja Chatterjee

AvatarPuja Chatterjee, a distinguished technical writer, boasts an extensive and nuanced understanding of computer technology. She is an esteemed graduate of the Bengal Institute of Management Studies (BIMS), where she honed her skills and knowledge in the tech domain. Over the span of more than 12 years, Puja has developed a deep expertise that encompasses not only technology writing, where she articulates complex technical concepts with clarity and precision, but also in the realm of client relationship management. Her experience in this area is characterized by her ability to effectively communicate and engage with clients, ensuring their needs are met with the highest level of professionalism and understanding of their technical requirements. Puja's career is marked by a commitment to excellence in both written communication within the tech industry and fostering strong, productive relationships with clients.

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Puja Chatterjee, a distinguished technical writer, boasts an extensive and nuanced understanding of computer technology. She is an esteemed graduate of the Bengal Institute of Management Studies (BIMS), where she honed her skills and knowledge in the tech domain. Over the span of more than 12 years, Puja has developed a deep expertise that encompasses not only technology writing, where she articulates complex technical concepts with clarity and precision, but also in the realm of client relationship management. Her experience in this area is characterized by her ability to effectively communicate and engage with clients, ensuring their needs are met with the highest level of professionalism and understanding of their technical requirements. Puja's career is marked by a commitment to excellence in both written communication within the tech industry and fostering strong, productive relationships with clients.
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