The HP 17-by4045nf is an ideal large-format companion for productivity. Dominated by an 11th generation Core i5 Quad Core processor with Iris Xe graphics chip, this 17-inch PC is also equipped with a nice system responsiveness thanks to the 512 GB SSD storage and 8 GB RAM, enough to lead to well any type of office work such as web browsing or Netflix but also a tad more greedy. Its silver case is elegant with a reasonable weight and the connection brings together the essentials. Of course, too intense tasks should not be expected from him and the screen surrounded by a thick frame is of modest quality.
Features of the HP 17-by4045nf
|Screen (s)||17.3 “WXGA HD LED 220 nits (1600×900, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1135G7 Tiger Lake (2.4 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz, 2 slots|
|Graphic card||Intel Iris Xe Graphics|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||1 USB 2.0 2 USB 3.2, HDMI, SD / SDHC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Audio system||2 loudspeakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||4 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells 41Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.47 Kg / 414 x 272 x 24.5|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the HP 17-by4045nf
The HP 17-by4045nf design has been cross-code compliant on the HP entry level for a few years now. Housed in a silver polycarbonate shell, it complements the keyboard frame with an elegant brushed pattern while the rest of the case is matte and smooth. We also observe that the black plastic frame that surrounds the screen is still far from the borderless, rather thick on all four sides.
The silhouette of the PC has been slightly reworked, especially in terms of its measurements. It gains a few millimeters on all stations, moving to a more reasonable size and a thickness of 24.5 mm . The weight is now approaching 2.3 kg for easier movement.
In addition, the screen has fairly basic specifications, namely HD definition (1600 x 900 px) and support for a TN panel with narrow viewing angles and average colorimetry. The positive side comes from its anti- reflective treatment which improves the readability of the image in strong ambient light.
Unfortunately, HP did not see fit to update the connectivity of its entry-level 17 “. We thus find the same interfaces as the previous generation: an HDMI output, three USB ports including two USB 3.2 and a port. USB 2.0, an SD card reader as well as a Gigabit Ethernet port The wireless modules are nevertheless upgraded to a more recent version with Wifi 5 AC and Bluetooth 4.2.
Performance, battery life of the HP 17-by4045nf
To animate this HP 17-by4045nf, we have a Core i5-1135G7 processor11th generation Tiger Lake. This processor brings some interesting advancements over previous generations, starting with a higher TDP. Thus, the Core i5-1135G7 displays a TDP of 28W where its predecessors, the Core i5-1035G4 and the Core i5-10210U are satisfied with a TDP of 15W. This leads to a fairly visible increase in performance on advanced software (Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Davinci Resolve, 7Zip, etc.), a little less on basic everyday tasks (Office, surfing the Web, streaming …) . We understand, these tasks in question are perfectly taken care of by the PC, but since these are missions that only commit very few resources, the difference between the generations is not noticeable. And then keep in mind that we still have a low-power Core i5 in front of you, therefore not enough to provide intensive performance in creation as would non-low consumption processors (-H). In front,8 GB RAM is currently the minimum for multitasking.
Even more interesting, the new integrated Iris Xe graphics chip allows Intel to come back in the race against AMD but also and above all against small NVIDIA graphics cards such as the GeForce MX250 or the GeForce MX350. The performances of the Iris Plus G7 of the Gen10 (Ice Lake) are exceeded by a good length. So, with the Iris Xe, you should be able to play many games at 1080p under good conditions and work on fairly graphics-intensive tasks (Lightroom) without delay. Another benefit of having a faster graphics chip integrated into the processor is that it simplifies the design of the ventilation system and therefore causes less noise and heat than in a configuration with a dedicated graphics card.
The storage is just as crucial since it is entrusted to a 512 GB NVMe SSD . This type of solution supplants the hard drive thanks to its excellent responsiveness attributed to the system. On a day-to-day basis, this translates into a perfectly fluid Windows environment with short loading times and lag-free execution. What’s more, the SSD is overall quieter, more robust and energy efficient than a mechanical disk and its capacity is just as good as it can accommodate a good part of your game library.
Let us end this overview with a notion of battery life. Due to its size, the HP 17-by4045nf is not intended to be transported regularly but if you want to detach it from a power outlet, know that it will not need much more than 5 to 6 hours of web browsing via Wifi before succumbing.