HP G3 ProBook 450
8 GB RAM
256 GB SSD Hard Drive
Best price point for a laptop with SSD I have seen. Battery Life is very good, but that is a given without the spinning disks. Very sharp 15.6″ display with the added benefit of the 9-key.
May have been rushed out of production, there are at least two driver conflicts: 1) “Intel(R) 100 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port…” all need updates. 2) Video card is still a little buggy. Last major con is the lack of a 5 GHz wireless card, sure the 2.4 GHz card is fine, but I want more.
Stock features include Windows 7, 8, or 10 Pro, DVD-R/W, Webcam, Card Reader, 4 USB Ports, VGA port, and an HDMI port. I have had it 3 months and it has run reasonably well. The things that have really hindered this laptop are some VERY BAD driver errors:
1) As soon as you get your Laptop up and running, you need to immediately and painstakingly individually update the drivers for each of the below items with Windows Updates. If you do not, you will find an unbelievable number of cyclically generated errors that “A corrected hardware error has occurred”.
Intel(R) 100 Series Chipset Family LPC Controller/eSPI Controller – 9D48
Intel(R) 100 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #1 – 9D10
Intel(R) 100 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #5 – 9D14
Intel(R) 100 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #6 – 9D15
Intel(R) 100 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #9 – 9D18
Intel(R) 100 Series Chipset Family PMC – 9D21
Intel(R) 100 Series Chipset Family SMBUS – 9D23
Intel(R) 100 Series Chipset Family Thermal subsystem – 9D31
You will also need to update the BIOS.
2) For reasons unknown, the Laptop will BSOD with a drive error for “Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad” (SysTPN.sys). Seems only to occur when I use the track pad, so I try to favor the Wireless Mouse.
3) From time to time, if I have an external monitor attached via the HDMI port, and the screen saver turns on, the HDMI connected monitor will go blank and the video card refuses to acknowledge the Monitor until I restart windows.
My last laptop review was for a Sony VIAO which I considered a “Mac-Book-Killer”, this laptop is great for work and play, but it is certainly not the ultimate windows machine. I would recommend it to a friend or colleague, but only if they were relatively computer competent – it has a few bugs that are not hard to work out, but they need someone who understands what to do.