The ProBook 430 G3 is just right for entry-level business laptops. It can handle users from professional users not forgetting private consumers. We tested the ProBook 430 G1 over a year ago. Now we have an updated version at hand. Both ProBook models basically feature an identical build. However, the ProBook 430 G3 has undergone minor superficial modifications. Our review sample shows whether or not the ProBook is appealing.
Case & Connectivity
Enjoy a much better and attractive laptop. The new modifications are found on the touchpad. From being rectangular, the mouse buttons are now rounded on one side and the recess below the mouse keys has been removed completely.
On the right-hand interfaces get the dedicated headphone and microphone jacks of the has a combo jack for both in the ProBook 430 G3.
Touchpad HP ProBook 430 G1
Touchpad HP ProBook 430 G3
Right HP ProBook 430 G3: combo audio, USB 2.0, Ethernet port, power socket
The ProBook display is a matte, 13.3-inch screen with a native resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Enjoy quality brightness with the low brightness starts at 172 cd/m²
The display can play on full HD at 1080p and is very clear all the time.
Get to use the dual-core Core i5-4210U processor with a more and slightly higher-clocked version than Core i5-4200U installed in HP 430 G1. The single clock levels are 100 MHz higher. The Core i5-4210U operates with a base speed of 1.7 GHz which is fast, if not fast enough for you then it can be increased to 2.4 GHz (both cores) and 2.7 GHz (one core) via Turbo.
However, this ProBook does not use the processor’s Turbo while in battery mode. This is to help save your battery, to get it on turbo just plug it in power.
The ProBook 430 G3 is aimed at private and professional users alike. The laptop’s computing power is enough for day-to-day use in the office or designing. Additionally, the laptop comes with typical business features to help users, e.g. Try the Trusted Platform module and a fingerprint scanner on the laptop.
The laptop is also compatible with a 3G/LTE modem or you can just connect it with WIFI. The laptop can operate on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and 8.1, And finally Windows 10. For Linux users, the laptop is also compatible with most versions of Linux from Ubuntu, Slacko, and Kali Linux. Note that a copy of the Linux or Windows operating system is not part of the delivery.
Get hooked up with Intel’s HD Graphics 4400 GPU that supports DirectX 11.1 which has it achieving speeds of up to 1 GHz.
The 3DMark benchmark scores are as expected and are on par with those of the ProBook 430 G1. In case you want to upgrade your laptop graphic card, do so by installing a second working memory module.
With this, the memory then operates in dual-channel mode and makes better use of the GPU.
Once done the upgrade will be more evident in computer games or photoshop programs.
Get to play mid-performance games that are compliant with intel-based graphics. Nevertheless, you will get to play many games in a low resolution and with low-quality settings compared to high resolution. This however will not affect game performance. However, with a second installed working memory in the laptop this won’t be an issue, enjoy playing with higher frame rates.
Take advantage of battery optimization of the screen especially on the energy-saving profile the ProBook will shut down after 2:40 hours of load.