HP Probook X360 Notebook Review: a 2 in 1 with AMD chip [análise/vídeo]

“2 in 1” (or convertible) notebooks can be found relatively easily in Brazilian stores. However, laptops of the type equipped with an AMD chip are still in the minority. O HP ProBook X360 435 G7 is among them: in addition to the 360-degree opening screen, as the name suggests, the model features the Ryzen 5 4500U, a six-core processor.

But the attributes do not end there. The device also attracts attention due to its aluminum body, 13.3-inch LCD screen and full HD resolution, 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD. Ah, the product is accompanied by a pen, after all, the screen is also touch sensitive.

All of this makes the notebook have a suggested price of R $ 5,940 in Brazil. Worth it? Does the Ryzen 5 4500U get the job done? Does the battery last long? Does “tablet mode” work well here? I tested the ProBook X360 and count my impressions in the next few lines.

HP Probook X360 video review

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Design, connectivity and audio

It’s hard to go wrong with metal. Except for the touchpad surface and the bottom, both made of plastic, the HP Probook X360 has a matte aluminum body. This finish gives an air of refinement to the equipment and makes it more robust.

The Probook X360 has aluminum construction (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

The Probook X360 has aluminum construction (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Now, when we look at the sides, we can feel a twinge of disappointment. The right side is ok. There we find a USB-C port compatible with DisplayPort, a USB 3.1 type A port, an HDMI 1.4b port, a headphone and microphone connection, as well as a microSD reader.

Probook X360 right side (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Probook X360 right side (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

However, the left side only has a USB 3.1 type A port and the Kensington slot for security lock. The rest of the space is filled by the air outlet. As this is a notebook that HP recommends for corporate use, I missed an Ethernet connection or, at least, another USB port on the same side.

Probook X360 left side (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Probook X360 left side (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

A curious detail is that the laptop’s two sound outputs are located in the ventilation space above the keyboard – most current notebooks have speakers at the bottom.

Ventilation area (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Ventilation area (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Just don’t get carried away with them. The maximum volume is even high, but the audio is somewhat high. You can enjoy movies in a good way here, but for music, the ideal is to use headphones. I did the test using wireless headphones from the X360’s Bluetooth 5.0 connection and everything worked fine. The equipment also has Wi-Fi 6.

Screen, tablet and webcam mode

I confess that I was suspicious of the screen quality of the Probook X360 as soon as I turned on the notebook for the first time: with the dark screen, I noticed a little bit of light leakage at the edges of the panel. Fortunately, this problem is so discrete that it is practically imperceptible on a daily basis.

In fact, the screen ended up winning my sympathy for having little distortion when viewed from different angles and coming with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels – the minimum for current standards, in my opinion.

The HP Probook X360 has a full HD screen (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

The HP Probook X360 has a full HD screen (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

The coloring is also decent, although it does not come close to what an OLED display can offer. In addition, the brightness only reaches 250 nits. But, for an LCD panel, it is a good size. Yes, LCD. The X360 has a UWVA LCD screen, a type that resembles the IPS standard.

Ah, the size of the display is 13.3 inches, but as the edges are somewhat generous, the initial impression is that the component is larger.

The Probook X360 falls into the “2 in 1 notebook” category because the screen has a maximum 360 degree aperture. When the component is placed in this position, Windows automatically asks if you want to use the “tablet mode”, which enables the gyroscope and optimizes the interface for touching the screen or using a stylus (pen) – the model has a touch sensitive display .

An accessory of the type accompanies the tested unit. The pen is battery operated and has two buttons. It is useful for replacing the mouse or for graphic work, for example.

The Probook X360 stylus (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

The Probook X360 stylus (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Please note that the response time and pressure detection of the pen are acceptable. However, the screen is not very suitable for advanced graphic work. If you force the pen on the panel, for example, you will notice pressure marks that disappear almost instantly, but that can be annoying.

The stylus is welcome, but, for most users, it turns out not to be an indispensable accessory. It would be interesting if it had Bluetooth to allow its use with PowerPoint, for example, but it is not the case.

The Probook X360 stylus leaves marks on the screen that disappear quickly (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

The Probook X360 stylus leaves marks on the screen that disappear quickly (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Let’s go back to the screen because of a detail that left me wondering: the 360 ​​degree opening has the disadvantage of making the component go down on its own with little effort. It is not a frequent problem, but I wonder if the hinges will wear out over time and make this situation more frequent. I hope not.

Let’s not forget the webcam. It has 720p resolution and decent coloring. Although the camera does not impress, it has the minimum quality for zoom meetings, for example. It also comes with a small lid that completely blocks the footage.

The Probook X360 webcam comes with protection (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

The Probook X360 webcam comes with protection (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Keyboard, touchpad and fingerprint reader

In my opinion, every current notebook should have a backlit keyboard. Fortunately, the Probook X360 is like this: it has white LEDs. Using the F9 key, it is possible to make the lighting stronger or weaker quickly, as well as to disable this feature.

Probook X360 keyboard (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Probook X360 keyboard (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Fortunately, the Probook X360 brings backlight (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Fortunately, the Probook X360 brings backlight (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

The keyboard is also pleasing to have a comfortable click, to come with spacious arrow keys and to have protection against spills of liquids. There is also a programmable key (F12): you can use it to create a shortcut from an HP tool that comes pre-installed.

A curious detail is that HP integrated the on / off keyboard, but took care not to leave it in the corner. This is a catch to prevent the user from confusing this button with delete.

The on / off button and the programmable key (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

The on / off button and the programmable key (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

I also have no complaints about the touchpad. The component is wide, so it can be reached easily with both hands. And if, like me, you like to use Windows gestures on the touchpad, you’ll get along very well with them: touch responses are accurate and quick, which is what we always expect.

The X360 also has an item that I would not rate as mandatory, but that is very useful: fingerprint reader. The component is quick to unlock Windows, although I don’t always have to: I occasionally had to try two or three times for the recognition to work. Despite this, it remains more practical than the traditional password unlock.

The discreet fingerprint reader (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

The discreet fingerprint reader (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Performance, battery and software

Although the HP Probook X360 is not a high-end notebook, its hardware is far from disappointing. Let’s start with the processor, a six-core AMD Ryzen 5 4500U and an integrated Radeon Vega 6 GPU.

This chip executed with ease and without delay in opening all the tested applications, including some heavier ones. The game Asphalt 9: Legends, for example, ran with falls in the frame rate almost imperceptible.

Contributing to the performance is a 256 GB NVMe SSD and 16 GB of DDR4 memory that can be expanded: the X360 has two slots for RAM, but only one is occupied. The only problem is that you need to open the equipment for this, as there is no easy access cover here.

HP Probook X360 (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

HP Probook X360 (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

The Probook X360 gets a little hot with heavy tasks, but it has a ventilation system that does its job. For this purpose, a fan connected to the air outlet on the left side starts up relatively frequently. Fortunately, it is not noisy.

As the Ryzen 5 4500U is a chip with a TDP of only 15 W, it ends up not demanding a lot of energy. This detail helped the model’s battery to do well in the tests, despite having 45 Wh.

To test the component, I ran a two hour video on Netflix and another one hour on YouTube with maximum brightness on the screen, I listened to Spotify via speakers for an hour with the screen on most of the time, I played Asphalt 9: Legends for 15 minutes and I used Chrome for an hour too.

HP Probook X360 (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

HP Probook X360 (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

These tasks caused the load to drop from 100% to 16%. Based on this, we can estimate an autonomy of approximately six hours with moderate use.

The recharge time from 10% to 100% with the notebook turned off was 1h15min, a very interesting interval.

In terms of software, the X360 tested here has Windows 10 Home accompanied by almost ten HP tools, a high number. I think the company could have concentrated some of them in one tool. At least the notebook does not come with an antivirus trial.

HP tools (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

HP tools (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

HP Probook X360 435 G7: is it worth it?

It has been difficult to recommend notebooks in recent months because they are all very expensive in Brazil. With a suggested price close to R $ 6,000, the Probook X360 that appears in this review is no exception.

But, from a technical point of view, this is a notebook that brings together several positive features. None of them is remarkable, however, the set of resources is balanced and that is what makes the difference.

We find here a robust external finish, sober design, a screen that is not perfect, but that is far above the simple LCD panels that are common in Brazil, a battery with minimally decent autonomy, backlit keyboard, digital reader and hardware that offers consistent performance.

HP Probook X360 (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

HP Probook X360 (image: Emerson Alecrim / Tecnoblog)

Not to mention that it is good to see notebooks with an AMD processor appearing more frequently in Brazil. They are still a minority, but little by little they diversify the options we have here.

I just wouldn’t recommend this model to anyone who needs a touchscreen and a pen for graphic work. These features are differentials, but the canvas existing here does not seem to me the best option for designers, illustrators and the like – perhaps as a puzzle, but not for intensive use.

If the display had a firmer surface to avoid marks or displayed colors that were a little more vivid, you could think about it.

For professional or domestic activities that do not depend on a touch screen, however, the Probook X360 has a good chance of pleasing, even more if you can find it at a good discount.

HP Probook X360 Notebook

Pros

  • Robust and sober finish
  • Fingerprint reader is always welcome
  • Backlit keyboard too
  • Decent battery and quick recharge
  • Good set of hardware

Cons

  • An Ethernet connection is needed
  • The screen is good, but deserved more whimsy

Technical specifications

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 4500U hexa-core with six-core Radeon GPU
  • RAM: 16 GB 3,200 MHz DDR4
  • Storage: 256 GB NVMe SSD
  • Screen: 13.3 inches, UWVA LCD, full HD resolution (1920 × 1080 pixels), 250 nits brightness, touch sensitive
  • Drums: three cells (45 Wh)
  • Connectivity: USB-C (1) with DisplayPort, USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 (2), HDMI 1.4b (1), headphone and microphone connection, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6
  • Others: ABNT2 keyboard with LED backlight, fingerprint reader, 360-degree foldable screen (tablet mode), 720p webcam with protection, microSD reader, two speakers, Kensington lock, gyroscope chip and accelerometer
  • Operational system: Windows 10 Home
  • Dimensions (mm): 30.85 x 22.29 x 1.79 cm
  • Weight: 1.45 kg

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