HP ProBook 430 G7 Laptop Review: No big improvement with Comet Lake

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HP stays with the established design of last year’s model and only makes a few modifications “under the hood”.

The basic verdict of the HP ProBook 430 G6 holds true. The comparably affordable office laptop has many positives on its side: The comfortable keyboard, the extremely good upgradability or the SD card reader. All of these points should be enough to make the ProBook into an ideal companion device for many students or self-employed users.

The internal changes are at the same time both positive and negative. Wi-Fi 6 is with no doubt a great improvement. The newer Comet Lake processor on the other hand does not manage to outperform the older Whiskey Lake predecessor. Despite the performance stagnation, the ProBook runs warmer than the older model and is less enduring when it comes to the battery life. Those are not bad enough to be outright negatives, but they also are not really positive aspects. There are other new problems: The pulsating fan and the DPC latency problem. Apart from those, the negatives of the old model remain: The screen has a weak color gamut coverage, Thunderbolt and business features are missing, there is no pointing-stick and the ProBook only has a one-year warranty. 

The HP ProBook 430 G7 is not a big upgrade by any means. But that was also not really necessary, as the older model was already a pretty good office laptop.

Should owners of the ProBook 430 G6 upgrade? Not really. In general, we do recommend the ProBook, but HP should at least fix the annoying pulsating fan with a firmware-update.

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