HP ProBook 445 G7 laptop review: Moving forward with Renoir

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HP delivers a solid laptop with the ProBook 445 G7, which not only offers good office performance, but it also provides performance reserves for somewhat more-demanding tasks. Although the full performance potential of the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U isn’t taken advantage of, the performance is still very good and the energy consumption is also kept within limits. This in turn has a positive effect on the battery life, which allows users to work for long unplugged periods, not least because of the good keyboard.

The HP ProBook 445 G7 offers a good compromise between performance and energy consumption, but it reduces the display brightness in battery mode too much.

The HP ProBook 445 G7 presents a completely different problem without a connected power supply, though. The actually acceptable display brightness drops to a value of 163 cd/m² in battery mode, which means that the brightness outdoors is no longer strong enough to compete with the ambient light, even in the shade. Here, users have to go into the Radeon settings on their own and deactivate the Vari-Bright option. As basically all other features speak positively for the ProBook 445 G7, this is an unnecessary downer.

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