HP ProBook 455 G7 Laptop in Review: Faster Performance Thanks to Zen2
The HP ProBook 455 G7 is an affordable office laptop with good performance thanks to the new AMD Ryzen 7 4700U. The device can be purchased for just under 1,000 Euros (~$1,128), for which buyers receive not only the fast SoC but also 16 GB of RAM and a 512-GB SSD. The properties of the matte display are convincing and there is no PWM. That being said, the maximum brightness level could be higher. When it comes to the port selection, the ProBook barely differs from its predecessor. Thanks to Wi-Fi 6 support, users now benefit from faster wireless data transfers. There number of USB ports is high and more than likely sufficient for an average users’ daily routine. Even though many users have been hoping for one, there is still no Thunderbolt 3 port on the ProBook 455 G7 and in any case, the interface should eventually become a standard feature.
By contrast, the fingerprint sensor and IR camera are nice extras that make the device a more interesting offer. Both work flawlessly and simplify day-to-day workflows. Thanks to the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, the performance has come a long way compared to the previous generation. Even Intel’s Hyper-Threading quad-core CPU cannot compete with this new SoC.
HP continues to make good decisions with their approach to the ProBook 455 G7. However, we would have liked to see a slightly larger battery and a Thunderbolt 3 port.
Its solid performance and competitive price make the HP ProBook 455 G7 worth considering. However, HP may struggle to keep the upper hand once competitors begin to ship their AMD-based models.
Furthermore, we were pleased with the battery life, although 7 hours in our Wi-Fi test means that it will not make it through a full work day. That being said, competitors do not fare much better in this category, either. The input devices are reliable and pleasant to use, and the base unit is robust with no flaws in terms of the build quality.