HP's EliteBook 800 G6 notebook series adds convenience, privacy features

HP introduced its newest Elitebook 800 G6 line of commercial notebooks on Tuesday, boasting further privateness choices and a safety device agent that HP says will cause them to extra succesful in opposition to zero-day assaults.

HP’s new fashions—the EliteBook 830 G6, HP EliteBook 840 G6, and HP EliteBook 850 G6, plus the HP EliteBook x360 830 G6—be offering as much as 18 hours of battery lifestyles, a behind-the-glass privateness shutter, and choices for a 1,000-nit display that can be utilized outdoor. HP mentioned it is going to send lots of the fashions in Might, whilst the x360 style is anticipated to send in June. Costs have now not been introduced.

In keeping with specs supplied to PCWorld, all 4 notebooks will proportion commonplace Core i5-8265U and Core i7-8565 Whiskey Lake processors from Intel, whilst the Elitebook 830 G6 and EliteBook x360 830 G6 will be offering a Core i3-8145U possibility as smartly. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth five.zero additionally seem for the primary time on this technology, HP mentioned.

The participants of the EliteBook lineup vary by way of display measurement. The EliteBook 830 G6  and x360 830 G6 be offering 13.Three-inch presentations. The 840 G6 is a 14-inch computer, and the 850 G6 is a 15-inch device.

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HP’s EliteBook 840 G6 will send in Might.

New for 2019: The Positive Sense safety agent

As many trade notebooks do, HP has innovated on two axes: bettering the , in addition to construction in more device and products and services. The corporate turns out particularly pleased with the latter, particularly what it calls Positive Sense. The generation will probably be integrated on all the newly introduced EliteBook PCs.

With Positive Sense, the corporate believes the light-weight device agent can react in actual time to unknown threats, intelligently deciding whether or not they constitute a chance to the device. (HP nonetheless recommends that customers set up antivirus device for complete coverage.) The speculation, HP mentioned, is to offer an extra layer of safety in opposition to so-called “zero-day” assaults that can pop out of the blue and set up ransomware or worse on company machines. 

HP won’t rate for Positive Sense as a provider, as a substitute construction coverage into the cost of the device. (HP advised journalists that it’s operating with an unnamed spouse to create Positive Sense, and that extra main points can be to be had one day.)

HP sees Positive Sense operating with its established defenses throughout the EliteBook line: Positive Click on, which sandboxes browser tabs for larger safety, and the HP endpoint safety controller, with a brand new, secure Fifth-gen Positive Get started startup and Positive Get better backups.

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HP’s EliteBook 830 x360 G6, folded back.

New hardware features push privacy

Some of HP’s new hardware features also lend themselves to increased security and privacy. The most noteworthy are a 3rd-generation Sure View display option (available only on the 830 G6 and x360 830 G6, at least for now), which HP executives said performed more comparably to a physical privacy film on the machine. When activated, the Sure View technology dramatically reduces the viewing angle, helping prevent wandering eyes from snooping on your PC.

Likewise, the new 8-series EliteBooks include a physical privacy shutter—though it’s mounted behind the glass. Presumably that will reassure users who are concerned that hackers may be spying on them using the camera, and that also assumes that users will be able to see that the shutter is in fact physically covering the camera sensor. HP says that it’s also combined the HD user-facing video sensor with the IR depth camera. Unfortunately, HP (as well as its rivals) still haven’t announced technologies to disable the microphone, preventing remote users from listening in your conversation. The notebooks do include HP’s third, “world-facing” mic, which the company included to filter out background conversations that could impede a video conference call.

For those who aren’t concerned about anyone peeping over their shoulder, the EliteBook 830 G6 comes with an optional 1,000-nit display, specifically for working outdoors. We generally consider 260 nits to be sufficient luminosity for working indoors, so a full 1,000 nits should be appropriate for direct sunlight. There’s no indication what effect that 1000-nit setting will have on battery life.

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HP’s EliteBook 850 G6.

It’s not quite clear how HP is justifying its claim of 18-hour battery life, but we’ve noticed the HP Spectre x360 make similar claims. Some competing Whiskey Lake notebooks are shipping with a battery-plus mode that extends life even longer than normal. One other feature that we like is a keyboard that features a full 1.5mm of key travel and 18.7 mm of pitch. Underneath are top-firing speakers.


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