HP ProBook 450 G5 2RS03EA laptop review

Consumer review of the 15.6 inch Intel powered laptop HP ProBook 450 G5 2RS03EA

The business oriented HP ProBook 450 G5 2RS03EA is very popular in Eastern Europe and Asia and thanks to its good specifications and value for money ration it is considered one of HP's successful stories in the laptop market.

You have probably heard that HP struggled a bit in this market due to bad reputation and quality issues in many of their mid-priced laptops. Meanwhile the competition from Dell, Lenovo and Asus had a very aggressive approach in this segment and made it quite difficult for HP to achieve top sales in global markets. Today we will be taking a look at a very balanced laptop from HP, combining modern technology, good specs and relatively affordable price tag. The HP ProBook 450 G5 2RS03EA is a 15.6 inch laptop, powered by Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM (offered with 16GB as well).

Performance and Productivity

Thanks to its good specifications the ProBook 450 G5 2RS03EA  performs very well even when stressed with multiple tasks and heavier applications. For maximum performance I would recommend you to customize it with 16 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 SSD in addition to the 1TB HDD for faster boot speed and overall better performance.

HP ProBook 450 G5 2RS03EA - full laptop specificaitons

Available Operating Systems
Windows 10 Pro 64 – HP recommends Windows 10 Pro.
Windows 10 Home 64
FreeDOS 2.0

Processor Family
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor (i7-8550U model); 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor (i5-8250U model); 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor (i5-7200U
model); 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 processor (i3-7100U model); 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 processor

Available Processors
Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Intel® UHD graphics 620 (1.8 GHz, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, 8 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Core™ i5-8250U Intel® UHD Graphics
620 (1.6 GHz, up to 3.4 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, 6 MB cache, 4 cores); Intel® Core™ i5-7200U with Intel HD Graphics 620 (2.5 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz with Intel Turbo
Boost Technology, 3 MB cache, 2 cores); Intel® Core™ i3-7100U with Intel® HD Graphics 620 (2.4 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores); Intel® Core™ i3-6006U with Intel® HD Graphics 520 (2
GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)

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Chipset is integrated with processor

Maximum memory
Up to 16 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM
Standard memory note: SODIMM slots are customer accessible/upgradeable; Supports dual channel memory

Memory Slots

Internal Storage
up to 1 TB SATA (5400 rpm)
up to 500 GB SATA (7200 rpm)
up to 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe TLC SSD
up to 256 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
up to 128 GB M.2 SATA TLC SSD

39.6 cm (15.6") diagonal HD touch screen, 220 cd/m2, 45% sRGB (1366 x 768); 39.6 cm (15.6") diagonal FHD UWVA anti-glare flat LED backlit, 220 cd/m2, 45% sRGB (1920 x
1080); 39.6 cm (15.6") diagonal HD SVA anti-glare LED-backlit, 220 cd/m2, 45% sRGB (1366 x 768)

Available Graphics
Integrated: Intel® UHD Graphics 620; Intel® HD Graphics 620; Intel® HD Graphics 520; Intel® HD Graphics
Discrete: NVIDIA® GeForce® 930MX (2 GB DDR3 dedicated, switchable)

Wireless Technologies
Realtek 802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo; Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) WiFi and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo (non-vPro™); HP lt4132
LTE/HSPA+ 4G Mobile Broadband; HP lt4210 LTE/HSPA+ 4G Mobile Broadband

Realtek RTL8111HSH Gigabit Ethernet
Expansion Slots
1 multi-format digital media readerSupports SD, SDHC, SDXC.
Ports and Connectors
1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Power Delivery, DisplayPort™); 2 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0 (power port); 1 HDMI 1.4b; 1 VGA; 1 RJ-45; 1 AC power; 1 headphone/microphone combo jack
Input Device
HP Premium Keyboard, full-sized island-style, spill resistant and optional backlit
Clickpad with image sensor, multi-touch gestures enabled, taps enabled as default

HD camera; HD IR webcam
Available Software
Native Miracast Support; HP LAN Protection; HP Velocity; HP 3D DriveGuard 6 (Windows required); HP ePrint Driver + JetAdvantage; HP Hotkey Support; HP Recovery Manager; HP
JumpStart; HP Support Assistant; HP Noise Cancellation Software; Buy Office; Bing search for IE11; HP Connection Optimizer

Security Management
HP BIOSphere Gen3; HP DriveLock and Automatic DriveLock; Power-on Authentication (password); Secure Erase; Absolute Persistence Module; Preboot Authentication; HP Client
Security Gen3; Microsoft Defender

45 W HP Smart AC adapter
HP 3-cell, 48 Wh Long Life Li-ion

37.6 x 26.41 x 2.08 cm (non-touch); 37.6 x 26.41 x 2.28 cm (touch)
Weight: Starting at 2.1 kg (Weight varies by configuration and components)

Low halogen
Energy Efficiency Compliance
ENERGY STAR certified; EPEAT Gold

1-year limited warranty (upgrades available, sold separately), 1-year warranty on primary battery

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I hope you find this information useful. After we test the ProBook 450 G5 2RS03EA I will share more information and details about its overall performance, problems and issues that we found and other useful info.