On this rather warm February day, we are going to share our thoughts on the HP 340S G7. Basically, it is a business notebook that targets value as its most important feature. It really looks simple and non-obnoxious, while it packs quite the punch in the form of the 10nm Ice Lake processors from Intel.
Additionally, you can pick from a 768p TN panel and a 1080p IPS one, and given the subtle price difference, we would certainly recommend the latter. By the way, this is one of those notebooks that come with some bloatware, such as an Amazon store app, Dropbox, an antivirus program and more, preinstalled. Of course, you are free to remove everything you don’t need, and honestly, we are fans of clean Windows installations, so… the choice is yours.
Ports and connectivity
- 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
- 1x USB Type-C 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
- HDMI 1.4b
- Card reader SD, SDHC, SDXC
- Wi-Fi 802.11ax
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Audio jack 3.5 mm combo
- Fingerprint reader
- Web camera HD
- Backlit keyboard optional
- Microphone Dual-Array Digital Microphones
- Speakers 2 Stereo Speakers
- Optical drive
- Security Lock slot
What’s in the box?
Inside the package, you are going to find a 45W power brick and a plastic bag holding all of the mandatory paperwork
Design and construction
So, let’s start by saying that this notebook sits very comfortably both in your hands and on the lap. It has a weight of 1.47 kg and a height of 17.9mm, which makes it both thin and light. On the other side, its only disadvantage is the plastic material, used to build its body. However, this is not the biggest problem, as we’ve seen very rigid ThinkBooks made entirely out of plastic. No. Here the build quality is poor. The body squeaks and pops when you try twisting it.
Its lid, cannot be opened with a single hand, but after you lift it from the base, the weight of the hinge becomes very balanced. Once again, the structural integrity is not the best. However, it is good to see thin side bezels, and a camera placed above the display.
Moving to the base, we see the power button, which is placed above the “Escape” key, so prepare for spontaneous shutdowns, every once and a while. Beside the power button, there is a long grill, which houses the speakers. It is great to see front-firing speakers on a budget product.
Next, there is the keyboard. If you see on HP’s official website, the option to include a backlight costs 21 bucks, and we think that it is definitely worth it. Additionally, the key travel is very long and the feedback is clicky. Ultimately, this is a very comfortable keyboard to use. Do you know what else is comfortable? The touchpad. It is short, but wide and is very responsive. Honestly, HP is doing a very good job with their touchpads on their latest laptops. By the way, the 340S G7 also comes with the option for a fingerprint reader.
Since the speakers are at the top, you can only see a ventilation grill on the bottom plate, while the hot air is fired towards the hinge cover.
On the left side there is only the SD card reader, while the right side is home to the power plug, an HDMI connector, two USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) ports and one USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, and an audio jack.
Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance
Not again… HP has once again tried to trick us, ladies and gentlemen. As soon as we saw the bottom panel on this device we felt a cold sweat run down our foreheads. There are only four Phillips-head screws naked to the eye. However, you need to remove the two long rubber feet as they house four more screws. Thankfully, our plastic pry tool is exactly the same size as the feet, and we were able to easily remove them, without destroying them.
So, cooling is nothing extraordinary. Only one, rather thin, heat pipe and a medium-sized fan.
This device has two RAM SODIMM slots for up to 16GB of memory in total. Additionally, you can upgrade the storage with an M.2 PCIe NVMe drive, and a 2.5″ SATA drive slot.
While the battery is not the biggest, seen on a 14-inch laptop, it is also not the smallest – 41Wh.
HP 340S G7 has a Full HD IPS display, model number Innolux CMN14FF. Its diagonal is 14″ (35.56 cm), and the resolution – 1920 х 1080. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 157 ppi, their pitch – 0.161 x 0.161 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 56 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).
Its viewing angles are excellent. We have provided images at 45 degrees to evaluate quality.
The maximum measured brightness is 277 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 257 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 12%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 6470K (average) – almost matching the 6500K optimum for sRGB. The average color temperature through the grey scale before profiling is 6380.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 80% Brightness (White level = 139 cd/m2, Black level = 0.126 cd/m2).
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is good – 1100:1 (1070:1).
To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.
Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is an essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.