The HP EliteBook 840 G1 is by far the easiest laptop to repair and upgrade that I’ve ever used. Flip the unit over, unlock the latch, slide the bottom service cover off, and you have direct access to everything: hard drive, memory, battery, Wi-Fi, RTC/CMOS battery, and the wireless WAN slot. IT types who spend a lot of time repairing laptops be warned examining the HP EliteBook 840 G1 might make you giddy.
The keyboard deck design is minimalist. Aside from the keyboard and touchpad, there’s only a power button (in plain sight!) and Wi-Fi and audio on/off switches. Clean. Nice.
HP delivers non-touch HP EliteBook 840 G1s with a matte display surrounded by a largish flat-black bezel, rather than the glare-prone, glossy setups that many consumer models employ. Matte doesn’t look quite as nice, but it’s a bit easier on the eye. You can order yours in either 1366 by 768 or 1600 by 900 flavors (we reviewed the former). A touchscreen is also available, although—like most it’s very reflective.