Inside HP EliteBook 1050 G1 – disassembly and upgrade options
HP’s new EliteBook lineup widened at a time where the market started to be dominated by ThinkPads and Latitudes and there are the ZenBooks which are making a significant step inside the professional segment. As a result, EliteBook 1050 G1 is made to look aggressive and classy on the outside. However, we were wondering how it looks on the inside, so we took it apart.
HP EliteBook 1050 G1
- Intel Core i5-8300H
- Intel UHD Graphics 630
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
There are a total of 9 Phillips head screws, holding the bottom plate in place. Thoughtfully, they remain attached to the plate after you unscrew them, so it is harder for you to lose them (we are very good in that). Also if you want to play the easy game, start prying the bottom plate from the back side, as the clips there are a lot looser.
2. Memory and storage
Its memory is neatly hidden beneath a metal bracket. After you remove it, you’ll see the standard – two RAM DIMMs, supporting up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory.
On the other side, the storage department is quite less organized, however, you have not one, but two M.2 slots. The first one is right next to the RAM, while the second M.2 slot (both supporting NVMe) is placed above the right (on the image) fan and finally the SATA connector spot is just below it.
Battery-wise there are two options and they depend on the GPU choice you make (we think). In our case, since we don’t have the dedicated GeForce GTX 1050, the laptop was equipped with the smaller – 64Wh battery, while the other option was a 95.6Wh unit. This way it is pushing the limit of 100Wh for air transportation. Anyhow, we checked the screen on times on the smaller one and we got around 11 hours of web browsing and 7 hours of video playback, which is not bad at all.
4. Cooling system
Another rather interesting cooling. Contrary to the ZenBook Pro 14 UX480, where the chips were surrounding the fans, here we have the fans being on both ends of the laptop, while the CPU and perhaps the GPU is placed in the middle of the motherboard. It is interesting how these different approaches happen to be similarly effective. Here there are two rather long heat pipes cooling the same CPU. The only downside we see is that your hands are most probably going to get dried out, because of the fans.