The HP EliteBook 850 G8: A Secure Laptop for Remote Workflows


As we creep past the middle and close in upon the end of January 2021, it’s safe to say that nobody thought so many would still be working from home. Bearing that in mind, HP wants you to feel even more connected, despite any physical distance, so that work from home can remain viable. To that end, HP has introduced the EliteBook 850 G8 Laptop, which has been specifically made for teams working from many locations that require a powerful, secure, and durable system that connects easily so they can stay productive and meet the demands of the multitask, multi-place, enterprise-business workday.

HP EliteBook 850 G8 Laptop

Tasks will be driven quickly and efficiently with 11th Gen Intel® processors, and users will be able to choose from a Core™ i5-1135G7, a Core™ i5-1145G7, or a Core™ i7-1165G7 for anyone who needs a little extra pep in their step. Memory can be configured as either 8GB or 16GB, with a maximum supported amount of 64GB, and storage options include either a 256GB or 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD. Available ports for wired connectivity include two 5 Gb/s USB Type-C and two 5 Gb/s USB Type-A ports, while an HDMI 2.0b port can output 4K / 60 Hz video. Connect to your network using Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and pair compatible wireless peripherals with Bluetooth 5.0 technology.

Since the EliteBook 850 G8 is geared toward business use, it comes equipped with a few display options for its 15.6" Full HD IPS panel, which has an anti-glare surface, has wide viewing angles of 178°, and is driven by integrated Intel® Iris™ Xe graphics. Most users will be fine with a standard non-touch display, although for more specialized tasks, a touch display is available. Both have a brightness of 250 nits and a 600:1 contrast ratio. If you work a lot in public, whether on the train, in the subway, in a coffee shop, or on a park bench, you may want to consider the Sure View display, which helps prevent nosy onlookers from seeing what you’re working on. This option has a brightness of 1000 nits and a 1500:1 contrast ratio, although those numbers, as well as the viewing angles, will decrease when Sure View mode is engaged, since it’s making your screen less viewable to those not directly in front of it. Other standard but notable features include dual Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers and a 3 multi-array microphone.

HP also touts the EliteBook 850 G8 as secure, and the company does not disappoint here either. All models have a TPM security chip, a fingerprint reader, and a 720p webcam with a privacy shutter. Select models also include a SmartCard reader, an infrared webcam for facial recognition with Windows Hello, and a 32GB onboard storage recovery drive, which lets you reinstall Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) OS, even if the main drive cannot be recovered.

Operate the EliteBook 850 G8 using its AC adapter, or take advantage of the 3-cell / 56Wh lithium-ion polymer battery and its 14.75-hour life for increased productivity while staying mobile.

Well, how about it? Does the EliteBook 850 G8 seem as if it will drive your work-related tasks, especially those being done from afar? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the Comments section, below.