How to open HP 470 G9 – disassembly and upgrade options

The HP 470 G9 is a budget-conscious device, which is great when it comes to upgradeability.

Check out all HP 470 G9 prices and configurations in our Specs System, or read more in our In-Depth review.


1. Remove the bottom plate

To access this laptop’s internals, you will need to remove the two rubber feet. Then, undo all 10 Phillips-head screws. After that, you have to pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool. Start from the front by slightly lifting the base.


2. Remove the battery

Inside, you get a rather small 41Wh battery pack. It lasted us 6 hours of Web browsing or 5 hours of video playback. To remove it from the device, you need to undo all four Phillips-head screws holding it to the chassis. After that, you can just lift it away.


3. Upgrade memory and storage

Thankfully, there are two SODIMM slots for memory expansion of up to 32GB in dual-channel mode. It works with DDR4 modules. Storage-wise, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot, as well as a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay. Unfortunately, there is no mounting hardware inside the box.


4. Cooling system

In terms of cooling, you get a heat pipe, attached to a pretty long heat sink. A single fan blows the heat away from the device.

Check out all HP 470 G9 prices and configurations in our Specs System, or read more in our In-Depth review.

HP 470 G9 in-depth review

The 470 G9 has always been a laptop that arrives at a slightly higher price than everyone expects. However, its strongest advocate is the fantastic display it has historically arrived with. It has to be said that HP still offers the device with a 1600x900 TN panel as a base option, and a Full HD IPS unit with unenviable color coverage as a compromise solution. On the other hand, it always gets the latest hardware available. In this case, it is the 15W Alder Lake processors. And if you want the large 17.3-inch display to play games, you can configure the laptop with the NVIDIA GeForce MX[...]

Pros

  • 2x SODIMM, 1x M.2 PCIe x4, 1x 2.5-inch SATA (optional)
  • Optional fingerprint reader
  • 98% sRGB coverage and accurate colors with our Gaming and Web design profile (AUO B173HAN04.3 (AUO439D))
  • No PWM (AUO B173HAN04.3 (AUO439D))
  • Thin and light

Cons

  • Plastic build with mediocre quality
  • No SD card reader
  • USB Type-C without DisplayPort output
  • Unimpressive battery life
  • The CPU can't Turbo
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