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Inside HP 470 G8 – disassembly and upgrade options

All budget-oriented devices have a major disadvantage – their build quality. However, they often come with decent upgrade options, as you can see with the HP 470 G8.

Check out all HP 470 G8 prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

1. Remove the bottom plate

To take this laptop apart, 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. Battery

Here, you will see a rather small 41Wh battery pack. It lasted us for 7 hours and a half of Web browsing, or 7 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. Memory and storage

It is good to see that there are two SODIMM slots for memory expansion. According to HP, the device can fit up to 16GB of RAM in total. However, we are pretty confident, you can put 32, if not 64GB. 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

As for the cooling, there is one heat pipe, as well as a pretty long heat sink. Additionally, you get a single fan of medium size.

Check out all HP 470 G8 prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

HP 470 G8 in-depth review

The 470 has always been the weird kid in HP's family. The main reason for this is that it looks like a budget device, but it actually doesn't come cheap. Also, the naming scheme is a bit confusing - it is often mixed with the ProBook 400 series.Looking at the past, we have our expectations pretty honest. The 470 G7 didn't boast the best build quality out there, but we were surprised by the display quality. Its performance was also decent. However, the 470 G8 brings the big guns in the ULV CPU world. Yes, we are talking about the Tiger Lake-U processors, which are absolute beasts both in c[...]

Pros

  • 2x SODIMM, 1x M.2 PCIe x4, 1x 2.5-inch SATA (optional)
  • Optional fingerprint reader
  • 95% sRGB coverage and accurate color representation with our Gaming and Web design profile (LP173WF5-SPB4 (LGD063F))
  • No PWM (LP173WF5-SPB4 (LGD063F))
  • Thin and light

Cons

  • Plastic build with mediocre quality
  • No SD card reader
  • USB Type-C without DisplayPort output