Inside HP ProBook 470 G3 – disassembly, internal photos and upgrade options

HP’s ProBook lineup has been pretty easy to maintain with all the service lids that the lineup provides along with a super-easy user-replaceable battery. Fortunately, the 17-inch 470 G3 model sports several of those maintenance hatches offering a fast and easy upgrade of most hardware like storage, Wi-Fi card, battery etc.

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1. Maintenance hatches

The bottom side of the laptop features two service lids held by just one screw each. The smaller one provides access to the M.2 SSD and Wi-Fi module while the big lid hides the RAM slots and 2.5-inch HDD.

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2. Storage options

For a budget 17-inch solution, the HP ProBook 470 G3 has plenty of those. As we said above, the big lid holds the 2.5-inch HDD, which in this case is an HGST 1TB HDD spinning at 5400 rpm, while the smaller lid contains the M.2 SATA SSD slot with B-key and it’s compatible with 2280 sticks.

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3. Battery, RAM and Wi-Fi card

The battery is user-replaceable and can be accessed really easy. Just use the lever mechanism to detach it as shown in the photos below. The unit itself is rated at 44Wh.

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The two RAM slots are located right next to the 2.5-inch drive under the big maintenance hatch but there’s a small catch. HP has listed this model to support DDR4-2133 RAM but our unit arrived with a standard DDR3L-1600 memory stick with 8GB capacity manufactured by Samsung. Keep an eye on this little detail if it’s important to you and ask your retailer before buying in your region.

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The Wi-Fi card is located right next to the M.2 slot manufactured by Intel – Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 with model number 3165NGW.

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4. Accessing the motherboard

If you wish to access the motherboard, you need to take all the screws off. There are a couple of hiding beneath the big maintenance hatch, some under the battery and three under the optical drive, which, by the way, can be replaced by a caddy with another 2.5-inch HDD for extra storage. You will also have to watch out for all the silicone caps on the screws as shown in the photos below.

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You can find some the available configurations here: http://amzn.to/2cqK4py

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