HP Elite x360 1040 G10 review – Transformer with Quiet Fan and Color-Accurate Display

Design and construction

Compared to the G8 predecessor, the HP Elite x360 1040 G10 design features more rounded corners and there are no speaker grills around the keyboard. Overall, the look is clean and stylish. The magnesium chassis is light and it weighs just 1.33 kilos. The profile thickness is 17.92 – 19.2 mm.

Because of the stiff hinges, you can’t open the lid with one hand. Still, the unit is solid and the same applies to the base. The silver matte finish isn’t a fingerprint magnet.

The dark bezels around the IPS display contrast well with the bright chassis color. Still, the upper and the middle bezels aren’t thin.

Here, the 5MP IR Web camera has a privacy shutter which isn’t a standard for all devices (according to HP).

This is a full-blown 2-in-1 machine because of the 360-degree hinge. With just a simple move, you can convert the laptop into a tablet or you can also use it in a tent or clamshell mode.

The spill-resistant keyboard with an optional backlight is great for work thanks to the keycaps with long travel and clicky feedback. There is no NumPad which isn’t a surprise given the form factor of the notebook. The Arrow keys are too small for normal usage. The touchpad is great – it’s big, smooth, and precise. The optional fingerprint reader is placed on the right palm rest area.

The bottom side of the laptop houses two long rubber feet, a ventilation grill, and two speaker cutouts. The hot air is pushed through a vent on the rear. In a clamshell mode when the angle of the opening is wider than usual, some amount of heat can make its way to the panel during heavy CPU loads.


On the left, there is an HDMI 2.1 for up to 4K@60Hz external displays, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port with HP Sleep & Charge function, two Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 40 Gbps ports (that support USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.4, and HP Sleep and Charge), and an optional Smart card reader. On the right side, you get an Audio combo jack, one more USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, a lock slot, and a SIM card slot (option).

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