​HP EliteBook 840 G3 Refurbished in UK | HP 840 G3 Review

​HP EliteBook 840 G3 Refurbished in UK | HP 840 G3 Review

How good is a Refurbished HP laptop?

The 840 G3 happens to be one of the best refurbished laptops that we have come across here at Refurbo. The popular 840 series has become known for being among the best business class laptops available. We believe, in fact, that the G3 is one of the best all round machines you can get. Why do we say this? This model in particular has a lot of range and versatility. You can find pretty much any spec that suits your needs, take a look at all of the options we have available.

Refurbished HP EliteBook 840 G3

The options include 840 G3 i5’s and i7’s with and without Touchscreens. This makes them useful to anyone. Accountants, business owners, marketing execs to designers and photo editors are some great examples. Let’s take the Refurbished HP EliteBook 840 G3 14" Touchscreen i5 8GB 256GB SSD W10 Pro as an example. It has a 6th generation i5 processor, operating at a base speed of 2.4GHz which can work up to 3.0GHz max turbo frequency. This CPU has an integrated graphics processor called the Intel HD graphics 520. This allows for a max video memory of 32GB. It has DirectX support and also supports 4K at 60Hz. What this essentially means to an everyday user is that you can run specialized programs like Photoshop on this device. Quite the value for money considering many design laptops is upwards of £800.

HP elitebook 840 G3 i5’s and i7’s- photoshop

You will of course always find dedicated graphics cards a much faster way to render images and videos, but for casual photoshop users or users or other specialized programs, the G3 is a solid option. *Always check your software’s hardware requirements and match them up to your selected laptop.*

HP 840 G3 Top Features

Full HD’ness

What we like most about the 840 G3 is the 14” Full HD display (1920 x 1080). This coupled with the touchscreen version makes for a wonderful looking screen with great definition. Its perfect for those who like to stream videos from Netflix or YouTube. It's also another reason why it's useful for photo editing and light video editing work. It also has what is known as anti-reflective surface to reduce the effects of glare. The subpixel arrangements make for a high luminance screen that doesn’t require extra battery power.

Full HD screen for streaming Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV

Lightweight, yet well-built

Even with its 14 inch screen, the 840 G3 only weighs in at 1.58KG, which is lighter than some of counterparts such as the Dell E7470 (1.7KG) or the Lenovo ThinkPad T470 (1.65KG). But not quite as light as our other refurb favorite the Lenovo X1 Carbon (1.17KG). The G3 has a solid torsion-resistant plastic base and an aluminum lid. This gives it a nice platinum finish while also providing a firm build.

Connection, connection, connection

One thing that thing that perhaps we all miss with a lot of newly manufactured laptops and devices is the connections. Ports are almost becoming a dying breed, with manufacturers opting for weight reduction and slim designs over connectivity. This is one thing the 840 G3 still shines on. Left side ports include a Kensington lock, VGA, USB 3.0 and smartcard slot (for corporate log in).

HP 840 G3 left sideHP 840 G3 right side

The right side includes USB 3.1 type C, display port, audio port (3.5mm jack), USB 3.0, ethernet and charging port. You will also likely notice a SIM card slot and docking port. The SIM card slot is an option at purchase from the manufacturer, so it requires additional hardware. This does mean most G3’s won’t have the capability to use the SIM unless specifically stated. The docking port is for HP specific docks.


As we have all come to appreciate, the need for laptops that can function as a Zoom, Google Meetings or Teams tool is vitally important. With an integrated webcam, internal dual array microphone and Bang & Olufsen speakers, the HP 840 G3 serves as a great unit for this purpose. This provides an all-round clear networking experience for users in online meetings. It's also handy to have the audio in/out ports for earphones and mics, as well as the two USB ports for the same purpose. The microphone can pick up voice from up to 2 meters away giving the user a lot of flexibility. We do always recommend customers use a headset, but for casual online hangouts, this laptop is one of the best devices for the job.

Certified Refurbishment: How is the 840 G3 refurbished?

You may be wandering what exactly is the refurbishment process for this unit. You may not know any of our refurb processes. Our parent company CFA Trading Ltd is an industry leader in refurb services and our R&D has led to great advancements in the quality of refurbished laptops.

For the G3, the main areas of refurbishment were the lids and the keyboards. You can see that due to the aluminum finish, the lids were scratched. Some can have dents which we fill or scuffs which we buff out.

Once we prep the lids, our specialist team in vinyl apply a 3M™ Vinyl sticker over the lid to give it a Pristine look. This is high grade architectural vinyl; the same kind you find used on cars or buildings. Our team at CFA is considered one of the best in the country for using this method and we even train other corporates to do the same.

HP 840 G3 before and after refurbishmentHP 840 G3 before and after refurbishment

Another unique method we use to refurbish laptops is through our patented technology; SticKeys. These are vinyl stickers that are mapped and measured to the specifications of the specific model of laptop. These are accurate to the nearest mm, as you can see its difficult to tell they have been applied at all. It gives faded old keyboards a completely new cosmetic look and prevents further fading in the future. It's another way we make our devices last longer and prevent them from ending up in a landfill site.

What are you waiting for?

Get an 840 G3 while stocks last! They are our most popular selling laptop as of February 2021 and they move very quickly. These units have a lot to offer and are definitely a keeper for the long term. Get yours  here

Mar 01, 2021 Sergio Osorio

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