Who Said Business Can’t Be Beautiful?
The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is the Ultrabook which has been touted as the world’s slimmest and lightest in the market. It’s ultra-portable and aggressively challenges the stereotypical definition of a ‘business- gadget’.
In terms of design, HP has put the acclaimed MacBook Air to shame. The lid and keyboard deck are covered with sturdy aluminium, and the underside has a soft-touch magnesium alloy feel, which makes the notebook easy to hold. This sleek silver chassis enables the notebook to survive even a four-foot drop. The notebook can work through shocks and other vibrations and also survive significant temperature variations. Measuring 12.2 x 8.27 x 0.62 inches and weighing only 2.68 pounds, the Elitebook 1020 is thinner and lighter than the Dell XPS 13 (0.7 inches, 3.3 pounds), the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga (0.76 inches, 3.5 pounds), and the 13-inch MacBook Air (0.68 inches, 2.9 pounds).
In terms of performance, The EliteBook 1020 is one of the first to use Intel’s new core M processor, which gives it maximum productivity and allows it to seamlessly run various programs at once. Despite its impressive real-world performance, the EliteBook was marginally behind the Lenovo Yoga and the MacBook air in terms of efficiency.
The EliteBook’s display is a sight to witness. Featuring a 12.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display (a cheaper 1080p model is available), Web surfing and entertainment was satisfyingly colourful and crisp. However, the display is a bit dim and this causes it to fall behind the competition. The notebook registered an average brightness of 224 nits, which falls behind the MacBook Air (288 nits), the ThinkPad Yoga (324 nits), the XPS 13 (356 nits) and the 259-nit category average.
The EliteBook has special features on offer as well, like the Fingerprint Reader. One can safely secure their data and files via fingerprint scan, located just below the right side of the keyboard. This provision is also helpful to secure and register passwords for different websites, thus eliminating the need to type out passwords every time.
Despite being built for the workplace, the HP EilteBook 1020 is not going to last from 9-5 unless it’s plugged in. An aspect that is often the subject of immense scrutiny is the battery life of a gadget. Unfortunately, the EliteBook comes up short in this department and struggles to last even 6 and a half hours on a fully charged battery, much lesser than its counterparts like the MacBook and XPS 13, which comfortably last above 8-9 hours.
Packing a stunning, sturdy chassis, a comfortable keyboard and a vivid quad HD display, the HP Elitebook Folio 1020 has almost everything you need to get work done in style. The notebook’s satisfying Intel Core M performance and dependable fingerprint reader make it ideal for the office. The Elitebook gets major props for its design and features, but it needs to last a bit longer to become a truly elite business notebook.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 30, 2015 6:11 AM UTC