HP ELITEBOOK FO­LIO 1040 G1

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The uni­body alu­minum de­sign of the HP Elitebook Fo­lio 1040 G1 is a sight to be­hold. Sim­i­lar to the Dell Lat­i­tude E7440, the top lid re­pels fin­ger­prints ex­cept for the mir­ror-like fin­ish on the HP logo. When you open the lid, you’ll meet an anti-glare matte dis­play and a black chi­clet-style key­board.

The Elitebook Fo­lio 1040 G1 is the only Ul­tra­book in our com­par­i­son with front fac­ing speak­ers, great for con­fer­ence calls or show­ing mar­ket­ing videos to clients. The dis­play is crisp in Full HD res­o­lu­tion (1,920 x 1,080 pix­els) with great view­ing an­gles, but is not quite as im­pres­sive as the Len­ovo X1 Car­bon’s WQHD dis­play.

Another unique fea­ture on the Elitebook is its large pres­sure­sen­sitve track­pad, called the ForcePad. De­signed to mimic us­age on a smart­phone touch screen, it does not pro­vide tac­tile feed­back when you ex­e­cute a click, but in­stead plays a sound ef­fect as an in­di­ca­tion (all loud and clear on the front fac­ing speak­ers). This cer­tainly takes some get­ting used to, with drag-and-drop be­ing the most dif­fi­cult to mas­ter. Nav­i­ga­tion-wise, the soft-touch sur­face is pretty smooth and there’s plenty of room to ma­neu­ver.

The key­board on the Elitebook feels shal­low though. If you’re used to a more firm re­sponse from your key­strokes, you might be in­clined to hit the keys harder than usual in an at­tempt to repli­cate the tac­tile feed­back you’ve come to ex­pect. The Elitebook is also the only Ul­tra­book here with­out a point­ing stick among the keys, some­thing that may or may not make a dif­fer­ence de­pend­ing on your pre­ferred method of cur­sor con­trol.

Weirdly, the Elitebook Fo­lio 1040 G1 comes with a mi­croSD card slot in­stead of a full-sized one. Sure, it might be more con­ve­nient for trans­fer­ring files to and from smart­phones and tablets, but you’re go­ing to need a card reader for stan­dard SD cards or di­rect USB con­nec­tion to de­vices. This means ad­di­tional pe­riph­er­als you’ll need to pack rather than just a sim­ple SD con­verter. Se­cu­rity fea­tures on the Elitebook in­clude a Smart Card Reader and a fin­ger­print reader for iden­tity au­then­ti­ca­tion. On top of a TPM chip for en­cryp­tion, HP also bun­dles a range of soft­ware de­signed to in­crease data pro­tec­tion.

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