HP EliteBook Fo­lio 1020

HWM (Malaysia) - - SMB - ANALYSIS - Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

With en­ter­prise note­books, the owner and the user of the sys­tem may not be the same per­son, which is why these note­books fea­ture more se­cu­rity con­trols, and ac­ces­si­bil­ity op­tions than your typ­i­cal notebook PC. While high on func­tion­al­ity, very few comes in a pack­age as el­e­gant as the HP EliteBook Fo­lio 1020.

Proudly the world’s thinnest and light­est busi­ness-class notebook, the EliteBook Fo­lio 1020 has a beau­ti­ful alu­minum and mag­ne­sium-lithium al­loy body that feels good in the hand and keeps its over­all weight low. It clearly has taken the min­i­mal­ist, fan­less, thin de­sign that’s the toast of the con­sumer mar­ket.

More than just good looks, the EliteBook Fo­lio 1020 is also tough and cer­ti­fied with the Mil­i­tary Spec­i­fi­ca­tions (MIL-SPEC) 810G cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. For the user, this means that the EliteBook Fo­lio 1020 can with­stand en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, trans­port shock, and vi­bra­tions. It also has a spill-re­sis­tant key­board that di­rects spilled flu­ids out of a drainage hole on the bot­tom of the notebook.

The EliteBook Fo­lio 1020 that we re­viewed was pre­loaded with Win­dows 7 and HP’s suite of man­age­ment soft­ware. A wel­comed tool to any sys­tem IT depart­ment, HP’s man­age­ment soft­ware grants the IT depart­ment full con­trol and the abil­ity to fine-tune ac­cess ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the user with­out re­strict­ing his or her free­dom.

The built-in fin­ger­print reader and en­crypted stor­age en­sure that there will be no




OC­TO­BER 2015 unau­tho­rized ac­cess by not only other users, but soft­ware as well.

As the man­age­ment soft­ware op­er­ates at a low level, it does not af­fect the notebook’s us­age and per­for­mance which is what we are go­ing to take a look at next.

The key­board on the EliteBook Fo­lio 1020 uses HP’s usual tile de­sign, with square and half-size keys for the ar­rows and func­tion but­tons. It of­fers de­cent feed­back and key travel, which trans­late to a very com­fort­able typ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The back­light­ing on the keys is a big plus as well.

It was dis­con­cert­ing at first to find that the touch­pad had no but­tons and is non-click­able. It is an HP ForcePad, a glass­sur­faced touch sen­sor that reg­is­ters the pres­sure of ev­ery touch and swipe to give users all the usual point-and-click and multi-touch ges­ture sup­port they would ex­pect, but with­out any mov­ing parts.

Our re­view unit came equipped with In­tel’s Core M-5Y71 pro­ces­sor, along with In­tel HD Graph­ics 5300, and 8GB of RAM. It holds up well to ba­sic of­fice pro­duc­tiv­ity tasks, but can get a lit­tle slug­gish when it’s pushed to the lim­its. Bat­tery life was not stel­lar ei­ther at less than five hours.

We bench­marked the EliteBook Fo­lio 1020 us­ing PCMark8’s Work and Cre­ative bench­marks, un­der both Con­ven­tional and Ac­cel­er­ated modes. It scored an ac­cept­able 3,411 and 2,444 for Work and a dis­ap­point­ing 2,365 and 1,620 for Cre­ative, with the higher num­bers rep­re­sent­ing the ac­cel­er­ated re­sults.


In­tel HD Graph­ics 5300 // 12.5-inch Full HD UWVA anti-glare ul­tra-slim LED-back­lit (1,920 x 1,080) //

HD au­dio with DTS Stu­dio Sound, in­te­grated dual-mi­cro­phone ar­ray, 2x in­te­grated stereo speak­ers, HP Noise Re­duc­tion soft­ware // 2x USB 3.0 (charg­ing), 1x HDMI, 1x dock­ing con­nec­tor, 1x AC power, 1x head­phone/mi­cro­phone combo // TPM 1.2/2.0 (In­fi­neon, sol­dered down), fin­ger­print reader, full vol­ume en­cryp­tion, pre­boot au­then­ti­ca­tion (pass­word) //

31 x 21 x 1.57 cm // 1.21 kg // 1-year // Hewlett-Packard Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd // 1 800 88 4848 // www. hp.com.my

The HP EliteBook Fo­lio 1020 is thin and por­ta­ble like no other busi­ness-class note­books.

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