ELEGANT BUSINESS NOTEBOOK
HP EliteBook Folio 1020
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.