Monday, 13 July 2015

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 Review

Searching for a laptop that can satisfy your business needs, has great portability and high security, HP EliteBook Folio 1040 wins at maintaining such impression. Its razor sharp aluminum built and speedy Core i7 performance is definitely a charm. Well, this was just a starter. Here is an overall review of EliteBook Folio which would unquestionably make it even more desirable from your end.   


The display is amazing, Folio 1040sports a vivid 1920 x 1080-pixel display. This is equal to what Dell 7440 and Acer P645 but in comparison to Lenovo X1's 2560 x 1440p screen, it doesn’t produce sharper images than what Lenovo offers. The HD screen delivers detailed bright images with the essential crisp. The text also appears to be clear and easy to read.     


The HP Elite Book Folio has a well-defined stylish design. The lid is made of dark-gray aluminum with gentle curves on the edge. The large chrome HP logo is placed in the center. It has been designed elegantly yet gracefully powerful. The inside look exhibits the presence of same dark-gray aluminum with an air vent/speaker grille which lengths upto the deck of black keyboard. The large touch pad is present below with a finger print reader present at the right side.

The EliteBook weighs upto 3.4 pounds. In competition to that, The Lenovo ThinkPAd Carbon X1 is lighter weighing around 3.15 pounds. But Elite Book is lighter than Acer TravelMate and Dell Latitude.

Durability and Security

How about we question the durability of EliteBook? Well, it has been found tough enough to stand against rash drops, vibrations and dust as it successfully passed the 12 MIL-STD 810G  tests.   

Moreover, this robust machine is not only strong outside but inside as well. HP EliteBook Folio features the HP Sure start which provides with the self-healing properties against BIOS attacks, which can badly damage your computer’s firmware. Sure Start facilitates you with finding out exactly when it defends the elitebook form any attack through an audit log system.

HP also introduces the HP Trust Circles. This will provide protection and security to all of your important files and data. You can keep the documents in an encrypted folder that can only be accessed by specific users you have opted for.

Even if these options doesn’t satisfy your security concerns, say hello to the Finger Print Reader. Through this, you can register two to ten of your digits for safe logins as well as fingerprint to unlock the EliteBook. The fingerprint reader is found responsive in the test and a pretty good option to improve the security of your data.     


You’ll be happy to discover that EliteBook Folio is the first ever notebook to use Synaptics’ ForcePad. This doesn’t support any physical buttons and clicking in favor of a fully pressure-sensitive touchpad. The touchpad is found sensitive, responsive to common multifinger gestures. You are also given an option of customizing the Force Pad settings allowing you to toggle functions such as finger rotates to flick to slide through images. The overall Touchpad experience has been made friendly with easy to adaptability.


The ElitBook Folio’s 720p webcam produces fairly good results. It has been well complemented by the CyberLink YouCam app for snapping photos and videos. The software enables you to edit your images with digital paintbrush strokes. You can also make videos at anywhere from 640 x 480p to 1280 x 720p. However, the smaller details of the images and videos appear bit blur but overall it fulfils its purpose.      


The out class performance of EliteBook is what makes its rival machines envious of it. It manages to score strong numbers, the 1.7-GHz Intel Core i7-4650U processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD are found in the Folio 1040.

The HP also beat out or match its rivals, all of which had SSDs and at least 4GB of RAM. The Lenovo X1 Carbon scored 4,734, the Acer P645 (Intel Core i7-4500U) achieved 4,886 and the Dell 7440 (1.9-GHz Intel Core i5-4300U ) scored 4,544.

Moreover, the Folio 1040 booted Windows 7 Professional in only 15 seconds and replicated 5GB multimedia files in just 37 seconds! These were some wow results generated by Folio.

Folio also won over the spreadsheet test. The task of pairing 20,000 names and addresses in Open Office, was completed in just 4 minutes and 14 seconds which was a minute fatser than the Lenovo X1. The Acer and Dell were also left behind in these numbers, both of them were about half a minute late than HP’s system.  


Packing powerful performance along with the robust design, the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 accomplishes to fall in the category of one of the most impressive business notebooks in record. It showed marvelous performance in certain tests carried out leaving behind its top contenders.

But ofcourse not everything about it appears lovable. The bottom of the Folio may get warm and its audio is just fine, not as great as other laptops offer. But, the drawbacks are not so significant than what overall HP EliteBook Folio 1040 offers. With its attractive design and top-nothch security tools, Elitebook Folio might become your favorite one.

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