While Apple’s MacBook raised the bar for ultra-portables in 2015 with its amazingly thin and light design, now HP is ready to steal some of that ultra-features with its svelte EliteBook Folio. The EliteBook Folio is exciting because of the package more than the power.
The EliteBook Folio is HP’s answer to the MacBook. It isn’t the most powerful computer in the world, but it’s easy to take around with you and, in future generations, will likely grow much more capable.
It’s easily the most striking system the company has ever made. Measuring 11.5 x 8.2 x 0.47 inches for the non-touch model and 0.49 inches thick for the touch version and weighing less than 2.2 pounds (final weight still not known), the EliteBook Folio cuts a very slim profile. Yet this notebook feels quite sturdy, thanks to its CNC-machined aluminum body.
Unlike the MacBook, the EliteBook Folio sports a 180-degree piano hinge, which could come in handy for giving presentations for collaborating. HP’s comfy Collaboration Keyboard sports a dedicated button for starting and ending Skype for Business chats. The audio should come through clearly, too, as the Folio boasts Bang & Olufsen speakers that sounded louder.
One thing that stands out about the EliteBook Folio is its lush display that nearly goes from edge to edge. Colors really pops on the optional UHD screen (3840 x 2160 pixels). The MacBook has a lower-res 2304 x 1440-pixel panel. If you want longer battery life on the Folio, you can opt for a less sharp full HD screen in touch or non-touch.
The EliteBook Folio is very minimal in the ports department, featuring just two USB-C ports and an audio jack, but at least that’s one more USB-C port than the MacBook. HP will offer an optional Thunderbolt 3 dock for when you need more connectivity options, as well as various USB-C adapters for Ethernet, VGA and HDMI.
Starting at $999, HP’s ultra-portable offers a wide range of configuration options, including the 6th-generation Core m5 and Core m7 processors, 8GB of RAM and 128GB, 240GB or 256GB SSDs. Battery life is supposed to run for about 10 hours.
The EliteBook Folio is a laptop that should appeal to those who need to be highly mobile and who want to stand out in the crowd. Overall EliteBook Follio looks like one business laptop you have been looking for.