HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Express Review: Perfect fit for the business class

HP EliteBook Folio 1020 offers the right balance of performance and portability for professionals.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Written by Debashis Sarkar | New Delhi | Updated: May 14, 2015 4:18:21 pm
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HP has targeted its new EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 ultrabook to professionals who need to work while on-the-go. For this segment of users- speed, portability, display and battery life are of utmost importance. The EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 is among the first devices to use an Intel Core M processor with VPro technology. This fanless Windows laptop secures the needs of business class users in an ultra-portable form factor along with the looks of MacBook Air. HP has also introduced another Special Edition of the EliteBook Folio 1020 which weighs a kilo and is the lightest in its class.

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Specs: Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) | 12.5-inch FHD anti-glare LED-backlit display| 1.2 GHz Intel Core M-5Y71 with Intel HD Graphics 5300 ( vPro technology, up to 2.9 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores) | 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM | 180 GB SSD | Intel HD Graphics 5300 | Ports: 2 USB 3.0 charging; 1 HDMI; 1 docking connector; 1 AC power; 1 headphone/microphone combo; NFC, Bluetooth | 720p HD webcam | Weight: 1.21 kg

Price: Rs 95,000

HP EliteBook Folio 1020

One glance and it will remind you of the MacBook Air. The device looks attractive and while HP is targeting business users, the EliteBook Folio 1020 will easily attract consumers with it’s ultra-thin design and extreme lightweight. Made of Aluminum and Magnesium alloy, the EliteBook Folio 1020 feels solid and classy. The device sports a 12.5-inch Full HD LED display which offers excellent viewing angles. Though it’s a totally fanless laptop, the EliteBook Folio 1020 doesn’t heat up much. Along with HP Client Security wizard, the device is custom built for user on-the-go and provides good comfort and ease of use. The EliteBook Folio 1020 is available with Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Pro, FreeDos and Ubuntu.

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What is good?

The EliteBook Folio 1020 will impress any user who craves for good performance without compromising on portability. The display quality is great and the anti-glare screen is definitely a plus point for the EliteBook 1020. The backlit keyboard offers a comfortable typing experience.

Coming to performance this device is pretty fast for regular office work. The external speakers are decent and the availability of microSD card slot along with NFC and Bluetooth makes life very easy while connecting with smartphones.

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What is not good?

For an ultrabook which costs Rs 95,000, the battery life of around 8 hours seems less to me. While the EliteBook Folio 1020 boasts about the ForcePad, in reality it is not comfortable to use, at least initially. The EliteBook Folio 1020 is primarily meant for “elite” users, however, it is overpriced.

Should you buy it?

The EliteBook Folio 1020 offers the right balance of performance and portability for professionals. Buy it, if price is not an issue.

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