HP EliteBook Folio 9470m

Windows 8 inside a company laptop: perfectly, it required to result sooner or later, in the case of the Elitebook Folio 9470m, the performance feels premature plus pricey. It’s a shame, considering the 9470m is a direct descendent of last year’s HP Folio 13 ultrabook, a device I considered at the time to be amidst the greatest inside its class plus suggested to everybody.

A lot has changed inside a year. Thin ultrabooks have provided method to touch-screen, frequently convertible/tablet equipment. And amidst ultrabooks, there are tons more to select from. Touch isn’t essential to enjoy a Windows 8, however, whenever a computer lacks touch completely — because does the Elitebook Folio 9470m — it feels like an omission which has to be created up with a superlative touch pad, plus this Folio doesn’t do which. Granted, this Folio came out at the finish of last year, nevertheless this pricey albeit very configurable computer absolutely feels a small outmoded. The HP Elitebook Revolve, coming out shortly, feels like the Windows 8 company travel ultraportable of choice. This Folio is a bit more of the workhorse ultrabook, when such a thing exists.

This 14-inch computer is bigger plus wider than you’d anticipate, though it does pack terribly impressive power lifetime. It feels built to be a skinny road warrior, however its specs aren’t extremely impressive. It’s an ultrabook without touch — along with a thickish, pricey 1 at which. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a lighter, similarly outfitted company computer, with touch, too.

Price because reviewed $ 1,349
Processor Intel Core i5-3427U
Memory 4GB, 1333MHz DDR3
Hard drive 180GB SSD
Chipset Intel QM77
Graphics Intel HD 4000
Operating System Windows 8 (64-bit)
Dimensions (WD) 13.3 x 9.1 inches
Height 0.75 inch
Screen size (diagonal) 14.0 inches
System fat / Weight with AC adapter 3.6/4.4 pounds
Category Midsize

That $ 1,349 is a lot to pay for a contemporary computer. It makes the Elitebook Folio 9470 a higher priced product than the MacBook Air, plus — let’s face it — many professionals might like the Air. However it also offers a lot more ports plus safety attributes, and Windows 8 Pro. Think of its real competition because a machine like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, that bears a synonymous price plus specs.

That’s to not state the Folio doesn’t have its charms. Know, the Folio looks like a company computer considering it’s one: an elegantly compact 1 at which. The two-tone magnesium (silver found on the top, black underneath) has a soft-touch finish. Everything within the cleanly inset matte 14-inch screen to the clean black keyboard as well as its little set of tiny, LED-lit buttons above it feel element of the just-this-side-of-boxy industrialized-crisp look.

It won’t surprise anybody employed to a MacBook Air or different skinny ultrabook, however, this feels nicer than an elder, wider computer. Unfortunately, the Folio lacks an optical drive, as well as its internal specs certainly aren’t better than what you’d find found on the small Dell XPS 13. At 3.6 pounds, it weighs lower than many mainstream laptops, yet it’s heavier than the average 13-inch ultrabook. It feels like a somewhat bigger, more mature variation of the HP Folio 13, albeit, additionally without the same appeal or novelty of which past machine.

A squared, chiclet-style backlit plus spill-resistant keyboard feels rather synonymous to Apple’s shape inside terms of initial appearance, or what you’ll discover about several latest HP laptops. Tiny devoted top buttons turn Airplane Mode about plus off plus toggle mute.

A rubberized concave pointer has been added involving the G, H, plus B keys, with extra buttons above the extra-large multitouch glass touch pad. Even about touch-oriented Windows 8, the rubber pointer wasn’t these a bad path to take. Most might like the touch pad — when the touch pad really worked well. The glass surface is big plus broad enough, however it was unreliable whenever I navigated about doing everyday function plus Internet browsing. It’s not a click pad, either: separate buttons lay under (which makes 4 buttons framing the HP touch pad, all told). I wished I may reach up plus touch the screen rather. Alas, I couldn’t.

The 14-inch, touch-free 1,366×768-pixel show is antiglare, yet that’s regarding truly the only thing it does effectively. The brightness degrees are comparatively dim, the screen resolution is low-res for this cost tier, plus screen size compared with those about laptops including Apple’s Retina Display MacBook Pro as well as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The deficiency of the touch screen wouldn’t matter when HP had nailed the touch-pad experience. It didn’t.

Additional bells plus whistles include a fingerprint reader (found on the appropriate palm rest), a 720p Webcam, along with a side docking port. HP moreover has the suite of software protection attributes, as well as the Intel platform involves vPro for enterprise plus company utilize.

Ports plus configurations

The Folio has a great amount of connections — a side docking port for company employ to connect to sold-separately dock, devoted Ethernet, an SD card slot, 3 USB 3.0 ports, plus both VGA plus DisplayPort. There’s no HDMI, because this might be a “business” computer, nevertheless HDMI is really universal at this point I can’t recognize the omission. Bluetooth is included, plus optional 4G broadband connectivity.

Our review configuration of the Elitebook Folio has a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3427 CPU, the same because the newly reviewed ThinkPad X1 Carbon. In truth, each alternative spec is the same because which Carbon, too: 4GB of RAM, Intel HD 4000 images, along with a 180GB SSD. You are able to configure the Folio with a 320 or 500GB 7,200rpm difficult drive, too (self-encrypting, even), or about 256GB SSD.

Video VGA, DisplayPort VGA, and HDMI or DisplayPort
Audio Stereo speakers, headphone jack Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks
Data 3 USB 3.0 (1 with charge), SD card reader 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, SD card reader
Networking Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mobile broadband Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional mobile broadband
Optical drive None DVD burner

Performance plus power life
In the tests, the Folio 9470m became a small behind the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, nevertheless it handled and any different ultrabook inside its class. That’s a very big class. There are no devoted images options: Intel HD 4000 images are sufficient for many everyday employ plus even certain games, however it won’t hold a candle to midrange Nvidia or AMD devoted images.

This Folio shines with regards to power life: at 7 hours plus 3 minutes utilizing the video-playback test, it’s effectively above the rest of the pack. Web surfing or extended movie streaming might lower which quantity, however, it’s certainly difficult to do better now than this inside a mainstream computer.

HP involves a standard one-year guarantee, extendable as much as 3 years, and a one-year power guarantee plus toll-free 24-7 telephone help.

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