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Review: HP EliteBook Folio G1 offers lightweight business computing

Brian Nadel | May 18, 2016
HP's latest Windows 10 laptop comes in touch and non-touch versions; it offers a bright display, great keyboard and a variety of options.

Test results

Neither test system let me down over a week of daily use that ranged from giving slideshows and doing Web research to editing images and heavy-duty spreadsheet work.

The non-touch model scored a 3,022 on the PCMark 8 Work Conventional benchmark; the touch model scored lower at 2,352. While it won't set any performance records, it's more than enough for most to survive the typical workday.

Each Folio comes with a 4,100 milliamp-hour battery that was able to power the non-touch system for an adequate 5 hr. 35 min. on PCMark 8's battery test. The touch system ran for a rather anemic 4 hr. 19 min.

Because I had previously tested battery life on other systems by running continuous videos, I ran the same tests on the two Folio laptops. The non-touch Folio ran them for 6 hr. 28 min., while the touch lasted for 4 hr. 52 min. This is in comparison to two similar laptops, the Asus Zenbook UX305 (8 hr. 5 min.) and Dell XPS 13 (11 hr. 10 min.).

The EliteBook Folio G1 includes a year of standard warranty protection. HP will increase it to three years for $129; add in accidental damage and it costs $159.

Bottom line

Thin, light and with one of the best keyboards this side of a desktop PC, the Folio twins -- both the touch and non-touch models -- are easy to use and travel with. They are well equipped and deliver the right balance of performance, manageability and security.

While the more powerful, long-lasting and cheaper HD model appeals to the left, more logical side of my brain, the right side dominates here and I lust after the incredibly bright, rich and useful UHD touch model.

At a Glance

HP EliteBook Folio G1

HP

Price: $999 (starting vendor price) for non-touch display; $1,799 (vendor price) for touch display

Pros: Good value; small, thin and light; excellent UHD touch display; backlit keyboard; two USB-C ports; good security features

Cons: Relatively short battery life; no SD card slot

 

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