Object of Desire: HP EliteBook Folio

April 5, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

If you frequently find yourself wedged into an economy class seat or have the misfortune of riding many of America’s commuter rail lines (cough, NJ Transit, cough), you’ll appreciate HP’s new EliteBook Folio. At an incredible 12.4mm thick (that’s thinner than a AA battery) and just 2.2 pounds, it is the company’s thinnest and lightest notebook ever built. Despite its petite proportions, the Folio is built to endure drops from up to 30 inches and sharp swings in temperature, meeting U.S. Military Standard 810 durability testing. It features a full-sized keyboard plus a Windows 10 gesture-enabled click pad for navigating around. Your connectivity options include a pair of USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3—so you can breeze through large data transfers. The display is fixed with a 180-degree piano hinge so you can open the Folio up and lay it completely flat. The Folio can be purchased with a 4K display that boasts a pixel density of 352 pixels per inch and a color gamut that spans 95 percent of the Adobe RGB color space. It uses a 6th generation Intel Core M vPro processor that efficiently manages power so that you can enjoy a battery life of up to 10 hours. You can outfit your EliteBook Folio with between 126GB-512GB of SSD memory and 8GB of RAM. HP paid particular attention to the audio quality on this notebook, delivering a 40 percent increase in loudness compared to previous HP devices. 

PRICE: starts at $999