HP has put on sale the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 notebook PC, offering enterprise features, the latest generation of Intel processors, optional full HD display resolution on its 14-inch screen, and the latest trackpad technology in an ultra-thin aluminum chassis with 0.63″ profile and a light weight of 3.3 pounds.
On top of providing the Intel Core i5-4200U, i5-4300U, i7-4600U processor choices with the Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics, the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 is one of the few notebooks that ship with the i7-4650U and the Intel HD 5000 for a bit more graphics oomph while delivering similar CPU speed to the i7-4600U. HP has ditched traditional hard drives in this case, since the system comes with solid state drive-only storage with up to 256GB capacity. RAM capacity is up to 8GB.
The display comes either with 1600-by-900 or 1920-by-1080 pixel count. It’s anti-glare type, helping readability and productivity in bright environments. Since the EliteBook lineup is a premium business one, some might be disappointed by a lack of touchscreen capability, present on the competing Lenovo’s ThinkPad T400s and Dell Latitude 14 7000 series. However, HP has something else interesting to offer for interaction with software.
It’s Synaptics ForcePad trackpad, accompanying a backlit spill-resistant keyboard. The ForcePad not only detects finger movements and taps/clicks, but it’s additionally pressure-sensitive. “By varying the amount of pressure applied, users can now control the speed of a gesture operation and continue the motion after the gesture stops. As more pressure is applied, the faster a user can navigate a web page, list or document, providing unprecedented precision in user interaction”, Synaptics describes.
To see how the ForcePad operates in the real life, hit the play button on the Youtube video playlist on the end of this article.
Other highlights are MIL-STD 810G ruggedness standard compliance, optional 3G and 4G mobile broadband connectivity, and docking support, as well as a fingerprint reader, Smart Card reader, TPM module, and some software solutions for enhanced security.
The HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1 also sports a 6-Cell 42Whr polymer battery with unknown battery life, a 720p webcam, stereo speakers, DTS sound technology, Wi-Fi (with optional AC high-speed standard support), Gigabit LAN, and Bluetooth, two USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a microSD card reader, and a docking connector. Common laptop features that are missing on the Folio are HDMI and VGA video outputs.
Since this is a business laptop, operating system range has been expanded to include Professional versions of Windows 7 and 8.
The 1040 G1 currently starts at $1299.