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HP EliteBook Folio G1 review

A slim business laptop you’ll want to show off

The HP EliteBook Folio G1 is a capable ultraportable with solid battery life and a minimal design that should attract consumers, small business users, and those in the executive suite

PROS

  • Light and compact body.
  • Includes two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support.

CONS

  • Requires adapters for many common ports.

With a machined aluminum body that makes it resemble an Apple MacBook, the 1080p HP EliteBook Folio G1 (starting at 350,000 Naira) is a business laptop that doesn’t look like one. It rivals our top pick for business laptops, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1, and the MacBook in packing the most technology into a small laptop, and makes a better value proposition by trading its 4K touch screen and 256GB of storage for a savings of almost 30-200k, while still giving you features like USB-C connectivity, a fanless Intel Core m7 processor, and plenty of RAM.

Design and Features
Although the EliteBook Folio G1 offers different screen options, most of the features don’t vary much between the models.

The EliteBook Folio G1 comes in a matte silver case that’s almost identical to that system’s, and it has nearly the same compact measurements (0.49 by 11.5 by 8.23 inches, HWD), though it weighs a little less (2.14 versus 2.36 pounds). Its 12.5-inch 1080p HD non-touch LCD screen is a bit of a step down from the top-of-the-line model’s 4K UHD (3,840-by-2,160 resolution) IPS display. Text and visuals are more detailed and sharper on the 4K screen, but 1080p is fine for most business tasks like email, word processing, and video conferencing. The 2,304-by-1,440-resolution screen on the 12-inch MacBook and the QHD+ (3,200 by 1,800 resolution) screen on the 13.3-inch Dell XPS 13  both have more room than the EliteBook’s display. That said, 1080p is a fairly common resolution for business laptops; among others, it’s used on the Acer Travelmate.

Like other EliteBook Folio G1 units, this one comes with 8GB of non-upgradable memory, plus our review unit came with 256GB of SSD storage. Aside from a few HP and Microsoft utilities, there’s not really any preloaded software on the machine—just what you want from a business system. This EliteBook is covered by a one-year warranty, which is pretty standard for consumer laptops, but the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon covers you for a full three years.

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