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HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews of HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and performance are on the whole positive. The screen and design also get good reviews, whereas many are negative about the size and connectivity.

portability, design, screen, performance, reliability

price, touchpad, sound, connectivity, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Chris Davies (

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 Review


Does business-friendly have to mean boring? HP is hoping the answer to that is no, with the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 promising the dependability of an enterprise notebook with some of the style borrowed from the company's consumer ultrabook range. It's...

Building a work-centric notebook used to be straightforward; now, though, users expect the style of their consumer brethren, as well as something that won’t weigh down the average briefcase or bag, yet without making concessions on performance and...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (G4U67UT)


The rugged HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 ultrabook is equipped with a touch screen and trades physical connectivity for a slim and portable chassis. It's a good choice for a business that needs to buy new PCs for an entire staff.

Slim form factor. MIL-SPEC 810G rating. Touch screen. 802.11ac Wi-Fi

VGA and Ethernet connectivity is via dongle. Sealed battery. ForcePad is novel, but requires learning new touch gestures

HP's EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (G4U67UT) ultrabook is the follow-up to the similarly named EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 we tested earlier this year. Priced at $1,719 (as tested), the new model downgrades some features for a lower price, but adds a very...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: sandra vogel (

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 review: An elegant yet robust ultrabook


HP's 14-inch EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 combines ultrabook elegance with MIL-STD 810G robustness. It has a great screen and performs well, but lacks integrated VGA and Ethernet ports. You'll pay a premium price too.

Thin and light ; MIL-STD rated ; Integrated mobile broadband ; Great screen ; Good performance

Expensive ; Lacks integrated VGA and Ethernet ports ; Vulnerable SIM card slot ; ForcePad takes some learning ; MicroSD rather than full-size SD card slot

HP's EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 looks every inch a business executive's ultrabook, while its MIL-STD 810G rating means it should stand up to the rigours of life on the road. The high-resolution 14-inch screen is a pleasure to use, and the integrated...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (

HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1


The HP Elitebook Folio 1040 business ultrabook features forward-looking tech, like a pressure-sensitive trackpad, and eliminates bulky features, like dual pointing sticks and built-in Ethernet. Demanding, highly mobile sales/executive power users...

Slim form factor. Anti-glare screen. MIL-SPEC 810G rating. Good solid-state drive (SSD) capacity. Bundles Windows 7 Pro, with Windows 8 Pro license

No touch screen. VGA and Ethernet on dongle. ForcePad is novel, but requires learning new touch gestures. SIM card slot is unprotected

The HP Elitebook Folio 1040 ($1,979, as tested) is a forward-looking business ultrabook that drops traditional hardware and the bulk that it entails. A pressure-sensitive ForcePad replaces the dual pointing devices of older systems, and thick ports...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: (

HP EliteBook 1040 G1 Review


The Folio 1040 is HP's second-gen business Ultrabook which is thinner and lighter, faster and has more inbuild security features than its predecessor. Here's our take.

Excellent overall quality ; Good keyboard and innovative touchpad ; Extensive business security features ; Good battery life

Media card reader only reads Micro SD ; HD+ display could be more colorful

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Woody Leonhard (

Review: HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 scores with snazzy trackpad


If you're in the market for a Windows 8 laptop, you're looking in the wrong place. The HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 can handle Windows 8, but the lack of a touchscreen and the steadfastly clamshell form factor beg for Windows 7. Fortunately, Windows 7...

It took me a day to get used to the ForcePad and several days before I started accessing all the features. Now that I've crossed the pad-pressure Rubicon, there's no turning back. This is a spectacular new way to work with a trackpad. And it works just...

May, 2014

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (E7N23PA)


A 14in Ultrabook that's designed to appeal to big business

Solid construction ; Comfortable keyboard

Specs a little low for the price ; ForcePad feels different to a touchpad ; Some 2.4GHz Wi-Fi woes

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (E7N23PA)


A 14in Ultrabook that's designed to appeal to big business

Solid construction ; Comfortable keyboard

Specs a little low for the price ; ForcePad feels different to a touchpad ; Some 2.4GHz Wi-Fi woes

HP's business-oriented 14in Ultrabook offers a thin and light solution for enterprises, while maintaining security and management features. It's well built, performs swiftly for the most part, but its cost is high.

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: Joe Osborne (

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 review


The force is strong with this enterprise ultrabook

Attractive, thin and light design ; Docking capability ; Impressive ForcePad tech ; Promises all-day battery life

ForcePad seems superfluous ; Full HD display isn't standard

At first glance, the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 is one gorgeous workhorse, with its magnesium enclosure super slim profile. Once you get your hands on it, it's clear that this ultrabook means business, especially with its fresh ForcePad tech.

Dec, 2013

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Expert review by: Andrew Harrison (

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 ultraportable laptop review


It's a 14-inch lightweight model based on the MacBook Air template, just 17 mm thick and weighing little over 1.5 kg. Like very few others, it is made almost entirely from real metal, using an Apple-like unibody aluminium construction. This seems to be...

Most ultraportables we test are dumbed-down MacBook Air clones with cheap construction and low-grade components. That's why it makes a particularly refreshing change to find a Windows laptop that not just matches but surpasses Apple's popular...

Jan, 2015

Product Specifications


Front Camera: / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92


Convertible: No
Embedded 3G/4G:3G / 4G / No
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam:2D / Yes


Bluetooth:No / Unknown / Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD / HD+ / No
LED Backlight:Edge LED
LED Technology:Edge LED
Panel Type:SVA
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:Full HD / WSXGA / WXGA

General Features

Convertible: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:DOS / FreeDOS / NO OS / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8 Pro Downgradable


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD GRAPH. 4400 / HD GRAPH. 5500 / HD Graphics 4400 / Radeon HD 8750M


Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12 / 12
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16 / 0xA26
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.7
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)


Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes


3G standards:HSPA+
4G:No / Yes
4G standards:LTE

Ports & interfaces

Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:QM87 / SOC / Unknown
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Processor:Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Number:I5-4200U / I5-4210U / I5-4300U / I5-4310U / I5-5200U / I7-4600U
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4600 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:1.00
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
Processor package size:40


Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes


Recovery operating system:Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro