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HP EliteBook Folio G1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews of HP EliteBook Folio G1. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and screen. The keyboard and design are also appreciated. There are some less positive comments about the connectivity and touchpad.

portability, design, keyboard, screen, durability

battery, performance, touchpad, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP EliteBook Folio G1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Andreas Osthoff (

HP EliteBook Folio G1 Subnotebook Review


More than just a gadget?! HP now also offers passively cooled business notebooks and the EliteBook Folio G1 is a particularly light and thin 12.5-inch device. It is no surprise that the performance is not very high, but can you still use the small...

small and light ; sturdy case ; great keyboard ; good FHD panel without PWM ; decent speakers ; silent operation ; fast WLAN ; IR webcam for Windows Hello ; 3-year warranty

hinge is not sufficiently taut ; Clickpad sometimes has problems with inputs (tap) ; reduced performance under sustained load ; very limited port selection ; no adapter for USB-A provided ; no slot for a Kensington Lock ; limited security features for...

We started this review with the question whether you can use the HP EliteBook Folio G1 productively. After working with the device for almost two weeks, we can clearly answer this question with a "yes". This is supported by the high system performance,...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Nino Ricchizzi (

HP EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 Ultrabook Review


Little jack of all trades. The manufacturer describes its new EliteBook as a sturdy travel companion. The build and emissions impress us, but compromises have to be made in performance compared with the competition.

Casing's build, Keyboard, High-quality QHD IPS screen, Temperature development, No noise development, Agreeably smooth workflow

Performance compared with contenders, Price/performance, Touchpad slightly inaccurate, Speakers

HP's EliteBook Folio 1020 certainly asserted itself as an office for on-the-move. We barely found any room for complaint - particularly in build. The aluminum casing convinces, and the screen that is behind a single glass pane makes a high-quality...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Tom Warren (

HP EliteBook Folio review: chasing the MacBook


I found my ideal Windows laptop last year. Dell's XPS 13 convinced me to switch away from Apple's aging MacBook Air for its edge-to-edge display and smaller form factor, and I've been happily using...

Great design ; Lightweight and thin ; Two USB Type-C ports

Poor performance at times ; Short battery life ; 4K display is unnecessary ; Bundled software is irritating

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

HP EliteBook Folio G1 (1080p HD)


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.

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

Requires adapters for many common ports.

Compared with its 4K-equipped sibling, whose sharp looks and generally compelling feature set it shares, the 1080p HD version of the HP EliteBook Folio G1 trades screen resolution and storage space for more battery life and a smaller price tag. For...

May, 2016

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

HP EliteBook Folio G1 (4K UHD)


A minimally designed ultraportable that's attractive to consumers as well as business users, the 4K-equipped HP EliteBook Folio G1 one-ups the Apple MacBook by including two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3.

Light and compact body. Equipped with 4K display, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support.

Requires dongles for many common ports. Screen drains battery faster than on competing systems.

The HP EliteBook Folio G1 is certainly attractive if you can't bear to be seen in public with a utilitarian dark gray or black laptop. It has the matte aluminum body that your image craves, but also has the business features that your IT manager...

May, 2016

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HP EliteBook Folio G1 Notebook PC


Apple came close with its 12-inch MacBook . It's a brilliantly designed machine, with a high-res 12-inch display, but it lacks touch, the shallow keyboard isn't ideal, and OS X doesn't always play nice with the IT needs in some business or school...

The Folio G1 is very thin and light, with an upscale look and feel and a great keyboard for an ultraportable laptop. There are plenty of configuration options, including a 4K touchscreen.

Battery life takes a hit in the 4K version, the hinge should be tighter, and both ports are USB-C.

HP's take on the 12-inch Core M laptop could use a few design tweaks, but it evokes the best parts of Apple's 12-inch MacBook, with better value and more options.

May, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

HP EliteBook Folio G1 review


Some people want everything. They want a laptop that's small but powerful. One that has a high-resolution display and a touchscreen. A laptop that looks sharp enough to show off, but refined enough for serious business meetings. Decent battery life...

The Folio G1 is very thin and light, with an upscale look and feel and a great keyboard for an ultraportable laptop. There are plenty of configuration options, including a 4K touchscreen.

Battery life takes a hit in the 4K version, the hinge should be tighter, and both ports are USB-C.

HP's take on the 12-inch Core M laptop could use a few design tweaks, but it evokes the best parts of Apple's 12-inch MacBook, with better value and more options.

May, 2016

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HP EliteBook Folio G1


In the race to make the thinnest laptop on the block, manufacturers often sacrifice usability, slapping on uncomfortable keyboards, eschewing key ports or providing mediocre performance. Though it's even slimmer than the MacBook (12-inch), HP's...

May, 2016

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HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Special Edition


HP has spruced up its military-tough 12.5-inch Ultrabook with a special edition model featuring an anti-glare quad HD screen, a larger SSD, a stylish new paint job and a body made out of a magnesium-lithium alloy and carbon fiber. Unfortunately, HP...

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Sam Rutherford (

HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Special Edition Review


Attractive design; Bright, accurate QHD display; Mil-spec durability

Weak performance; Short battery life; Touchpad lacks feedback; Pricey

This special edition adds a QHD anti-glare screen to HP's slick 12.5-inch Ultrabook, but an uncomfortable touchpad and short endurance hold it back.

Jul, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio system:Bang & Olufsen / DTS Studio Sound / HD / HD Audio + DTS Studio Sound / HD Audio with DTS Studio Sound
Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2 / 4
Speakers manufacturer:Bang & Olufsen


Battery Capacity:31 / 36 / 38 / 40
Battery capacity (Watt hours):31 / 36 / 38 / 40
Battery life (max):10 / 8.25 / 9
Battery performance:38
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4


Front Camera:N / Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera signal format:720p


Energy Star certified: / Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes


Color of product:Black, Gold / Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise / Enterprise, Small Business
Product type:Notebook / Ultrabook


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:12 / 12.5
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440 / 3840 x 2160
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
Full HD: Yes
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD / QHD+ / Quad HD / Wide Quad HD
LED backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y / Yes
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45 / 65
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model: / No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 16
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 900
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x161E / 0x191E
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 515 / Intel HD Graphics 5300 / Intel® HD Graphics 515 / Intel® HD Graphics 5300
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4


Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:Swiss / US English
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device: / Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866 / 2133
Memory form factor:On-board / On-board + SO-DIMM / SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM


3G:N / No / Yes
4G:N / No / Y
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 10,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11a / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 179921.3
Non-operating shock:240
Non-operating vibration:3.5
Operating altitude:0 - 120078.7
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 80
Operating shock:40
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Operating vibration:1.043
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-15 - 60

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other Features

Audio system:Bang & Olufsen / DTS Studio Sound / HD
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x,VT-d

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:Y
Interface adapters included:LAN/VGA combo
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included: Yes
Interface adapters included:LAN/VGA combo
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No / Y / Yes
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port:Y
Microphone in:N / No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45 / 65
Power auto-sensing:Y


Bus type:Opi
Configurable TDP-down:3.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1, 2x2, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,2x2,1x4,4x1 / x1 (6), x2 (4), x4 (3)
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor: / M-5Y51 / M-5Y71 / m5-6Y54 / m7-6Y75
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 2.9 / 3.1
Processor cache:4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Broadwell / Skylake
Processor cores:2
Processor family: / Intel Core M / Intel® Core™ M
Processor frequency:1.1 / 1.2 / 1.4
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:M-5Y51 / M-5Y71 / m5-6Y54 / m5-6Y57 / m7-6Y75
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core M-5Y Mobile series / Intel Core m5-6Y series / Intel Core m7-6Y series
Processor socket:BGA 1515 / BGA1224 / BGA1234 / BGA1515
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):3.5
Stepping:D1 / F0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):4.5
Tjunction:100 / 95

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics:Y / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel QuickPath Interconnect: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No / Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® RealSense Technology:N
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless-AC Technology: Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:84669 / 84672 / 88197 / 88199 / 88202
Processor code:SR23L / SR23Q / SR2EG / SR2EH / SR2EM
Processor package size:20 / 30
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:N


Cable lock slot:No / Yes
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:Power on / Y
Password protection type:Power on
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes


Drivers included:Y / Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed: / DOS License / FreeDOS / No / Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro
Optional operating system supplied:Windows 8.1 Pro
Recovery operating system:WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8.1 Pro


Card reader integrated:N / No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 180 / 240 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / PCI Express / SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:M.2 / PCI Express / SATA / Serial ATA III
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 180 / 240 / 256 / 512

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.618 / 8 / 8.23 / 8.27 / 9.21
Height:0.469 / 0.488 / 0.618 / 1 / 47.2
Height (front):0.591
Height (rear):0.63
Weight:10.9 / 2 / 2.2 / 2.36 / 2.4 / 2.58 / 2.65 / 2.67 / 2.8 / 34.2
Width:11.5 / 12 / 12.2 / 8.27