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HP EliteBook Folio G1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 reviews of HP EliteBook Folio 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. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and screen. The keyboard and design also get good reviews, whereas the connectivity and touchpad get critical opinions. Views are divided on the performance.

portability, design, keyboard, screen, image quality

battery, 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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Andreas Osthoff (notebookcheck.net)

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 (notebookcheck.net)

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 (theverge.com)

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 (pcmag.com)

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 (pcmag.com)

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

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

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

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

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: (laptopmag.com)

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

Expert review by: Matt Safford (computershopper.com)

HP EliteBook Folio G1 Review and Ratings

 

HP's latest EliteBook is about as slim, light, and attractive as Apple's MacBook, but with more ports, thoughtful business-focused features, excellent input devices, and long battery life. If you need to travel light, it's one of the best business...

Sturdy, slim frame rivals that of Apple's MacBook ; Long battery life ; Two USB Type-C ports ; Excellent-feel keyboard for such a slim system ; 180-degree hinge

Battery life still lags behind the Apple MacBook's runtime ; No full-size USB ports ; Storage options top out at 512GB

Apple's MacBook Air may have gobbled up an appreciable amount of the business-laptop market in recent years, thanks to its slim, silver frame, excellent keyboard, and light weight. And Apple's MacBook may still woo a few road warriors who prefer Mac OS...

May, 2016

Expert review by: Andrew Cunningham (arstechnica.com)

Review: HP’s EliteBook Folio G1 is the MacBook as it could’ve been

 

Two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a great keyboard and trackpad help it excel.

May, 2016

Product Specifications

Camera

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

Design

Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business

Display

Display Surface:Matt
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD / QHD+ / Quad HD / Wide Quad HD
Panel Type:IPS

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 16
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x161E / 0x191E
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):2560 x 1600 / 3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):2560 x 1600 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):60

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:2
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes

Processor

Configurable TDP-down:3.5
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 29.8
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1600,1866 / 1866,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-RS-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR3L-RS-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Skylake
Processor Series:Intel Core M-5Y Mobile series / Intel Core m5-6Y series / Intel Core m7-6Y series
Scenario Design Power (SDP):3.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):4.5

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel RealSense 3D Camera: No
Intel RealSense Snapshot: No
Intel RealSense Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel Wireless-AC Technology: Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® RealSense Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:5Y51 / 5Y71 / 84669 / 84672 / 88199 / 88202
Processor package size:20 / 30
Thunderbolt 3 Technology: No
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology: No
UART: No

Security

Password protection: Yes

Software

Recovery operating system:WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8.1 Pro

Storage

SSD form factor:M.2