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HP EliteBook Folio G1 1020 (12.5-inch, 2016)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 97 reviews of HP EliteBook Folio G1 1020 (12.5-inch, 2016). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and screen. The keyboard and design are also mentioned favorably. The connectivity and touchpad get negative reviews, and there are some mixed comments about the performance.

portability, design, keyboard, screen, durability

battery, touchpad, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP EliteBook Folio G1 1020 (12.5-inch, 2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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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: A slim business laptop you'll want to show off

 

This 12.5-inch 4K laptop feels like a Windows version of the 12-inch MacBook.

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 : Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

HP EliteBook Folio 1020

 

The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is a business ultraportable laptop that gives you a work system on the go, but the battery life and performance aren't as impressive as its slim design.

Slim, fanless chassis. Ultraportable design with scads of business and security features. Ruggedized MIL-SPEC construction. Touch screen. Energy-efficient Intel Core M CPU. Compatible with HP UltraSlim Dock.

Relatively short battery life. Performance of Core M CPU can't match that of standard Intel Core i5 processors. Reflective display. Short one-year standard warranty.

Conclusion The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is a well-made machine that offers the portability and aesthetics of the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2014), our Editors' Choice mainstream ultraportable, but doesn't match it in every respect. It doesn't deliver...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

HP EliteBook Folio G1

 

The groundbreakingly-thin EliteBook Folio G1 provides a first-class design and productivity experience, but suffers from second-class battery life.

Great keyboard; Superthin and light; Durable design; Accurate face login; Colorful 4K screen option; Solid performance ; Below-average battery life; No full-size USB port ; The groundbreakingly-thin EliteBook Folio G1 provides a first-class design,...

Below-average battery life; No full-size USB port ; The groundbreakingly-thin EliteBook Folio G1 provides a first-class design, comfortable keyboard and more ports than the MacBook.

The groundbreakingly-thin EliteBook Folio G1 provides a first-class design, comfortable keyboard and more ports than the MacBook.

May, 2016

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Special Edition

 

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...

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.

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

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

HP Elitebook Folio 1020

 

Stunning, slim design; Responsive keyboard; Crisp QHD display; Dependable security features ; Subpar battery life; Dimmer display than competitors ; The HP Elitebook Folio is a stunningly slim business notebook with solid security features, but its...

Subpar battery life; Dimmer display than competitors ; The HP Elitebook Folio is a stunningly slim business notebook with solid security features, but its battery life disappoints.

The HP Elitebook Folio is a stunningly slim business notebook with solid security features, but its battery life disappoints.

Dec, 2014

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