HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Review – Good Performance But Expensive

The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is a classic business laptop but with it’s amazing build quality it looks more like an Ultrabook than an office laptop.

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Hardware

HP’s latest EliteBook is made from an aluminium and magnesium alloy, which feels solid and cool in the hand.
The excellent design is paired with even great build quality.

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HP EliteBook Folio 1020 weighs 1.2kg and it is massively obvious HP’s design team took lots of  inspiration from the Apple MacBook Air.

Features

The EliteBook features a new Intel Core M processor, chip used inside this machine is the Core M-5Y51 which is clocked at 1.1GHz and  2.6GHz Turbo peak, and it has Intel’s new HD Graphics 5300 integrated GPU.

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We have 256GB Samsung PM851 hard disk,  802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth 4.0. Gigabit Ethernet is only available through an adapter. A fingerprint reader is also present so as NFC, two USB 3 ports, a headphone jack and an HDMI output. A microSD slot is included, but there’s no slot for a full-size SD card.

Three years warranty from HP comes standard on purchase.

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Battery life

According to HP the Intel Core M’s efficiency improves the battery life. HP has included only a four-cell 36Wh battery.

The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 can last up to 7hrs 28mins and could take you up to 8 hours maximum depending on your usage.

To get more than 8 hours on this laptop you will need to decrease the screen brightness massively to squeeze in some extra juice.

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Performance

Performance is quite snappy and you hardly see the laptop lag through any activity you throw at it. Software seems very optimized for the processor and HP have done a good job.

Conclusion

The Folio looks and feels fantastic, performance seems to be on par with some of its rivals but for the price of almost half a million naira (N450, 000) I feel there are other cheaper options with greater value for money.

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