In everyone's impression, it seems that only the game notebook in the appearance and performance are full of possibilities, and commercial notebooks seem to be particularly boring. But HP wants to give a different answer, thus launching the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 business Notebook. We can see some ultra-extreme style from this product, but how to achieve the perfect balance in performance and appearance, we also need to EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 for further investigation.
Hardware and Design
"Business" notebooks have always been grey and bulky, but as consumers improve on the performance requirements of notebook games, business notebooks must be reconsidered from this point on.
Therefore, the fuselage shell of EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 adopts metal and plastic site design respectively, open notebook will see the keyboard of magnesium alloy. EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 's fuselage size is 34.3x23.5x1.6 cm, weighing about 1.5 kg, although not particularly thin, but for a 14-inch notebook, it is not very heavy.
HP has adopted Synaptics Company's newest Forcepad technology for EliteBook Folio 1040 G1, rather than the traditional touchpad, so it can better control the fuselage lighter and thinner. Forcepad has an enhanced gesture continuation, replacing the mechanical click Mechanism with more accurate and reliable solid-state power sensors, which will bring more intuitive and accurate interaction to the user in operating system controls and applications, including multi-touch gestures. It also enables the entire touch area to be used for point, gesture and button activation. Of course, the new technology is good, but for users accustomed to the traditional touchpad, it does need to be adapted for a while, especially when it is necessary to scroll and operate quickly.
In addition to the product positioning business, EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 is not equipped with a touch screen, but still has a 1920x1080p pixel display, the effect is clear and bright, and in the reduction of reflection and glare is also done quite well.
However, it is somewhat regrettable that EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 is not equipped with a VGA interface and Ethernet network, but in other ways it is more honest. Includes two USB 3.0 connectors (one of which also supports charging in the case of a laptop shutdown), DisplayPort interface, an audio input/output interface, and a reader interface, but note that EliteBook Folio 1040 The G1 reader interface can be plugged directly into the microSD card, not the full size SD card.
We believe that many users still very much want to see the local Ethernet interface and smart card slots, but EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 to control the thickness of the two interfaces directly omitted. At the same time, EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 also built palmrest fingerprint scanners and integrated the LTE network's SIM card slot, which is very important for a business notebook, after all, not all of the time has a wireless network can be used. and technology like Wwan, which allows laptops to connect to wireless cellular networks, becomes critical in some special cases.
EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 in the keyboard and the overall work of the impression is very good, HP for EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 equipped with MIL-STD 810G standard, can resist impact, dustproof, shockproof, adapt to high altitude and special temperature and humidity environment. Although not used in more extreme environments, the backlit keyboard looks very beautiful.
As a full-size notebook, EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 does not provide a page Up/down button and a Home/end button, and the whole has found a very good balance in touch and weight. To be honest, EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 Keyboard is outstanding in the notebook, in all EliteBook series models, can be the user's first choice.
Software and performance
When we get used to Windows 8 systems, it's a bit of a surprise to turn on EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 The first glimpse of a built-in Windows 7 system. But HP, for purely business reasons, is better suited for some companies ' IT departments or Windows 7 systems.
In addition to the previous generation of Windows 7 systems, HP also randomly attached a copy of Windows 8.1 DVD and genuine license to meet the needs of Windows 8 users. However, if you want to install through a DVD, the user also needs to connect to the external optical drive.
EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 fan noise is low in most cases, but its built-in 1.9GHz Intel duo Core I5-4300U processor (with 4GB running memory and 256GB SSD) can hear subtle sounds in a particularly quiet environment. In addition, HP also provides the Core i7 version of the EliteBook Folio, as well as with different capacity of running memory and solid-state hard disk space. The graphics include the Intel 4400 HD and some of the more high-end models we have reviewed.
EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 on the Geekbench including the processor and memory test scores scored 6080 points, but also relatively good. It is also stable in everyday performance, and still has no effect on the fluency of any system when opening multiple Word documents, multiple browser tabs, and background playback of multimedia files.
HP has chosen DTS Studio sound for EliteBook Folio 1040 G1, which is already a very high configuration for most business notebooks, as long as you're not in the hotel thinking about using it to appreciate anything too elegant. The sound performance of the machine is entirely within the acceptable range, as a video-screen call, VoIP calls and other day-to-day applications without any problems.
HP has six-cell 42WHr batteries for EliteBook Folio 1040 G1, an official claim of 12 hours, which is definitely the best in the notebook. Of course, in practice, it will never be as good as the official claim.
In the actual test, we will screen brightness to the mid-range, the basic can achieve 7-8 hours of endurance. If more play video or play games, more graphics card more load of work, then the endurance time will be reduced accordingly. But for other competing items of equal positioning, EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 's endurance has been relatively satisfying.
Common also for EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 used the impossible to shut down the battery design, which means that in a good appearance at the same time also better take into account the integration of the product. This also seems to be more popular with laptops that often have to carry users around.
In the past, the production of a business notebook is very simple, but with the rising demand for consumers, many business white-collar workers need a lighter and thinner notebook into their purses, but at the same time there is no compromise on stability and security.
In this respect, EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 done very well. It achieves a maximum balance in overall workmanship, portability and endurance, and this lightweight thin business notebook is priced at 1600 dollars (about 9815 yuan) and is not cheap. But for those who do not care about the price, also do not need too strong video processing capabilities, but for the appearance and portability of a certain demand for users, can fully meet the day-to-day use.
Although not supporting VGA and Ethernet interface will bring some inconvenience, but the overall excellent modeling, handle the keyboard and touchpad and good display results are made EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 has a strong competitiveness. In addition, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Dual systems are freely available and more suitable for business users.