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HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 F2R68UT Thinnest with ForcePad Specs Review

If you are HP’s fan, we sure you already know if HP EliteBook Folio laptop is great machine with ultra thin design. Few days ago in Barcelona, Hewlett-Packard Development Company has announced new laptop model that offers better portability than the previous Elitebook Folio series, named HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 F2R68UT ultrabook. Yeah, like common modern ultra portable laptop from HP, the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 F2R68UT laptop also comes with some impressive hardware configurations to gives fast and smooth multitasking performance, along with very sensitive touchpad and lots of enterprise-class features.

Yeah, to gives slimmer and thinner profile, HP made this machine from high quality magnesium material for bodies. Not only gives better portability, the material also brings more durability and meet MIL-STD 810G standard, perfect to use in out office or when you on the business trips. On the center of lid cover, the HP logo also offers stylish and premium appearances. In term of size, the 3.3 lbs new Folio 1040 G1 laptop which measures around at 13.31 x 9.19 x 0.63 inches is still thinner than the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s laptop that measures 13.03 x 8.89 x 0.80 inches.

Like common business laptop from other brand, this model also brings spill resistant keyboard with backlit technology for faster typing on low light condition. The “ForcePad” touchpad also gives better and faster responsive experience. Of course, this model also brings longer battery life than common laptop. The 6-cell Lithium Polymer battery promises up to ten hours of battery run time on single charges, more than enough for full day works in office or for enjoy streaming full movies form Netflix.

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 F2R68UT review
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 F2R68UT 14 inch Business Ultrabook

Powered by Intel Core i5-4200U dual core processor with a 1.6GHZ speed, Mobile Intel QM87 Chipset, Intel Hyper-Threading technology and optimized with Turbo 2.0 Boost technology (support up to 2.3GHZ), this machine provides more than enough power to handle daily office multitasks, even for most demanding business tasks. The 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7 Professional for operating system also promises very smooth and seamless day to day mobile computing experience. Of course, like common ultrabook, HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 F2R68UT also comes with a 128GB of Solid State Drive. It is not only allows user to store all their files, but also provides more stable and faster loading on the system.


The 14 inch High Definition display that incorporated with Intel HD Graphics 4400 is not designed for hard editing video, but some older 3D games still can run smoothly. The LED backlit display that can produces maximum internal resolution at 1600 x 900 pixels also brings more vivid colors and brighter images than its competitor, even in direct light (thanks to anti-glare technology). On the side, the display port gives user ability to share and connect multimedia content into external monitor or HDTV.

Yeah, as a business person, you will need to keep in touch with business colleagues. To do that, the 720p HD webcam with dual-microphone array gives stunning clarity video communication and clear audio chats. Dual stereo speakers on this machine that powered by DTS Studio Sound software also promises very clear, crisp and loud audio for music, video and games.

There are also lots of enterprise features to enhanced your productivity and security, such as Microsoft Security Essentials, Fingerprint reader, TPM 1.2 Embedded Security, HP Trust Circles Standard, trial version of Microsoft Office and more. The rest of specifications are security lock slot, USB 3.0 port, audio combo jack, RJ 45 port, smart card reader, micro SD card slot, side docking connector, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel 1218LM 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN and 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN.

So, what do you think? Yeah, like common ultra portable laptop on it’s size, the Folio 1040 G1 F2R68U also lacks some features, such as SIM card slot and optical drive. The price also too expensive for some people. But, if you are on the market for high end laptop that brings great portability, gorgeous rugged design and lots of power, HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 F2R68UT 14 inch ultrabook which priced around at $1,276 is still a great laptop and has many strengths that make it you should consider to buy.

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