Customer reviews: hp elitebook folio 9470m 14in intel core

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“The HP EliteBook Folio 9470m offers a nice balance of portability and power with long battery life, but its display is a drawback.”
Slim and light for a 14-inch laptopLots of portsUser-removable battery that doesn't jut outPointstick và touchpad with discrete mouse buttons
Display resolution and unique is too lowSmall keys on right edge of keyboardUninspiring performance

HP’s EliteBook line is all about business. That often means thiết kế that’s less about sleek lines and more about packing in the ports và battery life. This is why many of HP’s business laptops look like they came from a time capsule buried in the sands about five years ago. That changed last year with the HP Folio 13 Ultrabook, which balanced power & portability with attractive design. The Folio was an experiment at the time, but it must have done well for the company, since HP is now willing to brand an Ultrabook with the EliteBook moniker.

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The HP EliteBook Folio 9470m shares some design language with older EliteBooks, but without the bulk & weight. Unlike many consumer Ultrabooks, you don’t have khổng lồ sacrifice port selection or the ability lớn swap out the battery yourself. That makes it a compelling choice for both enterprise and mainstream users. Is it as good in real life as it is on paper?

Good blend of business và Ultrabook

The Folio 9470m isn’t an EliteBook in name only. It shares the same silver-on-black màu sắc scheme as the rest of the line, and the streamlined, no-bling deck we expect. However, unlike most EliteBooks, the Folio is Ultrabook slim. Not razor thin or feather light, just very portable for a notebook with a 14-inch display.

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You still get a very solid-feeling machine thanks to the magnesium and aluminum case. Though we like the feel of metal under our fingers, the soft-touch coating on the lid & the bottom makes carrying more comfortable, và lessens the chance of it slipping out of your hands. There’s a small amount of flex in the lid if you purposefully apply pressure, but not enough lớn cause a problem when just opening or closing.

The Folio’s 0.75-inch thickness accommodates several full-sized ports; no dongles needed. It has an SD thẻ slot, three USB 3.0 ports, VGA, DisplayPort, Ethernet, SmartCard reader, and full bộ headphone/mic. This is HP’s first docking Ultrabook, so users can expand the ports when sitting in the office. While we wish there was at least one more USB port, this is more than you get with most Ultrabooks.

Plenty of input đầu vào options

The spill-resistant keyboard is the same as you’ll find on most EliteBooks, meaning it giới thiệu the same flaws và triumphs. The matte coating on its Chiclet keys improves accuracy by keeping fingers from slipping, there’s plenty of space between them, and travel is decent (though not as good as you would find on a ThinkPad). The backlight is sufficient khổng lồ keep keys visible in low light, but weaker than we’d like.

Unfortunately, some keys on the right edge are smaller than they need khổng lồ be in order khổng lồ make room for the Home, Page Down/Up, & End keys. Since there’s plenty of room on either side, HP could have found a way to make Backspace and Enter full-sized. As it is, we had to download a keymapper khổng lồ keep us from accidentally hitting home when we reached for Backspace.

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The space below the keyboard is large enough for a generous touchpad and two sets of mouse buttons. The đứng top pair of buttons work with the Pointstick sitting between the G, H & B keys. Though this is an Ultrabook, there’s no “clickpad” nonsense: You get distinct left & right mouse buttons. This prevents issues with finger misplacement and accidental multitouch gesture activation.

There’s no touchscreen here, so you have to lớn rely on the touchpad to bring up Windows 8 charms. We pulled off these gestures plus basic things like pinch-to-zoom with no issues. The buttons don’t click down in a very satisfying way, but they never gave us problems. If you prefer the Pointstick for navigation, you’ll find it precise and easy to lớn use.

Disappointing display

The lack of touchscreen on the Folio 9470m is only a drawback if you’re dedicated to using Metro-style apps. Not including it keeps the cost & the weight down, the latter being the most important for an Ultrabook at this size. We can forgive not having touch, but we cannot forgive a 1366 x 768 resolution on a 14-inch display, especially at this price. Even for a business notebook, this is unacceptable. The ThinkPad Carbon X1 manages 1600 x 900 pixels in the same kích thước display and starts at $100 less.

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On đứng đầu of that, the display isn’t a very good one. A matte screen usually indicates wide viewing angles & good sunlight readability, but here it means neither. You don’t have lớn lean the screen back very far or get too much off center before distortion kicks in. At the highest brightness the Folio does all right on an overcast day, just not on a sunny one. Plus, colors look muted và lack brilliance.

Audio unique isn’t exactly tuned for rocking out, but you’ll bởi vì fine with presentations & Web conferences thanks khổng lồ plenty of volume from the speakers.

Keeping it cool

The EliteBook Folio remains fairly quiet when not connected to lớn the AC adapter. When hooked up the fan hâm mộ runs constantly, though noise levels aren’t that noticable in quiet environments.

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When pushed, the Folio didn’t get noticeably hot, even after benchmarking & playing HD video at full screen for 15 minutes.

True ultra-portability

Our review unit’s 3.6 pound weight is light for a 14-inch laptop, though isn’t as impressive as the ThinkPad Carbon X1 (3 pounds without a touchscreen) with the same kích thước screen. Still, the Folio is still very portable & won’t put undue ức chế on your back or shoulders when you carry it around everywhere.

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The battery doesn’t jut out as it does on other EliteBook models we’ve tested. It’s Ultrabook compact, yet still user removable. If you need lớn carry an extra for even greater longevity, it’s possible lớn swap it yourself (unlike almost every other Ultrabook ever). HP also makes a slice battery ($199) that adds 10 hours of battery on đứng top of the juice you get out of the regular one. As equipped, it lasted 6 hours 35 minutes on the Peacekeeper battery rundown test. Under normal usage, you can probably get about 7 & a half hours or more. When asleep, the Folio sipped power, meaning you might be able khổng lồ get through a whole day of off và on use without the need lớn lug the AC adapter along.

No touchscreen? No problem

Using Windows 8 without a touchscreen isn’t that big a deal, especially for business users who are more likely khổng lồ use programs in Desktop mode và not many of touch-centric apps. If you’re used to lớn the touchscreen experience it may take a while khổng lồ remember that you can’t reach up và tap icons. If you come from Windows 7, the transition isn’t dramatic.

Our đánh giá unit came with very little pre-loaded software beyond the Windows 8 essentials. Cyberlink truyền thông Suite, PDF Complete Enterprise Edition, và Evernote are the most prominent besides HP’s business tools. This includes a program for the fingerprint reader on the right edge of the deck that gives you an extra way to login and keep your data safe. Additionally, you can choose lớn have the HP Premier Image installed, which includes an anti-virus program & EliteBook business software. Further security features include an embedded TPM chip, SmartCard reader, và HP BIOS Vault.

The 720p webcam above the display isn’t the best teleconferencing portal. In well-lit areas the captured image looked blown out with too much noise. It goes downhill in low light.

Not as powerful as it could be

HP equiped our Elitebook Folio 9470m đánh giá unit with a 1.8GHz Intel chip core i5 3427U CPU, 4GB of RAM, integrated intel HD 4000 graphics, & an 180GB intel SSD (the least expensive configuration offered). This is almost identical lớn the internals on the ThinkPad Carbon X1, but the Folio doesn’t always match up in synthetic benchmarks. SiSoft Sandra’s Processor Arithmetic benchmark turned in a score of 28 GOPs while 7-Zip reached a combined result of 5,372 MIPS (the X1 got 7,776). PCMark 07 turned in a score of 4,595, below the X1’s 4,926.

 

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Overall, the Folio is a solid but not impressive performer. We noted this in our hands-on testing as well. It boots very fast – around 11 seconds – và when doing basic tasks with medium-load programs, everything runs smooth. When we pushed the laptop a bit we got the normal slow down at very intense levels (dozens of browser tabs, batch processing in Photoshop), but nothing that suggests it can’t handle some heavy-duty work when called for.

The Folio scored 4,180 và 601 in 3DMark06 & 3DMark11, respectively. This máy vi tính won’t make a robust work machine for graphics-heavy applications thanks to lớn the integrated graphics, but can convert a video or render high quality images in good time.

Conclusion

The HP EliteBook Folio 9470m, lượt thích the Folio 13 before it, offers a nice balance of portability & power with long battery life. There are some significant drawbacks, the biggest one being the display. Our $1,349 base configuration isn’t the only one available. HP also offers the same internals, plus a 1600 x 900 display, for $1,549. That’s still more expensive than the non-touch ThinkPad Carbon X1, which has a better overall display and keyboard. It does not have near the same number of ports, and that’s a big consideration, especially for business users. As is the ability lớn connect khổng lồ a dock, something else the Carbon X1 lacks.

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Ultimately, whichever aspects are more important to you will determine if the EliteBook Folio 9470m is the better choice. If ports and a removable battery are high on your list, you should definitely consider HP’s offering.

Highs

Slim & light for a 14-inch laptopLots of portsUser-removable battery that doesn’t jut outPointstick and touchpad with discrete mouse buttons

Lows

Display resolution and unique is too lowSmall keys on right edge of keyboardUninspiring performanceEditors' Recommendations