HP ELITE FOLIO – HP has made a name for itself by building attractive, unique laptops. Its Specter notebooks are some of the best PCs around, while the original Specter Folio was a combination of leather and metal headbands. The company continues to chase the latest trends such as the “thinnest” or “easiest” with its Elite Dragonfly series, but also brings eye-catching features throughout its portfolio. The HP Elite Folio is a real hodgepodge of those ideas – it has a leather design, a touch-screen touchscreen, Snapdragon 8cx power, LTE connectivity and a Wacom technology stylus. On paper, this is a compelling mix of features. But with a $ 1,889 whopping, Elite Folio is secretly charging Windows for an ARM machine.
HP Elite Folio Design
One of the great strengths of HP is its unique and attractive designs. In the rectangular sea, HP Elite Folio is certainly visible. Its leather-covered exterior tastes and feels soft to the touch. Carrying it probably made me feel better.
HP Elite Folio
Opening the HP Elite Folio is a bit tricky, though. Because it has a pull-up screen, sometimes the panel pops out of the cover when I just try to turn it into laptop mode. This happens about 50 percent of the time – I wish there was a lock to keep the screen running when I didn’t want it to slide forward.
Once the laptop is ready, everything is working properly. The hinge is strong enough to hold the screen at any angle, and the small space between the display and the keyboard that holds and charges the HP Slim Active Pen is ideal. This is a small slot, by the way, and where you will find the SIM card tray – tucked under the right end. Honestly, it’s hard to find if you don’t know where to look: I had to ask HP where my SIM card should go.
Speakers are on the side of the keyboard and the USB-C port sits on each side of the machine, with the headphone jack on the right. While there is no sign-in fingerprint sensor, you can use face recognition with a 720p infrared hybrid webcam. I also enjoy the mechanical privacy shutter here, though I wish the top bezel had been slightly reduced.
Display and Audio
The thick high bezel makes the HP Elite Folio panel 3: 2 look extremely long, though that may just be my eyes fixing after spending most of my time in 16: 9. It’s important to know that Surface Laptop 4 has the same size but the -bezels it’s slightly smaller.
Chunky Borders is not that big (and it makes it easy to remove the screen without running the app by accident). I’m very worried about the show itself. While I liked the average length and 1920 x 1280 resolution making the images and text look good on the 13.5-inch panel, I struggled to see a lot of things under the sun. I spent most of last year using the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex as my main driver, and compared to its QLED display, the Elite Folio LCD looks uneven and dim.
On the other hand, the HP audio set here is surprisingly powerful. Speakers are audible and clear. I would prefer a heavy bus and clear medium to songs like Doja Cat’s Need To Know and Moston 5’s Lost, but the sound quality was better than most other laptops.
Keyboard, trackpad and webcam
Another advantage is HP Elite Folio which has many features that can be achieved with this size of its keyboard. HP Elite Folio offers 1.3mm navigation buttons, which is one of the deepest settings I’ve tested. The layout is well-organized, too, and there are no buttons below. The flexible lighting is also good. I found the buttons require very little pressure to press, but that’s something I found myself getting used to over time.
The trackpad is also good. It is responsive, balanced enough, and the touch of most fingers works well. There is nothing superfluous or different, but there is nothing you can complain about. I have a bone to choose from with a webcam, however. While I loved the biometrically available access to the Elite Folio 720p camera, I hated the way I looked at video calls. The images were dark and splotchy and I looked like one of the ghosts hidden behind The Haunting of Hill House.
Typing and drag screen
Also provided by HP are companies such as Microsoft and Lenovo that do not make (and have finished Samsung on their latest laptops) a place to write. That, with the Elite Folio pull screen makes it easy to do things like draw sketches or take notes. You can do that with the display mounted on the top of the keyboard or press down to make it look like a tablet.
In all of this preparation, Elite Folio did well, and I found palm rejection works well while writing some of the handwritten songs in Paint. HP’s Elite Slim Active Pen utilizes Vodacom’s technology, detects 4,096 pressure levels, and also provides a distorted sensitivity. It was responsive and smooth as I drew a sad delivery of the sea (my fault, not a pen). When I was ready to return to laptop mode, I thanked the small nub at the bottom edge of the screen that helped by turning it back on. The display also rotated between vertical and vertical positions quickly between these changes.
I wish I could say the same about the overall performance of HP Elite Folio. It uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 with 16GB of RAM and, like most Windows on the ARM machines we tested, I don’t mind. When I switch back and forth between writing this review and checking my Slack pings, it can take a few seconds for the web app to load and display all my messages.
I use the same setup based on the Black Browser on my daily driver (PC-enabled Intel) and I rarely encounter such delays. Well, it may be that Slack is partially guilty, but I also had the same lags when I set up Elite Folio. The benchmarks and my standard apps have taken much longer to install than most other programs.
Benchmarks are not a good thing to work with, but they still tell us how Elite Folio interacts with the same machines. In Geekbench 5, Elite Folio points were less than half that of the M1-powered MacBook Air or Pro, and also lost to Intel systems like the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. It went a little better than the Core Acer Aspire i3. 5, but that costs about a third of the price.
I don’t want to keep hitting the dead horse so instead of repeating and understanding the compatibility of the glitchy emulator software for Windows on ARM, I’ll just say this: Apple has shown that it is possible to make ARM-based laptops work very well – Microsoft needs a lot its a game.
Battery life and connectivity
One of the most important things is the Snapdragon laptops for their amazing battery life and fast mobile connection. HP promises to play 20 hours for a fee, but Elite Folio is limited to 15 hours and 14 minutes in our backtest. At low screen brightness, the machine may meet the HP rating limit. That means that Elite Folio’s operating time is already hitting many unused features we’ve tested, such as the MacBook Air 2020 and HP’s own Elite Dragonfly and Elitebook x360. But it falls short in minutes with the Surface Laptop 4 (15-inch) and Galaxy Book Pro 360 (15-inch).
Another thing I love about Snapdragon PCs is their reliable LTE connection. Elite Folio supports gigabit LTE, and you can get a model with 5G too, however, it is only sub-6 and not mmWave. Eliminate wireless options with WiFi 6.
There’s a lot you can love about HP Elite Folio – its unique design, usable pen, good battery life, and mobile connectivity are great. But I can’t, with a clear conscience, tell you that you’ve released $ 1,889 for Windows on an ARM machine until Microsoft upgrades the system. Of course, HP does not refer directly to the average consumer as this is under its “Elite” line of commercial notebooks but in this case, mainly means that Folio has dedicated IT and security software. There is still a lot of laptop money starting with a dirty OS, and Elite Folio is not doing enough to overcome that need.