Last week, HP help held a Technology tour in Abuja. Here’s a continuation of that report from Kabir Olatinwo
HP Spectre x360
With the Spectre x360, HP adds its own flair to an already treaded ground. Combining premium metal construction, solid performance and all-day battery life, this hybrid laptop ranks as one the top 13-inch laptops.
The Spectre x360 aims to maximize battery life gains without sacrificing design or features. One way HP achieved this was by removing the traditional hard drive activity indicator light, a PC staple dating back decades, which was cut as a small but unnecessary drain on battery life.
|13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen|
|PC CPU||2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200U|
|PC memory||8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz|
|Graphics||3,839MB (shared) Intel HD Graphics 5500|
|Networking||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 (64-bit)|
|Video||1 mini-DisplayPort, 1 HDMI|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, combo headphone/microphone jack|
|Data||3 USB 3.0, SD card reader|
|Networking||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0|
The Spectre x360 is crafted from large aluminum sheets, giving it a highly polished outer edge contrasting with a matte silver-gray interior.
In the hand, the Spectre x360 feels professional and slick, although at 3.2 pounds, it’s heavier than you’d expect. The backlit keyboard is similar in style to systems across HP’s various brands, with a sunken keyboard tray, widely spaced island-style keys and rounded corners on the four edge keys.
The display on most versions of the Spectre x360 is a 1,920×1,080 IPS touchscreen.
In the end HP doesn’t break any new ground in terms of design or features in the Spectre x360. It’s essentially a slightly nicer version of what’s come before, built from premium materials and outfitted with an excellent screen and Intel’s latest CPUs.
EliteBook Folio 1040 G1
The HP EliteBook Folio 1040 is a business ultrabook. Thick ports like VGA and Ethernet are moved to a dongle in order to trim thickness. This is a system to showcase newer tech like WWAN mobile broadband and solid-state drives (SSDs), but older tech like full-size SD cards and removable batteries would have to be left behind if you were to switch to this system. Its price and feature set indicate that it’s best suited for high pay grade executives than the rank-and-file worker.
Featuring a matte-platinum color scheme, magnesium alloy lid and aluminum keyboard deck, and weighing 3.34 pounds, EliteBook Folio 1040 feels comfortable in the hand when you’re carrying it around the office or in your commute bag.
Although thin, the EliteBook Folio 1040, comes fully rated for MIL-SPEC 801G, which covers mishaps like light spills, vibration, and high/low temperature changes. The backlit keyboard is comfortable to use, and it comes with a near-field communication (NFC) reader, a Smart Card reader, and a fingerprint reader for added security.
There’s a microSD card slot which is rare in non-tablet PCs. Two USB 3.0 ports, an HP docking port, and a DisplayPort round out the system’s connectors. Additionally, the battery is sealed.
The system has a 256GB SSD, providing plenty of room for programs and files. HP also includes a 50GB Box cloud storage account for free in case you need sharable online storage.
The EliteBook Folio 1040 boasts an Intel Core i7-4650U processor with Intel HD 5000 graphics, 8GB of memory, and 256GB mSATA SSD. Its 4,708 point score on PCMark7 was consistent with other SSD-equipped ultrabooks like the Dell e7440 and Lenovo T440s. Its 3D graphics test scores were measurably higher than other ultrabooks, due to the system’s higher-end Intel HD Graphics 5000.
The Core i7 CPU itself helped the EliteBook Folio 1040 gain very good scores on the multimedia benchmark tests like Handbrake (1 minute 18 seconds) and Adobe Photoshop CS6 (4:06).
You can expect 7 – 8 hours of battery life from the EliteBook Folio 1040.
The HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 is a capable powerhouse system for business executives, executive assistants, mid-level engineers, and anyone else who merits a power-user’s system. It’s fast and has numerous security features.
EliteBook Revolve 810 G3
The HP EliteBook Revolve 810 is an 11.6-inch business convertible with a rotating display. The model is the third generation of the series. The difference from its predecessors are Broadwell processors it employs.
Graphics adapter – Intel HD Graphics 5500, Core: 300-950 MHz, dual channel, 10.18.10.4013
Memory – 8192 MB, DDR3, dual channel, one memory bank (occupied), 4 GB soldered
Display – 11.6 inch 16:9, 1366×768 pixel, capacitive, 10 touch points, AU Optronics B116XW03 V0, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard – Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage – Samsung PM851 Series MZNTE256HMHP, 256 GB, 200 GB free
Weight – 1.4 kg ( = 49.38 oz / 3.09 pounds), Power Supply: 290 g ( = 10.23 oz / 0.64 pounds)
The EliteBook Revolve not only contains an LTE modem but also comes with a SIM card that can be used instantly. It is a prepaid card; therefore the user does not enter into any contracts. The card can be used both inside your home country and transnational (“Fearless Roaming”). Have a look on HP’s website to find out where the card can be used. Those who register the included SIM card are granted a monthly data volume of 200 MB for a period of 3 years, which can be used in the country of your choice.
The EliteBook is fitted with a touch display in the 11.6-inch format. It has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and is equipped with an IPS display. The processor, a dual-core processor Core i7-5600U, provides more than enough computing power for everyday use. The processor runs at a base speed of 2.6 GHz. The turbo allows speeds of up to 3.1 GHz (dual-core) and 3.2 GHz (single-core) respectively; however, it can only be activated in power-supply mode. A TPM, a docking port and an LTE modem are on board.
The G3 models of the EliteBook are equipped with Broadwell processors. Not only do they allow more computing and graphics power but also significantly longer battery runtimes. A much faster SSD in the M.2 format ensures a fast system. Thanks to the installed LTE modem, the device allows mobile access to the Internet or a corporate network. The computer is fitted with a SIM card (prepaid) that works instantly.
Kabir Olatinwo Contributed this to TechBooky