The HP EliteBook Folio 1040 is a straight shooter; it’s a well-rounded business Ultrabook that ticks the right boxes. Our long list of likes for this product include its excellent overall quality; the hybrid business/consumer friendly design; good backlit keyboard and innovative touchpad (or ForcePad as HP terms it); satisfactory overall performance; extensive business security features; satisfactory battery life and it even has decent speakers. The cons list is relatively insignificant: the media card reader accepts micro SD only and accessing the internal components is difficult.
We’d prefer to see the Folio 1040 come standard with a three-year warranty at its starting price of $1,299 instead of a one-year, otherwise it’s a fair value considering the highlights noted above. Higher-priced Folio 1040 models offer performance upgrades, the most notable of which is the available FHD resolution (1920×1080) IPS display – well worth the money in our experience.
We’re pleased to recommend the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 for businesses and consumers alike; the premium price buys a premium product with unusually few compromises.
- Excellent overall quality
- Good keyboard and innovative touchpad
- Extensive business security features
- Good battery life
- Media card reader only reads Micro SD
- HD+ display could be more colorful