HP EliteBook 1040 G1 Review

March 19, 2014 by Charles P Jefferies Reads (52,211)


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



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  1. ShubertSomer

    Very good review. One small error – in your list of specs you indicate the max RAM is 16GB, when it is actually 8GB (you correctly note this in the article body).

    I would also point out that the cost of selecting the max RAM and SSD is very low, when compared to the price of those components in HP’s parts store. I actually found it quite easy to service – the torx screws are a welcome improvement over tiny Phillips head screws such as the Samsung Series 9 has. However, the lack of compatible replacement parts makes opening it up a moot point right now.

    Can you verify if the case is magnesium, or is it aluminum?

  2. HiDesertNM

    This has it all. Matte screen, windows 7, 1080P IPS with solid construction. HP is going back to basics with this one. This is about function. Really the first ultrabook that I can remember with the newest generation Intel chip, and having a matte, non touch screen. Much rather have this then any of the W8 touch systems. This answers the question that many had about whether OEM’s would offer W7 on 5th generation Intel ultrabooks. Yes they can.

  3. sudonaut

    I’m looking for a new notebook and have narrowed my shopping list down to three models: lenovo’s carbon x1; the fujitsu u904; and now this hp elitebook 1040, which from this and other reviews looks like it might be the best of the three.

  4. unpluggged

    The display panel type is TN. SVA stands for Standard Viewing Angle in HP specs, while IPS is designated as UWVA, that is Ultra-Wide Viewing Angle.