The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is powered by Intel’s new 1.2GHz Core M-5Y71, Intel HD Graphics 5300, 8 GB of DDR3 and a 256 GB SSD. Intel’s new low powered chipset isn’t as powerful as its Core i5 and i7 models, but the HP EliteBook still manages to provide the performance expected of a premium business notebook.
The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is more than up to task when it comes to standard word processing and web browsing. We were able to run 10 multiple web tabs at the same time, while streaming HD video and playing music in the background, without any performance issues. Intel’s dedicated graphics allow the notebook to handle most visual tasks such as editing HD videos and playing less demanding game titles such as Hearthstone. However, the device is incapable of handling more taxing processes such as editing videos in 3D or 4K resolutions or playing new game titles with high-end graphics. The notebook’s SSD also offers lightning fast performance, as the device is quick to boot-up and applications launch within a few seconds.
Our Review unit of the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 included the following specifications:
- Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
- 12.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440)
- Intel Core M-5Y71 1.2 GHz
- Intel HD Graphics 5300
- 8GB DDR3
- 256GB SSD
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Dimensions: 12.1 x 8 x 0.61 inches
- Starting price: $1,200
- Price as configured: $1,500
wPrime processor comparison results (listed in seconds – lower scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Work (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for work-related productivity tasks (higher scores mean better performance):
CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:
Heat and Noise
Thanks to the low power consumption of the Intel Core M chipset the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 employs a fanless design. The lack of a fan means that the laptop is virtually silent even when the CPU strained. The lower power consumption also helps to keep the notebook cool. After streaming two HD videos for 45 minutes, the notebook did heat up slightly along the bottom side of the chassis but could still be used comfortably as a laptop.
To test battery life, we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming, and video playback workloads. This is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real-life use. With the test being far more demanding, the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark.
In our tests the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 ran for 5 hours and 47 minutes before shutting down. With Intel’s new chipset the Folio 1020 offers excellent battery life. Considering that our benchmark is more strenuous than most, users can expect upward of seven or eight hours of general use on a single charge.