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HP Elitebook Folio 9470M Ultrabook Review – Specs, Features and Price
Here comes the latest HP Elitebook Folio 9470M ultrabook with its sleek and attractive design. The HP device is light weight and has great battery life so that you can enjoy for longer time interval. Also it has Ethernet and VGA ports that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch lacks. The drawback of HP Elitebook Folio 9470M ultrabook is its screen and webcam quality, also it is accompanied with inconsistent touchpad. Overall, the HP Elitebook Folio 9470M is mainly designed for business purpose, so you are advised not to buy it for your entertainment. Read out the full review of HP Elitebook Folio 9470M ultrabook to know more about the device. If you are in hurry then you may take look at its specs and features only here.
The new ultrabook is mainly for business class people. It has all the qualities to meet their standards like fast booting, slim design and high security options. It is available with two version based on the configuration with price tag of $1049 and $1349. Read more about it further.
The ultrabook is one of the lightest ultrabooks. It has magnesium top with silver coating over it turning it to look luxurious. While the bottom part is also made up of magnesium but is coated black with aluminum brush.
The device is resistant to dust, shock and vibrations. Also it can work well in extreme temperatures.
The device has 13.3 inch length, 9.1 inch width and 0.75 inch height with 3.6 pound weight. It is little heavier then Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch but same to Apple MacBook Pro.
HP Elitebook Folio 9470M has 14 inch default display with 1366 x 768 screen resolution. It has disappointing color and brightness. It measures only 165 lux on the light meter which is below average.
The Windows 8 desktop image will look washed out to you. For better vision you have to tilt it to 135 degree which is quite uncomfortable when you are on a chair. The videos or movies with HD quality are quite good on it but not as better as in other same priced ultrabooks.
The company has ensured that it will release the 1600 x 900 version soon in the first quarter of 2013.
The keyboard is spill resistant and has the keys styled in island shape. It is accorded with backlight feature that is too bright in full mode and enough bright in low mode. The palmrest is aluminum flourished.
The keyboard lacks high speed typing compatibility in comparison to other ultrabooks in same range.
The size of the touchpad is 4.2 x 2.3 with accurate but inconsistent gesture. When you try to rotate or pinch, it will annoy you. The touchpad is accorded with two mouse button that work perfectly well.
The ultrabook also has a pointing stick between the G, H and B keys with accurate point but it is uncomfortable to use due to its rubber cap, dimples and concave shape. Also this ultrabook has no scrolling featured button.
HP Elitebook Folio 9470M ultrabook has the same Intel HD 4000 graphics that all the other ultrabooks have in its range. The score of this device on 3DMark11 test is only 594 which is below the average of 740, but better than the ThinkPad Carbon Touch. It offers 23 fps rate to videos that drop down to 13 fps when special effects are turned on.
The battery life of HP Elitebook Folio 9470M ultrabook is of 7 hours 4 minutes at continuing Wi-Fi surfing with 40% brightness. All the Windows 8 powered devices offer low battery power but this HP ultrabook has an advantage of slice battery that can increase your battery life with 10 hours.
Windows 8 covers only two security features; that are: Password Manager and Credential Manager. The former one is for individual login and the later for fingerprint reader. Also it support smart card security and TPM. You may download Device Access Manager at no cost to prevent use of Bluetooth, USB drivers and other peripheral in your device.
According to the company, File Sanitizer, DigitalPass and Privacy Manager will not be available to any Folio 9470m version ultrabook.
Heat: HP Elitebook Folio 9470M ultrabook will maintain its temperature throughout your work. It will grow up to 85 degree temperature which is below the 95 degree mark.
Audio: The audio quality of the ultrabook is normal. You can’t compare it with stereo but it is good well. As already mentioned, the ultrabook is mainly for business and not for entertainment.
Webcam: As it has low display, the webcam quality is also low. Your image will be noisy in dark while it is not so good in low or normal light.
Ports: It includes all the ports that businessmen can desire. It also has Ethernet and VGA ports that many of its competitors lack with. It is accorded with Kensington lock slot, side docking connector, headphone jack, smart card reader, USB 3.0 connector and two USB 3.0 ports, SD/MMC card reader and DisplayPort. The ultrabook also has an optional battery slice at it bottom.
You are advised to purchase HP Ultraslim docking station worth $199 with this. It will make you gain four more USB 3.0 ports, AC power, DisplayPort, VGA and Ethernet port.
Warranty: HP ensures one year warranty with the device. If you want to increase the warranty period then you have to pay some extra amount.
The combination of Intel core i-5 3427U processor clocked at 1.8 GHz frequency, 4 GB RAM and 180 GB SSD gives a solid performance. But the performance is lower than the other competitors that score high in PCMark 7 test.
The booting time of the ultrabook is 21 seconds which is quite fast but lower than Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch that boots only in 16 seconds. Both are powered by Windows 8.
The file transfer rate of the ultrabook is 118.4 MBps. To transcode a 5 minute HD video, the device takes only 20 seconds which is very fast in comparison to its competitors.
HP Elitebook Folio 9470M ultrabook is good for business class people. It is powered by Windows 8, runs on Intel i-5 processor and has 4 GB RAM, these are the features that any ultrabook can give but this HP ultrabook has many connectivity options and slice battery that will increase your battery life with 10 hours. These are the features that businessmen desire. But the ultrabook fits to only business class, if you want to use it for entertainment then you are on wrong track and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is better for you. The drawback of HP Elitebook Folio 9470M ultrabook is its low screen and webcam quality.