HP EliteBook Folio G1 vs Drummer from Bloemfontein

The HP EliteBook Folio G1 Review:

The HP EliteBook Folio G1 is the new laptop from HP’s line of EliteBooks. It’s not a laptop you’re going be using as a workhorse for a graphic designer, videographer or gamer, though it’s a perfect companion for the mobile corporate executive.

I was asked to review the HP EliteBook Folio G1. When it comes to hardware like Laptops, I’m always in two minds on how to actually review it. Giving you a list of specs and functionality metrics is a good way to inform you, but so what, every blog can do that.

But you’re not here for the specs, you’re here for my first hand account, a perspective to help you decide if you invest your time and money into the EliteBook.

The HP EliteBook and The Drummer:

It was morning, the drummer for Moose and the Reverend and lead vocals for Hope is for Heroes; Etienne Grobler entered my office with his stereotypical eager grin. He grabbed the laptop and asked if could review it.

It was at this point that a while morning of dramatics began (Excuse the slang):

Etienne Grobler [EG]: Damn bra, you always get some cool stuff. Can I switch it on?

Brett Magill [BM]: Ha! Thanks man, but I’ve also got to review it. How do you even review a laptop?!

EG: Well, let me switch it on and Ill review if for you, how about that?

BM: Ok find, we can “co-review” it. *Eyes wide*

EG: Lekker, ok wheres the plug?

BM: Not sure check the box. Let me finish this Facebook post and Ill help you.

Etienne rustles around the office looking for the lost plug. Like some tall laptop troll. 

EG: Ok dude, is this the charger? It needs a double adapter, do you have one?

BM: Shit dude, no sorry, left that one at home. Just check with Shawn, I’m sure he’s got one.

Etienne leaves the room in search of an adapter. A few minutes pass.

EG: Dude! I cannot find one adapter in this whole office! Did it not come with a three prong plug?

BM: *laughs* yes, but I don’t think it’ll work.

EG: What the fuck is this, this also needs an adapter! (charging cable was a european plug)

BM: *laughs more* yes! This is actually funny.

EG: I just want to switch it on damn it! Ok bra, look, you just make it go on and then Ill have another look at it. *Leaves office in a huff*

The HP EliteBook is a Business Partner:

We eventually managed to get an adapter plug from the hairdresser next door to begin charging the HP EliteBook Folio G1.

Once we got the laptop fully charged, there was a few things we began to notice. Working on a Macbook Air 2016, we wouldn’t help see the similarities between the HP EliteBook and the Macbook Air. From the keyboard styling, the steely finish and the smooth casing.

Both of these devices are stunning to look at!

The HP EliteBook also provides you with a solid Windows 10 experience while not compromising on performance or freaking out when  you try to login to Steam and open all the standard apps at the same time.

In terms of mobility, it’s a robust sturdy device, being slightly heavier than your standard Macbook Air, but lighter than a Macbook Pro. 

Speaking to the “executive nature” of the device; HP looks to have designed it to fit in a boardroom or corporate office perfectly; It’s aesthetic feels like it has been made to show a degree of temperance and subtlety, meant to file in perfectly in an office.

In closing dear friends, would I buy the HP EliteBook Folio G1 for myself?

It’s not a simple answer, I feel if you’re a business in need of a mobile technology upgrade, this would be a good and effective update, though, as a creative and as a rather wide person (we’re speaking about my shoulders here), I didn’t write as comfortably as I may have on a desktop or larger laptop.

Yes, it’s a cost leader in it’s ultra laptop market, but at the same time, consider what you’re going to use it for. Is it for school and work, or is it for more high functionality operations: design, video, storage? Think about that function before investing. 

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Have a look at the following technical specs, it may help you out!

Operating system
Windows 10 Pro 64 – HP recommends Windows 10 Pro. 1
Windows 10 Home 64 1
Processor Family
6th Generation Intel® Core™ m7 processor
6th Generation Intel® Core™ m5 processor
6th Generation Intel® Core™ m3 processor 2
Intel® Core™ m7-6Y75 with Intel HD Graphics 515 (1.2 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
Intel® Core™ m5-6Y57 with Intel HD Graphics 515 (1.1 GHz, up to 2.8 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
Intel® Core™ m5-6Y54 with Intel HD Graphics 515 (1.1 GHz, up to 2.7 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores) 2,3
Processor Technology
Intel® vPro™ Technology (select models)
Maximum Memory
Internal Drive
128 GB up to 512 GB M.2 SATA TLC SSD
31,75 cm (12.5″) diagonal FHD UWVA anti-glare ultra slim LED-backlit (1920 x 1080)

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