A slim new Ultrabook with a unique pressure-sensitive touchpad leads a new lineup of HP business computers that debuted this morning (Dec. 10) at the company’s HP Discover conference in Barcelona, Spain. The lineup includes two notebooks and two small-form-factor PCs.
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 ($1,299 and up)
Measuring just 15.9 millimeters thick and weighing 3.3 lbs., the new 14-inch HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 notebook is the slimmest in HP’s Elite line. Overall, it's about 16 percent thinner and 7 percent lighter than its predecessor, making it a highly portable business machine for commuters and frequent travelers. We took it for a spin at an embargoed press event in New York City last week.
Buyers can choose either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, a spinning or solid-state drive, and a resolution of either 1600x1900 for the 14-inch display, which features a matte finish to reduce glare. HP offers your choice of Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro out of the box.
What makes this notebook unique is the inclusion of Synaptic’s new ForcePad capacitive touchpad. Unlike a standard touchpad that tracks only finger movement, this touchpad also tracks how hard you are pressing, enabling a variety of useful touch gestures. For example, users can swipe to scroll down a Web page, and increase or decrease the scrolling speed by varying finger pressure. It also allows for easy clicking and drag-and-drop functionality without lifting your finger. During our hands-on session, the ForcePad felt responsive and the gestures were intuitive. It’s a useful feature that could make the EliteBook 1040 G1 easier to use while on the go, especially when an external mouse isn’t an option, and it’s exclusive to this model for now.
The notebook has a spacious, island-style keyboard on an aluminum keyboard deck. It also features a fingerprint sensor for more secure user identification, as well as a side docking port for commuters who want to pair the notebook with external peripherals or a larger monitor at the office. The whole package sits in a lightweight but durable magnesium chassis. The EliteBook 1040 G1 available now starting at $1,299.
HP EliteBook Revolve G2 ($1,364 and up)
The EliteBook Revolve G2 notebook features a display that rotates to lay flat over the keyboard so it can be used like a large tablet. It features a magnesium chassis and comes in a variety of configurations with fourth-generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, Windows 8.1, a solid-state drive and a spill-resistant keyboard. An updated HP stylus and docking station are also available. The Revolve G2 will go on sale later this month and will start at $1,364.
Mini Desktops ($489 and up)
The HP EliteDesk 800 G1 Desktop Mini is the company’s smallest form factor PC. The one-liter box can lay flat, stand on its side or be mounted to save space. Despite its slim profile, the 800 G1 features six USB ports, including a fast-charging port for tablets and smartphones, two display ports and one VGA port. It comes in a variety of configurations with a choice of fourth-generation Intel Core processors and is expected to launch by April 2014 starting at $669.
The HP ProDesk 600 G1 Desktop Mini, meanwhile, is roughly the same size. The entry-level mini desktop ships with a solid-state hard drive and HP’s Client Security software. It will be available by April 2014 starting at $489.