HP's EliteBook 1020 is the most portable business notebook yet. The machine is even thinner and lighter than Apple's featherweight MacBook Air 13-inch, so it won't weigh you down on your daily commute. It also offers a supersharp 12.5-inch display, a zippy processor, a fingerprint scanner, a docking port and more. You can't get it just yet; the device is set to launch in April 2015, and pricing details haven't yet been announced. While we wait, here are three reasons the HP EliteBook 1020 looks good for work.
The EliteBook 1020 weighs a scant 2.27 lbs., making it noticeably lighter than the 2.38-lb. MacBook Air 13-inch. It's thinner, too; the EliteBook 1020's tapered design measures just 0.61 inches at its thickest point, compared to 0.68 inches for the Air. That's good for business users in the market for a powerful, portable laptop computer. Note that the EliteBook 1020's 12.5-inch display is slightly smaller than the MacBook Air's 13-inch screen, but it has a higher resolution.
The EliteBook 1020 is powered by an Intel Core M processor, sacrificing some power for a thin and fanless design. Still, we know the notebook will deliver speedy performance and snappy multitasking, since it has a whopping 8GB of RAM on board. Other hardware highlights include 180GB of onboard storage and a supersharp quad-HD display, though it lacks a touch screen.
The EliteBook 1020 also packs a couple of noteworthy external hardware features. For starters, a fingerprint scanner positioned on the laptop's deck just below the keyboard helps you keep your work machine locked down and confidential business data secured. A fingerprint scanner is easier to use and more secure than traditional password screens.
Also included is a full-size docking port on the notebook's right side. That will let you dock the machine at your work desk, to easily use desktop accessories like a mouse and large external monitor.