Apple's 12-inch MacBook is ridiculously portable, but it lacks a number of features that could make it a great productivity companion. Now, HP's EliteBook Folio G1 is here to fill that void. It's just about as sleek and portable as the MacBook, but offers superior security, a more durable design, and a comfier keyboard for marathon typing sessions.
The EliteBook Folio G1 isn't quite as portable as the MacBook, but it's close. The system is slightly wider and taller, and at 2.14 lbs., it weighs slightly more than the 2.04-lb. MacBook. The slight differences can probably be attributed to the EliteBook's larger 12.5-inch display. Regardless, both notebooks are portable enough that you won't even notice them in your work bag during your daily commute.
But the EliteBook Folio G1 comes out way ahead in the security department. The system offers standard security features like TPM-enabled hardware encryption, and Intel VPro technology that enables corporate IT departments to remotely manage the system. On top of that, the notebook offers facial recognition via a special 3D camera, so you can log on just by looking at it.
The keyboard is another highlight, offering twice as much vertical key travel as the 12-inch MacBook. The keys also feel snappier, which makes for a much more comfortable typing experience overall.
The EliteBook's weak point is its relatively short battery life. When outfitted with a 1080p display, the system ran for 7 hours and 2 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous web browsing over Wi-Fi. That's an hour short of the 8-hour laptop category average, and 2.5 hours short of the MacBook's mark of 9:38. HP also sells the EliteBook Folio G1 with a super-sharp 4K display, but that model lasts an even shorter 4 hours and 35 minutes on the same battery test, so it doesn't come recommended for most workers.
Check back for a full review of the HP EliteBook Folio G1 very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops currently on the market.