HP’s latest iteration of the “Folio” is an EliteBook, which means that this is a 14″ laptop built for businesses. This is not as thin as the HP’s Envy Spectre XT, but HP made it just thick enough (0.75″) to accommodate full-size ports that people actually need at work, like VGA, DisplayPort, Ethernet and three full size USB 3.0 ports.
The EliteBook Folio 9470m has a dock port design that does not make the laptop thicker. Few people know but most “dockable” computers are thick because of the docking designs usually involve adding a sturdy connector. HP solved that by putting that connector to the side, a solution that sounds like a “duh”, but that we have seen nowhere else. The end result is a thin, but yet, dockable laptop.
Although the EliteBook Folio 9470m has a removable battery, it’s fait to assume that most people who deem the battery life to be “critical” may prefer getting the slice battery, which should extend the capacity nicely while not protruding in the back. Finally, the EliteBook Folio 9470mhas a 3G/4G LTE option for those who don’t want to carry a USB modem or a WiFi Hotspot.
As for specifications, the HP EliteBook Folio 9470m comes with the third Generation of Intel Core processors (Ivy Bridge), up to 16GB (!) of RAM, a choice of hard drive (500GB) or SSD (256GB). HP could have made it even better by proposing a higher display option than 1366×768, but at the moment, it’s the only option. This laptop measures 13.3 x 9.09x .75″ and weighs about 3.6Lbs.