HP trends for 2012: quality, value and service
- — 09 May, 2012 22:00
For a company with no tablet and no smartphones, HP's insistence that it was focused on the consumerisation of IT left journalists at its global influencer summit a little nonplussed.
However, the elitebook folio, with an innovative 'slice' battery that slots under the base as an extra layer should prove popular - not so much with consumers as with businesspeople wanting a longlife work laptop. The elite book offers 9 hours of battery even before considering the extra 11 hours added by the slice.
HP's conception of the consumerisation of IT, then, seems to revolve around business laptops with 'the design consumers crave'. Still, the Elitebook Folio 9470m, which is expected to be available in New Zealand around October, is an impressive business notebook.
Not only is the 14in EliteBook Folio lightweight, at 1.6kg, but it has a range of legacy ports not normally seen on Ultrabooks, such as a full-sized Ethernet port, a VGA port alongside a DisplayPort connector, and multiple USB 3.0 connections. These extra connections should help ease business from traditional laptops to more thin and light models. Business management tools, such as VPro, come standard.
Another business-pleaser will be the lack of trial ware or 'crapware' on the machine. Additional features include an integrated Smart Card reader, fingerprint reader, embedded TPM security chip(18) and a choice of management tools.