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HP EliteBook Folio 9470m Review

Ultra-sleek, thin and light, finished with a classy soft touch silver paint.  This is one of the most attractive Ultrabook you can get your hands on now.

HP EliteBook Folio 9470m

HP EliteBook Folio 9470m Hands on Review

Made from lightweight magnesium, the 9470m’s frame gives a strong, solid feel of quality.   This is not just a perception as according to HP, this notebook has undergone military MIL-STD-810G tests to achieve standards for reliability and performance under extreme conditions, including vibrations, high and low temperatures, temperature shock, dust, altitude, drop, shock and humidity.  This is the HP Total Test Process for all HP business notebooks which consist of over 115,000 hours of testing (source).

HP EliteBook Folio 9470m

The soft touch paint is smooth and yet at the same time easy to grip.  It’s somewhat like a brand new piece of eraser – smooth but grippy at the same time.

Weighing only 1.63 kg and measuring 33.8 x 23.1 x 1.98 cm (W x D x H), it is marginally heavier than it’s competitors but it’s Ultrabook status also means it is thin and light enough.

Here is a credit card for comparison :

HP Elitebook Folio 9470m

Despite being such a lean machine, the 9470m also comes with a number of ports including an ethernet (LAN) port.  This is a boon for the business traveler since there are still a number of hotels that provide internet access via a cable connection only.

HP Elitebook Folio 9470m

 2 x USB 3.0, DisplayPort, VGA, LAN

At the other side, you will see a well-sized heat vent for such a slim laptop – which means we expect heat dissipation to be more than adequate.  There is also an additional USB 3.0 port here, giving you a total of 3 such ports.  Beside the 3.5mm audio jack, an SC slot is also available.

HP Elitebook Folio 9470m

The keyboard is well spaced and comfortable to use.   This is a spill resistant keyboard, which means you do not even have to purchase those silicon covers.  The backlit feature also means you can carry on working even when the lights are out, which probably suits business users to a T.  Additionally, there is a biometric reader for faster authentication.

HP Elitebook Folio 9470m Keyboard

Specifications

Our test model came with the following specifications :

  • Intel Core i7 Processor
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500GB 7200 rpm Hard disk with 32GB mSATA
  • 14.0″ diagonal LED-backlit HD anti-glare (1366 x 768)
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n, Gigabit (1000mpbs) LAN port, Bluetooth 4.0
  • SRS Pro Audio
  • Full-sized spill resistant backlit keyboard
  • 1.63 kg with 4 cell battery

Conclusion

Though not the lightest or thinnest in this segment, the Elitebook Folio 9470m packs a number of features and great performance in a very professional looking package.  This makes it the perfect notebook for the business user.

HP Elitebook 9470m Side View

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