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HP EliteBook Folio G1 (4K UHD)

The 12.5-inch HP EliteBook Folio G1 (4K UHD) (starting at $999, $1,755 as tested) is a business laptop1 that doesn’t look like one. Instead of a boring black case, it sports a machined aluminum body, putting it in line with many consumer laptops. It follows in the footsteps of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon2, our top laptop pick for business, but its design rivals that of the sleek Apple MacBook3. Add high-end features like a fanless Intel Core m7 processor and a 512GB SSD, and you have a system that’s both good-looking and capable, though other business laptops offer better value.

Design and Features
The EliteBook Folio
is the very definition of thin and light, measuring 0.49 by 11.5 by 8.23 inches (HWD) and weighing 2.36 pounds. That’s quite a bit smaller and slightly lighter than the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (0.65 by 13.1 by 9.0 inches, 2.54 pounds). It’s also thinner, but wider and deeper than the Apple MacBook (0.52 by 11.04 by 7.74 inches), though that system is about 6 ounces lighter. The system is designed to pass MIL-STD 801G tests (drop, dust, and vibration), but it’s not rated to shrug off a measure of spilled liquid on the keyboard like the X1 Carbon.

One of strongest arguments against the MacBook is its single USB-C4 port. The EliteBook Folio G1 adds a second one, and both ports (located on the laptop’s right edge) support Thunderbolt 35. Having two USB-C ports allows you to connect an external drive or USB-C-to-HDMI adapter (not included) while continuing to power the system with its charger. Yes, you’ll need to buy an adapter for common ports like Ethernet, DisplayPort, SM© USB 3.0, and HDMI, but at least you have the option of connectivity along with power, not either/or as on the MacBook. Also, if you purchase the HP Elite USB-C dock for $149, you can add DisplayPort, Ethernet, HDMI, and five SM© USB 3.0 ports to the system externally. The only other physical port on the laptop is a headset jack on the left. Wireless connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.

HP EliteBook Folio G1 (4K UHD)

References

  1. ^ business laptop (uk.pcmag.com)
  2. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (uk.pcmag.com)
  3. ^ Apple MacBook (uk.pcmag.com)
  4. ^ USB-C (uk.pcmag.com)
  5. ^ Thunderbolt 3 (uk.pcmag.com)

HP EliteBook Folio G1 (1080p HD)

With a machined aluminum body that makes it resemble an Apple MacBook1, the 1080p HP EliteBook Folio G1 (starting at $999, $1,469 as tested) is a business laptop2 that doesn’t look like one. It rivals our top pick for business laptops, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon3, and the MacBook in packing the most technology into a small laptop, and makes a better value proposition than its almost-identical sibling, the HP EliteBook Folio G1 (4K UHD)4, by trading its 4K touch screen and 256GB of storage for a savings of almost $300, while still giving you features like USB-C connectivity, a fanless Intel Core m7 processor, and plenty of RAM.

Design and Features
Although the EliteBook Folio G1
offers different screen options, most of the features don’t vary much between the models. For a detailed discussion of the system’s body, and other characteristics that are the same regardless of which unit you choose, check out our review of the 4K UHD version5.

This version of the EliteBook Folio G1 comes in a black case that’s almost identical to that system’s, and it has nearly the same compact measurements (0.49 by 11.5 by 8.23 inches, HWD), though it weighs a little less (2.14 versus 2.36 pounds). Its 12.5-inch 1080p HD non-touch LCD screen is a bit of a step down from the top-of-the-line model’s 4K UHD (3,840-by-2,160 resolution) IPS display. Text and visuals are more detailed and sharper on the 4K screen, but 1080p is fine for most business tasks like email, word processing, and video conferencing. The 2,304-by-1,440-resolution screen on the 12-inch MacBook and the QHD+ (3,200 by 1,800 resolution) screen on the 13.3-inch Dell XPS 13 Touch (2016)6 both have more room than the EliteBook’s display. That said, 1080p is a fairly common resolution for business laptops; among others, it’s used on the Acer Travelmate P645-SG-79QV7.

HP EliteBook Folio G1 (1080p HD)

References

  1. ^ Apple MacBook (uk.pcmag.com)
  2. ^ business laptop (uk.pcmag.com)
  3. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (uk.pcmag.com)
  4. ^ HP EliteBook Folio G1 (4K UHD) (uk.pcmag.com)
  5. ^ 4K UHD version (uk.pcmag.com)
  6. ^ Dell XPS 13 Touch (2016) (uk.pcmag.com)
  7. ^ Acer Travelmate P645-SG-79QV (uk.pcmag.com)

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Unusual Apple Patent Could See Walkie-Talkie Like Lightning Headphones

  • Unusual Apple Patent Could See Walkie-Talkie Like Lightning Headphones
  • Apple Vice President of iPod and iPhone Product Marketing Greg Joswiak, announces new Apple earphones called EarPods during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Apple announced the iPhone 5, the latest version of the popular smart phone as well as new updated versions of the iPod Nano, Shuffle and Touch.
    (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

All Apple mobile devices would traditionally come with a earphones or headphones and they would typically be used to render private listening or as a communications channel. Tied up with the iPhone, everyone knows that current issue on whether Apple would be coming out with a new set of earphones since the old 3.5 mm jacks will no longer be around. Instead, headphones with Lightning port tips are expected for Apple consumers though Bluetooth-powered ones could be another choice.

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Regardless of what Apple plans to include with their next iPhone, a curious new patent1 over at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office surfaced recently. It was an unusual communications platform that will seemingly ditch traditional cellular means to direct, point-to-point network technology.

To make all that easier, it seems to indicate an improved way of putting headphones to use that calls to mind walkie-talkies . The alleged headphones seem to be the center of the patent referred to as the Point-to-point ad hoc voice communication which is considered a more intimate and less ambitious solution for the iPhone line. The add-on is something that can easily connect with other devices via wireless ad hoc networks or peer-to-peer linking. Included in the pack are the assortment of audio hardware such as a microphone and speaker.

The proposed headset from Apple will also have a communications module that allows it to interface with other units within a certain range. It should be noted that this is not the first time that Apple has filed for an advanced walkie-talkie2 patent. They filed the first one back in November of 2014 and credited it to inventors Esge B. Andersen and Cedrik Bacon. While the recently filed patent seems interesting, there is no clue for now on whether these alleged headphones will be included in products Apple will be releasing to the market.

Then again, apple could opt to offer them as an independent piece (add-on) which would have to be purchased separately. Incidentally, the ad hoc system would be a good fit for Apple’s own Apple Stores, which currently use traditional two-way radios to facilitate communication between floor staff and those working at the back of the store. embedded content

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References

  1. ^ new patent (appft.uspto.gov)
  2. ^ walkie-talkie (appleinsider.com)
  3. ^ Apple (www.gamenguide.com)
  4. ^ Headphones (www.gamenguide.com)
  5. ^ earphones (www.gamenguide.com)
  6. ^ walkie-talkie (www.gamenguide.com)
  7. ^ wireless ad hoc networks (www.gamenguide.com)
  8. ^ Point-to-point ad hoc voice communication (www.gamenguide.com)
  9. ^ U.S.

    Patent and Trademark Office (www.gamenguide.com)

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