Late last year, HP announced the awkwardly named EliteBook Folio 1020. Despite that clunky moniker, the Folio 1020 was one of the nicer laptops we've seen HP produce in a while — thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air, but with a higher-resolution screen (not to mention a host of "business friendly" features like a fingerprint security reader and military-grade shock protection).
How much computer can you buy for $200? With the rise of Chromebooks, it's become an increasingly important question in the hardware world, particularly for Microsoft, but not all of the new hardware is running ChromeOS. Today at CES, Hewlett Packard unveiled a new take on the question, with two mini PCs designed to compete with the rising tide of Chrome hardware. Going on sale January 14th, the machines offer a Windows-based alternative to the new wave of cheap Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, supplementing local storage and processing power with the ever-growing power of the cloud.
HP is today introducing a new laptop that's thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air — a stylish Windows 8 machine called the EliteBook Folio 1020. Even though HP is boasting about this laptop's slim size, it isn't necessarily taking aim at Apple here. HP says that it's designed the Folio 1020 with office users in mind: the laptop includes a proprietary enterprise port and a fingerprint reader for security, and it's said to pass military-grade drop and shock tests, since office workers are apparently quite clumsy.
HP is launching its own version of the Surface Pro 3 today. No, it hasn’t taken over manufacturing of Microsoft’s tablet, it’s merely imitating it. HP’s new Envy x2 has a multi-angle kickstand, a fabric keyboard cover that clicks into place with a stylus holder loop, and it all adds up to something that looks eerily similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet. There’s a 13.3-inch model and a 15-inch version, and both ship with Intel’s latest Core M processors in a variety of configurations. Although the 13-inch model has a base display that’s 1366 x 768 resolution, it can be upgraded to match the 1920 x 1080 resolution of the base 15-inch model.