Whether you’re working from home, traveling, or doing a bit of both, it’s crucial to have a laptop that balances performance with portability. Having a system that suits your workflow can have a significant impact on the time and energy it takes to communicate with clients and create content in different environments. Fortunately, HP has you covered with a selection of business-class laptops that are built to make it easier to stay productive and connected, no matter where you happen to be.
Designed for frequent travelers, the HP 13.5" Elite Folio 2-in-1 laptop is designed to fit almost any situation. Driven by a power-efficient 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SC8180X processor with 16GB of LPDDR4x memory and 256GB of PCIe solid-state storage, this thin, light system can multitask in a variety of applications without generating too much heat, while helping to boost the battery life. Additionally, the integrated Snapdragon X20 LTE Cat 16 modem allows you to stay connected using mobile broadband services, so you can remain productive while on the road. When you’re at home or in the office, you can take advantage of Gigabit 802.11ax Wi-Fi speeds with compatible networks for larger file transfers.
Perhaps the Elite Folio’s greatest standout feature is its 13.5" 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution touchscreen. It is affixed onto an arm that can be pulled forward, providing a closer view of content such as websites, videos, and photos. This design can also make taking notes and creating drawings with the included digital pen more comfortable. Flipping the screen around on its 360-degree hinge allows clients and colleagues sitting across from you to see and interact with the screen clearly for collaborative projects. Closing the Elite Folio with the screen facing up transforms the laptop into a high-powered tablet.
Working at and Away from Home
Those who prefer the more traditional laptop design can check out the HP 14" EliteBook 840 Aero G8, powered by an 11th generation Intel® Core™ processor. With models that feature 2.4 GHz Core™ i5 quad-core processors with 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and Iris Xe graphics, this laptop packs a ton of performance into a system that weighs about 2.5 lb. Its Thunderbolt™ 4 port allows you to daisy-chain compatible devices such as external monitors and storage drives, transferring data at up to 40 Gb/s, for an enhanced workflow. The EliteBook 840 Aero G8 also helps to streamline your computing experience while securing your information with an infrared 720p webcam for facial recognition and a fingerprint reader, both of which allow you to log into Windows quickly without having to enter a password. Other security features include a tamper lock intrusion detection system that monitors whether someone has tried to open the cover of the laptop and may require an administrator password to restart the system. Turning on the Tile feature lets you locate your misplaced laptop, even if it’s turned off.
With its dual-array microphones, Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, and 802.11ax Wi-Fi connectivity, the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 is an ideal system for frequent video conferences. But being productive isn’t necessarily about working from home all the time. With its slim design and 53Wh lithium-ion battery, which can be recharged up to 50% in about 30 minutes, this laptop makes it relatively easy to transition from working at home to traveling to different locations for in-person meetings. Upgrading the laptop with a separately purchased LTE wireless broadband module can help keep you connected while you’re out.
Mobile Content Creation
When it comes to productivity applications, watching videos, and general everyday uses, the HP 13.3" ProBook 635 Aero G7 is fairly comparable to the EliteBook 840 Aero G8 in terms of performance. They even share many of the same features, such as an integrated fingerprint reader, 720p webcam, and dual-array microphone system. However, equipping the ProBook 635 with a 2 GHz AMD Ryzen 7 4700U eight-core processor alongside 16GB of memory and a 512GB PCIe solid-state drive can give this laptop an advantage when it comes to demanding creative workflows such as video editing. The processor’s support for up to 8 threads, 4.1 GHz boost speed, and integrated Radeon graphics can help to speed up rendering times. Plus, the built-in SD card reader allows you to transfer photos and videos to the system without having to tether your camera to the computer. You’ll also have a Gigabit Ethernet port in addition to the 802.11ax Wi-Fi for fast and stable connections to networks when video chatting and transferring files. For added convenience, this laptop supports the HP QuickDrop app, which lets you transfer media to your phone wirelessly at the push of a button for easy sharing on Instagram, TikTok, and other social platforms. Featuring a durable aluminum and magnesium chassis, and weighing just over 2 lb, you can quickly pack the 13.3" ProBook 635 Aero G7 into a bag when traveling.
All three laptops have Windows 10 Pro installed and provide excellent performance with high portability.
Which HP system best supports your workflow? Do you prefer the versatility of a 2-in-1 system or the durable design of a traditional laptop? Let us know in the Comments section, below.