Returns accepted within 7 days. Return offered in the form of Product exchange. Buyer is the responsible for the shipping fees.
Black Friday Deals
Save on ASUS C201 11.6 Inch Chromebook (Rockchip, 4 GB, 16GB SSD, Lotus Gold/Red) and more
iPad Air/ iPad 5 ArmorBox Kido Light Weight Case (Blue)
Save on iHome IM60GT 3.5mm Aux Portable Speaker (Gray Translucent) and more
Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount By Mengo
Save on Triangle Bulbs (Pack of 10) LED Dimmable 16 Watt A21 LED Bulb, 1600 Lumens Daylight (5000K) 100 Watt Incandescent Light Bulb Replacement and more
iPod Touch 6th Gen Armorbox Fullbody Case (White)
Tech Armor Apple iPad Pro (12.9") Glass Screen Protector
Save on Monoprice Select Series Apple MFi Certified Lightning to USB Charge and Sync Cable, 6ft White and more
Thermaltake CORE P5 ATX Open Frame Wall Mount Mid Tower Liquid Cooling Computer Case CA-1E7-00M1WN-00
Silicon Power 32GB Blaze B30 USB 3.0 Swivel Flash Drive, Black (SP032GBUF3B30V1KNE)
Thermaltake WATER 3.0 Dual Riing RGB High Static Pressure Fans 240 AIO Water Cooling System CPU Cooler CL-W107-PL12SW-A
Audeze Sine On-Ear Closed-Back Headphones for $300 + free shipping
$300.00 at Adorama
Samson SR850 Professional Studio Headphones for $25 + free shipping
$25.00 at Adorama
MOTA iPhone 6 Plus Extended Battery Case, MOTA 4000 mAh Dual-Purposed Ultra-Slim Protective Extended Battery Charging Case
PNY 10400 mAh 2.4 Amp Portable Rechargeable Battery with Digital Display (P-B-10400-12-IDW01-FFP)
Rachel Ray Baguette Tray or $15 QuillCash: free w/ $75 in supplies + free shipping
Harman Kardon 5.1 Speaker System for $180 + free shipping
$180.00 at Harman Kardon
4-Tier 54" Steel Wire Metal Shelving Rack for $27 + free shipping
$27.00 at Rakuten
Zagg Pocket Bluetooth Keyboard for $15 + free shipping
$15.00 at TechRabbit
SpareOne Prepaid Emergency GoPhone for AT&T for $10 + pickup at Walmart
$10.00 at Walmart
CNET REVIEWUSER REVIEWSSPECSSHOP
Big business ultrabook, hold the touch
By Scott Stein /
Jan 23, 2013
Add to my Holiday List
11 Related Models
CNET Editors' Rating
See Full Breakdown +
Average User Rating
0 StarsBe the first to review!
The good The HP Elitebook 9470m has a solid, lightweight design, great battery life, and lots of ports and security features.
The bad There's no touch screen, it has a non-high-res display, and there's a general lack of unique features to justify its high price.
The bottom line The HP Elitebook Folio 9470m does a serviceable job at being a good thin all-around Windows 8 business laptop, but it doesn’t rise from the pack, and it doesn’t take any chances.
Windows 8 in a business laptop: well, it needed to happen sooner or later, but in the case of the Elitebook Folio 9470m, the execution feels premature and expensive. It's a shame, because the 9470m is a direct descendent of last year's HP Folio 13ultrabook, a device I considered at the time to be among the best in its class and recommended to everybody.
A lot has changed in a year. Thin ultrabooks have given way to touch-screen, often convertible/tablet devices. And among ultrabooks, there are tons more to choose from. Touch isn't necessary to enjoy a Windows 8, but when a laptop lacks touch altogether -- as does the Elitebook Folio 9470m -- it feels like an omission that has to be made up with a superlative touch pad, and this Folio doesn't do that. Granted, this Folio came out at the end of last year, but this expensive albeit highly configurable laptop already feels a little outmoded. The HP Elitebook Revolve, coming out soon, feels like the Windows 8 business travel ultraportable of choice. This Folio is more of a workhorse ultrabook, if such a thing exists.
This 14-inch laptop is larger and thicker than you'd expect, although it does pack awfully impressive battery life. It feels constructed to be a slim road warrior, but its specs aren't incredibly impressive. It's an ultrabook without touch -- and a thickish, expensive one at that. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a lighter, similarly outfitted business laptop, with touch, too.
Price as reviewed$1,349ProcessorIntel Core i5-3427UMemory4GB, 1333MHz DDR3Hard drive180GB SSDChipsetIntel QM77GraphicsIntel HD 4000Operating SystemWindows 8 (64-bit)Dimensions (WD)13.3 x 9.1 inchesHeight0.75 inchScreen size (diagonal)14.0 inchesSystem weight / Weight with AC adapter3.6/4.4 poundsCategoryMidsize
That $1,349 is a lot to pay for a modern laptop. It makes the Elitebook Folio 9470 a more expensive product than the MacBook Air, and -- let's face it -- most executives would prefer the Air. But it also has a lot more ports and security features, not to mention Windows 8 Pro. Think of its real competition as a machine like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which bears a similar price tag and specs.
That's not to say the Folio doesn't have its charms. Understand, the Folio looks like a business laptop because it is one: an elegantly compact one at that. The two-tone magnesium (silver on the top, black underneath) has a soft-touch finish. Everything from the cleanly inset matte 14-inch screen to the crisp black keyboard and its small set of tiny, LED-lit buttons above it feel part of a just-this-side-of-boxy industrialized-crisp look.
It won't surprise anyone used to a MacBook Air or other slim ultrabook, but this feels nicer than an older, thicker laptop. Unfortunately, the Folio lacks an optical drive, and its internal specs really aren't much better than what you'd find on the smaller Dell XPS 13. At 3.6 pounds, it weighs less than most mainstream laptops, but it's heavier than your average 13-inch ultrabook. It feels like a slightly bigger, more mature version of the HP Folio 13, albeit, also without the same appeal or novelty of that previous machine.
A squared, chiclet-style backlit and spill-resistant keyboard feels very similar to Apple's design in terms of initial appearance, or what you'll find on many recent HP laptops. Tiny dedicated top buttons turn Airplane Mode on and off and toggle mute.
A rubberized concave pointer has been added between the G, H, and B keys, with additional buttons above the extra-large multitouch glass touch pad. Even on touch-oriented Windows 8, the rubber pointer wasn't such a bad way to go. Most would prefer the touch pad -- if the touch pad actually worked perfectly. The glass surface is certainly big and wide enough, but it was unreliable when I navigated around doing everyday work and Web browsing. It's not a click pad, either: separate buttons lie below (that makes four buttons framing the HP touch pad, all told). I wished I could reach up and touch the screen instead. Alas, I couldn't.
The 14-inch, touch-free 1,366x768-pixel display is antiglare, but that's about the only thing it does well. The brightness levels are relatively dim, the screen resolution is low-res for this price tier, and screen size compared with those on laptops such as Apple's Retina Display MacBook Pro and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The lack of a touch screen wouldn't matter if HP had nailed the touch-pad experience. It didn't.
Additional bells and whistles include a fingerprint reader (on the right palm rest), a 720p Webcam, and a side docking port. HP also offers a suite of software security features, and the Intel platform includes vPro for enterprise and business use.
Ports and configurations
The Folio has plenty of connections -- a side docking port for business use to connect to sold-separately dock, dedicated Ethernet, an SD card slot, three USB 3.0 ports, and both VGA and DisplayPort. There's no HDMI, since this is a "business" laptop, but HDMI is so universal at this point I can't understand the omission. Bluetooth is included, and optional 4G broadband connectivity.
Our review configuration of the Elitebook Folio has a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3427 CPU, the same as the recently reviewed ThinkPad X1 Carbon. In fact, every other spec is the same as that Carbon, too: 4GB of RAM, Intel HD 4000 graphics, and a 500gb hdd