Ultrabooks, streamlined devices that typically weigh 3.5 pounds or less, are good for travelers because they slip into almost any carrying case or bag without adding much weight. But they come with limitations too, such as small screens, reduced performance and no expansion ports. The hp EliteBook 9480p changes all that.
Sitting right at the 3.5-pound line for Ultrabook’s, the Folio packs plenty of features into its thin, light form factor. Longtime Ultrabook users will be surprised to find a full 14-inch LED screen protected by a glare-resistant coating for use in different lighting environments. With a native resolution of 1366×768 pixels, the Folio can display Full HD graphics without error or delay, even when pushed through the punishing DisplayMate visual benchmark.
The Folio’s fully backlit keyboard makes it easy to work in dim light — even in total darkness if needed. Backlit keys are almost unheard of in Ultrabook’s because of the battery drain they can cause, but the Folio does not seem to suffer from this problem. With a movie on continuous play and the backlit keys illuminated, the Folio I reviewed was able to maintain power for 11 hours and three minutes before the warning alarm sounded. More reasonable use would extend that time even further.