The HP EliteBook Folio 9470m Ultrabook is a business-oriented notebook made to work in the Windows 8 environment, with an amalgamation of hardware that is precision-tuned to suit in- and out-of-office needs. At first glance, this machine does not appear to be the most unique piece of machinery on the planet – it’s a silver laptop, after all. But what it lacks in unique aesthetics, it more than makes up for in details.


This machine measures 13.3 x 9.09 x 0.75 inches (33.8 x 23.1 x 1.89 cm) and works with a lovely 14-inch LED-backlit HD anti-glare 1366 x 768-pixel resolution display and is cased in mostly hard and soft plastic. While the bulk of this machine is metal, it is ever-so-slightly soft along the top and bottom, while a ridge of almost rubbery soft plastic runs along the head – above the display, the area that can be used to pull the notebook open. This notebook is 3.6 pounds – not the lightest Ultrabook in the universe – and is 0.74 inches thick.

Along the sides there are more ports, including two USB 3 ports, one USB 3 part for charging, DisplayPort 1.1a, VGA, AC power, headphone/mic jack, RJ-45, and a single SD/MMC card slot. There’s also an ethernet port so it can be hard-wired to the Web. There is also a Kensington lock slot so the machine can be kept secure while at a trade show or in a particularly nefarious office setting.

For even more security is the built-in HP Fingerprint Sensor which appears on the right side of the palm rest. Up to the right, above the keyboard, is a dedicated on/off switches for both wi-fi and sound –muting, basically –and up and to the left is the power button – heavy metal!

This model works with a third generation (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core i5-3427U (2.80/1.80 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache, 2 cores) and has a Mobile Intel QM77 Express chipset. Standard performance results  are in the benchmark listing below, but know this: This machine is performing at a 2013 level. It’s swift and powerful, more than ready to take on standard business needs.

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