HP's New Elite Lineup Includes Thinnest Elite Ultrabook to Date

Hewlett-Packard has updated its Elite portfolio with its thinnest Ultrabook yet, two tiny desktops, a convertible and a 23-inch touch display.

Hewlett-Packard, for an industry that's shown it's not very interested in traditional PCs, has introduced six new devices in various shapes and sizes.

There's an EliteBook Folio notebook that's the thinnest Ultrabook in HP's Elite lineup and takes cues from smartphone and tablet designs. A convertible notebook called the Revolve continues on a form factor that HP says is still a favorite in verticals such as sales and health care. Two energy-efficient, one-liter mini desktops can stand beside a monitor or be hidden behind one, if not under a desk. And an EliteDisplay multitouch display, despite its considerable size, can tip back as far as a user would like or be mounted to a wall.

There's also a new Slate Extreme 7-inch tablet, as well as a Classmate 10 notebook for elementary-age users.

We've broken down the details below.

HP EliteBook Folio 1040

The EliteBook Folio 1040 is a 14-inch, touch-enabled notebook that, like the Apple MacBook Air, forms a wedge as it thins from its hinge to its handrest. At 3.3 pounds and 13.31 by 9.19 by 0.63 inches, it's 16 percent thinner and 7.3 percent lighter than its predecessor.

It's also the first Elite device with an HP ForcePad—a touchpad that doesn't click down but, like the on-screen buttons on tablets and smartphones, senses force and responds.

The surprisingly rugged 1040 passes a military-spec drop test ("A lot of companies say their devices are mil-spec tested, but they don't say whether they passed," said an HP spokesperson), and its aluminum keyboard deck offers spill protection.

Users can choose an HD or Full HD 1080p display and up to a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400. The battery offers "all-day life," per HP, the operating system is Windows Pro 8.1 and included is the BIOSphere with Sure Start protection that HP introduced in October.

A fingerprint reader comes standard, and a smartcard slot for extra authentication can be added.

HP left out the optical drive, but offers a dongle that makes it easy to attach one when needed.

The EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 is now available for a starting price of $1,299.

HP EliteBook Revolve G2

Apple's iPad and other modern-day tablets sprang from the convertible notebook concept. And while the design has evolved to include hybrid convertibles, where the display fully detaches from the keyboard and behaves like an independent tablet (HP makes these as well), there are still those who prefer the convertible form factor. For those people—doctors and pharmaceutical reps come to mind—HP has introduced the EliteBook Revolve G2.

The Revolve has a starting weight of 3.08 pounds and an 11.6-inch rotating HD capacitive multitouch display that's covered with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has an all-magnesium chassis and a spill-resistant, backlit keyboard, and also passes military spec 810G tests.