What’s not to like? Thin, light, fast, powerful. Apple’s notebook designs set the standard for which others can only follow. If that’s the case, and many believe it to be true, then why does this company think they have the world’s thinnest and lightest business-class notebooks?
Apple v. HP
Back in the days of presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s rule over HP, the ad slogan was a simple, HP – Invent (implying that HP was a company about inventions). Of course, Florina was the one who brought Apple’s hot-selling iPod to HP, and, well, so much for HP Invent, right?
Fiorina’s mashup of chutzpah and hubris remains at HP, though– the company advertises it’s HP Elitebook Folio 1020 series as the “World’s thinnest and lightest business-class notebooks.”
Them’s fightin’ words, folks.
We’re comparing Apples to oranges here, but HP claims the Elitebook gets up to 9 hours of battery life vs. the new Apple MacBook at, well, 9 hours. The HP weighs in at 2.2-pounds vs. the MacBook at 2.03-pounds. At the thin end, the HP is a mere 15.7-millimeters, while the MacBook is thinner at 3.5 millimeters.
Hmmm. Something doesn’t seem right, does it? If the new MacBook is thinner and lighter and gets about the same battery life as the HP Elitebook, and both sport Retina-like displays, then the edge must be in the definition of ‘business-class.’
Yeah, that’s it. The HP must have a much faster CPU and larger storage. Uh, nope. HP’s Elitebook uses a similar Intel Core-M CPU, similar graphics capability, similar RAM, and similar storage options.
Wait. I know. The HP runs Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7, Ubuntu, and FreeDOS. Hmmm. That’s odd, because any Mac can do the same thing and run OS X.
Wait. I’ve got it now. Ports. Holes. The MacBook comes with a single solitary USB-C port and a headphone jack, while the HP Elitebook bristles with all kinds of oddly shaped holes; speaker jack, mic ports, a security lock slot, HDMI connector, USB connectors, power connector, even a MicroSD card slot.
That’s it. It’s all about holes. Business-class notebooks are defined by the number of holes. Why else would HP declare the Elitebook line to be the “world’s thinnest and lightest business-class notebook” if it’s not the thinnest and lightest notebook? Because business class is defined by the number of holes, and that’s where Apple’s new MacBook fails on every count. Click Here for a look at a few more of HP’s attempts to be more like Apple.