Windows PC makers are always coming up with a new Mac killer, and in this case it’s yet another HP notebook which aims to take on the new and thinner than thin MacBook. And, as always, the MacBook killer is priced less than a comparable MacBook. Surprised?
Out. Of. Stock.
Hardware comparisons between Macs and Windows PCs are seldom Apples to apples. That’s because PC makers avoid a direct, feature-for-feature comparison because there are too many variables, and at the end of the day, Apple’s Macs are priced comparably, but comparisons seldom take into consideration OS X vs. Windows 10.
Regardless, for feature fanatics and hardware folks, there’s much to like in the new MacBook, but there are alternatives, including the new HP EliteBook Folio G1 (just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?).
The MacBook starts at $1,299 and comes with an Intel Core m3 CPU vs. the HP EliteBook at $999 and an Intel Core m7 Inside. Apples to apples? Not quite. The entry-level MacBook has 256GB of storage vs. 128GB for the basic HP EliteBook. $1,299 will move that to an m5 CPU and 256GB of SSD storage, so again, not a equal comparison.
The MacBook’s highly acclaimed Retina display shows off 2304-by-1440 resolution, while the entry level HP EliteBook only manages 1920×1080, but the high end model features a touchscreen with 3840×2160 resolution, an Intel Core m7 CPU, Intel HD Graphics 515, and a free 27-inch 5k Retina external display. Starting at $2,211, though, but that also gets you double the USB-C with Thunderbolt connectors in a package slightly heavier than the MacBook.
There are more similarities between the two models than differences, but the HP comes with a 720p HD webcam while the MacBook features an anemic 480p camera. Interestingly, Microsoft’s well known penchant for multiple Windows versions shows up in the HP EliteBook, too, thanks to Windows 10 Home 64 on the entry level HP models vs. Windows 10 Pro 64 for the more expensive models.
After perusing the HP site I couldn’t find a single review of the HP EliteBook Folio G1. Maybe all the reviews are bad and HP didn’t want to publish them. Or, maybe there are no reviews because as of today all but the most expensive versions were out of stock. Either it’s a hot seller or HP is hyping demand by keeping introductory stock low.
A few other items of differentiation from the MacBook are highly visible. The screen lays down flat with the keyboard. ZDNet’s recent review was not complimentary regarding battery life, either (compared to the MacBook at 10 hours).
Of course, reviews seldom compare Windows 10 with Mac OS X, but the major differences between the two notebooks are relegated to the more expensive touchscreen and the package deal which includes a free 27-inch Retina external display. Every PC company loves to tout their latest thin notebook as a MacBook killer but the only devices getting killed these days are PCs.