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Charlie Babcock
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12/2/2014 | 9:18:57 PM
For ultra thin, you can never be too rich....
These dimensions are impressive and I like the idea of a nine-hour battery life-- very nice, portable packages. I doubt if the processor disappoints on power and it's a sound approach to trade off processing power for the reduced weight and power draw of no cooling fan. I would like to trade in my chunky ThinkPad for one of these. Has HP announced any pricing? Do you need to be ultra-rich to get ultra-thin?
Michael Endler
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12/3/2014 | 1:01:17 PM
Re: For ultra thin, you can never be too rich....
Good question, Charlie. I expect several of the Folio 1020 configurations to top $1,000, though I won't be surprised if the base model (without premium build materials or Quad HD screen, etc) is something like $800 or $900. There are certainly pro laptops that require you to berelatively more super-rich, but I don't think the new HPs will be especially cheap, at least not until they've been on the market for a while. I know firsthand the clunky ThnkPad of which you speak and agree that a device like this would be a big improvement, especially for work at conferences, working on planes, etc.
danielcawrey
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12/3/2014 | 4:55:09 PM
Re: For ultra thin, you can never be too rich....
I think it's great that laptop makers are creating lightweight devices. However, I do like a balance between form and function.

That's probably why I'll still with the MacBook Pros – they are not as lightweight as the MacBook Airs, but they do have some good horsepower. 
TerryB
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12/3/2014 | 12:49:32 PM
Pricing?
Michael, any idea if these will be cheaper than the Surface Pro 3 devices? These type of devices are starting to show some potential for mobile people (think Supervision, Lean walks, Saftey walks, etc) on the manufacturing shop floor.
Michael Endler
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12/3/2014 | 12:54:53 PM
Re: Pricing?
I think pricing will be similar, though HP hasn't said anything yet. With the SP3, Microsoft insists on making you buy the keyboard seperately, which isn't a concern for the new HPs. That difference alone might make the SP3 more expensive. But looking at the Core M devices for which pricing is announced, I expect most of the Folio 1020 configurations to cost at least $800, and for the Special Edition configurations, which default to nicer build materials and a better screen, to start over $1,000.
Shane M. O'Neill
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12/3/2014 | 4:10:50 PM
Re: Pricing?
I'm surprised Microsoft gets away with selling the Surface Pro 3 keyboard cover as a separate $120 accessory. It's what pushes the Surface Pro into a price range ($1,000+) that turns people off. Given that the SP3 screen is 12 inches and really too big to handle as a keyboard-free "tablet" (unless you're a giant) is the detacheable keyboard cover even an advantage? You'll probably never take it off. I know that with my Surface Pro the keyboard cover stays snapped on 90% of the time.


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