The Elitebook 1040 G1 has a better storage medium than most comparable spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as it. This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, whereas most laptops of a similar age and type to it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.
This laptop's storage medium (SSD) is in fact the best storage medium across all similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the Elitebook 1040 G1.
An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium amongst similar types of laptop.
If the storage medium of this medium processor core notebook PC is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the T420s[pl_48433_price] (SSD), or the S540[pl_2433540_price] (SSD) both from Lenovo.