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Finally, our review of HP's first 13.3" ultrabook, the Folio 13. With an Intel Core i5 processor, a 128 GB SSD and a 1.8-cm-thick body, is it enough to make the 11" MacBook Air and Asus UX31E tremble in their boots? The Folio 13's aluminium lid looks impressive coming out of the box. Once open, you notice that the contours of the keyboard are also in aluminium. Things are already looking better than the Sony Vaio T13. But while Folio 13 is well assembled and has no play between the parts, the black plastic bottom sort of ruins the effect. In our opinion, the UX31E and MacBook Air have the upper hand when it comes to design. The chiclet keyboard is well integrated in the chassis and the keys are just about the right size, providing for soft and quiet typing. One interesting thing about the keyboard is that you don't have to press Fn to use the shortcuts (for the volume, brightness and keyboard settings). The company went with the assumption that since people tend to use shortcuts more often than F1, F2, etc., the Fn key should activate those instead. Once you get used to it, this is much more practical. The Folio 13 also earns a few points for having backlit keys.
With nearly every laptop manufacturer throwing an ultrabook into the ring, it's often difficult to differentiate between them. Rather than boast about super-slim dimensions and beautiful designs, HP's Folio 13 cuts back in key areas to offer a more modest ultrabook for a reasonable price. It's packing an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM and can be yours for £700.Unlike its new Spectre ultrabook, HP's Folio 13 is designed with functionality as a priority, rather than focusing on aesthetic appeal. The Folio doesn't offer a sleek glass top but instead opts for a subdued brushed metal grey. While it's not a look that would turn heads when pulled out in a coffee shop, it's certainly smart looking and is more suited to the professional environment than its glass-topped brother. With a thickness of 18mm, it's not the slimmest ultrabook I've seen to date -- various new models are pushing the 15mm barrier -- but it's still considerably slimmer than most regular laptops. The fact that it's not wafer-thin like many of its ultrabook rivals may actually be a bonus if you want it to sit firmly on your office desk. It may be packing more girth than the increasingly svelte ultrabook brigade, but it's still thinner than most regular laptops.
Wal-Mart has hung a "Price Rollback" sign on the HP Folio 13-1029wm (one guess what the wm stands for). The ultrabook is available at the discount superstore for $798 (list), an even $100 less than the mainstream HP Folio 13-1020us model. The big difference? While the latter has the same Intel Core i5-2467M processor seen in ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13 ($999.99 direct, 4 stars) and HP's own Envy 14 Spectre ($1,399.99 direct, 4 stars), the Folio 13-1029wm has a slower Intel Core i3-2367M chip. It also lacks the Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology that lets a growing number of laptops beam their screens and sound to an HDTV set equipped with an optional adapter. Otherwise, it has all the features that have made the Folio 13 an ultrabook favorite, from a keyboard that out-comforts to a battery that outlasts the competition. If the concept sounds familiar - put a Core i3 rather than i5 into an ultrabook and sell it via a big-box retailer for 800 bucks - that's because it's worked for Best Buy and Toshiba with the Toshiba Portege Z835-P330 ($799.99 list, 3.5 stars).
Announced last year as an effort to bolster notebook sales amidst tablet fever, Intel's ultrabook initiative is well underway with no less than a dozen machines vying to be your new companion -- some more effectively than others. Vendors such as LG have unveiled highly competent ultrathins that rival Apple's MacBook Air in terms of raw specs, but they also fail to meet one of Intel's guiding tenets by exceeding the sub-$1,000 price point. There are only so many people willing to spend $1,300+ on a finger-thick machine, and many of them are already loyal Apple customers. The reality is, the average consumer wants to believe they're buying a premium product, but they don't necessarily want to pay premium prices. It's a tough nut to crack and most PC makers have failed when it comes to ultrathin notebooks, whether by charging too much or cutting too many corners. LG's $1,500 X-Note Z330 is incredibly thin (0.58in/14.7mm) and light (2.67lb/1.21kg), but its internals are identical to ultrabooks that are 50% cheaper or more. Conversely, Acer's Aspire S3 stormed out of the gates last October with an accessible sub-$1,000 price, but it was criticized for having a cheap plastic chassis, poor audio quality and viewing angles, a stiff keyboard, a short battery life and tons of bloatware to boot.
HP's first ultrabook to launch in India, the Folio 13, couldn't be more attractive. While the Asus Zenbook guns after the MacBook Air in every sense of the word (we don't want to call it a rip-off!), the HP Folio 13 manages to uphold its distinctive looks, style and design to resemble a product straight from HP's laptop portfolio. The HP Folio 13 isn't the first ultrabook to launch in India, but it's definitely among the best ones. Let's take a closer look... Ultrabooks are still relatively new to the Indian market. While it may not be the sleekest, lightest, ultrabook of the bunch launched and available in India, the HP Folio 13 is definitely one that has a simple design aesthetic and a touch of understated elegance. It has a brushed metal screen lid made of aluminium coated with a soft champagne brown hue that looks classy from the outside. Prop it open to reveal the same colour and surface encasing the black keyboard deck. And, of course, the HP ultrabook is thinner, lighter than mainstream 13-inch laptops, making it easier to carry around. The HP Folio 13 is very well built, its dual hinges provide great balance to the two halves of the ultrabook it binds together.
HP's Folio 13, the first of a new product line designed to appeal to both mainstream and business users, isn't the thinnest or lightest Ultrabook around. But unless you're a fanatic about such things, it will probably fill your needs better than its thinner and lighter competitors. It offers excellent performance and battery life, a fetchingly minimalist design, and a typing experience that thinner units can't match. Our $899 (as of February 20, 2012) consumer configuration of the Folio 13 revolves around an Intel Core i5-2467M, 4GB of 1333 MHz DDR3, and a performance-enhancing 128GB Samsung solid-state drive. The display is flawlessly backlit and crisp, at 13.3 inches with a resolution of 1366 by 768. The $999 business version adds features such as a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) for security, a cleaner software image, and Windows 7 Professional rather than Windows 7 Home Premium. The Folio 13's WorldBench 6 score of 118 is good for a Core i5-based machine, and in informal use the unit feels quite snappy. The integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics contribute to weak gaming frame rates, which top out in the low 30s at 800 by 600 resolution with low quality settings. Video, on the other hand, is smooth as silk, even when playing 1080p files.
The HP Folio 13 masquerades as a business Ultrabook, but really possesses features that make it one of the best all-around Ultrabooks on the market.Ultrabooks meant for business use have been rare so far. In fact, as of this moment the HP Folio 13 is the only “business Ultrabook” on the market. Lenovo’s ThinkPad Ultrabook isn’t due for several months. The lack of Ultrabooks meant for professional use is a bit strange. This category of laptops has fostered some of the thinnest and lightest Windows laptops available including the ThinkPad X220, the ThinkPad X1, the Panasonic Toughbook C1 and the Sony Vaio Z. Yet none of these are officially Ultrabooks. HP’s Folio 13 is. From a hardware perspective,it’s in same league as the consumer-oriented competition. Our review unit came packing an Intel Core i5-2467M processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, Intel HD 3000 graphics, four gigabytes of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive. All of this is available for $999, which is a reasonable price for an Ultrabook. Let’s see what this “business” laptop has to offer over a consumer model. Few laptops make a better first impression than the Folio 13.
Every notebook PC maker is coming to a store near you with the best and brightest technologies inside "ultrabooks" (thin and light premium notebooks using the latest Intel technologies). HP's current contribution to the ultrabook market is the Folio 13, a 13-inch aluminum-wrapped notebook packed with an Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB solid state drive for a price of just $899. Can this HP ultrabook compete against higher-priced ultrabooks with higher specs? Read on to find out.Build and DesignThe Folio 13 might look at first glance like an average addition to the ultrabook category with its aluminum construction and 13-inch screen size. It's not the thinnest ultrabook with a maximum thickness of 0.7 inches and it's not the lightest ultrabook with a weight of 3.3 pounds (4+ lbs. with AC adapter), but HP engineers didn't sacrifice important features (like a media card reader) just to make the Folio 13 an extra 0.1 inch thinner. The lid and top half of the chassis (palm rest area) are all made of aluminum. The remainder of the notebook uses tough plastics wrapped in a soft touch rubber paint similar to a Lenovo ThinkPad.
One's too steep and one's too shallow, and they're the Achilles' heels of ultrabooks. What are they? Prices and keyboards, respectively, and HP goes a long way toward fixing them with its entry in the super-slim laptop sweepstakes, the HP Folio 13 - $899.99 with Windows 7 Home Premium or $1,048.99 as tested with Windows 7 Professional, and equipped with one of the nicest keyboards in the class. The HP Folio 13 is nice in other ways, too, from its Ethernet port to its memory-card slot. It's a few ounces heavier and a few ticks of the benchmark stopwatch slower than some competitors, but the more you use it the less you'll care about that: Ultrabooks are about convenience and productivity, and the Folio 13 delivers so much of both that it comes within a whisker of unseating our Editors' Choice in the category, the Asus Zenbook UX31-RSL8 ($1,049 list, 4 stars). At $899.99 with Win 7 Home Premium, the Folio is the second most affordable ultrabook with a true solid-state drive instead of a spinning hard drive with solid-state booster like the Acer Aspire S3 ($899.99 direct, 3.5 stars).
Everyone has an laptop based on Intel's Ultrabook spec these days, and if they don't already, they showed it off at CES last week. Just being thin and light isn't enough to stand out in the crowd now, and HP knows that. To that end, they've produced the Folio 13, an Ultrabook that they're aiming at the business market. The 13-inch laptop still manages to come in at under a grand, so it's worth considering even if you don't spend most of your working hours between one terminal and another. How does the Folio 13 stack up to the rest of the Ultrabook competition? I spent the last week finding out. Not so long ago, HP was synonymous with cheap, bulky and entirely plastic machines that would crack and warp at the drop of the hat. But with the ENVY, EliteBook and now the Folio lines, they're bucking the trend and bringing a little pride back to the old Hewlett Packard name. The Folio is neither the thinnest nor the lightest Ultrabook around, but when the difference is measured in millimeters and ounces, that doesn't necessarily bother me. The screen lid and palmrest use a stylish brushed aluminum that looks good while keeping fingerprints mostly invisible, but the bezel and underside are soft-touch plastic, probably chosen to keep the weight down.
As ultrabooks become a major part of the laptop landscape this year, the key to finding a good one won't be specs--since so many have identical innards--so much as look, feel, and bang for the buck. The HP Folio 13 is a small business-targeted ultrabook that should be equally at home in the hands of a mainstream consumer. Aside from TPM support, the "business" differentiation is cosmetic and arbitrary: the HP Folio 13's hardware--a Core i5 low-voltage CPU, 128GB SSD storage, 4GB of RAM--befits any laptop in the 13-inch ultrabook universe circa 2012. The Folio 13 is a thicker laptop, and a heavier one, too, than the MacBook Air and any of last year's ultrabooks, but not by much. It's a little over 3 pounds, and still thinner than any standard laptop. It's just not wafer-thin. However, the HP Folio 13 only costs $899, which undercuts a lot of the ultrabook competition by at least $100. And consider the battery life: in our tests, the HP Folio 13 had the longest battery life among Windows ultrabooks thus far. I'd give up a bit of thinness to gain more battery life any day, and at 0.7 inch thick, the Folio 13 is still plenty svelte enough for compact travel. Are there sexier ultrabooks, and even laptops, than the HP Folio 13? Certainly.
The first wave of Ultrabooks--the new class of uber-thin Windows notebooks--was targeted toward consumers. Now HP has entered the market with the business-oriented Folio 13, a 3.2-pound laptop that offers long battery life, a fast boot time, and a super-slim chassis with a professional aesthetic. For $1,048 (starting at $899), the Folio 13 delivers strong performance and endurance, but how pleasurable is it to use?Click to EnlargeCompared to other Ultrabooks, the Folio 13 sports a solid but subdued design. The aluminum lid and deck sport a brushed matte silver treatment that resists fingerprints. We like the machine's soft-touch bottom, which makes it easy to grip. All of the Folio's surfaces resist fingerprints completely. While handsome, the Folio 13 isn't as striking as the platinum-colored Elitebook line. (We'd love to see HP make an Envy Ultrabook.)At 12.5 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches and 3.2 pounds, the HP Folio 13 is thinner and lighter than most notebooks, but a little thicker and heavier than most of its fellow Ultrabooks. The ASUS ZenBook UX31 (13.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches, 3 pounds) and MacBook Air 13-inch (13.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches) are a little larger, but 0.2 pounds lighter.
“I hardly think that we're too late, the work we're doing with Microsoft is extraordinarily compelling — ultraportables are compelling," HP’s Todd Bradley said during the call where Meg Whitman, the company’s new CEO, declared her decision to keep its PC business. Of course, Bradley wasn’t only defending HP’s role in the computer and mobile market, but he was hinting at HP’s intention to jump into the new crowded ultrabook pool. And the HP Folio 13 is just that entry. Interestingly, the 13.3-inch Folio isn’t really a consumer-focused PC — it doesn’t have HP’s typical Beats branding or its characteristic playful design language — but it does have a nice array of features that will appeal to everyday users. Sure, it has the standard ultrabook specs — an Intel Core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB Samsung SSD for fast boot and resume times — but for just $899.99, it also has a backlit keyboard, Core i5 (most at that price have an i3), and the important ports that many ultrabooks have left off (see Lenovo's IdeaPad U300s). So, is the Folio just as “compelling” as Bradley believes, and can it provide HP — a company with a floundering mobile strategy — with the firm momentum it needs in this new fiery ultrabook market?
|HP Folio 13-1029WM 13.3 Ultrabook (1.4 GHz Intel Core i3-2367M Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)||$499||See it|
|HP Folio 13-1029WM Intel Core i3-2367M 1.4GHz 4GB 128GB 13.3 Win7 (Silver)||$499||See it|
|HP Folio 13-1029WM 13.3 Ultrabook (1.4 GHz Intel Core i3-2367M Processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)||$589.99||See it|
|HP Folio 13-1029WM Intel Core i3-2367M 1.4GHz 4GB 128GB 13.3 Win7 (Silver)||$639.99||See it|
|HP Folio 13 B2A32UT 13.3-Inch LED Ultrabook - Core i5 i5-2467M 4G RAM 128G SSD||$653.98||See it|
|HP Folio 13 B2A32UT 13.3-Inch LED Ultrabook - Core i5 i5-2467M 4G RAM 128G SSD||$675||See it|
|HP Folio 13-1020US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Steel Gray)||$799.88||See it|
|HP Folio 13-1020US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Steel Gray)||$969.99||See it|
|HP Folio 13 B2A32UT 13.3 LED Ultrabook - Core i5 i5-2467M - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB SSD - Intel HD 3000 - Windows 7 Professional 1366 x 768 WXGA Display - 4 G||$1000||See it|