Summary: The ratings awarded to a product are derived from a number of tests and calculations, keeping certain important factors in mind. These factors consist of features, performance, quality and value for money. In case of software and some other categories, build quality might be replaced with ease of use or ease of installation. Products are compared with other products in a similar price range or product category.
The HP Folio 13 is a high-end ultrabook aimed at business users. Priced at under $1000, it offers middling performance, but great battery life.
2 June 2012
Conclusion: The HP Folio 13 is an ultrabook with an impressive battery life, first and foremost. However, the trade-off is in its lower performance; it had middling results in testing. For anyone who works while traveling, the HP Folio 13 is definitely worth a look. One of these ultrabooks can be had for under $1000, so it's fairly economical.
Summary: Our model—the consumer build vs. commercial—included the Windows 7 Professional upgrade (Windows Home Premium comes standard at the base price of $900), along with a host of third-party apps (of varying usefulness), as well as HP’s own suite of management software. There’s a lot here for the price, alright, in an attractive, well-made body, but the fact is, Asus’s Zenbook UX31E offers more performance and more cutting-edge style for nearly the same price.
Pros: Nice build; good port selection; strong battery life; low entry price.
Cons: Better performance can be had for the price; TN screen quality, and not very bright.
Conclusion: Overall, we liked this laptop—and of the nine ultrabooks we've looked at to date, the Folio 13 is both the most business- and finger-friendly. However, we're not convinced it's the best value in the ultrabook market.
Pros: Comfortable backlit keyboard, Windows 7 Professional, TPM security chip, Relatively long battery life, High-quality Webcam
Cons: Narrow screen viewing angle, Slightly high price, Only one USB 3.0 port
Summary: The HP Folio 13's slower mobile processor and lack of upgradability means that it is not an ideal machine for power users who need a faster processor and ample storage capacity. However, there is no sign that HP has sacrificed functionality in any way to bring costs down. Conversely, it's clear that HP deliberately chose to incorporate capabilities into the HP Folio 13 that benefit business users.
Conclusion: At 3.3lbs (1.49kg), HP's offering isn't the lightest around, nor is it the thinnest at 0.7in. In fact, it's toward the upper limits of both attributes with most ultrabooks weighing 2.4-2.9lbs and measuring 0.51-0.67in thick. However, I wouldn't appreciate the system more if it were smaller, nor would I likely notice a 0.5lb/1mm difference. It's also tough to bash on the Folio's size disadvantage considering its solid build quality.
Excerpt: The HP Folio 13 Ultrabook may look like it came from HP's Elitebook series, but it shares more than just an Elitebook's looks - without its hefty price. Read on to find out just what makes it stand out in the sea of Ultrabooks.
Pros: Excellent battery life, Backlit keyboard, Good aluminum build
Conclusion: Of the ultrabooks I've tested so far, the ones I've personally liked the best have been the Dell XPS 13 and this one, the HP Folio 13. Both have fairly good keyboards and both deviate from the norm a little bit, displaying some ingenuity and thought in their designs. I particularly appreciate the Folio 13's more boxy design; it seems silly, but the lack of a wedge shape is refreshing and more than that, helps to both distinguish HP's entrant visually and gives their...