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: 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.
Conclusion: This is the man in the dull gray suit. He goes to work dutifully and gets the job done. He's tireless and reliable but not a standout. The Folio 13 isn't a looker and it doesn't ride with high class materials like some Ultrabooks, but it's sturdy, has a great keyboard and class leading battery life. We wish HP had gone with a brighter panel, though that might have brought down battery life to pedestrian levels.
Pros: Class-leading battery life, very good backlit keyboard.
Conclusion: Even amongst Ultrabooks this device has an exceptional battery life, a stable and very sublime case , surfaces that feel velvety, soft and just great, the backlit keyboard and (if on the right setting) the very moderate, often not even present background noise, which should all definitely help establish a purchase recommendation for the Folio 13 at the target price of just under €1000 .
Pros: Considerable battery life, Very refined materials and workmanship, Good keyboard, Impressive sound for a notebook of this size, The excellent keyboard, the solid build quality and the good battery life.
Cons: Glossy display: barely suitable for outdoors, Very stiff touchpad keys, Display isn't edge-to-edge => a sham, Possible performance cannot be completely called upon
Conclusion: HP sells the Folio 13 as a business Ultrabook, but to be honest, we have hard time seeing what makes this an enterprise laptop. Build quality, though robust, is not up to the level of a Lenovo ThinkPad or HP EliteBook. There’s not even a matte display option.
Pros: Solid build quality, Attractive, Good keyboard, Above average battery life, Solid performance
Cons: Resolution could be higher, Glossy display can be annoying, Distracting software suite
HP Folio 13 review – excellent bang for the buck, but not perfect
1 February 2012
Summary: Slightly heavier and bulkier than the other 13.3 inch ultrabooks, the HP Folio 13 also feels more solid, better suited for life on the road. It also offers the best battery life among its competitors, good performances and a proper backlit keyboard, all for a fair price.
Pros: solid built, excellent illuminated keyboard, good performances, huge battery life, all the needed ports, punchy speakers
Cons: dull design, a bit heavy and thick, dim display, stiff touchpad