Summary: The HP Folio 13 is a model belonging to the family of ultrabook, so it’s thin and extremely portable. Dedicated to professionals, is distinguished by its quick start, for the functions of data protection to the HDMI input and the considerable autonomy. The rest of the specs falls more or less average.
Excerpt: looks quite svelte, it is technically over the weight limit Intel has set for ultrabooks. The official limit is 3.1 lbs, and the Folio tips the scales at 3.3 lbs, so it’s a stretch to use that term as a descriptive.
Pros: Great performance in a reasonably slim and quite sturdy package. Good pricing, yet it’s clear that corners weren’t cut in either specs or build quality. Exceptional battery life up to an hour longer than competitors.
Cons: Very dim screen. At 3.3 pounds, it’s less “ultra” than the rest of the market. Too much preinstalled junk on our test unit.
Excerpt: While HP’s Folio 13 is sized similarly to the other ultrabooks we’ve tested, sporting a 13.3‑inch screen and measuring 12.54x8.67x.7 inches, it’s a bit heavier than the others, but not by much. With a lap weight of 3 pounds, 4.8 ounces, it’s 3.7 ounces heavier than the Asus Zenbook, although its battery is nearly twice the size and weight of the latter’s. Aesthetically, the Folio 13 is pleasing. The lid, keyboard deck, and palm rest are all brushed aluminum.
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: 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.
Summary: Premium Hipflask. HP arrives late to the party with the Folio 13, its own interpretation of the ultrabook, and faces up to the ultraportable competition. The following review shows how well HP's little one performs in a comprehensive hardware test.
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, A display that can be used outdoors, i.e. it should be somewhat brighter, and/or it should be a matte panel in order to avoid reflections and allow real mobility.