Summary: There’s just one variant of the HP Folio 13 for now and this retails for Rs.69,990, so it’s about 10K cheaper than the Dell (not to mention, better equipped) and about 25K cheaper than the Toshiba , which makes it the best buy out of the three. The Folio scores high on the excellent industrial design and it feels and looks like it can take a beating, when compared to the other two, which seem a bit delicate.
Summary: When it comes to Windows ultrabooks, the HP Folio 13 is the best of the bunch in terms of performance, price, and ergonomics, provided you can live with a less-than-razor-thin design. This laptop is targeted at small businesses but it's really for anyone who wants a reliable ultrabook that isn't a MacBook Air.
Pros: The HP Folio 13 has everything that matters most in an ultrabook: very good battery life, an excellent backlit keyboard, all the requisite ports for mobile use, and a very comfortable feel, along with a competitive entry-level price.
Cons: The Folio 13 is no looker compared with other ultrabooks, and is a bit thicker and heavier than thin laptops such as the MacBook Air. The clickpad's just a bit too finicky for our tastes, too.
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
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.
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.