HP is the largest PC manufacturer in the world and a true giant of a brand within the technology industry. Their move in to the Ultrabook market came as no surprise not long back, due to Intel branding the term ‘Ultrabook’ for a specific set up of hardware requirements and HP jumping to offer consumers the perfect device.
The HP Folio 13 is the product of the above. Built for business users in mind however perfectly serviceable as a consumer device, the HP Folio 13 is an excellent Ultrabook for early 2012 offering up specifications which enable it to be more than satisfactory during system heavy tasks. What’s more, the Ultrabook itself has an energy star which makes it one of the better options for power efficiency should your buying decisions be swayed by that, and the Folio 13 also features a backlit keyboard, a feature which could turn out to be a key buying factor.
In terms of what’s under the hood within the Folio 13 you will find a low-voltage Intel Core i5-2467m processor and a 128GB SSD which enables the Ultrabook to cold boot in around 20 seconds flat. The combination of Core i5 and 128GB SSD as standard in the Folio 13 sets this particular Ultrabook apart from others, especially when you consider the price HP is asking of them.
Shop around online for a HP Folio 13 and you will be able to nab one up for around the £650 mark (Google Shopping, mid-2012). Now although that may seem slightly expensive when you consider that a laptop with a much larger screen than 13.3” can be had for less, bear in mind that with an Ultrabook you are essentially paying for the portability and speed it offers, because no HDD equipped laptop will be able to boot up within 20 seconds at this price point.
So just to recap on what the Folio 13 brings to the table in terms of Ultrabook specifications, you are looking at:
- Windows 7 Professional 64 installed out of the box
- An Intel Core i5-2467m processor
- A 128GB SSD
- A 13.3” display set at 1366 x 768
- 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
The above allows the Ultrabook to boot in under 20 seconds, lets users run programmes and applications as quickly as possible and amazingly you’ll be able to get a whole or near 9.5 hours of battery life from it as quoted by HP themselves.
Current Folio 13 reviews
All expert reviews on the Folio 13 have generally had the same consensus; the Ultrabook is fantastic value for money, however it isn’t quite as thin as some other Ultrabooks on the market. In terms of consumer reviews, the Folio 13 has a decent score of 7 / 10 on Reevoo.