HP Folio 13 review; a business friendly Ultrabook

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    Following Acer, ASUSTeK, Toshiba and Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has unveiled a fresh Ultrabook, dubbed HP Folio 13. HP was one of the first tech firms to announce its plan to launch an Ultrabook. The top American computer manufacturer’s Folio 13 outshines its Acer, Asus, Toshiba and Lenovo rivals with some business friendly features.

    The Folio 13 has grabbed media attention for its features such as long battery life, fast boot time, comfy keyboard and loud speakers. When compared with Asus ZenBook UX31, Acer Aspire 3 and Apple MacBook Air 13, the Folio 13 is certainly an outstanding notebook. Get through the article to know more about HP Folio 13.

    HP Folio 13 tech specs
    Form factor: HP has made some design compromises with the Ultrabook. Instead of aluminum, the company has deployed plastic to design the bottom part. The notebook, however, is small and lightweight with the dimensions of 0.7 x 8.67 x 12.54 inches and weight of 3.3 lbs.

    Display: The Ultrabook sports a 13.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD2 display with the BrightView technology. The screen offers a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

    Processor: The Folio 13 is powered by the 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 CPU with mobile Intel HM65 Express chipset. The Intel Sandy Bridge processors ensure better performance for the system.

    Graphics: Intel HD2 Graphics 3000.

    RAM: DDR3 SDRAM, 1333 MHz (1600 MHz, and it is downgrade to 1333 MHz).

    Storage: 128 GB mSATA SSD.

    Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Professional4 64 bit

    Webcam: The HP notebook features an integrated HP TrueVision HD Webcam.

    Connectivity and ports: Folio 13 Ultrabook features RJ-45 (Ethernet), one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one HDMI port, headphone/microphone combo jacks and power connector. As connectivity features, the notebook has Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth3.0 Combo Adapter. It has expansion slots like SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC.

    Preloaded Software: The HP notebook comes into stores with HP Connection Manager 4.1, Adobe Flash Player, HP CoolSense, Intel Wireless Display (WiDi), Skype and HP Quick Launch.

    Battery:  The 6-cell Li-Ion battery makes HP Folio 13 a winner of all its competitors. The notebook can run six hours on a single recharge.

    What makes it special?

    Long battery life: HP Folio 13 is featured for long battery life. Simply outdoing all its rivals like Toshiba Portege Z835 (5:49), ASUS ZenBook UX31 (5:41), 2011 MacBook Air 13-inch (    5:32) Lenovo IdeaPad U300s (5:08) Samsung Series 9 (4:20) and Acer Aspire S3 (4:11), HP Folio ensures more than six hours battery life.

    Comfortable keyboard: The HP Ultrabook is known for a comfy keyboard and track-pad. Thus, providing input to the device is an easy job for a user. Business users may prefer Folio 13 to other Ultrabooks with this feature except its other business friendly features.

    Fast boot time: It may take only 18 seconds for the Folio 13 to boot up. You can quickly start working with this high performance Ultrabook as its boots quite instantly after you press on the power button.

    Business friendly Ultrabook: HP has presented the Folio 13 as the first business friendly Ultrabook. The machine highlights the celebrated business friendly feature TPM, which was omitted by all other companies like Asus, Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo and others.

    Drawbacks
    The HP Ultrabook’s bottom panel is made of plastic, not aluminum. It doesn’t make the notebook a solid machine, indeed. Dim display with narrow viewing angles is yet another shortfall of the notebook.

    Price and availability
    However, HP sells the Folio 13 for an enticing price tag of $900. With a strong blend of long battery life, fast boot time and other features, this price is a bit attractive.

    What others say?
    Here we can see what Dana Wollman of Engadget concludes of the notebook in her review,

    “There’s just so much to love in this $900 machine: it boots quickly, includes a robust selection of ports, can be configured with helpful business features and offers a refreshingly comfortable typing experience. The biggest things we’d change are the stiff trackpad and the dim, glossy display, which frankly, we expected to find in a machine this inexpensive anyway.”

    Wrap-up
    HP Folio 13 is one more addition into the growing Ultrabook market. We already have lots of products from various technology makers. However, the Folio 13 has made some difference with many features. Indeed, the device will make inroads into the market especially being a business friendly Ultrabook – as HP says, the first Ultrabook of that kind.