Despite stiff competition from rivals like Lenovo and Apple, HP seems to be in no mood to relinquish its share in business notebook segment. It has recently unveiled a number of performance laptops, clearly aimed at business users who seek productivity. Gone are those days when business laptops looked drab and dull, sans all oomph! One look at the Hewlett Packard Ultrabooks will make you reconsider your view of commonplace business laptops.
In its new Folio 13, HP has attempted to bring a nice balance between aesthetics and performance. The shiny exterior and brushed-metal body of this laptop is covered with rubberized anti slip coat inside. At just 1.49kg, Folio 13 stands apart among Hewlett Packard Ultrabooks. In fact, it is lighter than some of the 11.6 inch ultraportable models. Even though it is heavier than arch rival Apple’s Macbook Air the difference is not significant. It is not as svelte as the Macbook Air either. It is evident that Folio 13’s design has been inspired by HP’s award winning Envy 17. This is clear from its large touchpad with wrist rest and black island type keyboard. There are two integrated click buttons in touchpad.
Needless to say, business executives need to type a lot, from drafting emails to preparing projects reports etc. Keeping this in mind, HP has made the keyboard in Folio 13 really user friendly and even after hours of typing your fingers would not get tired. It is really thoughtful of the company to include light indicators for Wi-Fi, Mute and Caps Lock directly on the keys. The new Hewlett Packard Ultrabooks do not compromise on productivity and processing power at all and Folio 13 bears testimony to this trait. The sleek laptop has been equipped with an Intel Core i3-2367M mobile CPU, which is a Sandy Bridge series processor. The CPU is complemented nicely by 4 GB of RAM. For storage, there is a 128 GB SSD. While, the storage capacity is rather low, users will appreciate fast boot and application load time. HP also packs in Windows 7 Home Premium with Folio 13.
As far as connectivity goes, Folio 13 hits the sweet spot. It offers nearly all connectivity options business users would need. There is Ethernet port, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity bundled in. While HDMI inclusion is ideal for occasional movie watch on larger screens, some users may grudge presence of just 2 USB ports. One of them is newer USB 3.0 port, ideal for huge data transfer in less time. The mobile Core i3 CPU included in this model is not the fastest but users will gain from the SSD. In particular, the laptop excels at doing storage intensive tasks and multitasking. Present generation laptops are being launched with enhanced battery life and even in this respect Folio 13 comes out trumps, with an average battery life of above 5 hours.
Overall, HP Folio 13 does not break any performance benchmarks but it offers decent all round performance. There are not many Hewlett Packard Ultrabooks that weigh equal to netbooks but match mainstream laptops on performance front.
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