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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - ULTRA BOOKS -

It is not al­ways that you get a lap­top de­liv­ered to you in a large en­ve­lope. But HP’S Fo­lio 13 came to us in one, and we were im­pressed. The pack­age could have eas­ily passed off for doc­u­ments from a bank for a house loan—no one had an inkling that it, in fact, held an Ul­tra­book, a rather large one at that.

Yes, the Fo­lio 13 is slim and sleek, but not as much as some of the other Ul­tra­books we have tested. That is not be­cause this is a bulky de­vice—at 1.5 kg it is, how­ever, a few grams heav­ier than the rest. In fact, the Fo­lio 13 tries to be true to it­self by keep­ing its thick­ness con­stant through­out with no thin­ner or sleeker edges. The slightly stocky build also means this de­vice has some­thing which the other Ul­tra­books don’t, an RJ-45 Eth­er­net port. To make space, the fan grill is placed be­neath, un­like the oth­ers which have it on the side.

The 13.3-inch di­ag­o­nal Led-back­lit HD Brightview is good, though some­thing bright would have re­ally sexed up the de­vice. More so, be­cause be­low the screen, on the hinge, is a speaker strip which re­ally adds some oomph to this Ul­tra­book with the Dolby Ad­vanced Stereo re­ally stand­ing out to be heard loud. The full-sized, spill-re­sis­tant, back­lit chi­clet key­board comes with UV coat­ing and is very easy to type on. Plus, the touch­pad come with ges­tures sup­port, a fea­ture which we thought most of the oth­ers missed out on. An­other real good fea­ture is the on/off key (f5) for the back­lit key­board, a good way to save power. And the Fo­lio 13 does save some power, for it can run up to nine hours on a sin­gle charge.

The Fo­lio 13 comes with three USB ports, one of them USB 3.0, and a HDMI port. An­other good touch is the LED in­di­ca­tor to show if the we­b­cam is on. The Fo­lio 13 re­tails abroad for around $900, but in In­dia it car­ries a price tag of 69,990, which might put off some buy­ers. But still the Fo­lio 13 has fea­tures which can make it a good op­tion for cor­po­rate buy­ers.

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