ALL BEEFED UP
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.