First Impressions: HP Folio 13


Ultrabooks just keep on coming to our Gadgetslab, and today we’re taking a quick peek at HP’s offering, the HP Folio 13. While somewhat late to the local ultrabook party, HP’s making a splash with their gorgeous 13-inch offering that has a quoted battery life of 9 hours.

Like other ultrabooks currently out in the market, the HP Folio 13 promises excellent battery endurance and no-compromised performance in a body that’s only 18mm thin.

As you can see, the Folio 13 is nice to look at and sports an aluminum lid that gives it that premium feel. This 13-inch ultrabook uses a 13.3-inch diagonal HD BrightView display that has a resolution of 1366 x 768. The Folio 13 uses an Intel Core i5-2467M processor, much like other mid-tier ultrabooks currently floating around in the market.

The aluminum treatment extends to the palm rest and other select parts of the device, and while it uses a mainly plastic chassis, build quality is fantastic – no creaks anywhere in the unit. The keyboard is a backlit, island-type affair, which is surprisingly fantastic to type on.

We’ve griped about trackpads without visible separators before, but thankfully the Folio 13 doesn’t fall in that particular category. Our initial tests with the Clickpad was very promising, to say the least.

Like most ultrabooks, the device doesn’t have a whole lot of ports to use, but it does have most of the important ports on hand – Ethernet, 2 USB ports (one on each side) and a full sized HDMI port.

The device is equipped with a 128GB SSD drive that ensures relatively quick boot-up times – our unit booted up in less than 20 seconds.

That’s it for now. Check back in about a week or so to read our full review on this beautiful ultrabook.