CNET First Look
HP Folio 13HP's small-business ultrabook may not be a looker, but it's got everything a hardcore traveler would want.
Hi. I'm Scott Stein, Senior Editor of CNET.com. Now, the ultrabooks of CES have come and gone and there are gonna lot more ultrabooks still to come. But one of the most interesting solid and reliable ones you've seen so far this year, is the HP Folio 13. Now, this is a small business oriented laptop. It's technically an ultrabook although what is an ultrabook anyway at this point. The lines are getting so blurred. It's hard to figure it out. What this is a 13-inch thin laptop with SSA storage like a MacBook Air except thicker than a MacBook Air and heavier than a MacBook Air. What you are getting here is a more affordable price, 899 at it's starting which compared to that 1,200 or so price of a MacBook Air, it's much more affordable deal and you get a 120 GB of SSD storage, 4 GB of RAM and you get that same zippy type of core i5 processor that's low voltage, but feels very nice and functionally fast on these types of laptops. You'll also get a battery that last about 6 hours which is really good, maybe not quite as good as a MacBook Air, but approaching it. And you also get more ports on this. Check out the ethernet. Also USB 3.0 and an SD card slot. A lot of those are missing on a lot of other ultrabooks creating a bit of a disconnect. Actually, taking this one at the CES was kind of fun because the ethernet port made it a little more reliable for landlines. Now, it is gonna take up more room in your backpack, but it's a little over 3 lbs and it's still pretty light compared to other laptops, so it depends on what your comparing it to. It has a small business type feel. The brush metal lid, kinda of a slightly no non-sense design, but you know what? It pay attention to the details particularly the fact that it doesn't feel very flexi at all. It has a nice rubberized bottom, so it stays. Put on your desk if you're typing a lot and the keyboard is really nice. It's full size. It has some nice key travel. Felt really good when typing and the track pad is pretty large and use a multi-touch with a click pad type on it. Now, everything is you know kind of far for the course, integrated graphics. The speakers are fine. The webcam's maybe a little better than average. Where do you use this things for? You're using it to write, you're using to get online, the start up time, the boot up time on this is really fast and the cold boot up time from sleep or hibernation when you lift the lid was also really zippy and functional. It doesn't make a slight roaring sound when you're using it for a while because you're playing with those cool sense controls for cooling. Maybe you can find a perfect middle zone for yourself. Overall at 899, it's a really good value and probably one of the best feeling writing ultrabooks that we've seen or I've seen in the past year. Now, if you wanna pay a little bit more or spend a $150 for Windows 7 Professional, you can, but really at that 899 price it's really got basically everything that you're looking for. I'm Scott Stein and that's a quick look at the HP Folio 13, a business ultrabook.