HP Folio 13 review

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The touchpad is fine. The buttons are integrated into the pad itself, with the left- and right-click zones demarcated by a grey border, but it’s possible to left-click across most of the pad, either by pressing down or dabbing it with a light tap. Should you find your palms interfering with the cursor, a quick double-tap in the top-left corner disables the touchpad completely, with a small amber light above the touchpad letting you know.

Cursor control is responsive, and the usual two-fingered zooming and scrolling gestures work well. The three- and four-fingered gestures are a little more erratic, but they’re occasionally useful: horizontal swipes skip back and forth through web pages, and four-fingered gestures flick between applications or open up the Flip 3D interface. Thankfully, should you find yourself activating certain gestures by mistake, it’s possible to disable them in the Synaptics Control Panel.

HP Folio 13 - rear

If the Folio 13 has a notable weakness, it has to be the display. It looks acceptable enough in isolation, perhaps due to the glossy finish, but closer examination reveals it to be just as average as many of its Ultrabook peers. Brightness peaks at a modest 223cd/m2, and the low 193:1 contrast ratio leaves it struggling to reproduce fine detail in the brightest and darkest areas of our test photographs. The resolution is none too impressive, either, with HP settling for a bog-standard 1,366 x 768 panel. It’s perfectly usable, but those after a higher resolution and better image quality will need to look to Samsung’s Series 9 or Apple’s MacBook Air.

We didn’t expect HP’s latest Ultrabook to deliver a knockout blow for only £799, but the Folio 13 punches well above its weight. Great build and smart looks go hand in hand with all-day battery life; the ergonomics are good, if not quite great; and only the display leaves any major room for improvement. It still doesn’t quite get the heart pumping quite like an XPS 13 or a Zenbook UX31E, but if you’re looking for a fine all-rounder for less than most Ultrabooks, the Folio 13 is as good as they come.


Warranty 1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions 319 x 220 x 18mm (WDH)
Weight 1.500kg
Travelling weight 1.9kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core i5-2467M
Motherboard chipset Intel HM65
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Memory type DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 0

Screen and video

Screen size 13.3in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Resolution 1366 x 768
Graphics chipset Intel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics card RAM N/A
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
HDMI outputs 1
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0


Capacity 128GB
Spindle speed N/A
Hard disk Samsung SSD
Optical disc technology N/A
Optical drive N/A
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0


Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support yes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 1
FireWire ports 0
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 0
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader no
MMC (multimedia card) reader no
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location Above keyboard
Hardware volume control? no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 1.3mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Carry case no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 8hr 12min
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.56
Responsiveness score 0.79
Media score 0.55
Multitasking score 0.34

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery partition

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