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Review: HP Folio 13

HP Folio 13

All meat on the grill. Thus we can define this bet HP, since it is the first the company launches and therefore tried to do my best to win and attract consumers to this product.


  • Model: HP Folio 13 1050LA.
  • Availability and price: USD $1,200 approximate.
  • Central processor (CPU): Intel Core i5-2467M. Dual core, supports four processing threads thanks to HyperThreading technology. It runs at 1.6GHz base, which scale to 2.3GHz when placed under load. 3MB of cache, TDP of 17W, part of the second generation of Core processors Sandy Bridge, made under a 32nm process.
  • Graphics (GPU) with Intel 350MHz base frequency that goes up to 1.15GHz on demand.
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3 1333MHz in a slot. 4GB maximum allowed.
  • Storage: Solid State Drive (SSD) 128GB.
  • Display: 13.3-inch diagonal with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and LED backlight.
  • Connectivity: One USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0, Bluetooth, Ethernet, card reader, HDMI.
  • Battery: Lithium-Ion polymer 6-cell (59 WH).
  • Dimensions and weight: 1.7 cm thick, 31cm wide and 22cm deep. 1.5 kg.
  • Other: Webcam, Audio, backlit keyboard.
  • Software: Skype, Evernote, CyberLink YouCam, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010, Windows Live Essentials 2011, Bing Bar, HP driver software.

Design and Display

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Being first generation in this team all the elements used in industry occurred to him to create thin laptops, robust and attractive, so that might arise as a worthy competition against the MacBook Air. But unlike Apple, HP can not afford the price tag you want your products, so that during the time of its release, the high cost of this ultrabook affected him from competition.

However, the work was done and what result is a machine of great strength in your body, good look and generally very good quality. The choice of materials based on aluminum, plastic parts that do not yield to pressure, all in a 1.5Kg weight packaging, which is not as light as 1.2kg which we have seen in other models of ultrabook , but not so heavy as 1.7kg which also have passed through our hands .

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Here we mention the low thickness of the machine, placing it as a ultrabook and bred, as the maximum to 1.7cm are quite comfortable coming to transport and store anywhere. Surely here is fulfilled the promise made to deliver Intel internal platforms to achieve this kind of work, which in the case of HP, performed very well in the Folio 13.

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On the other hand, the screen gives the typical reflection that we are accustomed to this kind of panels are matte, an unexplored option for manufacturers and that is put aside in favor of a higher color contrast and sharpness in image, which is also achieved with this machine, in exchange for excessive reflection. To this we add visibility angles relevant to the LED backlight technology, making it possible to move from left to right without losing too much nor suffer color distortions.

In general, we get the best of views with the Folio 13 in terms of design. View and get our hands on this team gave us a good taste, and we might even say that makes you want to buy it once it is live and direct, something I rarely say, but now we have no qualms about doing explicit.

Keyboard and trackpad

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Another thumbs up for this model, which is certainly strong external appearance and manufacture. For the full-size keyboard has very firmly on the surface where it is inserted, without yielding to strong pressure and delivering great security to write, thanks to the spacing between each key. To this we add the presence of backlight, which provides more functionality than is explained and it is certainly welcome in any device.

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As for the trackpad, the material could have been smoother, but this relates only to persons of wet hands, with nice texture and functional for the rest of us, offering high-precision cursor movements.

As usual in modern equipment, the multitouch gestures also say this in the Folio 13, coming through software drivers Synaptics ClickPad, which provide displacement and rotation with two fingers, pinch zoom, passed with three and four fingers, among other things:

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User experience and software

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As we saw in the specifications, although there is a considerable amount of applications pre-installed at the factory, mostly small tools are treated as Skype, CyberLink YouCam or Evernote, things like Windows Live Essentials 2011 or Silverlight, is very likely to install anyway. Fortunately no subscription antivirus limited, however, for some reason is the Bing Bar, perhaps the only element that we hasten to uninstall after opening the computer.

This is a positive aspect that adds to the presence of a solid state drive (SSD) 128GB exclusive, the one reviewed in detail below, but overall we deliver data transfer rates very high, allowing the release Rapid application data transfer so fast and in general, short response times and feel very smooth when using the equipment in daily activities, such as office programs and open folders, among other things.

This is precisely the point that Intel wanted to achieve with their when creating the specification: good performance for the ordinary user, for which an essential point is the presence of the SSD. In later models and current hybrid drives are being used, ie a traditional spinning hard disk and solid units of small size (16GB or 32GB), which at times affects the performance, which is not an exclusive SSD, as in this case. So, we got to turn on the computer in 20 seconds with a very fast off of no more than 7 seconds.

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On the side of the refrigeration, heat is dissipated by a rear slot properly, and as seen in the image, by extensive grids at the bottom, resulting in that the equipment does not reach high temperatures even under heavy use. To this must be added the HP CoolSense technology, which through software detects if the computer is or not in a fixed position to make adjustments to the boundaries of performance and fan speed, so as not to overheat when not above a cold desk:

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We said that the approach is ultrabooks performance and redundancy for everyday tasks, so the HP is fully compliant Folio, however, it is unfortunate the result we get when the platform wring more demanding, both in the low CPU voltage brings, such as graphics performance, which is where little or nothing to do.

But there are users who perform intensive 3D applications are not interested, and for them this type of equipment used enough, so they must also take into account other netbooks like the Toshiba Portege Z835 , Samsung 530U and Lenovo U300s .

We started well with the score given to the Windows 7 team, measuring the major components separately and delivering a number that ranges from 1.0 to 7.9 or less:

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Nothing strange that 4.7 corresponds to minimum graphics, with the RAM and ssd who achieved the best scores, with a discrete processor performs anyway in decent shape. Certainly a general description more or less right about the hardware in the Folio 13.

But putting more serious, PCMark 7 software will give us better insights into the overall performance by requiring task-HD video encoding, image manipulation, editing and web browsing fluency:

Futuremark PCMark7 Video playback and encoding (Frames per second) Processing web pages (pages per second) Image manipulation (Mpx per second) General
Lenovo U300s 23.1 8.19 6.39 3117
Sony VAIO Series E14P 23.04 12.44 9.14 2287
Lenovo U310 23.04 10.3 8.24 3451
HP Pavilion m6-1076la 22.97 10.88 11.47 2005
HP Folio 13 23.1 8.32 6.5 3170

Results quite on par with Lenovo U300s , which uses almost the same inner shelf, which places this ultrabook exactly the level where the rest. We see that in general the combination of SSD + CPU + RAM low voltage high speed (1333) delivers very good performance and score in PCMark 7, when assessing specific tasks but for general use.

The problem is when we get specific, which brings us down from the clouds. Proof of that is what gives us the central processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2467M, thanks to the Cinebench R10, showing how’s the chip when loading on a core solo CPU-Single-or all cores working together to MultiCPU-unison, giving also a preliminary figure on-OpenGL graphics.

Cinebench R10
Single CPU
Multi CPU
Alienware M11x 1643 2979 2886
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG 3352 7000 4449
Toshiba Portege Z835 3611 7190 4620
SONY VAIO 3D VPCF215FL 4529 17121 3859
Sony VAIO VPCCA17FL 4621 9768 4793
Sony VAIO Z 4573 9819 2058
Samsung R480 2362 5494 2924
Samsung 530U 3513 6195 3743
Samsung R580 2795 6268 3350
Samsung Series 7 Chronos 4688 14070 5607
HP Pavilion dm1z 1149 2210 1937
HP Pavilion dm4 3081 6852 2036
HP ENVY 14 Spectre 3622 7211 4677
HP Pavilion DV6-6185LA 4582 16983 5490
Lenovo U300s 3544 7137 3724
Sony VAIO Series E14P 4910 10376 6980
Lenovo U310 4378 9085 4049
HP Folio 13 3626 7294 4481

We are facing a dual core processor that responds to the order of expectations, showing no remarkable performance but being balanced in relation to other components of the machine and the category you are in, ie ultrabooks. It achieves a good performance in multitasking thanks to the presence of technology in the CPU HyperThreading, which allows the two nuclei of the central chip process four threads simultaneously, showing in the Windows 7 operating system as a quad-core CPU, but actually not.

Now back to the graphics. Because as we said, is the weakest point of the team, and 3DMark 06 will be a great indicator to reveal that, since this field tested in the most demanding:

Futuremark 3DMark 2006
SM 2.0
SM 3.0
Alienware M11x 3016 3160 1400 6539
Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG 4800 5267 2440 10854
Toshiba Portege Z835 1422 1690 2440 4114
SONY VAIO 3D VPCF215FL 2462 3063 3231 7060
Sony VAIO VPCCA17FL 2473 3074 3129 7054
Sony VAIO Z 1598 1975 3199 4761
Samsung R480 3183 3167 2216 7547
Samsung 530U 1170 1461 1931 3454
Samsung R580 3178 3273 2498 7726
Samsung Series 7 Chronos 2978 3266 3454 7946
HP Pavilion dm1z 762 968 1023 2213
HP Pavilion dm4 655 856 2763 2120
HP ENVY 14 Spectre 1187 1468 2000 3498
HP Pavilion DV6-6185LA 4063 5341 5048 11877
Lenovo U300s 1186 1408 2412 3484
Sony VAIO Series E14P 2030 2512 3405 5976
Lenovo U310 1196 1634 2958 3838
HP Pavilion m6-1076la 2851 3418 2815 7692
HP Folio 13 1195 1414 2023 3444

Within expectations, we have very even numbers relative to the rest of the ultrabooks, and no wonder, because inside are all the same. Here is striking how little difference noted between the HD 3000 graphics of this HP Folio 13 and the next generation HD 4000 that we saw in the Lenovo U310, where there was a difference of score fairly minimal, so much so that it is almost imperceptible in everyday use: in both cases, the team used to play, as discussed below.

But now we go with a simulated final CrystalDiskMark 3, we discuss the data trasnferencia speeds reaching the solid state drive 128GB which brings this team:

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And here is the most direct explanation showing fluency Folio 13, with speed of reading data from 222MB/seg, which directly affects the speed to open applications, along with information 173MB/seg in writing that serve when making large transfers from external storage devices.

However, there is a criticism: the storage capacity. Because while the performance is very good, 128GB can do little room for many people, and in this sense the new generations of hybrid mass storage ultrabooks (HDD + SSD) have become a great solution to the problem, being able to find models 500GB hard drive and 32GB SSD, all in one machine, instead of bringing the HP 128GB Folio 13.


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And review the test results 3DMark 06 gave us quite poor in the area of 3D graphics, which will verify in practice now by two games that will run in the Folio 13: Far Cry 2 and Starcraft II.

Starcraft II will be the first in line, trying on the five standard settings for graphics quality: Low, Medium, High, Ultra and Extreme, measuring the FPS (frames or frames per second) we get on average and in its most higher and lower, ie when the demand of the game is less and there are few items on the screen, and when it is higher, as during an epic battle where you get the lowest SPF number, considering that 30 FPS is a figure allowing a fluid game, not less than that.

Low Intermediate High Ultra End
Average FPS 45 20 15 9 9
Minimum FPS 9 8 6 5 5
Maximum FPS 92 38 28 15 14

Many figures in red and low quality even get to play fluently, because moments to 9 FPS are simply unacceptable. From there up, increase the quality of the game is making a fool, showing that this machine does not work to play, although the title run is not as demanding technical requirements.

The game Far Cry 2 and its measurement tool for performance reveals the same, and see what happens when you run the software at a resolution of 1280 x 720, about DirectX 10 with anti-aliasing filter (4x) and best overall quality:

Average FPS Maximum FPS Minimum FPS
Lenovo U310 11 17 8
HP Pavilion m6-1076la 32 51 23
HP Folio 13 11 16 7

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Here we have the best possible indicator to check the minimum difference between the Intel HD 4000 graphics of the Lenovo U310 and HD 3000 brings the HP Folio 13, which comes down to a measly frame over to the new generation. The conclusion? Buy a computer with Intel HD graphics 3000 or 4000 is exactly the same for the user executing daily tasks, ie not used for games or anything beyond Windows animated windows open.

Battery and charger

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The battery of this team is one of the promising, with HP saying that lasts about nine hours for uninterrupted use. Is it so?

We ran a test custom called “The Test of YouTube”, where we started on Google Chrome a video on YouTube, the longest I could find at 240p on the player small, using the Windows power profile to “Balanced “and the screen brightness to 3/4 of its maximum capacity.

We got 5 hours and 10 minutes of use, one of the best results we have seen, placing the battery performance of Folio 13 in the strongest aspects that have this equipment, which adds up to a normal-sized charger that is small enough to walk in the pack bringing the team together undisturbed.


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We believe it is the perfect time to buy the HP Folio 13. For although when it was released for sale was overpriced today and thanks to the arrival of the second generation of ultrabooks, was forced to lower its label to be sold to achieve. The trick is that not many people know that the first generation of ultrabooks, as this equipment is the first HP ultrabook were designed with the best possible features and lower prices due to current market demand.

We have backlit keyboard, 128GB SSD and an exquisite building, including associated benefits. It is assumed that the downside is that the internal hardware platform, Intel Core second generation HD 3000 graphics, should yield less than the current third-generation HD 4000 graphics, however, as we see the rise in performance is very poor , imperceptible to the ordinary user with graphics like its big brother, not suitable for intensive 3D games.

Thus, we conclude that the Folio 13 is clearly not a machine aimed for users who require fans or perform some specialized task on your machine, but rather is an “all-around” that performs relatively well in general use office automation and media player, having been designed from the womb to that and perfectly fulfilling its purpose.

The Unmissable

  • Great design and build quality.
  • Little presence of factory preinstalled software.
  • Very fluid operation in everyday tasks.
  • Excellent battery life.

The unpresentable

  • Graphics performance for 3D applications poor.
  • Few massive storage capacity (128GB).
  • Screen reflects too much light.


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