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The most well-rounded Ultrabook we've seen yet

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If you've been wondering whether you should buy the HP Folio 13, the answer is probably yes. (After all, we're guessing people who want a higher-res display and lighter build have already moved on.) There's just so much to love in this $900 machine: It boots quickly, includes a robust selection of ports, can be configured with helpful business features and offers a refreshingly comfortable typing experience. The biggest things we'd change are the stiff trackpad and the dim, glossy display, which frankly, we expected to find in a machine this inexpensive anyway. We also wish it managed to be as light as the Toshiba Portege Z835, though this is hardly a dealbreaker. If you can adjust to the touchpad and aren't picky about screen quality, we think you'll be as pleased as we were, though it might still be worth holding off and waiting to see what CES brings next week.

Critic reviews

8.0
5 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.4
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Battery life
    10
  • Display
    6.4
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    6.0
  • Noise
    6.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.2

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User reviews

8.2
4 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jan 1, 2012

It boots quickly, includes a robust selection of ports...and offers a refreshingly comfortable typing experience. The biggest things we'd change are the stiff trackpad and the dim, glossy display, which frankly, we expected to find in a machine this inexpensive anyway.

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8.0
PC Mag Jan 30, 2012

What it is, is one of the most immaculate designs we've seen, with clever attention to small details as well as thoughtful attention paid to big issues like connectivity and typing comfort. We could still wish for a brighter screen, but the Folio 13 deserves to become our new Editors' Choice.

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8.0
PC World Feb 21, 2012

It offers excellent performance and battery life, a fetchingly minimalist design, and a typing experience that thinner units can't match.

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8.0
CNET Jan 18, 2012

Are there sexier ultrabooks, and even laptops, than the HP Folio 13? Certainly. I'd be hard-pressed, however, to find one as practical, affordable, and solidly performing as the Folio 13.

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7.0
timchoi89 timchoi89

I won the Hunger Games Special Edition Folio 13 for smoking Windows Phone at the Microsoft store. I had to sell it a few days afterward because I really had no use for it, but I was still able to use it for some time. First, this is the very first HP laptop that I actually like. Typically, I...

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9.0
jigjags jigjags

The folio is nice and speedy and does everything i want it to do my only down points so far are that i had to do a software build using SCCM and the drivers were a massive pain to get into SCCM for OSD I ended up creating a separate WIM and build just for this model of Laptop. Also i have to use...

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8.0
Emilun Emilun

This is a great Ultrabook and I've tried nearly all of the ones in market today. What makes it stand out from the crowd is the great battery life, the USB3 and HDMI-ports, the back lit keyboard and the professional design.

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