Picking the right laptop isn't an easy choice, especially if you are ordering online. It's my job as a reviewer to point out the flaws in the product and it's not always an easy job. Thankfully, the HP Folio 13 hasn't provided any serious issues to report to you.
Overall, the product is great. Aside from a few minor quirks, such as the touchpad sound described previously, the system is exactly what a user should be expecting from an Ultrabook and is likely very close to what Intel had in mind when they wrote the specifications.
It's thin - 0.7-inches thick - and stylish. The styling is reminiscent of the HP Elitebooks, a design that is simplistic and beautiful. It's light. Weighing in at a mere 3.3 pounds, the thing is lighter than most textbooks and holds more information and can do so much more than a textbook. Continuing down the college line, the battery life is more than enough to last through your longest classes, though you may have to recharge if they are too processor intensive. Furthermore, the backlit keyboard works great for those classes where it's dark because the teacher is using a projector.
I haven't found where the Folio has particularly lacked in a certain aspect, other than the screen. From now on, manufacturers should start putting screens with a minimum resolution of 1600x900 into Ultrabooks and laptops. 1366x768 just limits productivity too much. Oh, and you probably expected it, but it's still worth mentioning that this system is not a performance beast for gaming, but for office and typing applications, it's fairly fast.
So, where does that leave us? If you're heading off for college and need a laptop to take with you from class to class for taking notes, the Folio 13 is a great option and should be on your list. If you're going to be using it for more than notes, such as programming, video editing or gaming, you might need to look for something other than an Ultrabook, something with more power.
It's one of the few computers where I have opened the box, picked it up, turned it on and immediately went to see how much it was and if I could afford it. I like it that much. And really, it's just a bunch of well executed features. There's nothing unheard of on this machine, but what's there works well.
Recently I've been shopping for an Ultrabook for college. I've tried two others and subsequently returned them. If I had purchased this one, I would have kept it. This right here says just how much I like the product. One final thought: Thank you, HP, for finally getting rid of the lighted logo on the back of the screen. If you ever want to bring it back, please put in a switch.
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