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HP Folio 13 Ultrabook Laptop Review - Accessory Port Layout and Performance

TweakTown sees its return into laptop reviews today as we take a look at HP's Folio 13, an Ultrabook aimed at business users and consumers.

| Standard Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 4:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: HP

Accessory Port Layout and Performance

 

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The left side, from back to front, features the power, Ethernet, HDMI and USB 3.0, along with a multi-function card reader. The placement towards the rear of the system is good in that it will allow a mouse to be used alongside the system without bumping into plugged-in accessories.

 

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The right side, from back to front, features the audio jack, which doubles as a microphone jack and a USB 2.0 port. Ultrabooks such as this one are often lacking the plethora of ports found on larger counterparts due to thinness requirements and lack of space inside the case for more. A dock or USB hub will be needed to run more than two devices.

 

 

HD Tune Pro

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 5.00

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Product Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com

 

 

HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:

 

Benchmark: measures the performance

Info: shows detailed information

Health: checks the health status by using SMART

Error Scan: scans the surface for errors

Temperature display

 

HD Tune Pro gives us accurate read, write and access time results and for the last couple of years has been gaining popularity amongst reviewers. It is now considered a must have application for storage device testing.

 

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Here you can see that the HP's USB 2.0 implementation performs slightly worse than the other laptop we currently have in the lab. These results will expand as we sample more devices. A read speed of 27.9MB/s is fairly respectable considering the maximum theoretical throughput is only 35MB/s.

 

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Here the average write speed falls to about half of the theoretical max and is 5MB/s slower than the other sample we have in the lab.

 

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USB 3.0 is another story, however. The HP's implementation absolutely smashes that of the iBUYPOWER's in both read and write averages. The Folio 13 manages an average read speed of 112.3MB/s, which is over 30MB/s higher than the iBUYPOWER.

 

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The HP muscles out the iBUYPOWER in USB 3.0 write speed as well, managing an average of 111.3MB/s, which is a respectable score. However, the theoretical speed for USB 3.0 devices should be near 400MB/s, something the test SSD is capable of, but the Folio's USB 3.0 clearly isn't.

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