Design And Look
The 13-1020US machine features a 13.3-inch display, is 18 mm thick with a closed lid, and weighs 1.5 kg. Though it is not as skinny as many other ultrabooks in the similar size range, it has an incredible build quality thanks to HP’s admirable job on employing a minimalist professional look with perfectly elegant brushed metal lid.
Those smooth metal surfaces continue onto the keyboard deck, stretching down to the palm rest. The bottom uses tough plastics wrapped in soft to touch rubber that makes it that much more comfortable to grip in one hand. Both surfaces do an impeccable job minimizing fingerprints.
Keyboard And Touchpad
The latest HP offering comes with a lovely keyboard that uses soft chiclet keys with plenty of travel, offering a really comfortable typing experience. The keyboard is also backlit, which is a welcome feature on an Ultrabook in this price range. HP has inverted the F1-F12 keys, so their alternate functions are now the primary functions: brightness, volume and multimedia controls are built into the top row of keys, meaning the user does not need the fn button to take advantage of them.
As for the large Synaptics touchpad, it works well enough: it issmooth and responsive, though far from perfect. Cursor navigation feels precise, and multi-touch gestures such as pinch to zoom and two-fingered scrolling are easy to pull off.
Video And Sound
The HP Folio reviews features a LED-backlit screen with a 1366×768 resolution. It offers good contrast and vibrancy of color, though it is extremely glossy, which is less than desirable for use in bright environments. Since HP considers this series to be a hybrid of premium consumer laptops and business-grade products, there really needs to be a matte or anti-glare screen option.
The audio is powered by Dolby Advanced Audio technology. On 13-1020US the speakers are built into the hinge and blend into the design well. Quality-wise, the audio is rather flat, but it is also very loud and clear, considering how small the laptop is.
The Folio 13-1020US outfitted with a Core i5-2467M CPU, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. It is faster than the Aspire S3, but still doesn’t come close to matching the MacBook Air, or Zenbook UX31, all of which have an SSD and Core i5 CPU. It also packs an HD Graphics 3000 GPU, which is perfectly suitable for playing browser games or 720p videos.
The device 13-1020US boots in 18 seconds, matching the Lenovo IdeaPad U300 and other machines with high benchmark scores. Waking up from sleep takes only 1 second.
Connectivity & Ports
Connectivity is fairly limited here, but the laptop sports an SD card reader, a gigabit Ethernet jack and a full-sized HDMI 1.4 port. In addition, you will find requisite USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, along with a combo headphone/mic port. Naturally, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi is present, as is Bluetooth 4.0.
Our laptop has an excellent battery life: its six-cell battery is rated for up to nine hours of use. In reality you should easily enjoy about eight hours of work when using Power Saver battery profile, and just doing things in the browser. During tasks which are more taxing for the battery (e.g. watching a movie off the local disk with Wi-Fi on and the brightness fixed at 65 percent) the Folio manages more than six hours proving to be the longest-running ultrabook.
Another point the Folio can take pride in is the price, which does not exceed the USD 1,000 level. So, when it comes to Windows ultrabooks, the HP Folio 13-1020US is the best of the bunch in terms of performance, price, and ergonomics; it’s targeted at small businesses and suitable for anyone who wants a reliable ultrabook notas expensive as the MacBook Air.