Our HP Folio 13 review unit has the following specifications:
These specifications are "middle of the road" for an ultrabook; the dual-core i5 processor is fast but other ultrabooks offer faster Core i7 options and the 128GB SSD is nice, but there are faster 256GB SSDs inside other ultrabooks (more on that later). On a brighter note, the HP Folio 13 is modestly priced for an ultrabook; $899.99 is a very fair price and discounts from HP Academy bring the price down to just under $860 at the time of this writing.
PERFORMANCE AND BENCHMARKS
The Folio 13 delivers exceptional performance for everyday use and basic office productivity like working through documents in Microsoft Office. However, this HP ultrabook is packed with a mixture of mid-grade (for an ultrabook) processor, graphics and storage which means it doesn't deliver such impressive performance in Adobe Photoshop or Premiere compared to ultrabooks like the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s or ASUS Zenbook UX31E. Still, the Core i5 processor is more than fast enough for most home and business users, so unless you work in serious photo editing and HD movie production you'll be fine.
Speaking of speed, the HP Folio 13 uses a Samsung 128GB mSATA solid state drive (SSD) for storage and it's a mixed blessing in terms of speediness. For starters, this tiny SSD is much faster than a typical laptop hard drive so you'll be able to start Windows quickly, resume from sleep mode in a flash, and launch applications almost as quickly as you can click the touchpad. This is good, but the CrystalDiskMark tests suggest this drive is slightly slower in terms of read speeds than the JMicron SSD found in other ultrabooks like the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark which measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
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