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HP Folio 13-1012TU review

HP Folio 13 - An Elite Ultrabook

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Overall rating 9/10
Design:
8.5
Features:
9
Performance:
9
Value:
9
Mobility:
9
THE GOOD
Excellent battery life
Backlit keyboard
Good aluminum build
THE BAD
Keyboard flex
Low-res screen


Performance and Benchmarking

Performance and Benchmarking

Most of the Ultrabooks out in the market sport very similar computing hardware specs - at least on first glances. However each component that the manufacturers use could vary from two ends of the spectrum. Some would use faster solid-state-drives (SSD), while others could have faster RAM for example. These subtle differences do have quite a huge impact on performance, as does the internal architecture of a notebook.

To give you a visual representation of just how the HP Folio 13 fares against other Ultrabooks, we’ve selected a few others such as the Lenovo Ideapad U300s, the Toshiba Portege Z830 and the Dell XPS 13.

Test Notebooks Compared
Specifications/Notebook HP Folio 13 Lenovo Ideapad U300s Toshiba Portege Z830 Asus Zenbook UX31
Processor Intel Core i5-2467M
(1.6GHz)
Intel Core i7-2677M
(1.8GHz)
Intel Core i7-2677M
(1.8GHz)
Intel Core i7-2677M
(1.8GHz)
Chipset  Intel HM65  Intel HM65 Intel HM65  Intel HM65
Memory  4GB DDR3 4GB DDR3 6GB DDR3  4GB DDR3
Storage 128GB SSD 256GB SSD 128GB SSD 256GB SSD
Video  Intel HD 3000 Intel HD 3000 Intel HD 3000 Intel HD 3000
Battery 59WHr 54Whr 47Whr  50Whr
Dimensions 318 x 220 x 18 mm 324 x 216 x 14.9mm 325 x 227 x 8 - 16mm 325 x 223 x 3 - 17mm
Weight 1.49kg 1.32kg 1.12kg  1.3kg

 

PC Mark 7

The PC Mark 7 benchmark test is an all-rounder benchmark that puts the notebook through a series of tests that involves rendering, encoding and retrieval of media data. The final score will then reflect on how the machine performs when going through such content creation tasks.

The HP Folio 13 didn’t particularly perform in an outstanding manner in the benchmark tests, but we kind of expected that simply because of the components used. At the very least however, it managed to keep up with other machines running Core i7 Ultra-Low-Voltage processors with its Core i5 (1.6GHz) processor.

 

3DMark06

The 3DMark06 benchmark is the test we'd most often turn to if a machine, usually an Ultrabook, relies solely on the integrated graphics that comes with the CPU. This benchmark puts the machine through a number of graphics intensive tests that stresses the integrated graphics and a final score will be given to reflect on how well the machine copes with the stress.

All of the other notebooks that we compared against, use the same Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics found in Sandy Bridge processors. That explains why the HP Folio 13 has scores that have minimal differences when put up against scores from other machines. However do note that the other machines sport Core i7 processors, yet they don’t have a significant advantage over the Folio 13 which has a Core i5 processor. The ASUS Zenbook might seem to have a lead but it was hardly evident in the next game benchmark. This only goes to show that the differences in graphics capabilities between these various notebooks are minimal if not non existent.

 

Far Cry 2

There is no better test of an Ultrabook’s gaming prowess, than putting it through a graphics intensive game’s benchmark program. As expected with our Far Cry 2 game test, the HP Folio's scores aren’t much better or worse than the other Core i7 notebooks. What you can safely take away from this test is that gaming on an Ultrabook should be the last thing on your mind. But if you really have to, then you’d have to turn your game quality settings down to the lowest possible to make the game somewhat playable.