Ultrabooks are all the rage right now, and unlike netbooks, they're here to stay. In a few months we've seen models from several top manufacturers, and almost all have been products we liked and would recommend. HP's first entry is the HP Folio 13, a business oriented Ultrabook with long battery life, a good selection of ports (by limited Ultrabook standards) and long battery life. HP throws style out the window with the staid if not deadly dull Folio, but it has the keyboard and battery life that business users crave.
The Folio 13 has the usual stew pot of Ultrabook ingredients: an Intel Core i5 ULV 1.6GHz CPU, Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics, 4 gigs of RAM and a 128 gig SSD drive. It weights 3.3 lbs. and is 0.7 inches thick. HP claims an amazing 9.25 hours of battery life, but how does it really measure up?