HP Folio13: my travel companionBy Pat Law • May 7th, 2012 • Category: Features
Business trips are not all cracked up to be unless you’re Mick Jagger. Business trips are generally grueling – you’re up in the air for 14-hours, you dash straight from the customs to the taxi stand whilst lugging your luggage, laptop, and duty-free cigarettes, you pray you won’t be late for your conference, and before you could even suffer from jet lag, you’re back in your country looking like you’ve just got knocked down by a bus ten times over.
It was another crazy business trip a couple of weeks ago – off to Shanghai from Singapore on a Wednesday at midnight, meetings on Thursday from 10 – 4pm, return to Singapore at night in time for a 4pm meeting on Friday. In short, I didn’t even spent a night in Shanghai.
Amen to the being in the same timezone. I would’ve started speaking jibberish about the Golden Ratio if not for the same timezone.
With business trips getting shorter no thanks to my virgin-tight schedule, I’ve longed for a business notebook that was relative to the duration spent, without a compromise on the performance I’d need. Being a digital strategist (I would say “Head of Strategy” but the last guy I’ve met with the same title is a complete douchebag… and bald) running my own social influence agency and all, I have absolutely no patience for a super light notebook that requires me to carry a freaking bulky charger to be juiced up every 4 hours or so.
I mean, if your notebook weigh 1kg, but requires a 800g charger to see through a 55-slide presentation, it misses the plot, don’t you think?
I was pleasantly surprised by HP’s first business Ultrabook™ – the HP Folio13, when I first laid my hands on one.
The HP Folio13 flaunts a razor thin design, Intel Rapid Start Technology (for impatient buggers like yours truly), 13.3″ HD Bright View LED Display (because really, staring at your sales forecast over a 10″ screen is stupid), and GET THIS: up to 9.5 hours of battery life*, the highest performance available among its competitors in the market.
In spite of being a brand I market, I didn’t believe the promise the press release made when I first read it (sorry, clients). I mean, it’s one thing to say “thin and light” and really, you can get away with that regardless of which brand you are, but to promise up to 9.5 hours of battery life? I had to test this baby.
First, I loaded up my HP Folio13 with all my social media essentials, including:
1. Google Chrome
When I say essentials, I mean it. It’s supposed to be an Ultrabook™, not an UltraFATbook. If I wanted a heavy duty performance, I’d carry a desktop Workstation on my back. I don’t get people sometimes.
Once I was done getting my applications in place, I activated all of them at the same time.
1. 300MB files transfered on Dropbox
2. 10 YouTube videos viewed in 10 tabs on Google Chrome
3. Went trigger-happy on Tweetdeck
4. Wrote the outline to an upcoming social media workshop
5. Skyped with my family
6. Transferred files onto my FTP on Filezilla
No lag whatsover. Brilliant. Let’s see how long it’d last.
I’ve worked off the HP Folio13 for all of today since 1000h and guess what? I’m still going strong. I’m digging every bit of this sexy little new travel companion.
For the geek, here are the specs you’d need:
• Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bits
• Intel® Core™ i5-2467M
• 13.3″ HD BrightView LED Display (1366 x 768)
• 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
• 128 GB SSD
• Intel HD Graphics 3000
Just one more thing: The HP Folio13 weighs less than a typical issue of Her World. Not too shabby for a travel companion, don’t you think?
*Battery life will vary depending on the product model, configuration, loaded applications, features use, wireless functionality and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. Additional details are available at Mobile Mark07 battery benchmark: http://www.bapco.com/products/mobilemark2007.