HP Folio 13-1020us


A nice looking laptop

At a shallow search on Google, there aren’t many reviews about HP Folio 13-1020us. That might mean not many of you enjoyed this laptop. Or maybe it’s that good that only a few chosen consumers got to test it in their homes. Whatever the truth is, this device is truly a wonderful-looking model with many engineering jewels inside its handsome exterior. For all of this you will only have to pay $900. Caring about weight is the job of other laptops. This one cares about its battery, which lasts many more hours than is the norm.

13.3 inch display

The exterior of the HP Folio 13-1020us is, and many will agree, a design treat. Its silver color is more than capable of making one fall in love with the laptop. And it’s not only the body that’s appealing. The lid and the palmrest are both made of aluminum. Featuring the same silver finish. They are joined by black plastic on the device’s bottom and its sides. The Folio 13-1020us measures 0.7″ x 12.5″ x 8.7″. Thus, its footprint is smaller than Apple’s MacBook Air. And we personally like it, because it shows that the American company still has important rivals to take into account if it wants to keep its success.HP-Folio-13-1020us

The screen has a dimension of 13.3″. It is surrounded by a black bezel. This time, the latter is matte. Finally a sensible manufacturer. The display with its 1,366 x 768 pixels showed signs of being solid when we tested it. Typing our review quickly on its keyboard didn’t result in wobble. The said keyboard is matte, but it is held by a glossy tray. The quality of the on-screen text wasn’t the best, though. But its brightness was decent. As were colors, details and sharpness. In direct sunlight, images were still visible. Viewing angles were also sort of decent.

Smooth keyboard

Returning to that keyboard, it made us appreciate it a lot. Thanks to the smooth typing feel it delivered. Backlight worked very well after we pressed the F5 button. The touchpad sports clickable-corner mouse keys. Their performance: extra smooth.

We needed no dongle for connectivity options. Ports were all full-sized. Allow us to mention some of them: one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, one headphone/microphone jack, one Ethernet and a couple more ports. For your other purposes there is also one SD/MMC memory-card slot. If you have a projector forgotten in a corner, you won’t be able to connect it to the Folio 13-1020us. Wireless connectivity is represented by 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Intel Core i5-2467M processor

The processor is a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-2467M. That and its 4GB of DDR3 memory make the CPU deliver the speed of a Speedy Gonzalez when chased by rivals. The laptop only took 20 seconds to boot and 2 seconds to wake up from slumber. Windows 7 Home Premium is the operating system and another important spec is a 128GB solid-state drive.

If speed for multiple tasks is great, the graphics card can’t really take serious gaming.

A pro which got promised when the laptop was released was a battery life of 9 hours. We put that to analysis and can confirm it was absolutely real. No doubt about it whatsoever.

Review conclusion

The HP Folio 13-1020us was unveiled this past January. Many a months have since passed, without negative effects on this laptop. Which fully deserves all the Editors’ Choice awards it can get from any blog, forum, online magazine and so on.

  1. Malcolm Lilley at 2:33 pm

    This is a delightful little machine which I fell in love with immediately I saw it ‘in the flesh’.
    I have noticed, though, that the lid does not actually close completely on the one I have; the bottom of the screen being supported by the back rows of keys when closed, and the rubber bump-stops at the top of the screen are therefore never in contact with the base.
    This leaves key marks on bottom of the screen which are only visible at start up, when the screen is black, or when viewed from the side and into the light.
    I have reported this to HP and they are arranging to collect the device to have a look at it for me, but I cannot see that there is any way that this mechanical issue can be adjusted out.
    I wonder if anyone else has noticed the same thing with this model. I have not seen the problem reported in any of the reviews, so far.
    This observation applies to my Folio 13-1020 ‘ea’ model, as I am a UK customer.