Internals & Performance

The Folio's Core i5-2467M and 128GB SSD ensure you have a consistently snappy experience while casually sipping power. The dual-core Sandy Bridge chip carries 3MB of L3 cache, handles four threads via HyperThreading and has a 17W TDP. It also packs an on-die HD Graphics 3000 GPU, which is perfectly suitable for a machine that won't be used for anything more intensive than playing browser games or 720p videos.

HP was stingy on details about the SSD, but Windows reports the drive as Samsung's MZMPA128HMFU, better known as the PM800, a year-old mSATA module found in various systems by Samsung, HP, Dell and others. It's powered by the Samsung S3C29MAX01 SATA 3Gb/s controller (same as in 2010's Samsung 470 Series SSDs) and offers respectable performance with peak reads and writes quoted at 250MB/s and 210MB/s.

The single SO-DIMM slot is maxed out with 4GB of DDR3 RAM which is plenty for tasks an ultrabook is likely to face. That aptly summarizes the system's overall performance: it's very fast for anything within realistic expectations (i.e. not maxing out Skyrim). When browsing, playing casual games or using apps like MS Word, Fireworks or Postbox, I can't spot a notable difference between the Folio and my desktop.

Benchmarks Results
Synthetic Tests Folio 13 ThinkPad X1 Envy 14 (2011)
3DMark 06
3DMark Score 3472 3DMarks 3750 3DMarks 7486 3DMarks
PCMark Vantage
PCMark Suite 8594 PCMarks 7607 PCMarks 5734 PCMarks

Application Tests Folio 13 ThinkPad X1 Envy 14 (2011)
iTunes Encoding Test 01 min 44 sec 01 min 15 sec --
File Transfer Test
Small files 1 min 2 sec 1 min 23 sec 1 min 21 sec
Large file 45 sec 1 min 2 sec 52 sec

The iTunes encoding tests consist of converting 14 MP3s (119MB) to 128Kbps ACC files and measuring the operation's duration in seconds. For the file transfer test, we measure how long it takes to copy two sets of files from one location to another on the same hard drive. On the small files test we transfer 557 MP3s, totaling 2.56GB. For the large file, these same MP3s were zipped into a single file measuring 2.52GB.

Gaming Performance Folio 13 ThinkPad X1 Envy 14 (2011)
Far Cry 2
1024x768, Medium Quality 26.3 fps 26.5 fps 41.8 fps
1366x768, High Quality 24.9 fps 17.9 fps 35.1 fps
StarCraft 2
1024x768, Medium Quality 14.4 fps 15.2 fps 67.5 fps
1366x768, High Quality 11.4 fps 10.4 fps 45.2 fps

HP Folio 13 Specs

  • 13.3" 1366x768 LED-backlit display
  • Intel Core i5-2467M (1.6GHz - 2.3GHz)
  • 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Intel HD 3000 Graphics
  • 128GB SSD (Samsung PM800, SATA 3Gb/s)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

  • 13.4" TFT 1366 x 768 display (with Corning Gorilla glass)
  • Intel Core i5-2520M (2.5GHz - 3.2GHz)
  • 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Intel HD 3000 Graphics
  • Hitachi 320GB 7200RPM hard drive
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)

  • 14.5" HD BrightView Infinity LED 1366 x 768 display
  • Intel Core i5-2430M (2.4GHz - 3GHz)
  • 6GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • AMD Radeon HD 6630M
  • Western Digital 750GB hard drive
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)