HP unwraps Ultrabook
Biz-centric box for the curve-averse
HP will release its first Ultrabook next month, though it will pitch the product at business rather than consumers.
The HP Folio 13 is an 18mm-thick, 1.5kg 13.3in machine with a 128GB SSD and a choice of Intel Core i Sandy Bridge processors.
Not exactly Apple MacBook Air or Acer Aspire S3 svelte, is it?
The keyboard is backlit, and it has oth Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports. Extra ports will be available through an optional docking module. It'll ship with Windows 7 Pro.
HP claimed it will offer nine hours of battery life.
The Folio 13 goes on sale in the US on 7 December for $900 (£570). UK pricing has yet to be revealed.
A version with a TPM security module will be out early in 2012. ®
Not exactly Apple MacBook Air or Acer Aspire S3 svelte?
De gustibus non est disputandum.
I for one welome an understated design *and* some useful built-in ports over the über-sleek Air(head) macbook
Air form factor + a bit more connectivity = a good thing. I couldn't care less if it doesn't look as pretty, I don't buy computers as a fashion accessory.
Oh, FFS...a machine that's comparable spec-wise to an MBA but several hundred dollars cheaper, and you complain about the aesthetic aspects of it?
It's got integrated ethernet, the USB ports support USB3 as well as USB2, it's got an HDMI out (no faffing with adapters that cost £20-30 a go) and an SD card slot. And, in fairness, a 1.5kg 13" laptop is still far from "chunky".
Why is it that I had to go to Engadget to confirm the ports I've listed above when they're visible in one of the screenshots you posted in the article? Poor form.
Question is though...
...is Elite more than Ultra?
Now we know why they bought Palm. It wasn't for WebOS (clearly) - it was all really to buy the Folio product name.