HP Folio 13 vs. Dell XPS 13: Ultrabook laptop Prizefight

Ultrabooks are a hot topic right now, but with so many superslim 13-inch laptops available, how do you choose the best one? It’s especially hard in the new pseudo-category, as most of the ultrabooks we’ve seen have are very similar, both in design and specs. For this eagerly awaited Prizefight, we pitted two of our favorite ultrabooks against each other — the HP Folio 13 and the Dell XPS 13.

HP Folio 13 vs. Dell XPS 13: Ultrabook laptop Prizefight

The Dell has a very MacBook-Air-like design, while the HP is a bit more businesslike, but has fantastic battery life. Below, you’ll see our laptop experts, me along with Julie Rivera and Brian Tong, rate both systems across several key categories, and at the end, we’ll tally up the score and declare a winner.

Round 1: Design

Dell XPS 13
Dan: The Dell is so MacBook-Air-like, it hurts. But, if you’re going to steal, steal from the best. 4/5
Julie: Although I’m not a personal fan of the tapered look, the edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass, comfortable keyboard, and sturdy feel shine in comparison. 4/5
Brian: It’s a nice design that’s a pure knockoff. It looks good, but not as good as the original. 4/5

HP Folio 13
Dan: Businesslike, but thin. Still, not nearly as eye-catching. 3/5Julie: Basic no-nonsense design, nice keyboard, but slightly heavier than the Dell. 3/5Brian: A classic design that isn’t a conversation starter, but isn’t a distraction either. I prefer its keyboard over the Dell’s. 3/5

Round 2: Features

Dell XPS 13
Dan: Lacking both HDMI (it has DisplayPort instead) and an SD card reader, the XPS 13 falls short on features. 2/5
Julie: Besides lacking HDMI and an SD card slot, there’s no Ethernet port on this more expensive 13-incher. 2/5
Brian: There’s not even a SD card slot…real skimpy here. Backlit keyboards for both. 2/5

HP Folio 13
Dan: The Folio 13 covers the basics, but don’t look for anything extra. Both of these at least have backlit keyboards. 3/5Julie: Has all the above; an all-around intro for the average consumer looking for just enough productivity. 3/5Brian: Built-in Ethernet and HDMI-out, two USB, and an SD card slot. It has what I expect in an ultrabook. 4/5

Round 3: Performance

Dell XPS 13
Dan: Identical, middle-of-the-pack performance from both, and more than enough for everyday use. 4/5
Julie: Sporting identical specs, neither has the edge over the other; both exchanged leads on every benchmark. 4/5
Brian: Benchmark tests are nearly identical. 4/5

HP Folio 13
Dan: You’ll very rarely feel like you’re using a low-voltage processor on either of these. 4/5Julie: Performance suffices for ordinary everyday tasks on both systems. 4/5Brian: The same specs yield pretty much the same results. 4/5

Round 4: Battery life

Dell XPS 13
Dan: Good, but not extraordinary, battery life. 3/5
Julie: On par with the first round of ultrabooks; not that impressive. 3/5
Brian: A solid 5 hours; that’s standard for most ultrabooks. 3/5

HP Folio 13
Dan: The longest-lasting ultrabook battery to date, running about an hour longer than the Dell, but still behind the 13-inch MacBook Air. 4/5Julie: Closest to the MacBook Air, hitting the 6-hour mark–pretty impressive overall. 4/5Brian: It’s an impressive 6 hours, behind only the MacBook Air. 4/5

Round 5: Value

Dell XPS 13
Dan: Decent bang for your buck, but not ahead of the crowd. 3/5
Julie: Cheaper than the MacBook Air, but not as packed as the HP. 3/5
Brian: You’re still getting good value, just not great value. 3/5

HP Folio 13
Dan: At $100 less than the Dell, for essentially the same specs, this is a clear value winner. 5/5Julie: Same specs, more ports: Ethernet, SD Card slot, HDMI — at $899, the HP is the better value. 5/5Brian: Just $899 for the performance and features in the HP may be the best value for an ultrabook of this caliber. 5/5

This was a tight contest between two very similar laptops. But the differences were clear enough that our category scores were nearly unanimous among the three judges — a very rare occurrence. The final tally was as follows (calculated as an overall average of the average score of each individual round):

Total points:
Dell XPS 13: 3.3       HP Folio 13: 3.9

Winner: HP Folio 13

HP 1310us G7 17.3-inch screen laptop

Watch a video clip on the screen 17.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD with a Notebook PC HP Pavilion 1310us terjangkau G7. You can also use the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on your laptop and TV to share slides, and more. G7 is much more than just fun and games as well. With full-size keyboard with integrated numeric keypad, data entry fast and easy.

HP 1310us G7 17.3-inch screen laptop

HP laptop has all the essentials you need for everyday tasks. Synchronization with Bluetooth ®-enabled devices and print, e-mail and surf the Internet wirelessly using the built-in Wi-Fi. Video chat via internet video, recording and taking still photos with a short integrated webcam and microphone. You will also save energy with ENERGY STAR ® products. HP Imprint finish in anthracite gives HP Pavilion 1310us Notebook PC style is G7.

Sharing and backing up photos and video to be easy as well. Simply burn the file to disk using the built-in DVD burner. Transfer photos from memory cards easily with Digital Media Reader and store thousands of photos directly on your hard disk. You also can enjoy crisp, clear audio with SRS Premium Sound and Altec Lansing speakers. Plus, up to 5 hours of battery life while you’re on your way to compute. At 6.05 pounds, the laptop HP provides performance solutions, desktop PC portable.

Specifications :

Product Features

  • Intel Core i3 2350M Processor 2.3GHz (3MB Cache)
  • 640GB 5400RPM Hard Drive

Processor, Memory, and Motherboard

  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Processor: 2.3 GHz A110
  • Number of Processors: 1
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • RAM Type: Unknown
  • Memory Slots: 2

Hard Drive

  • Size: 640 GB
  • Type: Unknown
  • Speed: 5400 rpm

Graphics and Display

  • Graphics RAM: 1696 MB

Sound

  • Speakers: SRS Premium Sound with Altec Lansing speakers

Ports and Connectivity

  • USB Ports: 3
  • USB 2.0 Ports: 3

Cases and Expandability

  • Size (LWH): 22 inches, 3.1 inches, 13.6 inches
  • Weight: 8.2 pounds

Power

  • Battery Type: Lithium ion
  • Rated Charge (normal use): 5 hours

Wireless

  • Wireless Type: 802.11bgn

Compaq CQ57-410US 15.6-inch screen laptop

Stay in sync and print without cables using the affordable, Bluetooth®-enabled Compaq CQ57-410US Notebook PC. The low price, classic style and reliable performance, day after day, make this Compaq laptop a great choice for anyone. Video chat over the Internet plus capture short videos and still photos using the integrated webcam and microphone. You can also e-mail and browse the web from any room and on the go with built-in Wi-Fi. The CQ57 is an ENERGY STAR® qualified product, so you’ll save power, too. Watch your favorite DVDs on the 15.6-inch diagonal high-definition LED-backlit display.

Compaq CQ57-410US 15.6-Inch Screen Laptop

See and feel the difference with the Imprint finish in black. The Compaq CQ57-410US Notebook PC helps you back up music, photos and videos easily with the integrated DVD burner. Transfer photos from a memory card effortlessly using the digital media reader and store thousands of photos right on the hard drive. You can also enjoy online games in crisp detail using integrated AMD video graphics. Plus, count on up to 5 hours and 45 minutes of battery life so you can plug in less often. At 5.50 lbs, this Compaq laptop weighs just a little more than a ream of paper.

Product Features

  • AMD E Series Processor 1.3GHz (1MB Cache)
  • 2GB SDRAM RAM
  • 320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon HD 6310
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 5.75 hours Battery Life

Processor, Memory, and Motherboard

  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Processor: 1.3 GHz AMD E Series
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Memory Slots: 2

Hard Drive

  • Size: 320 GB
  • Speed: 5400 rpm

Graphics and Display

  • Graphics RAM: 949 MB

Sound

  • Speakers: Altec Lansing Speakers

Ports and Connectivity

  • USB 2.0 Ports: 3

Cases and Expandability

  • Size (LWH): 20.4 inches, 3.1 inches, 13.6 inches

Power

  • Battery Type: Lithium ion
  • Rated Charge (normal use): 5.75 hours

Wireless

  • Wireless Type: 802.11bgn

Acer AS5733Z-4469 15.6-Inch Laptop

Enjoy cinematic brilliance on the 15.6″ HD CineCrystal™ widescreen LED-backlit Display with a true 16:9 aspect ratio and Intel® integrated graphics delivers crystal-clear images and brilliant color for today’s best entertainment

Acer AS5733Z-4469 15.6-Inch Laptop

Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want. For the best entertainment experience, choose a PC with Windows 7.

Features

  • 15.6″ HD Widescreen CineCrystal™ LED-backlit Display: (1366 x 768) resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor P6200(2.13GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
  • Windows® 7 Home Premium
  • Microsoft® Office Starter 2010
  • 320GB Hard Drive
  • 3GB DDR3 Memory
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • 2-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
  • 10/100 Fast Ethernet LAN
  • Built-in 0.3 Megapixel HD Webcam
  • 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
  • High-Definition Audio Support
  • 3- USB 2.0 Ports
  • Acer clear.fi™
  • Multi-Gesture Touchpad
  • Dedicated Numeric Keypad
  • Media Control Function Keys
  • 6-cell Li-ion Battery
  • 5.74 lbs.(system unit only)

Specifications :

Processor, Memory, and Motherboard

  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Processor: 2.13 GHz Pentium
  • Number of Processors: 1
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • RAM Type: Unknown

Hard Drive

  • Size: 320 GB
  • Manufacturer: SATA
  • Type: Unknown
  • Speed: 5400 rpm

Graphics and Display

  • Graphics Card: HD Graphics
  • Graphics RAM: 128 MB
  • Interface: Integrated
  • LCD Native Resolution: 1366 x 768

Ports and Connectivity

  • USB Ports: 3
  • USB 2.0 Ports: 3

Cases and Expandability

  • Size (LWH): 9.96 inches, 15 inches, 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 5.74 pounds

Power

  • Rated Charge (normal use): 5 hours
  • Rated Charge Time: 5 hours

Dell Inspiron i14RN-1227BK 14-Inch Laptop

Introducing the new Inspiron 14R laptop. With a 14-inch display, 2nd Gen Intel Core processors and optional switchable cover design, you get the desired look and performance you Wrapped in curvy edges and soft curves, the Dell Inspiron 14R (Model i14RN-1227BK) seamlessly travels through your site without getting in your way.

Dell Inspiron i14RN-1227BK 14-Inch Laptop

It has a 14-inch high-definition display and weighs just over 5 pounds – ideal for commuting on your driving. The full-size, ergonomically designed keyboard gives your fingers plenty of room to stretch out and get comfortable. High-definition 14-inch display. Full-sized keyboard.

Change is easy with this latest version of the Inspiron R laptop thanks to a variety of optional changeable covers, allowing you to personalize your laptop with style or just change the mood in just a few seconds (More on that below). It is made possible by a second generation Intel Core i3 dual-core processor, a breakthrough in digital media management, content supplied.

Product Features

  • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i3-2350M
  • 6 GB DIMM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 14-Inch Screen
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Processor, Memory, and Motherboard

  • Processor: 2.3 GHz Core i3-2350M
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Memory Slots: 2

Hard Drive

  • Size: 500 GB
  • Speed: 5400 rpm

Ports and Connectivity

  • USB 2.0 Ports: 1

Cases and Expandability

  • Size (LWH): 19.09 inches, 13.31 inches, 4.29 inches
  • Weight: 6.57 pounds

Power

  • Battery Type: Nonstandard Battery

Wireless

  • Wireless Type: 802.11bgn