HP Spectre Folio 13-AK0801en
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Reviews for the HP Spectre Folio 13-AK0801en
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/04/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Model: There are times where I can't make a decision about a laptop. Especially if your job is to test, analyse and see if they are good or not. Spectre Folio series is a good mixture in terms of 2-in-1s. But are they really worth the money?
I think if you are going for a convertible, 13.3 inch is just the right size and the Spectre Folio checks this mark. But in terms of hardware, it is a bit disappointing. However, my disappointment may not affect you and this is what gives me hard time making a decision.
Let me say it out loud, with 8 GB of RAM and a 8500Y processor, this device is not a compact powerhouse; not even close. Therefore the purpose of your purchase should be the main decision point here. Because with the same price, you can get even better subnotebooks. Will they be as sleek as Folio? I am not sure. Will they have the same 2-in-1 possibility as the Folio 13? I don’t think so. That’s again brings me to point about making your mind up about why you want this laptop.
As an Asus Zenbook user, I would have liked to have a 2-in-1 option as I want to read stuff without needing the keyboard in front of me and unfortunately I can’t do that. Folio 13 gives you the opportunity. You can use it in tent mode, tablet mode (still in the sleeve) and as a regular laptop. But compared to my Asus, it does not deliver the performance I need for my daily tasks.
But then for who is this laptop for? I think for business people it would be a good fit. Checking emails, doing video conferences, taking notes, reading etc. etc. Besides that, since the processor is ULV and the GPU is not a dedicated one, video editing is out of question. You can develop software with it of course, but expect some glitches.
The Folio 13 has a pretty strong rival; new MacBook Air models. Their pricing is similar, their specs is similar. I am sure Windows fans will pick the Spectre 13 and corporate companies can favor Windows in terms of management too. But if you are up against MacBook Air, is being a 2-in-1 enough?
Before making a purchase, consider these questions: Where do you do most of your reading? Your smartphone, tablet or laptop? Do you need more power or are you a light user? Do you need longevity as the MacBook Air provides or are you looking for something that looks luxurious?
Above questions should give you a hindsight about what I am trying to explain. It is not cheap, it is not a budget laptop, so think carefully.
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Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
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Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
In former time,s this weight was typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, often 15 inch laptops weigh as much.
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Up to 2015, the company was named Hewlett Packard Company. After a split, the computer range was renamed to HP Inc.
In the laptop segment, HP was the world's largest manufacturer from 2014 to 2016 with a market share of 20-21% from 2014 to 2016, but they only exceed Lenovo by a small margin as of recently. HP is not present in the smartphone sector (as of 2016).
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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