Friday, 23 March 2012

HP Folio 13 VS. Dell XPS 13: A Battle of the Light Weight

Ever since the Apple Inc. came out with its ultra slim and ultra light weight MacBook Air (the ultrabook that soon became the bench mark for all the other players), there has been a fierce competition going on in the market, all the makers are trying their level best to come up with some new innovation without tinkering much with the size and shape the gadget.

Of late, the two products that are attracting a lot of media and public attention are HP Folio 13 and the Dell XPS 13. So, in this article we will be comparing both the products one against another for our readers to decide for themselves that which one is better suited to their needs. So, without any further prevarications, let’s divulge into a head to head comparison.

CPU and RAM: The HP folia 13 comes powered with the second generation core i5 processor which is seconded by a mammoth 4GB RAM whereas the XPS sports the same specs as we are taking the basic XPS 13 model (XPS 13 comes in three avatars). No one seems to be gaining an edge over the other here.

Storage Capacity: HP Folio 13 comes packed with 128 GB mSATA hard drive whereas the XPS 13 offers the users up to 256 GB solid state hard drive. Here one gets a hint that the XPS 13 has a overwhelming victory over the Folio, but we should not forget that the storage capacity in a Ultra book is not that big a factor, after all the legendry MacBook Air sports the same capacity as the Folio.

Display and Dimension: In the display segment the HP Folio has on offer13.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD2 (1366 x 768) Bright View screen on the other hand the XPS offers Elemental Silver Aluminum and 13.3" Hi-Def (720p) True Life WLED Display. Dell XPS 13 seems to be scoring over the HP Folio.

Battery Efficiency: HP folio comes packed with 6-cell (59WHr) Li-Ion battery which is quite man enough to provide the users a work life of 9.5 hours, in reply, the XPS 13 has a 6 cell Li-Polymer 47WHr battery which provides the users with a work time of 8 hours and 53 minutes. Here the HP wins by a small margin.

Operating System: Both the devices run Windows 7 64 bit. The only difference is that the XPS runs Home Premium and the Folio runs Professional.

Connection Ports : In the ports segment the HP folio seems to be a few steps ahead of the XPS 13 as it offers you RJ-45 (Ethernet), (1) USB 3.0, (1) USB 2.0 and (1) HDMI; headphone/microphone combo jack; power connector. Whereas the XPS 13 has only USB 3.0 (1) + USB 2.0 with Power Share (1); mini Display Port (1);Headset Jack (1). In the absence of HDMI port and SD card reader XPS seems to be lagging far behind the Folio.

Connectivity: Both the devices sport Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. so both the devices are at the same pedestal in this section.

The Pricing: The Dell XPS 13 is priced at INR 79,990 and the HP Folio 13 is priced at around 69 thousand bucks. This difference of around ten thousand rupees could play a major role in deciding the fate of the laptops; undoubtedly the Hp Folio 13 sweeps this round.

The Verdict: Both the devices are standing at almost the same pedestal as far as the tech specs are concerned but the lack of ports and the hefty price tag makes the Dell XPS 13 lose some of the vital ground to the HP Folio 13.

HP Folio 13 reigns supreme!

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