HP jumps on Ultrabook bandwagon

The maker of jolly expensive printer ink, HP, has taken time out from its on again, off-again sale of its hardware division to release something which is supposed to be at the cutting edge of Intel’s cunning plan to save the world from Apple’s tablets.

HP has released a Ultrabook which is a superflat notebook that spends most of its life connected to the world wide wibble. In other words, it is a powerful netbook with a more useful keyboard.

Intel has been touting these as a cure for most ills, particularly the blight of the tablet which is a netbook without a keyboard.

Part of Intel’s challenge has been convincing hardware makers to create netbooks which do not cost an arm and a leg. It has said that anything over $1000 is too much for punters to pay for something which looks like two bits of cardboard sandwiched together.

HP seems to have risen to the challenge by making its Ultrabook, the HP Folio13, for $899.99. Which is under Intel’s target.

According to the spec it can delivers up to nine hours of battery life, the highest performance available among Ultrabook devices currently on the market. There aren’t that many about yet.

The beast is 1.8 centimeters thick and has a 13.3-inch diagonal high-definition (HD)(2) BrightView display. It weighs just 3.3 pounds and is powered by Chipzilla’s finest Core processors.

The HP Folio13 also includes a solid-state drive with 128 gigabytes of storage

The Ultrabook ships with HP CoolSense technology, which uses advanced hardware and intelligent software for a noticeably cooler notebook, the company says. There is an HP TrueVision HD Webcam for brighter, cleaner HD images, and Dolby Advanced Audio. It runs on Windows 7.  

Looking at the pictures we can’t help but feel, well, it looks a bit dull. The Ultrabook, if it’s set to take off, will do so when Windows 8 appears.