Review: HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook 15

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Mainstream laptops are really starting to excite these days – not only are you typically paying a good cost, however you are likewise getting something really outstanding for the cash.

The HP Pavilion Touchsmart Sleekbook 15 is simply over 2cm thick, but don’t be deceived into thinking it’s an ultraportable, it’s certainly a little too heavy for that at 2.1 Kg – not the very best for carrying around every day. Mind you, for relocating from space to room in the home it truly would not posture you a trouble – it’s barely a brick.

It does, nonetheless, seem a trifle heavy when you consider you don’t get an optical DVD/Blu-ray drive. As a result it does have something in common with the huge selection of more costly ultraportables on the market. If the absence of that specification disappoints you, then maybe think about getting an external optical drive – internal ones are becoming something of a rarity and you might be unduly limiting your selection.

In addition to the slick, glossy design, there are two various other crucial specs to talk about. The first is the bright 15.6-inch 10-point touchscreen. We really suched as the vibrancy of the screen, while the touch was of excellent quality with plenty of responsiveness.

We truly wish we ‘d had more laptops like this around the time that Windows 8 launched. It’s only now that people have the ability to walk into stores and have a good choice of Windows 8 touchscreen laptop computers.

The second crucial spec is the dual-core AMD A4-4355M 1.9 GHz processor which not only includes the usual CPU part, however it also includes Radeon HD graphics cores on the exact same chip. It’s an entry-level processor in terms of raw efficiency, though thanks to the graphics on board it can play a reasonable variety of mainstream games.

But if that’s of interest then be alerted – it’s not powerful enough for significant 3D games and therefore some users might to rule it out because of that. However, the processor is perfectly fine for many mainstream tasks. We’d not want to do any serious video editing on it, however.

Tons of features

In regards to various other specifications, you will not be dissatisfied. There’s a huge 8GB of memory, so you can manage lots of simultaneous jobs, while you also get a similarly substantial 1TB of storage space – that’s far more than you’ll most likely ever before need and is plenty for songs, videos, images and your apps. And for home entertainment, the powerful Altec Lansing speakers are enhanced with Dolby Advanced Sound to make best use of the power of songs and film soundtracks.

HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook 15

We thought the keyboard was of great quality and you will not be disappointed when keying in projects or letters. The trackpad and mouse buttons were likewise suitable although you’ll find yourself significantly making use of the touchscreen. You may not think so, but you will, it just makes good sense.

As for battery life, approximately eight hours is guaranteed. You will not get that. Rather, you’ll likely be in the range of 5 to 7 hours relying on what you are doing. That’s still rather impressive for a laptop of this nature and while we quite anticipate you’ll utilize it near a power source, anyway, it’ll do very well for a respectable length of time on battery power.

Connectivity is numerous, with an SD card reader, Ethernet connection for wired net, Wi-Fi for wireless and a webcam. There’s likewise a USB 2.0 port plus two USB 3.0-capable ports, along with HDMI for linking to an external screen. All virtually what you ‘d anticipate, although some might bemoan the absence of Bluetooth for tethering to a phone’s web connection.

One thing that did disappoint us was the amount of extra software application on the device. It was just a little too much and we are dissatisfied that vendors still think cluttering the Start screen, desktop and desktop taskbar with apps is a good idea. We know it makes them money and we understand they think it makes them look different to various other Computers in the store. However all it does is provide the impression that someone has already been on your PC when you take it out of the box. We found that many of this software was useless so we opted to uninstall most of it.

Verdict

The specification list we saw for this laptop said it hadn’t been a desktop computer replacement. But, the absence of DVD/Blu-ray drive aside, it’s hard to see exactly what this doesn’t have that you’d want from a machine you were changing a desktop COMPUTER with. Yep, so the processor is a little slow-moving, however that’s to do with it.

HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook 15

The profit’s that, if you buy this notebook, individuals will be surprised you did not spend more on it. It looks excellent, has heaps of memory, runs well and has that critical touchscreen. We think you’ll be excited with it, too.