HP Pavilion 14-b010us 14-Inch Laptop Sleekbook Review

HP Pavilion 14-b010us 14-Inch Laptop Sleekbook

As its name suggests, the HP Pavilion 14-b010us 14-Inch Laptop Sleekbook is a slim and stylish entry-level laptop designed to cope well with everyday computing.

Powered by a second generation 1.5 GHz Intel Core i3-2377M processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, this machine is ideal for surfing the web, video-chatting with friends or helping the kids with their homework. But whatever you use it for, you can do so safe in the knowledge that HP ProtectSmart hard drive protection is automatically protecting your precious data against the damage that knocks and bumps – such as dropping the latop! – inevitably causes.

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The 14.0″ diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit display (1366 x 768) is driven by Intel HD graphics 3000. This is a perfectly reasonable choice for a budget machine, as the graphics 3000 hardware is quite capable of handling the graphics requirements of day-to-day computing. It can easily cope with HD video, and casual games should pose no difficulty, but it isn’t suitable for more sophisticated games, and today’s most demanding titles are beyond it’s capabilities.

That said, this machine isn’t intended to be a gaming laptop, with the specialist features that they require – it’s a budget, everyday laptop, with features and capabilities appropriate to its purpose.

Internet connectivity is, of course, essential, and that is provided by both a standard Ethernet port for wired networking and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi for connecting to wireless networks, either at home or on the move.

Pros :

  • Good entry level laptop
  • Plenty of RAM
  • Large Hard Disk
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • Underpowered for serious gaming
  • No optical drive

Other ports include one standard USB 2.0 port and two high-speed USB 3.0 ports for attaching peripherals such as printers and memory sticks or external hard drives to your laptop. The USB 3.0 ports allows much faster data transfer from USB 3.0 compatible devices, but is backwards-compatible with older USB devices, so you can still use them if you don’t have any USB 3.0 devices yet.

Headphones and a microphone can be used via the single combo jack socket, and a multi-format card reader makes it easy to transfer images from your memory cards to the laptop. An HDMI port enables you to connect the machine to a monitor HDTV to view pictures and movies on a big screen. Unfortunately, this laptop doesn’t have a built-in CD / DVD optical drive, so you will either have to store those movies on the hard drive, watch them via an online streaming service or, if you think you will need one, purchase an external USB optical drive.

A built-in HP TrueVision HD webcam makes this machine video-chat ready from the moment you take it out of the box – just sign in to your favourite chat software and you’re good to go in seconds. The TrueVision cam works well in lower light levels, too, so you can be sure of looking good whenever, and wherever, you make that video call.

Sleek by name, and sleek by nature, the HP Pavilion 14-b010us 14-Inch Laptop Sleekbook measures 13.66″W x 9.37″D x 0.81″—0.83″H, and weighs just 3.96 lbs. Its 4-cell 37WHr lithium-ion battery gives a battery life of up to 4 hours, allowing you to work and play where you like.

If you’re looking for an entry level laptop that looks great, performs its intended tasks well, and comes with the backing and support of a world-famous manufacturer, and comes with Windows 8 preinstalled, this could well be the machine for you.

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