HP Pavilion 17.3″ Laptop Computer

The package

Right here’s what you get, a quad core APU with Radeon HD 8550G graphics, 4Gig Ram, 740G hard disk drive, and a DVD-R/W, plus a 17.3″ display in a light in weight and beautifully made carbon fiber look silver frame with Win8/64 pre-installed.

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The performance – the good and the bad

Needs a lot more RAM, 4Gig isn’t really sufficient as 768M are allocated to the video, and as yet I haven’t found ways to assign even more after I included another 4Gig stick. HP utilizes a captive screw on the backplate so you merely loosen it and slide the panel down and off. To HP’s credit, the Ram that is installed is DDR3 PC3-12800 \* CL=11 \* Unbuffered \* NON-ECC \* DDR3-1600 \* 1.35 V \* Efficiency was greatly enhanced with the addition of more Ram, the Windows Experience number jumped from 5.9 to 7.1, and you can inform an apparent difference when you are browsing the internet or running several software programs.

 

As a test of security, I opened up 6 video players all running 1Gig+ documents and after 20 mins they were all still chugging along, I was surprised in fact, this has been quite a shock overall. Video editing is a wind with this CPU, it simply tears right with big files.

The Chiclet key-board is practical, but the touchpad is laggy and you will certainly wish to include a computer mouse ASAP. Nonetheless, after connecting to a separate monitor through HDMI I discover that the shades and a few of the controls are all there. Issue is, I can’t mount a copy of Stimulant on this Win 8 thing to offer me more flexibility over colours and comparison. I presume I’ll simply have to be happy on my prolonged display … yet once again, I’m limited to only 4 resolutions on a 1920×1200 monitor yet I could deal with that. The primary disk drive is not partitioned so its a little cumbersome. I’m running 3 USB devices with no lag and they attach right up using an upstream to my Dell display. Also a Logitech cordless keyboard and computer mouse were Plug and Play.

BTW, if you’re going nuts over Windows 8, that’s OK, go right ahead. Home windows 7 was the best point Microsoft ever did, and Succeed 8 is merely the most ridiculous hodgepodge of a software application nerd’s wet dream I can have ever envisioned. Nonetheless, 2 days after acquiring this laptop I have uncovered a world of tweaks and workarounds, such that I have to do with 70 % back to the feel and look of Win 7, so there is assist there, and the majority of the repairs are totally free. “Start8” was a great financial investment though that gives you back your Beginning menu and gets rid of the remarkably silly Windows 8 App display and all its intrusive popups.

 

On my previous i5 (2.3 Mhz) with 6Gig Ram, whenever I would certainly encode DVDs there was a problem with getting too hot, maxed out CPU use, and maxed out Ram … then POW, my laptop would certainly shut down. On my initial run today, this machine ripped via 2 video documents amounting to 2.8 G in 30 mins! For an APU this laptop computer is a monster!

My apologies in advance for any individual with concerns, apparently in Amazon’s great knowledge I have been banned from uploading comments permanently. But this device has 2 memory ports, and one 4G stick installed. Did I mention I DISLIKE Windows 8?

Problem is, I can’t mount a copy of Stimulant on this Success 8 point to offer me a lot more versatility over colors and contrast. Home windows 7 was the finest point Microsoft ever did, and Succeed 8 is simply the most absurd collection of a software program geek’s wet dream I can have ever envisioned. 2 days after getting this laptop computer I have uncovered a globe of workarounds and tweaks, such that I am concerning 70 % back to the look and feel of Win 7, so there is aid out there, and many of the fixes are totally free. On my previous i5 (2.3 Mhz) with 6Gig Ram, whenever I would encode DVDs there was a problem with heating up, maxed out CPU usage, and maxed out Ram … then POW, my laptop computer would certainly close down. For an APU this laptop is a beast!