HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15z-b000 Sleekbook Laptop Computer

You cannot often see a budget laptop to have a discrete graphics card, multiple USB 3.0 ports, and a 15.6-inch display in one package. That is what makes HP’s new Pavilion model a head-turner because for a price that starts well at around $650, you get all of those new features plus the bonus of a full-featured Windows 8 system with a multi-touch screen. Too good to be true, right? I also thought the same way… not until I realized what it really is in person.

The $650-piece that we want to learn to day from HP is its new TouchSmart 15z-b000 Sleekbook of the said series, or simply 15z-Touch. You might want to ask, but yes, the 15z-Touch has its own non-touch model in a lower price as expected. However, for the touch version, we might really mistake HP as giving away a device with all good features and specs which we’ll learn better, but I have to tell you ahead that there are also some compromises like a display with no good viewing angles and has no real good resolution, a poor battery life, and a cheap build quality. Let’s get into the details.

On the aesthetic side, the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15z-b000 Sleekbook looks pretty solid, well built, and shiny as they opted a highly glossy finish that is prone to smudges and oily prints all over. Available, as reported, in dark grey if not red, the 15z-Touch uses cheap plastic material all over its body, and with a lot of flexes both found on the lid and on the keyboard plane, you’d sure want to be a little more careful than usual. However, the 15z-Touch folds very nice, sleek and gorgeous-looking enough for you to bring it anywhere you want without insecurities. Moreover, the 15z-Touch at a body size of 15.19×10.2×0.97inches is average also in weight at no more than 5lbs.

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The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15z-b000 Sleekbook is, for its size, sufficient enough with ports and holes to make this fall under an ultrabook category, though not really technically because ultrabooks are more defined to be dominated by Intel devices (this one runs on AMD. More on this later.) Included in the list is a USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI, an Ethernet port, an audio combo port, a Kensington lock port, the power port, the vents that run also at the left side aside from those found beneath the model, and a card reader. It’s pretty odd, however, that LED indicators are found on the right side, and for a 15.6-incher, not having a VGA port and an optical drive can be a bit of shame.

The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15z-b000 Sleekbook, as mentioned beforehand, does not have a good display. This may be expected for a budget ‘flipbook,’ but I wish that HP would instead opt for a smaller screen rather than oversizing a 1366×768 resolution on a 15.6-inch display. Not having a good viewing angle as mentioned also is a turn-off, making the 15z-Touch not really ideal as well for watching movies with the rest of the family. On the brightness side, the 15z-Touch at least copes well with room lighting, but you’d surely cry for a brighter one when taken outside.

Another issue I have with the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15z-b000 Sleekbook is the keyboard. Having a full-sized keyboard with numpad may sound like enough and nice, but how about me telling you that these Chiclet-type keys do actually suffer from shallow travel distance and noise while typing? More than this, I do not like the idea of cramping the arrow keys below the right SHIFT key, that aside from fusing both up and down arrow keys into a single key space, would replace also the right CTRL key which I know a lot like me have been used to. There’s no problem with the touchpad though, and I love the idea of incorporating a textured finish on this pad to make this a little more responsive.

AMD processors are not always identified with being cheap, but the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15z-b000 Sleekbook adds a processor from the said provider. On the specs side, the 15z-Touch at least is good with a quad-core processor from AMD (A8-4555M Accelerated Processor), and there’s also a discrete-class GPU (AMD Radeon HD 7600G) for a slightly better gaming experience. The 15z-Touch starts with 6GB of RAM for the said price, which is upgradeable to 8GB, and expectedly there’s no SSD upgrade but only an HDD from 750GB to 1TB.

The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15z-b000 Sleekbook seemed to be aiming at low-budget consumers at the cost of build quality and poor display. Nevertheless, the 15z-Touch would be good enough for everyday computing, and if you want to play a little game, this Pavilion model would suffice just well.

HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15z-b000 Sleekbook Laptop Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 29,000.00

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