In the market for a new low cost laptop? Well then the HP Pavilion 15-P100DX may just be what you have been wanting. The P100DX is a 15.6 inch notebook in the budget class of laptops and while you might have other options this is one you should consider. If you are someone looking for a device that is perfect for those who travel or maybe you need something to replace your old desktop. This can be a stand alone machine and for some that perfect backup to have. This of course is not one of the more high end powerhouses but is does come with the Core i7 dual processor from Intel, 6GB of DDR3L SDRAM and a 750GB hard drive. For just under $650 you will find that amongst other laptops in the price range it is one of the more powerful in the class.
For performance the P100DX 15.6″ is powered by the Intel Core i7-4510U dual core processor and has a clock speed of 2.0GHz and up to 3.1GHz when the Intel Turbo Boost technology kicks in when you need more power. Depending on the applications in use the Turbo Boost helps supply the system that additional power in order to make sure the laptop delivers smooth performance without lagging. There are chip sets that are much better than the one offered up in this HP Pavilion however they are usually reserved for the systems that consume a lot more power and bigger in size. This Core i7 is the optimal solution for this laptop and works will for those who need a decent laptop but are not quite the heavy user. The 6GB of RAM should be more than enough for majority of users to however the HDD may serve for some to note be sufficient. This would not be a problem if you had an easy way to upgrade, however this is not the case and you would need to open up the system to update with a solid state drive.
When you think about how the cost is cut from this machine to make it more budget friendly one of the things you need to look at is the chassis. This is made from plastic and while its appears to be sturdy and solid it just doesn’t give you that look and feel of some of the more expensive laptops out there. This Pavilion 15-P100DX comes in a combo of natural and ash silver for the color choice. Weighing in at 5lbs and measuring 15.1 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches its surely not going to win any prizes for being the smallest or lightest but at this size it still does make for a good portable notebook. For the average user who will just be traveling by car, train or plane its an okay size for seating in your laptop. However for someone always on the go there are some lighter options on the market.
The HP P100DX comes with Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit version for the OS. This laptop as mention comes with a 15.6 inch display that has a max screen resolution of 1366 x 768, full sized chiclet keyboard with a dedicated numeric pad. You also will notice that there is a trackpad with two buttons. When it comes to the graphics you will notice that this machine comes with the Intel HD Graphics 4400 for the graphics card and while this is not a laptop not intended for gaming it is more than enough to handle the daily activities of the average user. You can also tend to play some of the more modern games if you set them to a lower power setting. The display also comes with the BrightView Technology and for the most part offers nice colors and makes watching movies and videos enjoyable. Though the WLED-backlit display will do for most if you are a hardcore movie watcher and what better picture quality you will need to connect to an external device to be able to watch 1080p HD content.
If the 750GB of internal isn’t enough for you there is always the option of backing up your files using the media card reader slot that works with SD cards. You will also get the SuperMulti DVD burner that allows you to burn and create in different formats. For ports the HP 15-P100DX offers 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, digital media reader that supports SD format, it also features DVD±RW/CD-RW optical drive, built-in webcam, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, and more. The sound is brought to you with some internal speakers that while BeatsAudio are not the best. If you are really into sound quality we suggest plugging up your own external speakers or grabbing a pair of headphones. There however is no Bluetooth, s-Video outputs, PCMCIA slots or gamer ports. Some of the software that comes preinstalled on the this HP Pavilion are CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink PowerDirecter and more.
The bottom line on this HP Pavilion 15-P100dx is that its a decent and affordable option for many who either can’t afford or just don’t want to spend the more for the higher end laptops. Its is very portable as anything weighing under 5.5 pounds is considered, and comes with 6GB of RAM which should be sufficient for the average daily user. The battery is a 2800 mAh battery that is removable making it easy to replace or just have two if needed. While the BeatsAudio speakers to offer a good sound it could be better and there is no LED-backlit for the keyboard. Also remember that even though this is not the best laptop it will still cost you about $650 which is nothing to laugh at. The question then just comes down to preference and what you need it for. There are both lower and high prices systems out there but its still going to be a give take.