If you are on the market for HP’s 17.3 inch laptop for daily multimedia and office use, we think you should consider to buying HP Pavilion 17-e040us. Based on the latest 4th generation of Intel Haswell platform that not only gives better performance for office and multimedia use than the Intel Ivy Bridge platform, the Pavilion 17-e040us laptop also offers better energy efficiency to improving battery life.
Powered by Intel Core i3-4000M dual core processor with Hyperthreading technology and clocked around at 2.4GHZ with a 3MB L3 Cache, this machine is not the most powerful and high end machine, but still promises more than enough power for daily office and multimedia use, such as create or ‘edit office documents and spreadsheets, watch HD video or streaming latest movies from Netflix. Paired with 6GB of DDR3 RAM and preloaded with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8 as the operating system, HP Pavilion 17-e040us laptop provides stable platform and smooth performance for almost all demanding office applications and light multimedia tasks.
As a daily office and multimedia machine, HP 17-e040us laptop also offers plenty of storage capacity. The 750GB of Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive that has spinning speed 5400 rpm provides more than enough to store thousand of movies, music and video files. If you needed, Hewlett-Packard Development Company also gives the Pavilion 17-e040us’s user 25GB free cloud storage in Box, so you can upload your multimedia files or office files and access from any computer or tablet form anywhere. Of course, like HP Pavilion 17-e020dx laptop and other HP’s machine on its series, this model also comes with HP ProtectSmart to protected you critical files in hard disk drive from damaged.
The 17.3 inch High Definition Plus widescreen display that powered by Intel HD graphics 4600 as graphics engine delivers brighter, clearer and more vivid color than the previous HP Pavilion 17 Ivy Bridge model. Its support a 1600 x 900 native resolution and promises faster multimedia performance up to 30 percent than the previous model. Of course, there is also LED backlit technology to improve visibility and HP’s BrightView technology for stunning viewing experience. Yeah, the 17.3 inch screen is already gives a great multimedia and game viewing experience, but you can also share and connect your multimedia content into external HDTV or bigger Television.
Above the screen, the High Definition HP’s TrueVision web camera that integrated with internal digital microphone allows user to keep in touch with family when in the office. You can also make a video conference with Client or co-workers when you on the go. The built in stereo speakers with DTS Sound+ technology is not the best audio on its class, but still provides clear, loud and decent audio reproduction in small room. On the right side, there is also SuperMulti DVD burner with double layer supports for burn, play or install more applications from CDs or DVDs formats.
Speaking of design, HP Pavilion 17-e040us is identical to the Pavilion 17-e020dx. It’s also comes with a “Black” color for exterior and interior, along with silver design around the edges. The full size black keyboard with numeric keypad on the right side not only gives a fast and more accurate typing, but also more comfortable to use on the desk, especially for use who have a large fingers. The 6.39 lbs laptop has dimension in 16.5 x 10.5 x 1.16 in / 1.29 inches and will be bundled with a 6-cell Lithium Ion battery.
There are also all essential port interface, including single USB 2.0 port, double USB 3.0 port, 3.5mm Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, VGA port, RJ 45 port, HDMI port and multimedia card reader slot, along with 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN and WiFi 802.11b/g/n for internet connection. Preinstalled software are Cyberlink YouCam DE, Skype, Amazon Kindle Reader, HP Connected, Norton Internet Security, HP Recovery Manager, HP CoolSense technology, 7-zip and more.
So, what do you think? Yeah, this is not a high end multimedia and gaming laptop, but if you only need a reliable machine for daily use, we believe this model still gives everything you need for play and work hard. If you interested, HP Pavilion 17-e040us 17.3 inch laptop is now available with a starting price around at $650 with 1 year warranty. If you have more budget and looking for better alternative, we suggest you to take a look at the $925 Asus X750JB-DB71 laptop with Intel Core i7-4700HQ quad core processor as the heart and incorporated with NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M dedicated graphics.