Looking for a budget thin and light laptop for daily use that can works well with Windows 8 interface? If the price and portability are your big concern, we suggest to take a look at HP Pavilion TouchSmart 14-b150us Sleekbook. Yeah, comes with a thin and light design with just 0.8 inch thin and weighing only at 4.4 lbs, along with a 14 inch multi touch display, the Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook 14-b150us laptop delivers full Windows 8 experience for small to medium business user and student that needs a new touch screen laptop but did not want to spend much money.
The laptop made from high quality plastic for casing in Sparkling Black color, fells solid and sturdy in your hand. Measures 9.4 x 13.7 x 0.81 / 0.83 inches and weighing only at 4.4 lbs, HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook 14-b150us has similar size likes commonly ultrabook from other brand. It is comfortable to carry around with you and perfect for companion at home, school and on the occasional trips. For comparison, the ThinkPad T431s 20AA000MUS 14 inch business laptop has dimension in 8.9 x 13 x 0.8 inches and weighs around at 3.6 lbs.
Speaking of performance, the Intel Core i3-3227U “Ivy Bridge” ULV dual core processor as the heart with a base clock rates at 1.9 GHZ and features a 3 MB L3-Cache with 4GB of DDR3 SDRAm (expandable up to 16GB DDR3 SDRAM) is not the most powerful combinations, but we believe this Sleekbook still gives enough performance and seamless office and light multimedia tasks. Unlike the commonly ultrabook that brings a Solid State Drive as internal storage, the 14-b150us laptop equipped with a 640GB Serial ATA disk drive with speed of 5400 rpm, offers larger memory space to store multimedia files but slower multitasking performance than commonly ultrabook.
Like other Ivy Bridge’s laptop, the latest HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook 14 model also integrated with Intel HD graphics 4000 as graphics accelerator. It boasts a 14 inch High Definition LED-backlit touch screen LCD display that capable to produces maximum resolution at 1366 x 768 pixels. The HP’s BrightView technology delivers good brightness, crisp and contrast color when you used for watch 720p video playback or streaming movies from NetFlix. On the righ side, the HDMI port allows users to enjoy 1080p video content or share music into external HDTV.
The TrueVision High Definition web camera that built into bezel and incorporated with digital microphone allows users to keep in touch with family or make video conference with co-workers from home. Yeah, this is a portable computer, but the Full-size black keyboard with island-style design and Touchpad with multi-touch gestures support offers fast and pleasant to use on the desk, just like other HP’s laptop which brings bigger size. The HP’s CoolSense technology that automatically adjust fans speed also make users can used this machine for full day work.
Unfortunately, HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook 14-b150us laptop lacks optical drive, but if needed, you can connect it into external disk drive via USB 3.0 port located on the right side or USB 2.0 port located on the left side. Other specifications are 3.5mm microphone-in/Headphone-out combo jack, RJ 45 for Ethernet LAN, multimedia card reader slot (right side, support Secure Digital card) and two Altec Lansing stereo speakers that optimized with Dolby Advanced Audio technology.
Speaking of connectivity, the 14 inch Sleekbook laptop also comes with 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN for wired connection and WiFi 802.11b/g/n for wireless connection. In term of software, the 14-b150us laptop will be preinstalled with Cyberlink YouCam DE, few games, Amazon Kindle for PC e-reader, CyberLink applications, Trial version of Norton Internet Security, HP ProtectSmart to secure your data, HP Connected, HP Recovery Manager and more.
Preloaded with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8 as the operating system, HP Pavilion TouchSmart 14-b150us Sleekbook laptop is now available in major retailers and online with a starting price around at $580 with 1 year warranty. So, what do you think? If you are preferred with AMD’s performance, we think you should consider buying HP Pavilion TouchSmart 14-f020us Sleekbook that comes with AMD A4-5000 quad core processor and priced around at $539.