Summary: - HP tried hard to make their Pavilion Sleekbook 15t-b100 an affordable system and did make it under $500. It has a few nice features such as a very thin profile and great keyboard but it is hampered by a below average screen that is frankly very dark.
Summary: Frugal quad-core. The HP Pavilion 15-050sg is an inexpensive notebook (399 Euros, ~$545) with a quad-core processor and a large hard drive. Thanks to the ULV APU from AMD it should be frugal and offer long battery runtimes. Is the Pavilion 15 a convincing package? Find out in our in-depth review.
Pros: Good battery runtimes, Frugal, Slim chassis, The low energy consumption and the resulting battery runtimes.
Cons: Display is a bit dark and has a blue cast, Only 12 months warranty, No VGA-out, Only Fast-Ethernet, We miss some features that are offered by many similarly priced rivals: a Gigabit-Ethernet port, VGA-out and a two-year warranty.
Summary: Long-lasting and economic. A slim laptop featuring a Haswell processor for 499 Euros (~$671) doesn't sound bad at all. Our test report reveals whether the Pavilion can stand out from the innumerable contenders.
Pros: Good application performance, Decent battery runtimes, Low power consumption, Quiet operation, Slim appearance, The decent application performance and the low power consumption.
Cons: 12 month warranty only, A slightly too dark screen w/ bluish cast, A brighter screen and easier access to the hard drive.
Conclusion: HP set out with a challenge: make a budget notebook that's both thin and light. And that's exactly what the HP Pavilion 15z Sleekbook is: it starts at less than $500, weighs less than 5 pounds and it's relatively slim at 0.83".
Pros: Slim and light for a 15" laptop (especially at this low price), very good Altec Lansing speakers.
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