Reviews and Problems with HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11
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HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11: A Little Engine That Could Use an Upgrade
14 April 2014
Excerpt: With the school season afloat and far too many enjoying the blessings of financial aid, living at home or starting their own ramen-only records, buying a computer isn't exactly at the top of the priority list for incoming students. The MacBook Air isn’t cheap, and neither is being the cool kid on campus. Not everyone can afford a laptop starting at $1,000. How about for $400?
Summary: The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11's claim to fame is that it offers a touchscreen computing experience for an incredibly low price, and while that's certainly true, it's also a sluggish machine that makes even general computing chores feel laggy. Doubling the RAM from 4GB to 8GB might help, but since there's only one DIMM slot, you'll have chuck the existing stick aside.
It's a bit of a mixed bag all around.
Pros: Price:, Premium Look and Feel:, Unlike MC Hammer, You CAN Touch This:, Exceptional Battery Life:
Cons: Dismal Performance:, Cramped Keyboard:, A Little Heavy:, Speakers and Screen:
Summary: The beauty and the beast? The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11 looks nice, but can it offer enough performance with the AMD A4-1250?
Pros: High quality workmanship, Very long battery life, Integrated SD card reader, Premium service extends warranty by one year, The cable and plug are very robust, The low noise emissions and the extra year of coverage thanks to Premium Service.
Cons: Hard-to-access USB ports, Modest brightness, Limited performance, A brighter display.
Excerpt: This 11.6-inch laptop won't break the bank at $399 or thereabouts, and offers the full Windows 8 experience with a responsive touch screen and comfortable keyboard. But slow performance and a dim screen hold it back.
Pros: Good touch screen and touch pad, Decent battery life, Respectable sound, Low price
Cons: Sluggish performance, Heavy for its small size, Low screen quality
Summary: As one of the only touch-screen notebooks under $400, the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11z has plenty to offer students and other consumers looking for a basic portable notebook. Don't expect to do much in the way of multitasking, but the 11z is a small, attractive system good for Web browsing, email and light document editing. Plus, you can take advantage of Windows 8's growing touch app selection. However, we'd like less preloaded software.
Excerpt: Ultra-cheap laptops are nothing new, but few are as beautifully designed as the HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11-e030sa and have ten point touchscreens for just over £300. Its brushed metallic finish and smart looks are immediately appealing and make it look a lot more expensive than it is. To top it all it weighs just 1.4kg, so you can easily carry it everywhere.
Summary: Cheap and cheerful, but the performance of this entry-level laptop is underwhelming
Pros: Brilliant touch screen, Good battery life, Full version of Windows 8, Quite portable, Excellent connectivity, There's lots to like about the TouchSmart. Obviously, the price is a real winner, and it allows anybody easy access to the full Windows 8 experience, without being hampered by the limitations of Windows RT. To get excellent touch capabilities thrown into the deal, too, is amazing; it's practically unheard of at this price point. Ignoring the processor performa...
Cons: Very poor overall performance, Screen quality isn't great, Keyboard can be slightly tricky to use, Heavy, considering its small size, The TouchSmart's biggest faux pas is the tiny amount of performance available. The quad-core processor just isn't powerful enough to handle more than a few tasks at a time, which, in this day and age, is really surprising. The screen quality isn't the best either, although we can forgive this because it's obviously one area where cost c...