|Screen Size||14 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366x768|
|Processor||1.5 GHz Core i3-2377M|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||500 GB flash_memory_solid_state|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD graphics 3000|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||1664 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
HP Pavilion 14-b010us 14-Inch Laptop Sleekbook (Black)
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* Nice looking thin form factor
* CoolSense Technology is top notch, laptop just doesn't get HOT (warm but after long use)
* Good mix of ports (2xUSB 3.0 and single USB 2.0, HDMI output -> video AND sound to your TV)
* Very quiet
* External battery can easily be replaced by user
* Synaptics PS/2 Port Touchpad is finicky under Windows 8
* No optical drive (but advertised as not having one - just beware)
* battery life on short side ("up to 4 hours")
* Upgrading memory basically requires you to take entire laptop apart
HP has put out an entire, and sometimes confusing, range of what are called "Pavilion" or "Envy" laptops, usually coupled with the words "Sleekbook" or "Ultrabook." This specific model, the HP Pavilion 14-b101us Laptop Sleekbook, is advertised as, and is at the low end of the spectrum of this class of laptop. Windows 8 is optimized for touch screens (e.g., tablets) and is actually pretty nice. If you don't have a touchscreen, you can still benefit from Win 8's interface design if you have a good touchpad WHICH THIS UNIT DOES NOT HAVE!!! The built-in Synaptics PS/2 Port Touchpad is just bad. Even with tweaking settings, I couldn't get it to consistently operate with double taps, and two finger scrolling (which I love) is spotty and sometimes is interpreted as a "pinch" and changes the size of your screen. After a LOT of tweaking, updating drivers, etc., I've got the touchpad working better, but still not as consistent and smooth as I'd like.
I like this class of laptop as an entry level, non-gaming general purpose computer. The specs should indicate the obvious, that this isn't a powerful graphic gamer.Read more ›
I floundered around til my granddaughter took pity and showed me how to get to the desktop I was familiar with quickly and then I was unleashed. I'm actually getting used to the app start screen now and use it more and more, but that is turning this into a review of Windows 8 and this is about the laptop itself. This is also one of the few new models that has a removable battery so you can change them out if you're a constant user like me. A lot of the new ones are built in and when it's dead you gotta plug it in (make sure you check that). The touchpad is opened up a lot with this computer because of the Windows 8 and by that I mean it has a lot more functions than just point and tap. It's under four pounds with the battery in! The display is stunning for a 14 inch widescreen and the sound is very good for a laptop.
One of the best things about it that the HP maintenance software runs unobtrusively in the background and right off the bat my laptop had a problem with the fan suddenly spinning up quite audibly and locking the laptop up completely somehow until you had to reboot. This happened twice and I was about to throw the thing away when I did a third reboot and the laptop informed me that it was updating the bios and not to turn the power off.Read more ›
- light and thin but no filmsy
- more than enough power for web surfing and college tasks
- nothing extra special but good looking (fingerprints are not a issue here)
- you may gradually improve it's performance changing the hd for a ssd o adding memory
- remains fresh without the need of a stand or fans
- one hdmi and one usb 3 port (if you haven't try one before, you don't know what you are missing, it's so much faster than usb 2)
- the trackpad SUCKS!!! is almost unusable besides click and double click, a mouse is a must (maybe later i will buy Logitech Rechargeable Touchpad T650 with Windows 8 Multi-Touch Navigation - Black (910-003057))
- it comes with the tricky windows 8 (well, i know this is not a flaw of the laptop itself but without one the other is useless)
on the last point i see two solutions, get used to it or patch it to work like windows has always worked since windows 95 (i prefer the last one, it's easy)
One of the challenges of reviewing something like a computer is that the reviewer must consider it on the basis of what it's trying to be, not on the basis of everything a computer COULD be. This machine is not intended for gamers or musicians or video editors.
The Pavillion 14-b010us is everything a basic computer user needs and little beyond. By 'basic computer user', I mean someone who primarily needs an internet/email machine. A student will also fall under this definition, as this machine is ideal for throwing in a bag and taking to class for note-taking, etc. It's light, thin, and it stays cool even after prolonged use (one of HP's big selling points). In brief, this is highly portable no-frills computing.
What potential buyers need to know is that 'no-frills' MEANS 'no-frills.' There's no optical-media drive (CD, DVD, etc.), so any burning, movie-watching, or software installing will need to be done via an external drive. This is becoming less and less of a need for upwardly mobile computer users, but it's still a consideration that merits mention. Beyond that, performance is what you'd expect from an entry-level laptop: the picture is fine, but it's not exceptional; same with the webcam. The audio output is particularly forgettable, but that's to be expected from a machine at this price-point.
Performance is adequate. I have a battery of tests I run to gauge the performance of machines, and this one did about what I expected. Photoshop works fine, if a little slowly; video-editing is basically a no-go unless the user uses SD footage in an entry-level program like Movie Maker. Don't bother trying to run games newer than four or five years. If you stick to tasks in the realm of basic computing, you'll be fine.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Avoid at all cost. Within 3 months after buying this brand new, the charger port is loose, so you have to have it just right for it to charge. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ididntdoit
This is a nice little laptop for the price. I have used it many times to stream video via the HDMI connector to my LCD TV which I've found very convenient.Published 20 months ago by conan646
I got this unit to take on a trip to the UK, and it worked great everywhere. The unit boots really quickly, you can get to the password screen in about ten seconds, and get to the... Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by Kelvington
I am sorry to give feedback so late,
great product that helps my daughter to do her , I forgot,work in college
It's decent. I got a sweet deal on this laptop about a year ago. It does its job. Windows 8 is pretty annoying on a laptop, but that's neither here nor there I guess. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Joseph Sprague
Avoid at all costs. I purchased one elsewhere; because of discounts, the price was only $325. With light use on trips during the first year, there were minor problems. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by William A Samsonoff
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