HP 17-AK013DX Review

If you are looking for an affordable big screen laptop for home use then you can consider HP 17-AK013DX. It is powered by AMD A9-9420 APU which has two cores. Though it operates at very high frequency of 3GHz (frequency can rise up to 3.6GHz on system demand) yet it is not as strong as Intel core i7-7500u processor. Basically, A9-9420 is designed for home users and home offices. It could be an ideal desktop replacement laptop for typing documents, creating presentation, small photo and video editing, surfing web, emailing/skype etc. You can also stream videos and movies. It supports casual gaming as well. However, Model: 17-AK013DX comes with very less RAM or memory. Even though 4GB RAM is enough for basic computing, it is very low for media editing. Nowadays, minimum 8GB RAM is considered decent amount of memory.  The laptop offers a decent 1 TB storage and comes with integrated AMD Radeon HD R5 graphics, which supports casual gaming. The graphics uses system memory. High end games like Resident Evil 7 and Battlefield 1 will not run smoothly on this laptop.

If you are looking for an all-purpose laptop to increase productivity and for some entertainment then you can consider HP 17.3″ HD Premium High Performance Laptop. This HP laptop is quite inexpensive if you consider its spec. It is powered by Intel core i7-7500u processor which is a dual core processor and also supports hyper threading technology, which means 2 cores can work as 4 virtual cores. However, AMD A9-9420 lacks hyperthreading technology. When it comes to Benchmark, the 3D Mark for AMD A9-9420 is 2157 approx., while the same for i7-7500u is 5550. Thus, Intel core i7-7500u is more powerful compared to AMD A9-9420. So, HP 17.3” laptop with i7-7500u and 8GB 2133MHz RAM will offer better performance compared to HP 17-AK013DX, which has only 4GB 1866GHz RAM. However, you can expand memory up to 16GB. Accessing memory slot is quite easy. It comes with replaceable battery as well. None of these are touchscreen laptop.

Even AMD A10-9600p is more powerful compared to A9-9420. AMD A10-9600p operates with lower base frequency of 2.4GHz and its turbo frequency is 3.3GHz but AMD A10-9600p has 4 cores while A9-9420p is a dual core processor. So you will get better multi-tasking performance with A10-9600p. It makes sense to consider HP Pavilion 17.3″ Laptop, with AMD A10-9600p processor and 4GB RAM, if you are looking for something more powerful at an affordable price. However, it has only 500GB hard drive.

The 17.3” display of Model: 17-AK013DX supports max resolution up to 1600 X 900p, which means it is not full HD display. The 1TB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed which is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system along with some HP proprietary software. It doesn’t come with Microsoft office full version and you need to buy it separately.

All the above mentioned laptops come with inbuilt optical drive to burn CD/DVD. It has integrated HD 720p webcam as well. The edges of HP ak013dx are arranged with 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It has SD card reader as well. It comes with standard keyboard which has dedicated numeric keypad. The keyboard is not backlit keyboard.

Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. The 3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup (approx.) however, it depends upon usage.