HP Pavilion 15-n030us is integrated with Intel’s 4th generation/ Haswell core i3-4005U processor which operates with 1.8GHz frequency. Compared with core i3-3217U it is slightly faster. Thus, we can expect that HP 15-n030us would be able to increase regular computing productivity and support some amount of multimedia tasks as well. You can watch HD videos, do some photo editing, downloading itunes and work with presentation applications like PowerPoint etc. This device is not a touch screen laptop but features like 750 GB hard drive make it impressive for those who want budget laptop solution with a large storage capacity. This 15.6” laptop comes with 4 GB memory. The price of the laptop is just under $380 (Office depot). Here is a brief review of HP Pavilion 15 n030us :
HP Pavilion 15 n030us Specification and performance
Let us start with a small review about Intel core i3-4005u dual core processor. The processor is built with Haswell architecture. Each core is clocked with 1.7GHz frequency and incorporates Hyperthreading technology. Intel core i3-4005u comes with 3 MB of L3 cache. Like its predecessor, it is also built with 22 nm technology but, there are architectural differences between ivy bridge i3 processor and i3 Haswell processor. Additionally, new Intel core i3-4005u comes with extra instruction sets and security features like Secure Key and AES or Advanced Encryption Standard which helps to encrypt or decrypt data. Over all the core i3-4005u would be 5-10% faster than core i3-3217u. The TDP rating for core i3-4005u is 15watt.
The graphics HP 15-n030us comes with is Integrated Intel HD 4400 (merged with processor chip) which offers better performance over Intel HD 4000. The low clock speed and 4 GB memory may be the cause of performance bottleneck. But you can play many games in low details and settings. Games like Fifa 13, COD modern warfare 3, StarCraft II can be played in low details and settings.
Same Intel HD 4400 graphics when paired with Intel core i5-4200u processor offers better gaming experience.
HP pavilion 15-n030us comes with 4 GB memory but user can’t upgrade memory. Thus, maximum memory supported is 4GB Only. The hard drive it comes with is 500GB 5400 rpm. Windows 8 64-bit operating system is preloaded on it. Additionally, the laptop comes with many preinstalled softwares.
The 15.6” HD BrightView LED-backlit display offers standard 1366 by 768 resolution which supports 720p HD video playback.
The ports and connectivity options for HP 15 n030us are as following-
Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards
two USB 3.0
one USB 2.0
one HDMI out
one RJ-45 (LAN)
one Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack
Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi
HP has decided to place a 4cell battery with their new HP pavilion n030us laptop which offers 4 hours of battery life
Pros of HP Pavilion 15-n030us
Budget laptop with reasonable performance
750 GB hard drive
Cons of HP Pavilion 15-n030us
Memory can’t be upgraded.
No touch screen