HP Pavilion 17-e017dx is non-touch screen affordable multimedia laptop. Integrated with AMD A8-5550M quad core accelerated processor, this simple laptop, in addition to offering sufficient performance for day to day computing like text editing, web browsing or video playback, also offers casual gaming experience. HP 17-e017dx comes with 17.3” display, thus, buyers can consider it as a desktop replacement option as well. It comes with 750GB hard drive and 4GB memory. There is a DVD burner as optical drive. If you are on tight budget, it is hard to find a perfect desktop replacement laptop, under $450, that offers optimum performance for both regular computing as well as personal entertainment. Considering the price ($400 approx Best Buy), HP does offer a well-balanced package with the Pavilion 17 e017dx model. It is worth mentioning that there are practically no hardware differences between HP Pavilion 17-e016dx and 17-e017dx. Thus performance of both the laptops is expected to be same.
HP Pavilion 17-e017dx specification and performance
HP Pavilion 17-e017dx is equipped with A8-5550M quad core APU that operates with 2.1GHz clock speed, which can rise up to 3.1 GHz due to AMD Turbocore technology. The APU comprises of Radeon HD 8550G graphics which offers performance almost similar to any mid-level dedicated graphics. Though absence of dedicated video memory may disappoint some buyers still it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker as it can run almost all current games in low to medium details and settings. Gaming performance may vary depending upon the fact how system intensive the games are. Again, it is hard to get a 17.3” laptop with similar specification and a dedicated graphics with this price range. Games like Deadpool, Dota 2, call of Duty Black ops 2 etc are playable in low settings. The graphics is advance version of earlier AMD Radeon HD 7640G graphics that comes with AMD A8-4500M quad core APU. HP 17-e017dx supports casual photo editing as well. You can run Adobe Photoshop element. However, adding more memory would certainly help running the application smoothly.
Pavilion 17-e017dx is installed with 4GB memory and the memory can be expanded up to 8GB. 750GB hard drive operates with 5400RPM and comes preloaded with Windows 8 (64-bit) Operating System, chatting software like skype, Cyberlink YouCam DE, ecommerce apps etc.
The 17.3” backlit LED display supports up to 1600 X 900 pixel resolution, which means it will not support 1080p playback directly. In order to watch 1080p playback, users can make use of the HDMI port on the laptop and connect it to a compatible monitor or HDTV.
The 6 cell 47whr battery offers 1.5-4 hours ( approx) of battery life, depending upon usage,
Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0,1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1 RJ-45, 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It comes with media card reader slot that supports secure digital formats. The network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi
Pros of HP Pavilion 17-e017dx
750 GB hard drive
Cons of HP 17-e017dx
Not a touch screen laptop