HP Pavilion 17-e020dx 17.3″ Laptop is a well-balanced package deal, if you consider its price; especially when it comes to large desktop replacement laptop, it could be a good choice for many budget-minded users. Equipped with quad core AMD Elite A8-5550M quad core APU, user don’t need to compromise on performance for small purchase price ($400 approx.). It offers lots of gaming though the laptop is not designed for high end gaming. With 4 GB memory and 750GB hard drive, users can type documents, browse web with countless tabs, encode videos/audio, watch HD movies and, of course, play current games with modest settings. Here is a brief review of HP Pavilion 17-e020dx.
HP Pavilion 17-e020dx specs and performane
As told earlier model 17-e020dx includes AMD Elite A8-5550M quad core APU which comes with AMD Radeon HD 8550G graphics. AMD A8-5550M is clocked with basic frequency of 2.1 GHz and due to AMD turbo core technology it can boost the frequency up to 3.1GHz. It doesn’t have hyperthreading technology like Intel’s CPU. According to Passmark score this APU is almost equivalent to core i3-3210M processor which, though a dual core processor, has higher base frequency of 2.5GHz and also comes with hyperthreading technology. However, number of physical cores makes a lot of difference while handling tasks like video editing and rendering images. So, a quad core will perform better than a dual core processor. Though HP Pavilion 17-e020dx is not for heavy video editing, still users can do light video editing and work with Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects as well. For 3D modeling this laptop is not recommended. You can play Far Cry 3, Star Craft 2 with modest setting on it.
As mentioned above, HP 17-e020dx comes with 4 GB memory and a 750 GB, 5400rpm storage solution. Windows 8 is preinstalled on to it. The laptop is not touch screen enabled.
The display of HP Pavilion 17-e020dx will offer 1600 by 900 pixels resolution, which is standard for a 17.3” laptop.
HP Pavilion 17” laptop comes with budget-class status but it doesn’t disappoint its users in terms of ports. It comes with two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 ports. Other ports include an HDMI output, 1 VGA (15-pin) a LAN port, and a headphone jack/ microphone-in combo jack.
HP Pavilion 17-e020dx supports Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi. However, it lacks Bluetooth support.
The laptop comes with 6-cell lithium-ion battery which offers 3-4 hours of battery life, depending on usage.
Pros of HP Pavilion 17-e020dx
Value for money
750 GB hard drive
Quad core processor
Cons of HP Pavilion 17-e020dx