HP Pavilion 17-E046US

HP Pavilion 17-E046US is a low-cost third-generation Core i3 laptop with big 17.3” screen and decent weight for its size. It offers enough performance to power you through regular computing tasks and light gaming. It comes with 6GB memory and 500 GB hard drive. The device could be a good desktop replacement option if you don’t need to run CPU and GPU intensive applications like high definition video editing, 3D designing and animation etc. However, it can stream high definition videos seamlessly. There is an integrated DVD burner, as optical drive, with the laptop. It also offers two USB 3.0 ports. Though it comes with integrated graphics yet it supports casual gaming to some extent. HP 17-E046US is not a touch screen laptop and does not provide Bluetooth support. The price of this laptop will be around $380 (during Black Friday sales at staples).  The model number is E0J90UA#ABA. Here is a brief review of HP Pavilion 17 E046US.

HP Pavilion 17-E046US specification and performance

The laptop is integrated with Intel core i3-3110M processor which is a dual core processor, each core operates with 2.4 GHz frequency. The processor features Hyperthreading technology which means two cores can handle 4 threads at a time. It comes with 3 MB of L3 cache. The processor delivers power for casual photo editing, audio and video files format conversion, compression of large files and streaming high definition video on compatible TV set. Nearly all current games are playable on HP 17-E046US laptop, but in low to medium details and settings. Games like Call of Duty Black ops 2, Team fortress 2, BioShock Infinite, GTA IV, Dirt showdown, Minecraft , Planetside 2, Just Cause 2 and Tomb Raider  can be played in low details and setting. Older games like Starcraft II, World of warcraft can also be played reasonably. Some old games, like Sims3, are not fairly compatible with Windows 8 and should be avoided Users may experience system crashes or system freeze while playing such games.

HP Pavilion 17-E046US is installed with 6GB DDR3L SDRAM in two slots and base memory can be upgraded up to 8GB. Its 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 8 Operating System.

17.3” HD backlit LED display doesn’t offer full HD support but it offers 1600 X 900 pixels resolution which supports up to 900p HD video playback.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI output, 1 VGA, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. There is media card reader slot which supports Secure Digital cards. Network connectivity is supported by fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

HP 17-E046US boast of a HD webcam as well.

According to the manufacturer, 6-cell 47WHr battery pack provides up to 5 hrs and 30 mins of battery life

HP Pavilion 17-E046US pros

Inexpensive desktop replacement laptop

6 GB memory

USB 3.0 and VGA port available

HP Pavilion 17-E046US cons

No Bluetooth

No touch screen

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