HP Pavilion 17-e112dx 17.3″ laptop

HP Pavilion 17-e112dx could be a good choice if you are looking for desktop replacement laptop that offers decent performance. The laptop is available at a reasonable price of $380 approx.  This laptop is driven by 3rd generation 2.6 GHz intel core i3-3130M processor, Integrated HD 4000 graphics and 4GB memory, which clearly indicates this laptop  will be able to support  regular computing along with some of the CPU intensive tasks.  It will support office computing as well. But 17.3” form factor will make it difficult to carry it along on a day to day basic. HP 17-e112dx will support working with Microsoft office suite, browsing web with multiple tabs, file compression and video streaming without any issue.  It also supports casual gaming. Games like Fifa 14, Dota 2, Tomb Raider etc. can be played in low to medium details and settings. However, GPU intensive games will hardly run on this machine. HP Pavilion 17-e112dx is useful for photo editing as well; user can encode or decode audio and video file formats.  It has integrated DVD burner. Other features like HDMI and USB 3.0 ports are also available with this laptop. This is not a touchscreen laptop though. It weighs around 6.4 lbs which places it in the bulky category.  It comes with 6-cell 47WHr 2.2 Ah lithium-ion battery and you can expect average battery life (2-4hrs). Here is a brief review about the specifications and performance of Pavilion 17-e112dx.

HP Pavilion 17-e112dx  specification and performance

The laptop gets its power from Intel core i3-3130M which has two cores with Hyperthreading technology. The Processor is clocked with 2.6GHz frequency but the clock speed can’t be increased further. If you compare it with 4th generation Intel core i3-4000M, you will find there is no noticeable difference in terms of performance. When it comes to benchmark, the passmark score for core i3-3130M is 3615 which is slightly better than core i3-4000M. HP Pavilion 17-e112dx offers Integrated HD 4000 graphics which supports casual gaming.  Buyer can play paid or free games available at Windows App store on it. The laptop can stream high definition videos without any issue. However, the laptop supports only up to 900p HD playback and will not be able to playback 1080p or full HD playback. But 900p is almost close to full HD.

HP 17-e112dx comes with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM arranged in single slot and memory can be expanded up to 8GB. The laptop comes with ample storage. It offers 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. There is no SSD.

Pavilion 17-e112dx comes 17.3” LED backlit high definition display. The display supports maximum 1600 by 900 pixels resolution which can’t stream 1080p content but can stream 900p content.

Beside DVD burner, the laptop comes 3 USB ports (two of them being USB 3.0), an Ethernet port,  a combination headphone/microphone port, HDMI, and an SD card slot.  You will  also get a HD webcam. Network connectivity feature includes Fast Ethernet and Wireless N. Bluetooth is not available

Pros of Pavilion 17-e112dx

Decent processor

Good features for the money

DVD drive

Cons of HP Pavilion 17-e112dx

No Bluetooth

No SSD

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