HP’s 15.6” Pavilion TouchSmart 15-b129wm is a slim and light Touch screen laptop, selling for less than 400 dollars at WalMart during Black Friday sales. The energy efficient AMD A6-4455M APU promises long battery life. It is designed for regular computing tasks like web surfing, typing documents and spreadsheets, creating presentation and HD video playback. Thus, it is suitable equally for home and small office. Students can also use it if they don’t need to run CPU or GPU intensive tasks on this laptop. HP 15-b129wm comes with 4GB DDR3 SDRAM. The performance is not really sufficient for high end gaming, still it can run some current games in low details and setting. HD videos can be streamed smoothly. Like other HP Sleekbooks, VGA port and optical drive are missing in this model. Find out more about performance and specifications of HP Pavilion 15-b129wm in the review below:
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-b129wm specification and performance
Encased in sparkling black (glossy black) cover, HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-b129wm comes with full-size island-style keyboard with numeric keypad. There is a HD webcam housed in the bezel. The laptop is powered by AMD A6-4455M APU which is a dual core APU. The basic frequency of this APU is 2.1 GHz and, due to AMD turbo core technology, each core can auto overclock up to 2.6 GH on system demands.
HP 15-b129wm comes with AMD Radeon HD 7500G graphics which is DirectX 11 capable. It can run modern games but in low details and settings, with around 20-30 fps. Users can play games like Tomb Raider, Dead Space 3, Diablo III, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, call of Duty Black ops 2 etc. Starcraft II, Half life 2 and World of warcraft at medium to high setting.
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-b129wm offers 4 GB memory and the memory can be upgraded up to 8GB. 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8 operating system.
The 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit touchscreen display offers 1366×768 resolution which supports up to 720p high definition video playback. There is an HDMI port which lets you view full HD playback in 1080p compatible television and monitors.
Ports and connectivity features include Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack.
HP Pavilion 15-b129wm touch screen laptop offers both wireless and wired network connectivity. Wired network is supported by Fast Ethernet and Wi-Fi is supported by 802.11 b/g/n. Bluetooth support is not available.
According to the manufacturer, 4 Cell 37WHr 2.55Ah lithium-ion battery pack offers 3 hours 45 mins of battery life, on single charge.
Pros of HP Pavilion 15-b129wm
Touch screen laptop at bargain price
USB 3.0 ports
Cons of HP Pavilion 15-b129wm
Average battery life.