HP TouchSmart 15-g014dx laptop is a decent choice for bargain hunters. The laptop is powered by AMD A8-6410 quad core processor. It has 4GB memory, 500GB hard drive and will cost you around $380. HP hasn’t revamped the exterior and it comes with same plastic body with black licorice glossy lid. The unit weighs around 5.34lbs. HP 15-g014dx is a good for those who are looking for an everyday computing machine. Beside typing documents and browsing web, it can stream HD videos very well. You can get good performance for casual gaming, audio/video encoding and entry level photo and video editing. However, this laptop is not suitable for running 3Ds max, AutoCAD, Revit, Maya and other engineering stimulation software. HP TouchSmart 15-g014dx incorporates inbuilt DVD drive and has USB 3.0 and HDMI. It doesn’t offer backlit keyboard and USB charging port. If you are an Intel worshipper and looking for a laptop that offers similar performance, you can take a look at Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT which comes with 1.9GHz Intel core i3-4030u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It comes with Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth, features missing in HP 15-g014dx. On the other hand, Acer Aspire lacks optical drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of the laptop.
HP TouchSmart 15-g014dx Specification and Performance
HP TouchSmart 15-g014dx gets its processing power from a quad core AMD A8-6410 APU or accelerated processor which supports AMD Turbocore technology. Each core operates with 2 GHz and, if system demands, the frequency of some the cores can rise up to 2.4GHz. The APU is fused with AMD Radeon HD R5 graphics which supports casual gaming. It supports DirectX 11.2 and operates with a speed of up to 800 MHz. You can play games like Dead Space 3, Sims 4, GRID 2 and Dota 2 with medium resolution and settings, However, games like Thief, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV will struggle to run in this machine. If you are looking for a budget laptop with dedicated gaming graphics, you can take a look at Acer Aspire E5-571G-38VF which is not a touchscreen laptop but comes with dedicated NVIDIA graphics and 1GB video memory. You can play high end games in low to medium resolution in this Acer Aspire model.
HP 15-g014dx laptop comes with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM but the memory is not user upgradable or replaceable. It comes with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive with Windows 8.1 preinstalled in it.
The 15.6” display of HP 15-g014dx features HD backlit high definition screen and offers native resolution of 1366 X 768 which is standard now a days. It supports up to 720p HD video playback but for 1080p content playback, you need to connect your laptop with 1080p TV or monitor via HDMI.
HP 15-g014dx offers standard number of ports which include 2 USB. 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, headset, SD card reader and Ethernet port. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and single band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. There is an HD webcam as well.
The 3 cell lithium polymer battery supports up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.
Pros of HP TouchSmart 15-g014dx
Cheap touchscreen laptop for day to day computing. If you consider price and features ratio, you will hardly get similar featured laptop at this price
Cons of HP 15-g014dx
Just under $400, it is a good touchscreen laptop which offers plenty of power for day to day tasks as well as casual gaming. The main competitor of this laptop is Acer i3-4030u Powered touchscreen laptop which is available at $360.