Image credited to HP Philippines website.
As I recently damaged the screen of my old touchscreen laptop, I got the new 5th gen Intel i5 2.5Ghz powered 14 inch laptop from HP as a replacement for my year-old 11.6 inch HP x360.
Let’s look at the specs first:
Product name: HP Pavilion 14-al022tx
Microprocessor: Intel® Core™ i5-6200U with Intel® HD Graphics 520
Memory: 4 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (1 x 4 GB)
Video graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 940MX (4 GB DDR3 dedicated)
Hard drive: 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA
Display: 14″ diagonal FHD IPS UWVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
Pointing device: HP Imagepad with multi-touch gesture support
Wireless connectivity: 802.11b/g/n (1×1) and Bluetooth® 4.0 Combo
Network interface: Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN
Expansion slots: 1 multi-format SD media card reader
External ports: 1 HDMI; 1 headphone/microphone combo; 1 USB 2.0; 2 USB 3.0; 1 RJ-45
Minimum dimensions (W x D x H): 33.86 x 22.43 x 1.95 cm
Weight: 1.58 kg
Power supply type 65 W AC power adapter
Battery type 3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion
Webcam: HP Wide Vision HD Camera with dual array
First thing’s first: this laptop is beautiful! I never thought I’d drool over a laptop other than my old Mid 2012 MacBook Pro. The design was sleek and it speaks elegance and power just by feeling the metallic finish.
1. They got rid of Beats Audio which is my sole reason of why I got the x360 but instead got a very professional replacement courtesy of Bang and Olufsen.
Good thing about this is that the loudspeaker from my old x360 with Beats Audio had this crackling sound when you put the volume on max. Although it is very good when on an earphone of with my Remax bluetooth headphone.
2. It is very lightweight compared to my old 11.6 inch x360 despite having a massive screen and bigger footprint.
3. The keys are well-spaced. It gets a little getting used to having been acquainted with a smaller laptop.
4. The battery life on this monster is awesome. I left both x360 and the 14 inch on battery overnight and when I woke them both, this baby still has 97% whereas my x360 was down to 63%. Take note that I’m actually simultaneously downloading Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign and After Effects) with Google Drive syncing in the background.
The low down:
I believe this new model of HP is a good investment for moderate to heavy laptop users. It is not too big and definitely not too small, catering to commuters as well as tech-savvy video and photo editors out there like me. Funny that I was about to cancel my subscriptions with Steam and Adobe Creative Cloud as my old laptop either cannot run any games or is having a hard time with meticulous video editing (Photoshop runs okay but chokes after heavy layers and countless coffees).
Thank goodness I got a new one.
Will make a follow-up report after I’ve brought this at work and use it for a day without charging.