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I’m sure students and professionals alike will agree when I say that finding the perfect laptop, something to suit all your work and home needs, while remaining in that always-too-meagre budget, is akin to finding a stable job in this cruel world.
But put away your tissues, and cease your tears, dear reader, because this laptop might just be the one for you! In this review, we are going to explore the individual specs of one of HP’s latest entry-level models – the HP Pavilion 17-Ar050wm.
Read on to know if this sleek, modern, efficient but easy-on-the-pocket beauty is the right fit for you.
At first look, the Pavilion 17 looks to be a silvery, sleek and smooth machine, with its curved edges and streamlined slots adding a touch of elegance one finds difficult to see in most affordable models; elegance that harks back to HP’s more expensive Envy series.
This look is achieved by swapping in the usual plastic body for some aluminium finishes, and a paint job that makes the laptop body gleam with silver.
However, looks, while important, can deceive, so it’s just as necessary to have an overview of the other basic features.
There needs to be a teensy bit of clarification about the processor, which is advertised as 3.4 GHz. The actual base processor that comes with the device is an AMD A10-9620P 2.5 GHz processor, but it can be boosted to 3.4 GHz.
The base processor itself is robust, allowing for functioning of day-to-day activities that are not too graphics-focused.
However, with the HD graphics that the monitor supports, we would suggest that you install an SSD, because the graphics heavily slow down the processor, sometimes to the extent that even a simple web page will not load instantly.
At the end of the day, though, everyone’s needs differ vastly, and these will decide which drive will enable your processor to perform best.
RAM & Storage
The Pavilion 17 sports an 8 GB RAM and a 1 TB hard drive. There is no dedicated video memory – Vloggers beware!
The pre-existing 8GB memory and can be upgraded up to 16GB. While the existing RAM is good enough for programmes such as Photoshop, we find that the laptop starts to lag if you load too many things at once – think several web pages and applications launched simultaneously.
In fact, the lag in processor and RAM is a common complaint, to which the simple answer is this: as iterated before, this model is not exactly built for heavy-duty or graphics work. That being said, it works perfectly well and smoothly for you routine work, and will work just as hard as you!
The large, beautiful, crisp, clear display is one of the features that truly stands out for most in this laptop.
With a 1920 x 1080 resolution display spread across a whopping 17.3 inches, you can be sure to sit back and relax, whether it be ‘Netflix and chill’, navigating through the interwebs, or just your daily tasks.
Not only this, but I found the IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit display especially appealing, because this means I can use this laptop in practically any sort of lighting. Students looking to study outdoors on campus on a particularly nice day will have a field day with this nifty feature.
The vibrant colours will practically pop out at your face before you can say “aesthetically pleasing”!
The Pavilion 17 comes with a built-in SD memory card reader for your photography needs, two USB ports, and one type-C USB port.
Additionally, it has an HDMI out port in case you want to take your movies to an even bigger screen. There’s also a LAN port for connection to the Ethernet.
One complaint about the ports is the lack of enough USB ports, there being only two Type-A ports. However, you can remedy this fairly easily by using a Type-C-to-Type-A adaptor in the third USB port.
Pavilion 17’s full-size, island-style keyboard promises ease during typing, with its pleasing-to-the-eye silver layout, widely-spaced keys, and dedicated numeric keyboard that one does not usually enjoy the privilege of in laptops.
One misconception that customers have while looking at HP Pavilion 17 reviews is that the “backlit display” is often confused with the assumption that the keyboard is backlit.
This is not the case, and since there are one too many stories of disappointed customers returning their laptops which lacked the backlit keyboard they so desired, I felt it necessary to point that out here.
This is a relatively new feature that HP has pushed, and not for naught, for this clever innovation has two-pronged benefits.
Firstly, the lifting of the bottom half of the laptop due to the lift-hinge angles the keyboard in a manner that makes it several times easier to view and type on it.
Secondly, the lifting mechanism aids airflow to circulate more efficiently – which is something that appeals to me personally as well, being a couch potato who mainly works from the comfort of my bed – I hate to think of the air circulation situation of my own laptop. HP manages to address this all too common problem aptly with this feature.
Let’s be honest: in this day and age, who doesn’t want, nay, expect, laptop companies to produce slim, sleek, lightweight machines that don’t threaten to break our backs or crush our laps?
In this regard, the HP Pavilion, which tries so hard to keep up with all your demands, leaves something to be desired. At 6 pounds, or 2.79 kg, this boy is a bit on the bigger side.
This is not to say that this machine will not still fit in your laptop bag or satchel – it will. But I will not deny that it will be a bit of a pain to lug it around, or to work with it in your lap for elongated periods of time; portability is not one of this laptop’s prime features.
It’s no small claim that this laptop gives great value for money. If I were to walk into a store and demand a laptop that meets all of my professional requirements, while also demanding that it stay within my budget of five hundred bucks, it is not wrong to say that I will not be left with a lot of options to choose from.
HP has always remained one of the biggest affordable laptop brands, and with the Pavilion 17 it does not disappoint. What you give is what you get, and this could not be any truer of this machine.
The price for a laptop of this size and capability is not bad indeed, and definitely fits in with the budgets of most people who are not looking for a highly specialised or high-end laptop.
In my opinion, we cannot deny that the HP Pavilion 17-Ar050wm is definitely one of HP’s more ambitious endeavours when it comes to combining performance with affordability whilst maintaining a clean, business aesthetic.
The verdict would be to give this laptop an appreciable 7 stars out of 10. The display, look, speakers, and design added most to its appeal, whereas its processor and memory left slightly more to be desired. Everything combined adds up to a decent choice, with a price that won’t break the bank.
This has been my exhaustive review of HP’s newest addition to the Pavilion series. In the end, the choice is all yours: do you think this could possibly be the dainty glass slipper to your Cinderella’s foot of needs? Yes? No? Confused?
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