If you want to get rid of your desktop, or you just fancy a big laptop, something like HP 17-p010nr might work for you. It’s a 17.3 inches notebook with AMD A6 processor and 6GB RAM – so most programs would surely work fine here. The operating system is still Windows 8, although you’ll be able to upgrade it to Windows 10 for free for some time. Let’s see what more there is, and whether it would be wise to spend your money on this laptop or not.
The computer comes with a processor called AMD A6-6310. That chip has a sweet quad-core setup, although clock speed is just low 1.8GHz (with 2.4GHz turbo). The CPU Mark Score will reveal the whole truth, the A6-6310 gets ~2350 points which is similar to 4th Generation (mobile) i3s get. So it’s not a beast indeed, but for everyday computing such an entry level – and low energy – AMD is a very good choice.
There’s a good amount of memory in HP 17-p010nr, six gigabytes to be precise. The configuration is one 4GB stick and one 2GB stick. You’ll be able to remove both and replace with bigger ones, hence the largest RAM this system takes is 16GB (DDR3L SDRAM type).
In the storage section there’s a traditional 750GB hard drive (5400RPM). With this price, you’ll often see smaller 500GB drives, this one is 50% bigger. You can also remove it if you want and put in a 2.5″ SATA solid-state drive, that is if you value performance over large storage.
Screen and graphics
HP 17-p010nr features a bulky 17.3″ display with no touch support. And being a cheap laptop, they skimped on some screen features. For example, resolution is just 1600×900, quite acceptable for 17-incher but still something a power user would cringe at. Well, there’s nothing you can do, and because the price isn’t high, I’m not going to whine further.
Graphics performance is the weakest link here. Don’t dream of a fancy dedicated graphics card, there’s only an integrated AMD Radeon R4 (Beema) unit available. It’s a slow chip, slower than Intel HD 4000 for example. Playing demanding games isn’t going to work, GTA 5 would get less than 20FPS with low settings and 720p resolution. But fear not, some games without magnificent graphics work fine. Those include Counter-Strike: Go on high settings. Minecraft and World of Warcraft will run here, too.
You can connect the usual peripherals to HP 17-p010nr. It features three USB ports, one of them supports USB 3.0. Also plugging in a HDTV (or another kind of external monitor) is possible, there’s an HDMI output for that.
Being a big laptop, it’s easy to find space inside for devices. Indeed, there’s an internal DVD burner available on the right. The notebook also has SD card slot for inserting those small memory cards from cameras etc.
Networking devices include a 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port) and regular 802.11n WiFi for connecting a wireless base station. As far as I know, Bluetooth is not supported, but you can always buy a cheap USB-Bluetooth adapter to fix that problem.
There’s a VGA webcam for Skype video chatting, it’s not high quality but should be good enough for an occasional chat.
HP 17-p010nr is rather large, it weighs 6.24 pounds so you might want to travel with some lighter device. There’s a 4-cell 41Whr battery included which will last the typical 4 hours.
The keyboard does not light up, but there’s a numpad available on the right hand side.
HP 17-p010nr is ideal for people who don’t want a lightweight laptop for traveling or on-the-go computing. This thing weighs a lot, more than 6 pounds, but also offers a big 17-inch screen that’s good for home use and movie watching at least. 6GB RAM means that no multitasking effort should lag too much, and 750GB hard drive gives you that extra quarter a terabyte compared to common 500GB models. Keeping the low price in mind, I don’t have too much to complain about. If it’s a solid 17.3″ notebook that tickles your fancy, you have a reason to get this HP.