HP 17-p110nr Laptop Review

November 4, 2015
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What would it be like to own HP 17-p110nr? Well, at a glance, the laptop would offer you fast enough performance to deal with everyday tasks, web browsing and homework being a few good examples. The 17.3 inch screen would allow you to comfortably watch movies and series. Windows 10 would be much more intuitive than Windows 8, hence easier to use. But there are also some drawbacks you need to know. I’ll tell you my views about this computer below!

Does it have good performance?

Well, you can’t expect to get stellar performance for this price, can you? HP 17-p110nr features AMD A6-6310 processor which surely has a nice quad-core setup and 1.8GHz clock speed (2.4GHz with turbo), but benchmark tests always reveal the true nature of processors. Sadly, this one doesn’t fare so well: CPU Mark gives it just 2400 points, similar to some older 4th Generation i3 processors. It’s a low score, but to put things into perspective, I’d dare to say most people have a similar processor in their computer and have no problems with it. So if you’re an “average” home user, fear not, this AMD processing unit is all you need.

The notebook is equipped with two memory slots, they’re filled with 2GB and 4GB chips so the total RAM is currently 6GB. As usually, it’s mentioned in official specifications that memory sockets are not user accessible but I don’t buy that. With some knowledge (and skills of course) you can surely get to the mainboard and replace the memory as you wish. I believe 16GB should be maximum here.

A 750GB 5400RPM hard drive is offered for storage. You can put a huge amount of data there, but the performance of this HDD isn’t on par with solid-state drives. Feel free to take it out and put SSD in, if it’s faster performance you’re after.

Anything special about the display?

It’s definitely a big screen in HP 17-p110nr, 17.3 inches diagonal. Often, the bigger the display, the better it is for multimedia use – like watching some videos from Netflix. They’re also often good for graphics editors, although this screen has one small flaw: its resolution is just 1600×900, not Full HD (1920×1080) so professionals working with graphics might want not to pick it. This, however, doesn’t affect people wanting to enjoy a movie or two. Touchscreen it is not, but that is not important since OS is keyboard-friendly Windows 10.

Is it good for gaming?

You can play many games with any modern laptop, it’s just a matter of detail level and frame rates you’re happy with. In HP 17-p110nr, there’s no dedicated graphics card to speed up the games a lot, you’re left with an integrated Radeon R4 that is sadly very slow. For example, if you put details to absolute low and resolution 800×600 I think you could get games like GTA 5 to work at ~25FPS – but that would be far from beautiful. On the other hand, many popular games don’t require so much, as an example Counter-Strike: Go would get +30FPS with high settings and 720p resolution.

Ports and connectors

HP 17-p110nr features a common set-up of ports: three USBs, one of them being USB 3.0. HDMI-out for external monitor (like HDTV) is provided, so is a 100Mbps RJ-45 port for Internet if you want to use cable. Of course, there’s a basic 802.11b/g/n WiFi adapter for wireless connection too (however it doesn’t look like Bluetooth is supported).

A DVD burner is included in this laptop, you need not to worry about external drives here. There’s also another way for transferring files, and that is the media card reader on the left hand side.

The notebook is equipped with a front-facing webcam, but bear in mind it only supports VGA resolution.

Other things to keep in mind?

These 17-inch models are never lightweight, HP 17-p110nr weighing a nice 6.25 pounds. Also, there’s a very basic 4-cell 41Whr battery which won’t last more than 3-4 hours with a single charge. So you’d better not get this thing if traveling was your number one hobby!

Not a surprise, keyboard is not backlit but a regular one. 10-key pad is of course available. Windows 10 Home (64-bit) is pre-loaded on the computer.

Summing it up

HP 17-p110nr is not spectacular, but you won’t get too high quality for affordable price. The laptop works wonders for writing emails, surfing the web for extended times, even watching a movie or playing some low-level game. But don’t take it as a power laptop; especially gaming-wise it would be a bad choice. If you keep your expectations in check you will like this model I predict.

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