Ever heard about a certified refurbished item? The one that somebody has used before you. There shouldn’t be any visible signs of use but you can never know for sure. HP Pavilion 15-n228nr is such an item, and naturally has a more affordable price tag than its brand new brothers. However, being refurbished doesn’t necessarily equal bad. So let’s see if such an laptop could be worth your while!
The main things
HP Pavilion 15-n228nr features a quad-core, 1.6GHz AMD A8-455M APU (Accelerated Processing Unit). It acts as a processor and graphics engine at the same time. The CPU part also has a turbo feature which overclocks it to 2.4GHz when need arises. It’s a bit slower than most Intel Core i3s, largely owing to the simple fact it’s an older 2012 release. However, for use at home in small office this AMD is still sufficient.
There’s an impressive amount of 8GB RAM installed on the system, on one DIMM. You don’t often see that in a 400 bucks laptop, but then again, it’s a refurbished one. There are in total 2 user accessible memory slots but maximum supported memory isn’t officially available. Nonetheless, chances are the system actually supports more than the installed 8GB and you could add more if you wanted to.
For storage, you’ll get a nice terabyte hard drive. It’s double size from what you usually get in cheap laptops. It has, for example, space for around 200 DVD movies. Speed is however just the regular 5400RPM – so in that regards, you won’t see chance for better even if you’re upgrading from an older notebook.
Screen and graphics
The display of HP Pavilion 15-n228nr is 15.6″ diagonal with a 1366×768 resolution. Very typical budget solution, and lacks Full HD and touchscreen capabilities, but suffices for basic use.
As I said earlier, the processor also takes care of the graphics. There’s an integrated graphics engine called AMD Radeon HD 7600G in it. In comparison to popular models, it does a similar job to Intel HD 4000 chip. It’s indeed a low-end graphics engine and many later games (like Battlefields, Assassin’s Creeds and so) would probably end up with FPS constantly below 20. For less demanding but still popular titles such as Minecraft and World of Warcraft you could expect playable frame rates, at least if you can keep eye candy at bay.
The networking options are both 10/100Mbps LAN and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. As a small plus, the wireless adapter also supports Bluetooth so you don’t have to use a gadget to get that.
HP Pavilion 15-n228nr has the obligatory three USB ports, one of which is the faster USB 3.0 type. A HDMI-out is also there so you can plug the laptop to a HDTV.
There’s a DVD writer available on the right side. SD media card reader is also available for additional local storage and file transferring.
Unlike some HP models, this one features a HD webcam. Some others do only have a lesser VGA webcam so again, a small plus to this model.
Other noteworthy things
HP Pavilion 15-n228nr has Windows 8.1 (64-bit) as its operating system.
On the right hand side of the non-backlit keyboard there’s a numeric keypad – convenient if you require swift access to number keys.
The laptop weighs 5.05 pounds which makes it a middle of the road model among other 15.6″ laptops. The 4-cell battery should last for around 3-4 hours, so nothing exceptional there.
These modern HP laptops are known to come with a bunch of pre-installed software that some also call bloatware. In my opinion, uninstalling it is trivial and some might even be worth keeping, like the trial for McAfee antivirus software.
Summing it up
HP Pavilion 15-n228nr has pretty good specs for such a low price. A person looking for a computer to do web browsing, email, MS Office and all the other daily tasks would find it very adequate. Even power users would enjoy its 8GB RAM, although many gamers would be disappointed due to the poor graphics card. Anyway, the price/performance ratio is better than with brand new laptops – if you can take the risk of receiving your purchase with some wear and tear. So if you like gambling and discounts and are after somewhat better bang for your buck, getting a refurbished item like this HP is probably a good idea.