HP’s cheapest Windows 8 laptop is also the company’s smallest. HP recently launched a new laptop called the HP Pavilion 10 TouchSmart, and as the name suggests it’s a 10 inch notebook with a touchscreen display.
It sells for $350 at HP.com, but you can pick up the same laptop for $299 at the Microsoft Store.
The little laptop is powered by an AMD A4-1200 “Temash” processor, which is a low-power, moderate- performance chip with AMD Radeon HD 8180 graphics.
The base model has 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, 1 USB 3.0 port, and 2 USB 2.0 ports. It also features HDMI output, an SD card reader, an Ethernet jack and WiFi, but no Bluetooth.
You can also customize the laptop by adding Bluetooth and opting for a 500GB hard drive if you order from HP. The company also offers an HDMI to VGA adapter if you need one — but it’ll set you back an extra $30.
HP says you should be able to get up to 5 hours of battery life from a 3-cell battery, which isn’t bad for a $299 laptop, but it’s also not exactly impressive for a laptop released in late 2013.
The laptop measures 10.7″ x 7.7″ x 0.9″ and weighs 3.2 pounds.
“D.O.A. Killed by the Asus Transformer T100”
I think that depends on what’s important to you. The Transformer’s killer feature is the ability to become a tablet, but that’s not something all customers are looking for. If that’s not important to you, the decision is a lot tougher. The Transformer has much better battery life, a more powerful processor (about 30% according to benchmarks), and a more portable/compact charger. The HP TouchSmart has a removable/replaceable battery (something that’s important to me), 10x the hard drive space (320 GB), wired ethernet, and 3 USB ports. I like the clean lines of the Transformer, but I’m not a fan of the glossy plastic. I think the HP TouchSmart is a nicer looking machine, but that’s just personal preference. It would have been nice if RAM was upgradeable to 4 GB on either machine. 2 GB might be enough now for light usage, but it will probably not be enough after a few years of updates and service packs. Hopefully the next generation of both will have 4 GB of RAM.
I think there is a market for both machines, and I’m glad the netbook form factor is making a comeback (even though I doubt any OEM will ever use the term “netbook” again). I am wanting a newer/faster netbook, but I think I’ll be holding out to see if the next generation has more (or upgradable — please!) RAM.
The HP boat anchor weighs nearly a pound more, has half the battery life, is slower, has worse graphics, and is functionally indistinguishable from the T100 in notebook form factor. T100 has three USB ports, two Mini, one full. I’ve never understood the notion of finding an ethernet port valuable with a tiny little clunker like this – hook it up and you’ve still got a clunker hooked up to a fast pipe.
If the storage means that much, wait a little bit for the T100 with a 500GB HDD in the keyboard dock….https://www.eyeonmobility.com/2013/upcoming-asus-transformer-book-t100-model-sport-500gb-hard-drive/
And if you really want to hook your T100 to a hard network, spend ten bucks on an adapter and you’re good to go.
D.O.A. Killed by the Asus Transformer T100.
That was funny. You are so right!
Asus T100 has a nice built-in solid memory… 32 or 64 GB… without feature to upgrade it yourself.
And, costs more then subject at least $50.
Only if you purchase it through the MS Store, otherwise the starting price is the same at $350.
While neither are really upgradable, except the HP has user replaceable battery and the HDD gives more internal storage, with extra USB ports and Ethernet port.
Overall, though, considering it’s based on a low end A4-1200 Temash APU SoC, it should have been cheaper.
Tablets are naturally more expensive but with the pricing this close it doesn’t give the laptop design much advantage.
Especially considering the performance is less than the T100 would provide.
Might as well put an 11.6″ screen on that lid.
If only it were a hybrid
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