HP Pavilion 15z Laptop
HP Pavilion 15z Laptop
HP Pavilion 15z Laptop review
  • DESIGN
  • FEATURES
  • PERFORMANCE
  • BATTERY LIFE
  • Processor

Summary

PROS
Eye-catching design, Good price. Clear, bright screen. Numeric keypad. Removable battery. HDMI and Ethernet ports, Brighter style, Backlit keyboard, Type numbers easily, powerful audio experience

CONS
Keyboard feels mediocre. No touch screen. Short battery life. USB 3.0 ports are black.

Bottom-Line
HP with Audio by B&O PLAY delivers the rich, authentic audio experience. Up to 2 TB of storage and increased memory lets you quickly move between multiple apps and easily store your expanding entertainment library..

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  • Windows 10 Home 64
  • AMD Quad-Core A8-7410 Processor + AMD Radeon(TM) R5 Graphics
  • 8GB DDR3L – 1 DIMM
  • 39.6 cm (15.6″)
  • PROS

    Eye-catching design, Good price. Clear, bright screen. Numeric keypad. Removable battery. HDMI and Ethernet ports, Brighter style, Backlit keyboard, Type numbers easily, powerful audio experience

  • CONS

    Keyboard feels mediocre. No touch screen. Short battery life. USB 3.0 ports are black.

The 15z-b000 is sufficient for the non-demanding user, giving them a quad-core processor, competitive 3D graphics, and a good-sized hard drive for storage. Shining spots include a really nice screen and a removable battery (important if you think that sealed batteries speed up planned obsolescence). This system is ultimately held back by its short battery life, so-so performance, and better-featured competitors with the same price or better.

The system comes with a pair of USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, a single USB 2.0 port, HDMI, and Ethernet ports. Unfortunately the USB 3.0 ports are black, like the single USB 2.0 port, so you have to be carful you’re not plugging a speedy USB 3.0 drive in the slower USB 2.0 port. HDMI and full-size Ethernet is a nice touch and comes in useful if you need to connect to a wired router or HDTV.

The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15z is a tractable, utilitarian ultraportable, with a good feature set. It’s going to serve a general user well, particularly if you’re limited to a sub-$600 budget and need a full keyboard.

It’s not wise to expect too much from a budget laptop in terms of ports and connections. In this case, it’s a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an extra USB 2.0 port, and HDMI, an SD card reader, and an Ethernet jack. The Ethernet jack fits into the slim body because of a hinged jaw.

Performance

The 15z comes with a quad-core AMD A8 processor with integrated graphics. The integrated graphics are competitive with the Intel HD Graphics 4000 found in some competing laptops and ultrabooks, but the A8 is a quite a bit slower on the other benchmark tests. Suffice to say that you might be waiting a while if you like to edit videos or photos as a hobby. The 15z is fast enough to display 1080p HD video (scaled down to the 1,366-by-768 screen) with nary a hiccup or skipped frame. Web surfing is also sufficiently fast, though the system’s PCMark 7 becnhmark score lagged its competition.

Store more

Up to 2 TB of storage and increased memory lets you quickly move between multiple apps and easily store your expanding entertainment library.

HP Pavilion 15z Laptop review
HP Pavilion 15z Laptop review

Backlit keyboard – HP Pavilion 15z Laptop review

Keep going even in dimly lit rooms or aboard red-eye flights. With an illuminated keyboard, you can type comfortably in more environments.

Powerful audio experience – HP Pavilion 15z Laptop review

HP with Audio by B&O PLAY delivers the rich, authentic audio experience that immerses you so deeply in your music and entertainment that you can feel it. Don’t just listen… let HP with Audio by B&O PLAY move you.

BENCHMARKS

3DMark 11 Entry – 3D Benchmark Tests

1134.0

3DMark 11 Extreme – 3D Benchmark Tests

213.0

Aliens vs. Predator – Max quality – Native – AA/AF=4X/4X

8.0

Aliens vs. Predator – Mid quality – 1,366 x 768 – AA/AF=Off/Off

12.0

Battery Rundown – Standard Battery

None

CineBench 11.5 Multimedia Tests

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Specs

HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15z-b000

Processor Name: AMD A8-4555M
Processor Speed: 1.7 GHz
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8
RAM: 4 GB
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7500G
Storage Capacity (as Tested): 500 GB
Screen Size: 15.6 inches
Resolution: 1366 x 768
Weight: 4.56 lb
Screen Type: Widescreen
Storage Type: HDD
Rotation Speed: 5400 rpm
Networking Options: 802.11n
Wireless Display Capability (WiDi): No
Battery Rundown: 3:20 hrs:min
Photoshop CS6 Multimedia Tests: 10:59 min:sec
PCMark7: 1452
3DMark 11 Entry – 3D Benchmark Tests: 1134
3DMark 11 Extreme – 3D Benchmark Tests: 213
Aliens vs. Predator – Mid quality – 1,366 x 768 – AA/AF=Off/Off: 12
Aliens vs. Predator – Max quality – Native – AA/AF=4X/4X: 8
Heaven – Mid quality – 1,366 x 768 – AA/AF=Off/Off: 10
Heaven – Max quality – Native – AA/AF=4X/4X: 5
Handbrake Multimedia Tests: 7:32 min:sec
CineBench 11.5 Multimedia Tests: 1.36

BENCHMARK

Aliens vs. Predator – Max quality – Native – AA/AF=4X/4X 8
Heaven – Mid quality – 1,366 x 768 – AA/AF=Off/Off 10
Aliens vs. Predator – Mid quality – 1,366 x 768 – AA/AF=Off/Off 12
Heaven – Max quality – Native – AA/AF=4X/4X 5
Battery Rundown 3:20
Photoshop CS6 Multimedia Tests 10:59
3DMark 11 Extreme – 3D Benchmark Tests 213
CineBench 11.5 Multimedia Tests 1.36
3DMark 11 Entry – 3D Benchmark Tests 1134
Handbrake Multimedia Tests 7:32
PCMark7 1452

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