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HP Pavilion TouchsmartS 15-b195sa Sleekbook UK (Intel Core i5-3337U 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows 8)
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- Go beyond keyboard and mouse and experience Windows 8 on a full-sized touchscreen. Swipe, scroll, tap, and zoom using multi-touch gestures on the 15.6" diagonal HD3 display. Get more done and have more fun with the new fast and fluid Windows 8.
- With a thin, easy-to-carry design, the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15 Sleekbook goes wherever you do. It's always elegant in sparkling black.
- Sometimes only a face-to-face conversation will do. With the HP TrueVision HD Webcam2, you always come off looking your best. Even in low light.
- Embedded Software that allows consumers to access the Universal Music Catalogue for 1 year for free and a chance to win concert tickets, meets and greets with artists and exclusive concerts
- HP Support Assistant provides you with an interactive solution that helps to keep your PC performance at its best. We also provide 90 days of pre-installed software assistance for your PC to have the optimal start.
HP Pavilion Touchscreen 15.6-inch Sleekbook
HP believes in touch technology for everyone. That’s why they took a great everyday notebook and gave it a touchscreen, which lets you make the most of Windows 8. With the HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook 15, you can scroll effortlessly through social networks. Share photos with a few simple taps. Start a Skype chat with a touch. All on a thin and light design you’ll want with you all the time.
15.6" screen | 4 GB memory | 500 GB hard drive | Intel Core i5 processor | Yes camera
Better Touch Experience
Know you’re getting a notebook you can rely on from HP. Go beyond the keyboard and mouse and experience Windows 8 on a full-sized touchscreen. Swipe, scroll, tap, and zoom using multi-touch gestures on the 15.6-inch diagonal HD3 display. Get more done and have more fun with the fast and fluid Windows 8.
Designed To Fit In -- And Stand Out
With a thin, easy-to-carry design, the HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook 15 goes wherever you do. It’s elegant in sparkling black. Get a complete numeric keypad that makes it easy to plan budgets and pay bills.
The HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook is packed with the ports you need, so you can be confident that connecting to displays and other devices with be hassle-free. Sometimes only a face-to-face conversation will do. With the HP TrueVision HD Webcam2, you always come off looking your best -- even in low light.
HP Connected Music
Embedded Software that allows consumers to access the Universal Music Catalogue for 1 year for free and a chance to win concert tickets, meets and greets with artists and exclusive concerts5 .
With HP You Get Great Support
HP Support Assistant provides you with an interactive solution that helps to keep your PC performance at its best. We also provide 90 days of pre-installed software assistance for your PC to have the optimal start.
This Product Has
HP TrueVision HD Webcam
Integrated HP TrueVision HD Webcam with activity LED.
HP Connected Music
HP Connected Photo
Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN.
TouchPad supporting multi-touch gestures and on/off button.
Windows 8 64
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i5-3337U with Intel HD Graphics 4000 (1.8 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
39.6 cm (15.6") HD BrightView LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
Intel HD Graphics 4000 (up to 1.65 GB)
2. Internet service required and not included.
3. High definition (HD) content is required to view high-definition images.
4. For hard drives, GB = 1 billion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less. Up to 30GB of hard drive is reserved for system recovery software.
5. Offer available on HP consumer PCs with Windows 8. Streaming option is free for 365 days from first day of the registration. Registration deadline: October 31st 2013.
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-b195sa Sleekbook, 65W AC power adapter, 4-cell Li-Ion, "Begin here" guide, HP manual
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The i3 CPU is obviously a budget option, and the i5 in some of the alternatives would be quicker - however, the laptop is primarily a word processing machine/internet browsing machine for us, so raw power is not that important. If you're using it for work, and you process graphics or music or manipulate large spreadsheets then you'd probably be better looking at an i5-based laptop with less RAM and storage space to balance the cost.
The battery life is advertised (I think) at 6.5 hours. I'm not getting that out of this battery. With internet viewing, some word processing, and a the odd bit of video streaming I'd guess it's closer to about 4. I could maybe stretch that out by dimming the screen down and turning down the performance, but that just slows things down. You will struggle to get a full days' work out of this machine without a power supply.
On the upside, it's nice and slim, light, and the biuld quality is good. It's more plastic-y than some of the higher priced alternatives, but it all fits together nicely and the keyboard feels firm and well put together.
The downside to this machine is the O/S. Obviously it's unfair to downgrade the review of this particular machine because of Windows 8 because they ALL come with it now, so I haven't deducted any stars, but I ought to mention this just in case you're wondering whether to go for a Win8 machine or maybe find a cheaper one with an older O/S...
Windows 8 is garbage. Sure, sure - technically, it's probably better. It is probably more power and memory efficient than previous versions, it is probably better programmed, probably less prone to security issues, blah blah blah. Very good. The problem is the user interface. It is HORRIBLE. So HORRIBLE that I had to use capitals, and you know what - if this window had an option for bold, italics, and underlining I would have used those, too. It's as if someone decided to try and copy Apple by making everything with big-shiny-buttons, a nice easy media-consumption device... if I wanted that, I'd buy a friggin' Apple.
Out of the box, the laptop disconnects from wi-fi frequently when on battery power only. This isn't because the laptop is faulty, it's because the Windows power settings are crap. (If you have this problem, Google it and there are straightforward solutions available.) It likes to install programs as 'apps' instead, so to close them you have to fanny about 'swiping' and 'sliding' instead of just clicking the 'X' to close them. It wants to put everything into a nice, seamless view - well guess what, Microsoft? Some of us like the seams!
There are third-party programs you can install that make Windows 8 work a bit more like 7, but if you are wondering whether it's worth upgrading your computer and the Win8 thing is in your lists of 'reasons to upgrade', then scrub it out and write in your list of 'reasons to stick with what I have'.
its just like having a big touchscreen phone its really fast and very easy to use i really love it, so much so i bought one for the wife.
if i have one tiny gripe the left and right buttons on the touchpad are a bit clicky but hey it cost just over 400 quid a real bargain