HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-N013DX is a budget laptop powered with AMD quad-core processor. It is only one inch thin and has an elegant appeal. The HP 15-N013DX is not a powerhouse but it is good enough for home business and students. At an attractive price of $429.99, the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-N013DX is good notebook that delivers decent performance.
Dimensions and Display
The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-N013DX sports a design which is quite similar to that of another budget friendly AMD powered notebook, the HP Pavilion 15-n019wm which is priced at $399. The notebook measures 1.0 x 15.2 x 10.2 inches and weighs 5.6lbs. Even though it is slightly bulky, you may not find it that heavy to carry it in your laptop bag.
The silver lid of the HP 15-n013DX gives a premium appeal to the notebook and right at the center of the lid there is an HP logo. The inside of the laptop has been decked up with shiny black color.
The 15.6 inches LED-backlit HD touchscreen display is powered up with HP’s very own BrightView technology that delivers a display resolution of 1366 x 768 resolution. The display is quite bright and crisp, and it supports 10-fingers multi-touch. It offers decent viewing angles. Like the other laptops of the same category, even the HP 15-n013DX only supports 720p.
Processor, RAM and Graphics
The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n013DX gets its power from AMD Elite A8-5545M quad-core accelerated CPU. It produces a clocking speed of 1.7GHz. It is well complemented by AMD Radeon HD 8510G GPU and 4GB DDR3L SDRAM. These help in churning out sufficient performance that will allow users to easily multitask and work without facing any slowness. Users can also enjoy light multimedia tasks on this laptop.
The HP 15-n013DX is not designed for hardcore gaming so you shouldn’t be thinking about installing high-end games or software. Installing and running such applications can tremendously impact the performance of the laptop.
Storage, Operating System and Keyboard
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n013DX is supplied with 500GB hard drive and that is what you can expect from a budget-friendly notebook. The data on the hard drive is protected by HP ProtectSmart. It comes with a multi-format optical drive that can be used to create custom CDs and DVDs. The HP 15-n013DX comes loaded with Windows 8 OS. There are quite a few applications that come preloaded on the hard drive such as trial edition of MS Office 365 and CyberLink Power2Go.
The full-sized keyboard of HP 15-n013DX is very user-friendly and it has got dedicated numpad on the side. Since the keys are large and well-spaced, users will be able to type accurately for longer periods.
Webcam, Connectivity and Other Features
At the middle of the sparkling bezel of HP 15-n013DX, there is a HP TrueVision HD webcam supported with dual-array digital microphone. For connectivity, the HP 15-n013DX offers 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port. You can connect to the internet through Ethernet and wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n.
The HP 15-n013DX does not support Bluetooth connectivity. You can connect the notebook to an HDTV through the HDMI port. The sound output through the dual Altec Lansing stereo speakers is good for small room. If you think that the 500GB hard drive is not sufficient for you, you can make use of the additional 25GB cloud storage space. Dragon Notes application allows users to create and share notes easily.
Battery and Verdict
The 4-cell Li-Ion battery is capable of lasting up to 4 hours. It would have been great if HP could have added a larger capacity battery. Had they done so, the notebook would have become bulkier. For people who do not mind buying an AMD powered machine, the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n013DX is an above average laptop that is now available at fairly low price.