Review of HP Pavilion 17-e117dx Laptop
I purchased a new HP Pavilion Laptop with 17.3 inch screen 2 weeks ago. Here are the spec’s and my impressions of it.
Intel Core i3-3130M 2.60 GHz processor (1600 MHz FSB, 3.0 MB L3 cache, dual core, 35 W),
17.3 in, high-definition+ (HD+), white light-emitting diode (WLED), BrightView (1600×900), wedge (6.0 mm), SVA, typical brightness 200 nits, 16:9 ultra wide aspect ratio, Intel HD Graphics 4000
4 GB of Ram upgradeable to 8 GB, 750 GB serial ATA Hard Drive, SATA DVD±RW Double Layer Super Multi Drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter, HDMI v1.4 supporting up to 1920×1080 @ 60Hz ,
RJ-45 (Ethernet) , 1 HDMI Port, Two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port , VGA (Dsub 15 pin) supporting: Keyboard/pointing devices , 1920×1600 external resolution @ 60 Hz , 2048×1536 @ 75Hz (computer models equipped with an Intel processor only) , Hot plug and unplug Auto detection for correct output to wide-aspect versus standard aspect video , Full-size, island-style keyboard with numeric keypad in black or white finish, 6 cell, 47 Wh, 2.80 Ah, Li-ion battery. Windows 8.1 pre-installed. UEFI Hard Drive with GPT
Bright View LED 17.3 inch Screen backlit. It is light weight for the screen size weighing in at only 6.3 Lbs. Cheap $360 to $399 depending on where you buy it. HP Cool Sense technology adjusts its temperature based on usage and conditions. It stays cool. You stay comfortable. HDMI port which I use to hook to my Sanyo 26 inch HDTV. I use it as a Monitor. I installed another 4GB ram making a total of 8 GB. I also installed Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon LTS version 2 64 Bit which supports the UEFI (bios) that this laptop uses. So far I am happy with my purchase, But there are little things that I don’t like.
The only lights on the top of the deck are the power, Mute, caps lock, and the wireless lights. they are very very small pin holes. The hard drive and power lights are on the left hand side, and hard to see during daylight. The AC adapter light is on the right hand side next to the adapter port. along with the RJ-45 port light. There is no light for the CD/DVD drive. No Blue Tooth which I don’t use anyway. Fast Boot should be called by another name because it is like hibernate and stores some of the info at shut down so it will boot up faster. Shut Down is slow with Fast Boot enabled. Secure boot when enabled will not allow you to boot with a CD/DVD that does not have UEFI / EFI on it. There is a legacy item in the bios but secure boot has to be disabled to use it. HP makes it all but impossible to have a Linux OS as the default OS at boot up, You have to press a key or combination of keys at boot to choose the OS you want to boot. Win 8.1 is the default hard coded in the system. Hopefully they will change this with a UEFI (Bios) Update.
All in all I am happy with my purchase, in spite of the cons. I can live with it as long as it does what I need to do. It is not a gaming machine but you can play some games on it. It is not real fast and Windows 8 takes some getting use to. I use Linux Mint 17 as my primary OS and can always remove windows 8.1 and just use Linux instead of dual booting. Both OS’s for me are smooth running and have a decent speed for what I do.