The HP 15-e021nr laptop model from the brand new Pavilion 15 15.6-inch laptop lineup is one of the first available configurations and is powered by the 3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3110M dual-core CPU.
The 4th Gen Core i3 “Haswell” CPUs with better performance and lower power consumption are not available yet, so HP has included the i3-3110M chip from the last year’s “Ivy Bridge” family. It’s sill a good processor for day-to-day dealings like social networking an office apps and even for high-definition video and high-res photo editing.
RAM amount of 4GB is sufficient for these tasks and can be expanded to 8GB. HP has sweetened the 15-e021nr with a 750GB hard drive, up from usual 500GB. A DVD burner is also included, as well as a 720p web camera, stereo speakers enhanced by DTS+ Sound technology, HDMI out, VGA out, three USB ports, and a multiformat media card reader. The screen resolution is ordinary with 1,366-by-768 pixel count, while the battery is a six cell unit. There’s no info on battery life, but it should be similar to autonomy of other 15.6″ laptops with the i3-3110M and a six-cell battery pack. That translates to roughly more than five hours of run time with light use.
Outwardly, the HP 15-e021nr is a simplistic looking machine with black interior and dark gray lid, both with a dotted pattern, and a silver-colored trim around the edges.
When it comes to pricing, the HP Pavilion 15-series is aimed at the budget conscious consumers, but the 15-e021nr isn’t so cheap. It costs $540. For comparison’s sake, the Toshiba Satellite L855-S5405 laptop with the slightly faster i3-3120M and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 is on sale for $520, while without Office its only $400. And that’s with a laptop sleeve, mouse, Flash drive, and anti-virus included in the 400-dollar bundle.
HP 15-e021nr Pavilion Sleekbook Specifications
- Display: 15.6-inch 1366×768-res display, BrightView (glossy)
- Processor: Intel Core i3-3110M “Ivy Bridge” dual-core at 2.4GHz, 3MB cache
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000 integrated
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 1,600MHz SDRAM, expandable to 8GB
- Storage: 750GB hard drive at 5,400 rpm
- Optical drive: DVD burner
- Webcam: 720p webcam
- Audio: Stereo speakers, DTS+ Sound technology
- Network: 802.11n wireless, Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth
- Input: Island-style keyboard plus numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad
- Ports and Slots: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, multi-in-one media card reader, headphone-out/microphone-in combo
- Battery: 6-cell 47WHr 2.2 Ah lithium-ion
- Dimensions: 1.26″ (height) x 15.0″ width x 9.7″ depth
- Weight: 5.18 pounds
- OS: Windows 8
- Warranty: 1-year