The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14-b015dx is an affordable 14-inch thin-and-light-class laptop. Its design derives from the full size HP Pavilion g-series for 2012 with glossy plastic surfaces and rounded edges, but the Sleekbooks are generally considerably thinner and lighter, measuring 0.8 inches in profile and weighing four pounds on the mentioned model. That makes them sleeker and less clunky looking than the g-series. The Sleekbook versions include the ultrabook use Intel ultra-low voltage processors, as well as AMD’s energy efficient chips for thin notebooks. This particular model, the 14-b015dx, comes with the entry Core i3-3217U dual-core at 1.8GHz from the latest 3rd Generation Intel CPUs. The processor has a PassMark score of 2,264 points, which is similar to performance of the 2nd Gen Intel Core i3-2310M standard voltage part with 2,363 points, both offering decent speed for day-to-day operations.
The relatively low weight of the laptop is partially achieved by using a 4-cell battery instead of commonly used 6-cell in standard laptops. However, the battery life is still respectable “up to 4 hours and 15 minutes”, according to HP.
The main advantage of the Sleekbook 14-b015dx when compared to the real ultrabooks is its price of only $400. That price is also very competitive in the full-size laptop segment, since the used i3 processor delivers good price / performance ratio.
HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14-b015dx Specifications
- Display: 14″ LED-backlit high-definition display, BrightView technology (1366 x 768 resolution)
- Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3217U dual core “Ivy Bridge” processor, 3MB L3 cache, 1.8GHz CPU speed
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Storage: 500GB hard drive (5,400 rpm)
- Optical drive: no
- Webcam: TrueVision high-definition webcam
- Audio: stereo speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio
- Network: Wireless-N, 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN, no Bluetooth
- Input: keyboard with touchpad with on/off button, multitouch gesture support
- Ports and Slots: 2 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0, HDMI port, digital media card reader
- Battery: 4-cell lithium-ion, “up to 4 hrs and 15 min”
- Dimensions: 0.8 x 13.7 x 9.4 inches
- Weight: 4.0 pounds
- OS: Windows 8
- Warranty: 1-year