The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14-b120dx is a sleeker version of the classic Pavilion g4-series. With its 14-inch display and the Intel Core i3-2375M processor, the HP 14-b120dx is aimed toward consumers who want a more portable notebook than the standard 15.6-inchers, without making compromises in terms of performance and without braking the bank.
This 380-dollar laptop is thinner than one inch and much thinner than the standard notebooks with profiles of around 1.3″. It measures .81-.83″ more precisely and weighs 3.96 pounds, which is a light weight for a laptop with a 14″ screen diagonal. However, there are some compromises in terms of features. It doesn’t have a built-in optical drive and includes a 4-cell battery instead of a six-cell one, which is a standard capacity for the full-size laptop category. We have no info on the battery life, but given that the notebook features an ultra-low voltage processor instead of a full-voltage part, the run time shouldn’t be too short.
Speaking of the CPU, it’s a past-generation chip from the 2nd Generation Intel Core “Sandy Bridge” family, whereas the wast majority of similar laptops on today’s market come with the 3rd Gen “Ivy Bridge” with somewhat better performance and energy efficiency.
As you can see, the CPU has speed sitting between the standard-voltage entry-level Intel Celeron B820 and Pentium 2020M. It lags behind the comparable i3-3217U “Ivy Bridge”.
The laptop, made of glossy black plastics, has stereo speakers and Dolby Audio tech, a webcam, HDMI, three USBs, and a media card reader.
Overall, the HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14-b120dx is a good bang for the buck, if you can live without some old features, such as a built-in optical drive and VGA port, which is also missing.
HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14-b120dx Specifications
- Display: 14″, 1366 x 768 resolution, glossy
- Processor: 2nd Generation Intel Core i3-2375M dual-core 3MB L3 cache, 1.5GHz clock speed
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 1,333MHz, 8GB maximum supported
- Storage: 500GB 5,400rpm HDD
- Optical drive: none
- Webcam: HD webcam
- Audio: Altec Lansing stereo speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio technology
- Network: Wireless-N, Ethernet LAN, no Bluetooth
- Input: island/chiclet keyboard, multitouch trackpad
- Ports and Slots: 2 x USB 3.0; 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x media card reader
- Battery: 4-cell 37WHr 2.55Ah lithium-ion
- Dimensions: 0.81″-0.83″ x 13.7″ x 9.4″
- Weight: 3.96 pounds
- OS: Windows 8
- Warranty: 1-year