Walmart has started promoting the HP Butterfly Blossom Special Edition laptops, aimed at ladies and those who like flower and butterfly inspired graphics.
The retailer’s exclusive 14-inch colorful notebooks with 2012 Pavilion g-series glossy plastics design and white chiclet keyboards are offered in the form of the HP g4-2149se and HP g4-2169se configurations, priced at $498 and $628, respectively. The former and cheaper comes with the AMD A6-4400M “Piledriver” CPU from this year’s lineup and a 500GB hard drive, while the latter boasts the Intel Core i5-2450M from the 2011 “Sandy Bridge” family and a larger 640GB hard drive. Both have 4GB of RAM and a DVD burner.
Let’s check out how the two chips compare in PassMark CPU and graphics benchmarks:
AMD A6-4400M with Radeon HD 7520G: 2,809 CPU, 448 graphics
Intel Core i5-2450M with Intel HD 3000: 3,592 CPU, ~420 graphics
As you can see, the Intel-based option is better in terms of raw computing, while the AMD chip is slightly faster in graphics tasks.
The pricier g4-2169se is better than the g4-2149se in terms of connectivity due to Bluetooth included, while manufacturer’s claimed battery life for both models is the same: 5,5 hours.
Overall, both the g4-2149se and g4-2169se are decent systems for day-to-day operations, while their styling is obviously a matter of taste.
Also, it’s a matter of personal decision if the faster CPU, larger HDD, and included Bluetooth justify the $140 higher price tag on the Intel-based machine.
HP Butterfly Blossom Special Edition g4-2149se & g4-2169se Specifications
|Display||14-inch BrightView (glossy) 1366×768|
|Processor||AMD A6-4400M dual-core 2.7-3.2GHz, 1MB cache||Intel Core i5-2450M dual-core 2.5-3.1GHz, 3MB cache|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 7520G integrated||Intel HD 3000 integrated|
|Memory||4GB DDR3, expandable to 8GB, two slots|
|Storage||500GB 5,400rpm HDD||640GB 5,400rpm HDD|
|Optical Drive||DVD writer|
|Webcam||Yes, with microphone|
|Network||Wireless N, Ethernet LAN||Wireless N, Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth|
|Ports||2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 media card
|Input||Chiclet keyboard, no numeric pad, multi-touch trackpad|
|Battery||6-cell lithium-ion 47Wh, up to 5.5 hours|
|Dimensions||1.41 x 13.66 x 9.07|
|OS||Windows 7 Home Premium|