Low price is the main selling point of the HP Pavilion 15-d035dx 15.6-inch laptop. This 300-dollar machine isn’t among the cheapest on the market. There are multiple similar models for as low as $250. But, the 15-d035dx offers a bit more in terms of specifications than them.
First of all, the processor inside is the Intel Pentium N3520, instead of the Celeron N2830/N2820 found in the cheaper machines, such as the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5201 or Asus X551MAV-RCLN06. The Pentium leads confidently in benchmarks. For instance it has a PassMark score of around 1,850 points whereas the aforementioned Celerons score barely 1,100. In the real world use, this means more snappier Windows and programs operations. But, even the slow Celerons can run the daily home and office tasks quite well. Both processors have the Intel HD integrated graphics which lack gaming performance, but you can play some less demanding 3D games on minimal graphics settings, as well as Flash-based online games. If you want noticeably better performance, you’ll have to shell out at least $350. That’s the price tag of the cheapest laptop with an Intel Core i3 processor – the Asus X551CA-RI3N15. Another equally powerful alternative is the C55D-B5206 with an AMD A8 series processor.
The second benefit of the HP’s 15-d035dx over the cheaper competition and the X551CA-RI3N15 is its larger hard drive. Instead of a 500GB unit, the notebook has a 750GB HDD. RAM size is standard 4GB and a DVD burner is present.
As expected, this model isn’t equipped with premium perks, such as Full HD display resolution or keyboard backlight. But, it includes all important features of the modern laptops, except the touchscreen. The 15-d035dx has a chiclet-style keyboard with numeric pad, touchpad with mechanical buttons, stereo speakers, a web camera, Wi-Fi and Ethernet LAN network connections, three USB ports, HDMI video port, and a multi-in-one media card reader. Bluetooth and VGA video output are missing.
The provided 3-cell 31WHr battery is actually a low capacity one, but since the processor is quite power efficient, the battery life shouldn’t be too bad. HP hasn’t provided a battery life estimation for this model.
The chassis of the notebook is 1.1″ thin. It has glossy black finish and weighs five pounds.