My New Toy
I hate to say this but I think my HP Pavilion laptop, which I bought in 2013, is about to kick the bucket. What usually took five minutes to do, now takes half an hour - or longer - to get done. I've cleaned, defragged and optimised the hard drive, and I've even uninstalled apps that I hardly use anymore, but it's made no difference. I've scanned the entire machine for viruses but found no bugs. I don't know. Maybe it needs more RAM. Or the hard drive needs replacing. Or the processor is on the verge of giving up. Dunno. All I know is that laptops have their lifespan, so maybe it's just time to get a new one. Which I've done.
Got myself this new baby on Monday. It's a recent edition HP Notebook that's still fairly new in the market. Same size as my ailing Pavilion - 14" - but slimmer and lighter. Way lighter. They're getting really lightweight these days, aren't they? Not to mention smaller. That's great but I didn't want anything that was too tiny, so I decided to stick with a 14" screen. To be honest, I'd actually be OK with a 15.6" screen, too. Yeah, I know that would be going against the trend but hey...
Anyway, one of the things that I absolutely love about this Notebook is its aluminum chassis. Just my personal preference but I would always pick aluminium over plastic. It's sturdier. And it looks and feels more premium in my opinion.
Colour wise, there aren't that many options, unfortunately. Just two: Natural Silver and Pale Gold. I chose the latter. I would've preferred a more distinctive colour but at least gold isn't as run-of-the-mill as silver.
The lid opens to reveal an elegant brushed finish on the inside which I really like, and the keyboard and touchpad both have a pretty fluid feel.
Specs wise, this Notebook features Windows 10 Home OS, AMD Ryzen 3 2200U processor, AMD Radeon 520 2GB graphics card, 4GB DDR4 2400 MHz SDRAM, 1TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD and enough ports and slots for expansion... all for under RM1,800.00. That's just nice for my needs without breaking the bank, so I couldn't be happier.
Bundled with the Notebook were an original HP backpack and wireless mouse. Pretty standard stuff but I'm fine with that.
A few nice-to-haves that this machine lacks are a solid-state drive, a Type-C USB port and a thinner bezel. But at this price point, what do you expect, right?
You know... this is the first time that I've gone with an AMD processor. Not that I'm an Intel loyalist or anything, just that I've always chosen Intel by default like most people have done. But I've been reading and hearing good things about AMD lately. Particularly about their Ryzen processors. Apparently, these processors (including the lower-end Ryzen 3 series) are making pretty big waves in the CPU market and are giving Intel ones a good run for their money. So let's see if I made the right choice. I hope I did.
I have to admit it - it feels really good to have this sleek new Notebook at my disposal now while my wonky Pavilion eases into retirement. And not that it matters but guess which laptop I've just used to write this blog post with. 😎