A laptops a laptop, what’s the big deal?

It’s very hard to get excited about a laptop these days. The form factor is about as standard as a smartphone. If it’s an ultrabook it’s got to look like a macbooks air, if it’s a 2 in 1 it needs to be like a surface pro 4. If it’s anything else it’s got to come in sub £250 and have a 10 to 11inch screen and be as basic as it gets.

This is the feedback I can provide as an IT professional looking for a new £500 laptop for his wife…

The market is awash with low cost sub £300 chaff running “windows 10" or plus “£800" devices made to look like macbooks or surface devices all touting their “thinness” or “lightness” which has at least proved the aesthetics of a laptop or its cheapness are of primary importance in this consumer landscape..

The fact that most of these devices come with a substandard amount if ram to get done what you WILL need doing in about 6months time, and are built in such a way as to not allow you to upgrade ram because everything you used to be upgrade (ram, HDD etc) is now soldered on the motherboard shows again how the Smartphone 2 year model pushed by the likes of Apple has had its effect, no manufacturer wants you feeling out 5 years or more (as I have with my Lenovo T420) any more by upgrading the ram or putting an ssd or a bigger battery on your laptop as that wouldn’t help dwindling sales in Windows Laptops..

Having taken a good look, had a few recommendations from IT colleagues I eventually plumped for the 12" HP Pavilion 2 a rather nice 2 in one

Why? Well she knew she wanted a 2 in 1, her current preferred device is an iPad 3 so does make use of the tablet form factor readily however knew she also needs Office so a Windows Laptops was a necessity.

Something this laptop has learnt from the tablet.market is the 4:3 screen form factor works better than a more traditional 16:9 which just looks stupid in portrait when used as a tablet.

Having has a good few days with it I can say

It’s very responsive, it’s a bit heavier than you might think it is, not in a bad way, unlike some of the ultrabook devices I have used over the years which feel like they are going 5o collapse if I Sneed they are that flimsy the HP feels like it’s a £500 device, it feels solid.piching word, excel, PowerPoint and chrome while having vlc running a video it didn’t flinch as I would have expected..

Battery life is better than I would have thought in real world test its about 6 to 8 hrs

The market has changed from back in the day, specs were king, you knew what you were getting, today looks trump specs and while that’s nice it’s not sustainable..

As an aside I’d love HP to make this a Chromebook, same spec, CPU etc just chromeOS because running nevermind on it, it’s blisteringly quick…