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The laptop for my son – HP Pavilion 14

My son (aged 16), wanted a new laptop. His existing laptop, an HP Notebook 15 – ac1010TU laptop, had become too slow. He has been behind me for the last six months and I had delayed by saying finish your tenth standard exams. Now that the exams were over and results have been announced, I had to get him a new one.

In my mind, the specifications were clear, he doesn’t need the fattest or the fastest one – Core i7 processor will be overkill – and with the experience of his last laptop, Core i3 would become slow after some time, so that was ruled out. Memory had to be 8 GB, which will be the right level for his today and tomorrow needs. The laptop had to be lightweight, it had to be versatile, and easy to carry around – so an SSD for storage will be best. With the configuration figured out, I shopped around online and in physical stores.

HP Pavilion 14 - ce100tu - Intel i5, Windows 10, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD
HP Pavilion 14 – ce100tu – Intel i5, Windows 10, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD

Finally, I selected HP Pavilion 14 – ce100tu for Rs.60,000 (US$ 865) – the configuration for the same was:

  • Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor
  • Windows 10 Home Single Language 64
  • 8 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB)
  • 256 GB PCIe SSD
  • Intel® UHD Graphics 620
  • 1.6 kg
  • 14″ diagonal FHD IPS BrightView WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
  • 1-year limited parts and labour
  • With dual HP speakers, and, HP Audio Boost

The laptop has adequate ports on each side – USB-A 3.0 x 2, USB-C x 1, HDMI, Ethernet, 3.5mm Audio Jack and an SD card port.

My son has been using the laptop for the last month and he is happy with the performance, ease of use and looks. Recommended!

(Top) Right side has USB-C,  HDMI and Ethernet; (Bottom) Left side has USB-A x 2, 3.5 mm Audio Jack and Memory Card Reader
(Top) Right side has USB-C, HDMI and Ethernet; (Bottom) Left side has USB-A x 2, 3.5 mm Audio Jack and Memory Card Reader

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