HP Pavilion 15-r231cy TouchSmart Notebook PC and r227cy, r226cy and r230cy Review

HP Pavilion 15-r231cy TouchSmart Laptop via Amazon

HP Pavilion 15-r231cy TouchSmart Notebook

HP Pavilion 15-r231cy M4C20UA is a modern touchsmart laptop that is tested, certified and refurbished by HP to be just like brand new, is offered with a 90 day warranty and the accessories. It comes with the quad core Intel Pentium N3540 processor at 2.16GHz to 2.66GHz speed with turbo boost function, 4GB DDR3L SDRAM on a single DIMM, 1TB Serial ATA hard drive at 5400rpm rotating speed and 64-bit Windows 8.1 operating system which you can easily upgrade to Win 10 free of charge online as it is already out since the end of July 2015. The r231cy model is purple and you have three other colours to choose from for the exact same computer: Red r227cy, black r226cy and silver r230cy.

15.6 inch diagonal regular HD WLED-backlit touchscreen display with 1366×768 pixel resolution,  HD (Ivy Bridge) graphics with up to 2GB shared memory. DTS Studio Sound+ for more than adequate sound at this price level- more than the price tag because you’re getting a good deal as this is a refurbished unit. HP Pavilion weighs 5.34 lbs and has the dimensions of 1.01 x 14.88 x 10.20 inches- average weight and thickness (not super slim or lightweight since the touch display laptops tend to weigh more), has a full size island style keyboard with a 10-key numpad on the side and a large trackpad with left and right click buttons which supports multiple gestures with no on and off button. Front facing HP TrueVision high definition webcam is a reasonable one and has a built-in digital microphone for chatting live on Skype with family and friends. Connectivity options are the Multimedia Drive SuperMulti DVD burner, Network Card 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector, 802.11b/g/n wireless (Bluetooth is not mentioned), Multi-format Digital Media Card Reader for SD cards, a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI output, a Headphone-out and microphone-in combo jack and 45W AC power adapter.


Conclusion: HP 15-r231cy M4C20UA has a 3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium ion polymer battery that is not particularly large but good enough for an average battery life as the May 2014 release Haswell Pentium N3540 is quite a power efficient processor with a Thermal Design Power- TDP of just 7.5 watts while offering a mid-range power and speed with a Passmark benchmark score of just over 2000 as of this moment- is much better than the previous generation Intel Atom’s. There is no hyper threading on this CPU as it already has four cores for satisfactory performance in your day-to-day tasks. You can’t expect a lot in terms of gaming performance from this PC as it will only be able to run the older games fluently. It is offered with a 90 day warranty rather than the 1 year on the brand new non-refurbished models but you’re also getting a very big discount on the price of new- yet it looks and works just like new. 4GB is quite sufficient for a laptop at this level and we particularly like the very large 1TB hard drive if you are the kind of person that stores a lot of music, photos or videos on your computer hard drive. It is only a 5400rpm speed one but you really can’t get more at this low price point and remember this is a touchscreen laptop with a decent set of specs and features. We do think that it is good value for money.

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