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HP Pavilion 10 TouchSmart
HP Pavilion 10 TouchSmart

Tech Review | A new lease for your computing needs

An affordable and capable notebook, and a printer that is functional and basic

A new lease for your computing needs

HP Pavilion 10 TouchSmart

One look at the Pavilion 10 TouchSmart and you know that netbooks are back in fashion, though they’re not being called that any more. This is perhaps not the best display size to work on if you’re dealing with documents, spreadsheets and presentations. If the screen-size limitation isn’t a problem, however, then this could do fairly well for you.

In the tests, this 10.1-inch touch screen is slightly brighter than the 11.6-inch screen on the Dell Inspiron. The AMD-powered HP Pavilion 10 TouchSmart feels much zippier than the more expensive Dell Inspiron 11. Between the two, the Pavilion 10 TouchSmart is undoubtedly faster too. The benchmark scores do clearly show that the 8210 lags behind the integrated Intel graphics on the Celeron 2955U in terms of sheer numbers, but it’s not much to complain about in terms of real world performance.

The Inspiron 11 offered excellent battery life, clocking in at 254 minutes in our battery test. The HP Pavilion 10 TouchSmart returns with a time of 374 minutes on a single charge, in the same test.

The acceptable performance, excellent battery life and price make this a rather enticing bit for those who are looking for an affordable laptop.

SPECIFICATIONS

Processor: AMD dual-core A4-1200 APU

RAM: 2 GB

Display: 10.1 inches (1,366x768 pixels)

RATINGS*

Price: 29,990

Features: 75

Performance: 75

Build: 80

Value: 80

Overall: 78

Kyocera FS-1060DN printer

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It’s reasonably quiet, prints without any fuss, and just works. It does have issues with heavy files where the print speed does slow down considerably, but these are rare instances, and for printing regular documents, it is more than capable. Print times are very decent at about 14 seconds for a six-page document and 28 for a heavier one, which is just about average in this category.

Printing costs are also quite low for this device, with the cost of ownership falling well below the 2 mark for a three-year period based on our rating system. Print quality is nothing to write home about; the quality is exactly as you would expect from a laser printer.

If all you want is a basic and functional printer, this might just be the one for you. But then again, there’s no particular reason you should pick this one over something from some other brand either.

SPECIFICATIONS

Speed: 25 pages per minute

Maximum resolution: 1,200 dots per inch

Dimensions (width x depth x height): 358x276x241mm

Weight: 6.7kg

Input tray: 250 pages

Output tray: 150 pages

Price: 17,000 (excluding taxes)

Features: 75

Performance: 70

Value: 85

Design: 70

Overall: 75

*Ratings out of 100

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