Lets get this out of the way, I am not a big HP fan. Every HP I have ever owned has been nothing but a problem. From bad designed causing the notebook to overheat and crash every 10 minutes, poor performance, to shaudy quality, they have been a disappointment upon disappointment. Maybe I have a prejudice towards them because I am not a fan of their printers either. However, as much as I do not like them I am willing to give them a chance and judge them fairly. Perhaps this notebook is a good idea, then again it might not be, but that is something I will find out. The purpose of this article is not to do a full review but rather provide information about this notebook either good, bad or indifferent. As I said previously in the article I am not a fan of HP, however this notebook quite frankly was a surprise. More on what I mean:
I obtained this notebook at a substantial discount buying it online with the intent of selling it. After trying to offload it through many different means I was not able to in the short amount of time needed. This prompted me to try it out and see if it was any good, to my surprise I quite like this notebook. It isn't a power house, nor is the GPU something to write home about or the screen amazing. It is something that I like using with Windows 10, Ubuntu and soon I will try out Remix OS 2.0. The screen is bright and clean, the processing fast and even faster after upgrading the RAM. Now this is where things become interesting. Everything I have read states this notebook is upgradable to 8GB of RAM, however, I purchased a single 8GB stick of RAM with the intent of replacing the already installed 4GB with a single 8GB stick. Out of curiosity I installed the 8GB stick with the 4GB stick and booted up the notebook. When in Windows I checked the amount of RAM it detected, I was rather shocked to see 12GB of RAM. To make sure it wasn't just the OS that sees the RAM I checked the BIOS and there it was 12GB. I rebooted back into Windows and used the notebook for a bit, sadly the notebook rebooted itself after a few minutes. I tried to run the notebook with just the (1) 8GB stick of RAM and it wouldn't boot in either slot. This tells me the RAM wasn't the correct type of RAM, i.e. wasn't CL 11. It looks like it might be possible to expand the RAM to 12GB or more with the proper memory, DDR3 PC 1600 CL11 , When I have some cash to purchase the proper chip i'm going to try it again and see if it will boot up and not reboot itself after a few minutes. If anyone in the mean time feels like trying this out please post your results in the comments.
The built in graphics are decent allowing me to play Divinity: Original SIN with medium complexity, The game plays smooth with no slow downs or other issues that would make the game an annoyance to play. Keep in mind you will not be able to play new FPS games at full screen resolution with all the graphics detail set to the highest, or probably even at medium, and depending on the game even at the low setting, but this is what you get when you use integrated graphics.