HP Pavilion 17-ab004ns
Reviews for the HP Pavilion 17-ab004ns
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Positive: Large screen; powerful hardware; long battery life. Negative: Plastic case.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/10/2017
Model: The HP Pavilion 17 is an interesting laptop to look out for as it serves well as a multimedia laptop or a gaming laptop. What lies beneath its hood is the highly popular Intel Core i7-6700HQ, which is of the high-end Skylake series. It consists of 4 cores (up to 8 threads thanks to Hyperthreading), 6 MB of cache memory. Its clock rate ranges from nominal 2.6 GHz to 3.1 GHz in 4 cores, 3.3 GHz in 2 cores or 3.5 GHz in one core thanks to TurboBoost technology. With this processor, performing demanding tasks, such as video editing or 3D rendering is a breeze. The graphics used is the Nvidia GTX 960M with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, the entry model of Nvidia to the high-end range of current laptop graphics. In addition, it features 12 GB of DDR4 RAM occupying both motherboard sockets. The dedicated DDR5 GTX 960M GPU makes this laptop idyllic for entry level gaming. It is fitted with a matte 17.3-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1.920 x 1.080 pixels. Visuals of demanding games with intensive graphics appear good, but is still not as impressive as some gaming laptops. Furthermore, the PWM flicker free panel is great for the eyes. By enabling the Nvidia Optimus technology, heat is greatly reduced and battery life is increased when the dedicated graphics card is not used.
Storage wise, it comes with a 2 TB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive as well as a 128 GB M2 SSD. Connectivity options on this laptop (which appears limited compared to its rivals) include two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, one Gigabit network port and a wireless receiver Wifi AC Dual Band with Bluetooth 4.2. It would have made a remarkable gaming rig if it came with integrated with G-Sync, Macro keys, USB Type-C, DisplayPort, NVMe, or a Thunderbolt 3 port. But that clearly isn't what HP is aiming for. The Pavilion 17 is meant to be a powerful working laptop. It will perform graphic simulations and similar things well. Its weight is pretty light at 2.85 kg considering that its build is largely plastic. It comes with a full-size island-style backlit keyboards and a touchpad with multi-touch gesture support. Sound quality is beyond average as it is equipped with powerful speakers from Bang & Olufsen. It is also mounted with an optical drive. With its dimensions measuring at 41.6 x 27.9 x 2.99 cm, it maintains a profile sufficiently versatile for ease of carrying about. Battery life is reasonable as it comes with a 6-cell, 62 Wh Li-ion battery. The Pavilion 17 may be lacking certain high-end features, yet it remains a powerful laptop with top-notch specs.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M: Upper mid-range graphics card of the GeForce GTX 900M series.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
6700HQ: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
HP: Founded in 1939, the US company is a major server and printer manufacturer and one of the leading IT companies in the world. Until 2015, the company was called Hewlett-Packard Company. After a split, the computer division was renamed HP Inc.
In 2023, HP had an approximate market share of 22% of global PC sales, making it number 2 after Lenovo.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.