HP 17-f030us Review

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HP 17-f030us Review

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Price: around $680

The HP 17-f030us is a laptop that is built basically around the processor. This laptop is a multimedia laptop from every perspective and has all bases covered.  Although it may not be the ultimate gaming machine, it has the all the hardware components needed for intensive photo editing, video production and other high end professional work.

Hardware: 15.6″ HD, Core i7-4710HQ, 8 GB DDR 3, 1 TB HDD, Optical Drive

The envy series of HP laptops really need no introduction. Their reputation for being the sleekest looking and great value for money laptops is entirely justified. This particular model features a powerful processor. The HP 17-f030us features the latest Core i7-4710HQ processor. For those of you who do not know the potential of this processor, know this – only workstation grade laptops that are two or three times more expensive than this machine offer the i7-4710HQ.  The benefits of a powerful processor cannot be understated. Every single task that you perform is governed by your processor.  People who use their laptop casually, may not notice much difference, but those who perform rigorous tasks will enjoy a much enhanced user experience. 

However, this is not a gaming laptop.  Do not expect this machine to run the latest games with extremely fast graphics. Even though the integrated graphic 4600 HD has enough power to handle games at low graphics, it will allow lower level engagement, but probably not your latest favorite.

Other than that, HP 17-f030us has hardware components that are quite standard for multimedia laptops. It features 8 GB of RAM and 1 TB of HDD, which is more than useful. If needed, you could invest in the extra RAM. So this really does offer a reasonable amount of capability for a very reasonable price.  It is certainly better than an entry level machine, and offers more capacity in terms of processing power and data storage than the average machine.  With the core Intel i7 driving the system, you have got the best processor in this price range, and probably the envy of many laptops in higher price brackets.  The standout feature is the massive 1TB of Hard disk Drive which you will probably never be able to fill up no matter how much data you need to store.  You really don’t need anything else to handle routine tasks, but you could even consider replacing the HDD with SSD for an unparalleled experience.  But really, there is more than enough power here for most users.

Furthermore, this laptop offers beats audio, HDMI, WIfi, memory card reader, and an optical drive. Another great aspect of this laptop is that it offers not two, but three USB 3.0 ports.  Normally you might expect 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port. Having all three USB ports of a laptop as 3.0, is typical of HP providing way above the usual specifications. 

All in all, the greatest selling point of HP 17-f030us is the processor at an extremely low price. This should definitely attract those who seek performance in their work related tasks or if you need extra processing power. If you are a student looking for a laptop for casual tasks, then I don’t see any reason why you should go for this laptop. However, if you are a professional and your work demands a powerful machine then I would recommend this laptop because of the fact that it is so well priced. 

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