As Netbooks die their prophesized death, a new trend is emerging in the PC market. Low cost slim PCs that are also much more capable than the netbooks of yesteryear and at the same time don’t burn a hole in consumer’s pocket. Of course, these machines are not very high-end, but they strive to provide great value. At CES, we have already witnessed one such example in the newly launched Toshiba Satellite U845t, and HP has also joined the party with its new SleekBook line of laptops which basically are AMD-powered versions of UltraBooks. Also Read - HP Chromebook 11a review: Great for students, not so for professionals
The two new models are a part of HP’s Pavilion line – the Pavilion TouchSmart SleekBook and the Pavilion SleekBook. As you can imagine the TouchSmart model is the one that comes with a 15.6-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, while the non-touch screen model also maintains the same screen size and resolution. Also Read - Windows 11: Release date, top features to expect, how to upgrade and more
As far as pure firepower is concerned then the TouchSmart SleekBook gets its processing chops from an AMD Trinity A8 APU, 6GB of RAM and up to 750GB of hard drive space. It has a starting price of $699 (Rs 37,983). Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
The non-Touchscreen SleekBook boasts slightly inferior specs. It has the AMD A6 APU, 4GB of RAM and up to 500GB of hard drive space. It has a starting price of $499 (Rs 27,115), which is actually comparable to what Netbooks used to cost.
Of course the big trade off here is that, one sacrifices on portability as these machines measure 23mm and 21mm respectively and the battery life is going to be nowhere close to say an MacBook Air, but then again it’s not supposed to perform like one. That said, in terms of pure performance these AMD chips will be comparable to their Intel based rivals with a bit of an advantage in graphics, but the AMD chips lose out in terms of battery life and heat dispersion.