Performance and Benchmarks The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15z-b000 offers the low-end performance levels that users would expect from a budget notebook. Our version of the notebook came equipped with a 1.7GHz AMD Quad-Core A8-4555M processor with AMD Radeon HD 7600G discrete-class graphics. While the HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15z-b000 does offer discrete-class graphics the AMD APU graphics performance is actually somewhere in between Intel’s integrated graphics and many entry-level discrete graphics cards seen in other multimedia notebooks. The configuration NBR tested was one of the higher-end versions of the Pavilion Sleekbook available, but the device still struggled to play the latest games at decent detail settings. The machine will hold up to basic web browsing and word processing functions, however much more than that proves a challenge for the notebook. The machine’s multi-tasking capabilities are also severely limited, as the machine can handle a few programs before becoming overwhelmed. However, more intensive functions, such as video streams will quickly cause the machine to become bogged down resulting in a noticeable decline in performance. Our version of the HP Pavilion Sleekbook also came equipped with a 750GB (5400 RPM) hard disk drive (HDD). While the HDD didn’t offer the fastest load times and contributed to lower overall performance, 750GB of internal storage is a decent amount of space for a portable entry-level notebook. Storage isn’t exactly an expensive commodity these days, but not having to carry around an additional storage device or deal with cloud storage is always a plus. Our HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15z-b000 review unit had following configuration:
- Windows 8 (64-bit)
- 15.6″ HD Bright View LED-Backlit 1366 x 768
- 1.7 GHz AMD Quad- Core A8-4555M Accelerated Processor
- AMD Radeon HD 7600G graphics
- 6GB of DDR3 RAM
- 750GB (5400 RPM)
- 802.11b/g/n WLAN
- 4-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
- Dimensions: 16″ x 10″ x 0.83″
- Weight: 4.56 lbs.
- Price: $665 (at time review was written)
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance): PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark which measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance): 3DMark 11 measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance): Crystal Disk Mark storage drive performance test: Heat and Noise While the HP Pavilion is often being pushed to its limits, users wouldn’t know it from how quiet and cool the device remains. The notebook has two vents one located on the bottom of the chassis and another located on the left side of the device. While testing the device there were a few occasions, where the faint sound of the fan could be heard, but under normal circumstances its silent. The fan also manages keep the device comfortable cool. It should be noted though that a bit of heat will emanate from the vents at times, and with one of the vents being located on the bottom of the chassis it could potentially make the device uncomfortable to use as a laptop. Battery Life To test battery life we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark. PowerMark batter life test results (higher scores mean better battery life): In our tests the HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15z-b000 ran for 2hours and 45 minutes before shutting down after reaching the 5 percent battery reserve. Shy of three hours the HP Pavilion does not offer strong battery life. Users who are surfing the web exclusively off of a Wi-Fi connection will likely see the device die even faster. While the three hour battery limit may be enough to make it through a lecture or a quick-business meeting, users will want to have the power adapter on-hand at all times.