Equipped with 1GHz dual-core AMD A4-1250 processor, 4GB of DDR3, AMD Radeon 8120 Graphics and a 500GB HDD the HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11z can handle basic computing tasks, but don’t expect much else from this machine. The Touchsmart is able to run normal web and word processing functions with acceptable performance. The notebook was also capable of streaming or playing back HD video without any noticeable lag, though performance dropped sharply when attempting to run additional tasks while viewing a video. Even with 4GB of RAM the Touchsmart struggles to multi-task, as Notebook Review noticed a considerable drop in performance when opening multiple web browser tabs simultaneously and even worse performance when attempting to run multiple programs at the same time. More strenuous Office functions such as complicated Excel spreadsheets will also prove to be too much for this machine.
The unit that Notebook Review tested features a 500GB HDD as opposed to the standard 320GB HDD found in the base model. The larger drives offers additional storage, but users will not see any change in performance. Data retrieval times are a bit sluggish and it can take a few seconds for the device to load programs. The slow load times however, are more indicative of the machine’s performance as a whole. This is a budget machine with-low end specs. The HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11z will do the basics, but little else.
Our HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11z review unit has the following configuration:
- Windows 8 (64-bit)
- 11.6-inch LED Display (1366 x 768; touch-enabled)
- 1 GHz AMD A4-1250 APU
- AMD Radeon 8210 Graphics
- 4GB of DDR3
- 500GB (5,400 RPM)
- Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0 (check this)
- Dimensions: 11.4″ x 8.5″ x 0.9″
- Weight: 3.4lbs.
- Price as Configured: $445
- Starting Price: $400
wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance):
PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphic card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test:
Heat and Noise
While the Touchsmart 11z may not be a powerhouse, the device does keep its cool. Even when the machine is being taxed the fan manages to keep the notebook comfortably cool and does so quietly. After streaming video for more than 45 minutes the Touchsmart 11z remained cool enough that it could easily be used as a laptop comfortably and the fan only produced a faint hum; which was easily drowned out by the video’s audio.
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.
In our tests, the HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11z ran for 5 hours and 47 minutes with the display set to 110 nits before shutting down. Running a bit short of six hours the Touchsmart 11z offers strong battery life, especially given the machine’s price point. With our test being more strenuous than real life conditions, users can expect to get upwards of 7 hours of continuous use on a single charge. The battery life also holds up well when viewing video as well, as the Touchsmart ran for 4 hours and 8 minutes in Entertainment mode. Basically no matter what task users run, the HP Pavilion will offer long lasting battery life.