The HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11z-e000 is ideal for users who want a touch-enabled display, but don’t want to spend a lot of money. The only other comparable option at the sub $500 price point is the Asus Q200. The two devices match-up fairly evenly — with a slight performance edge going to the Q200 — but the Pavilion Touchsmart 11z’s base model is listed at nearly $100 less.
While the Touchsmart 11z may be arguably the best affordable touch-display option, users who don’t see touch-controls as a priority may want to look elsewhere. Consumers looking for a machine to handle basic functions with solid portability may want to consider a Chromebook instead. The Acer C7 Chromebook offers comparable performance and is even lighter than the Touchsmart 11z at $300 cheaper. Of course the kicker with a Chromebook is that users will have to run Google’s Chrome OS as opposed to Microsoft’s Windows.
Users simply looking for the best performance to price ratio also may want to take a look at the Lenovo G580. The 15.6″ notebook does not offer the same portability as the Touchsmart 11z, but its 2.5 GHz processor offers a considerable performance increase at an even lower price point (currently listed on Amazon for $370).
In any case, the HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11z remains one of the best options for users looking to run Windows 8 with a touch-display at a wallet-friendly price.
- Durable Build
- Long Lasting Battery Life
- Weak Performance
- Limited Screen Viewing Angles