Jonathan has been a filmmaking hobbyist as well as for hire since 2002. He keeps abreast of the latest technology and specialises in 3D.
If you're in the market for a laptop, bottom of the line specs will often more than do for the average consumer who's streaming highly compressed video, browsing social media, reading news and using a word processor. However, some are in need of a little (or a lot) more power while on a budget. After much searching the HP Pavilion 15-au010wm is the laptop that ended up fitting the bill for me, combining the processing capabilities I needed together with a price that I appreciated.
A standard DVD burning drive is built in, as well as SD card reader, three USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio in/out jack.
The screen is widescreen 720p HD and measures at just over 15 inches diagonally.
There is an HDMI port on the right side, and if you personalize the display settings for output you can have a second screen that runs at 1080p. Bluetooth is built in for connecting with accessories, so no need for an adapter. The battery life is excellent at about 10 hours, less if using the disc drive. The keyboard has the option of a backlight at the push of a button, which I find highly convenient in low light situations.
The touch pad takes some getting used to, as there are no dedicated buttons, just an unmarked area at the bottom left and right. This led to many errors in my first few months using it for detailed work, especially since the button areas are sensitive to touch just as the rest of the pad is. If you use a separate mouse this won't be an issue. I prefer the touch pad however, so I stuck with it. While I would prefer a traditional touch pad, I've gotten a feel for it over the past year and no longer have a problem with it.
At the roughly $600 price range you would typically expect to get 8GB of RAM and an i5 processor, but this model is equipped with 12 GB of RAM and an i7. The hard drive measures at a standard for this range, 1TB. A 64-bit version of Windows 10 is pre-installed ensuring the fastest operation of the latest software optimized for it, including accelerated video rendering times.
I'm an amateur filmmaker who edits and renders videos, not only in full HD, but also in high frame rate, 3D, 4K, 360 and combinations of the above. I'm able to do that without any lag and at high speeds, as well as other resource-intensive tasks like 3D conversion and Blu-ray authoring. This laptop is also advertised as a gaming laptop, which typically sell for over $1,000, so rendering 3D games and environments won't be an issue.
If you want to edit HD video, play games, multitask or any other semi-intensive activity, this model is truly one of a kind when it comes to the high-end specs at a affordable price compared to other models with similar features, and almost one year into ownership it continues to serve me well.
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