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Is the Notebook for you?Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
Notebook to surf the Internet?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
It is to respond to this type of need that HSW has developed this Notebook.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 10 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Atom x5-E8000. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 128 gigabytes will be enough. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Finally, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 7 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.
Notebook the right choice for watching movies ?
This Notebook is an interesting option for anyone who uses laptops to view movies, photos, or listen to music. Not the best, however it is one of the models existing in a tight price range.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 10 inches, with a 1280×800. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.1 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. HSW is primarily intended for film lovers the Notebook. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
For the sound part, the Notebook is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Atom x5-E8000, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. For the Notebook has only 2 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. HSW promises 7 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
Is Notebook planned for travelling ?
Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in HSW the design of this Notebook. We have analysed different scenarios : depending on whether it will be used for work, with bus-metro-train travel, or just for holidays and weekends. Here’s what it turned out : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
With a weight of 1.1 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 10 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
No backlit keyboard on this Notebook. Not really necessary.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor Intel Atom x5-E8000; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 7 hours before the breakdown.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 128 Gb SSD hard drive. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. Thanks to this, HSW was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Its 10 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
If it is for an exceptional trip, we think it can be taken away.
The Notebook to make audio or video editing.
For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. It appears that this Notebookmeets this need perfectly. Since the last generation designed by HSW, there have been many improvements on the components. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Atom x5-E8000. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The Notebook allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 128 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
In terms of autonomy,the HSWkept it simple. The available battery life is of 7 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. However, it’s still a decent average range.
Unfortunately not equipped with a USB 3.0 port as standard. It implies more time when you decide to transfer your files to an external drive.
With the Notebook, you’re moving towards a very good product. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And at a price that is well ranked.
With this Notebook product, HSWoffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing.
The Notebook- the right model to play with?
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. And this Notebook is one of the average laptops you can play with. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
Provided with a resolution of 1280×800, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.128 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
A better access to wifi on this Notebook that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.1 Kg.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 7 hours.
In conclusion, it Notebook is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.
Is the Notebook adapted to office automation ?
HSW has chosen to respond to all users who wish to have a basic use of their Notebook. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. This model weighs 1.1 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Notebook. However, if you work all day on text or spreadsheets, a matte screen would be preferable. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 128 Gb. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
Ultimately, this Notebook is an intermediate choice. Well placed in terms of price, it will meet your needs for office use.
In short, is the Notebook, the right choice ?
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The Notebook corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
– office tasks
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– making audio and video editing