HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11 review

Cheap and cheerful, but the performance of this entry-level laptop is underwhelming

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We're in a bit of a quandary with this review. While the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11 has plenty of nice features going for it, such as the great touch capabilities and strong battery life, not to mention the amazing price tag, which make it perfect for portable computing for those with slightly lighter wallets, it has some really rather significant shortcomings. The biggest of these is the poor processor which makes the TouchSmart almost unusable with more than a couple of applications running at once.

We liked

There's lots to like about the TouchSmart. Obviously, the price is a real winner, and it allows anybody easy access to the full Windows 8 experience, without being hampered by the limitations of Windows RT. To get excellent touch capabilities thrown into the deal, too, is amazing; it's practically unheard of at this price point.

Ignoring the processor performance, the rest of the TouchSmart is really top notch. Lots of useful ports, a hard drive with plenty of capacity, great battery life and a small size which makes it very easy to throw in a bag (although you will notice it there). You really do get a lot of value for money.

HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11 review

We disliked

The TouchSmart's biggest faux pas is the tiny amount of performance available. The quad-core processor just isn't powerful enough to handle more than a few tasks at a time, which, in this day and age, is really surprising. The screen quality isn't the best either, although we can forgive this because it's obviously one area where cost cutting had to take place.

Final verdict

The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11 would make a good buy for students on a tight budget, but not so good for business users needing more power. If we were making the decisions at HP, we would have left the touch capabilities out and spent the money on either a faster processor, or a better quality screen.

As a result of the poor performance, we find it hard to recommend the TouchSmart. We'd suggest saving your cash, waiting a little longer and choosing something like the Asus Vivobook S200. It's a similar size, but offers much better performance, for just a little more money.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 8210
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyPavilion TouchSmart 11-e000
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelA4-1250
ColourMidnight Black, Anodized Silver
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeA-Series
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells3-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.41 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, EPEAT Silver, WEEE, REACH
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height35.6 mm
Width289.6 mm
Depth215.9 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product Series11-e000
Product Model11-e030sa
Product NamePavilion TouchSmart 11-e030sa Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePavilion TouchSmart
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberE4Q60EA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing InformationNow, the true value of touch is all in your hands. The compact, powerful HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11 Notebook gives you everything you need to supercharge your day - at home, at school, virtually anywhere. Touch never looked so good with optimized graphic performance and a slim, polished profile that shows off your sophisticated side.
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e030sa Notebook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited Warranty1 Year