Starting to find it difficult to differentiate all the inexpensive, unpretentious mini-laptops built around Intel’s low-cost, low-power Bay Trail processors? Then maybe you’ll be interested in an alternative AMD Mullins contraption.
Designed precisely to take on Bay Trail chips with pretty much the same frugality and, some benchmarks say, extra raw speed, one of the dual-core units in the Mullins line, namely the E1 Micro-6200T, makes its debut inside the HP Pavilion 10z Touch.
As the name suggests, this is a small 10-inch notebook (don’t call it a netbook) with a touch-enabled display and, this part isn’t revealed in the moniker, a budget-sensible price point: $249.99. What exactly is wrong with the Windows 8.1 machine that HP charges so little for it?
Well, for one thing, although the Mullins APU should go easy on battery life, it can’t work wonders with a tiny 3-cell 24 WHr ticker, so autonomy is rated at a measly 4 hours. Also, the touchscreen is cringe worthy resolution-wise: 1,366 x 768 pixels.
Compared to Chromebooks, the Pavilion 10z has another fatal flaw in that it’s short a speedy SSD, albeit given the price range, I reckon a 500 GB hard drive is more welcome. Other middling but not horrendous features include 2 GB RAM, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports (one of each), HDMI, Ethernet connectivity and an SD card reader, so all in all, you mostly get what you pay for.