- Vibrant 15.6-inch touch-enabled display
- Solid audio quality
- Uncomfortable keyboard
- Low quality touchpad
- Weak performance
Quick TakeThe HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15z-b000 offers a colorful, touch-enabled display, solid speakers, and high-capacity hard drive... just don't expect best-in-class performance.
The HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15z-b000 is a configure-to-order Windows 8 notebook aimed at consumers on a budget. Its base price is less than $500, but the notebook features many upgradeable options, and users are likely to find the final cost to be much higher than the base price. NotebookReview reviewed a unit with a 1.7 GHz AMD Quad-Core processor, AMD Radeon HD 7600G graphics, 6GB DDR RAM and a 750GB 7400RPM hard drive, with the configuration priced at $665 at the time of the review.
NBR noted the Sleekbook has a “classic budget look” with a black plastic chassis with glossy finish. The chassis is reflective and easily picks up sunlight and fingerprints, making it difficult to clean. The notebook is 16 x 10 x .83-inches and weighs 4.56 pounds, making it heavier than most ultraportable devices, but still easy to transport. The notebook’s base chassis is firm and doesn’t give to pressure, while the back of the display gives way to some screen rippling when adequate pressure is applied. The Sleekbook has a USB 2.0 port, audio jack, media card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, Ethernet port and power jack. NBR was disappointed the notebook does not have a VGA port.
The device has a 15.6-inch HD Bright View LED-backlit display with 100 pixel-per-inch resolution. NBR called the notebook’s display a “noticeable high point” and said the screen produces a “bright, vibrant picture with exceptional color contrast.” The display also supports 10-point touch input, which NBR noted is “lightning quick” and “accurate and easy to use.” The Sleekbook has “decent” viewing angles, but NBR found the screen is incredibly reflective and is difficult to see in extreme lighting conditions. The Sleekbook features Dolby Advanced Audio and NBR noted the speakers are above average for a budget notebook and found they produce “clear, crisp audio” and there is no distortion when the volume is at its highest.
The Sleekbook has a low-quality full-sized Chiclet-style keyboard with a number pad. NBR noted the keyboard “works with solid accuracy, but it feels shoddy and unreliable.” The device also has a generous-sized touchpad with right and left mouse buttons on the bottom. The touchpad is heavily textured. NBR said the touchpad “fails to perform” and noted lag and unresponsiveness and a struggle to use multi-finger gestures. The touchpad also froze multiple times during NBR testing.
NBR found the computer features the low-end performance typical of a budget notebook. The device performed basic web browsing and word processing fine, but struggled with anything more including multitasking, which is severely limited. However, NBR was impressed with the 750GB internal storage on the hard drive and noted the notebook remains quiet and cool despite often being pushed to its limits. NBR was disappointed in the Sleekbook’s battery life, which lasted two hours and 45 minutes during testing.
Overall, NBR was impressed with the Sleekbook’s display, audio quality and internal storage, but warns users to be aware of the uncomfortable keyboard, low-quality touch pad and weak overall performance. In the end, NBR noted the HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15z-b000 is a “solid choice for consumers looking for an entry-level notebook and don’t mind conceding on performance.”