- Editor's Rating
- Great battery life
- Touch-enabled display
- Budget friendly
- Mediocre performance
- Display has limited viewing angles
Quick TakeThe HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11z is a great option for anyone looking for an affordable Windows 8 notebook that won't mind sacrificing on performance for a touch-enabled display, long battery life, and a durable build.
The HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11z is a low-cost, low-frills notebook designed for users on a budget who don’t mind compromising on computing power. The 11.6-inch 11z starts at just $400 at the time of the review and offers users a sturdy design and 10-point-touch enabled display. The notebook has a silver plastic lid that is resistant to fingerprints and protective rubber strips that outline the black plastic display face. The deck is made of a black brushed metal that is much less resistant to fingerprints than the lid. The bottom half of the chassis is outlined with a silver plastic strip along the edges and a protective black plastic cover on the bottom of the notebook.
The 11z is 11.4 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches and weighs 3.4 pounds, which NotebookReview called “easy enough to transport.” NBR also found the 11z to be very durable, noting base of the chassis barely gives when pressure is applied, while the display case flexes only slightly with some rippling on the screen. However, NBR found the hinges to be strong and said it will help the notebook survive travel. In terms of ports, the 11z offers a VGA connector, USB 2.0, 3-in-1 card reader, power jack, Ethernet connector, HDMI connector, two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack.
NBR noted the touch controls on the 11.6-inch LED backlit display with 135 dpi resolution, work great with “absolutely no lag.” NBR said the display is dimmer than most notebooks, but the display produces a clear image and color contrast is decent. The 11z’s display offers very limited viewing angles although NBR found at an optical viewing angle, the display offers an “enjoyable viewing experience.” NBR said the notebook’s speakers offer exceptional audio quality for a budget device and include various audio options. The 11z has a Chiclet-style keyboard and NBR noted the keys have a reduced surface area, but offer good spacing. NBR also found key compression to be limited and said tactile feedback feels hollow. The touchpad is compact with a smooth surface and is located to the right beneath the keyboard. The touchpad also has two dedicated mouse buttons. NBR found the touchpad offers strong performance and said each gesture was read correctly with no lag.
The 11z runs on a 1GHz dual-core AMD A4-1250 APU processor with AMD Radeon 8210 graphics. NBR found the 11z can handle basic computing tasks but not much else. Basic web and word processing functions are handled with relative ease and the machine was capable of streaming HD video with no lag, but performance dropped when attempting to perform additional tasks while the video was playing. NBR found the notebook struggled to multi-task and noted more complex Office functions were too much for the notebook to handle. Data retrieval times were a bit sluggish and it can take a few seconds for the device to load programs. NBR noted the device stays cool, even when pushed to its limits and the fan produces only a faint hum. During stringent NBR testing, the 11z’s battery lasted five hours and 47 minutes, which NBR noted is strong battery performance.
Overall, NBR found the HP Pavilion Touchsmart 11z is ideal for users who want a touch-enabled display on the cheap, however users will have to make serious concessions when it comes to performance. NBR was impressed with the notebook’s durable build, lasting battery life and of course, touch features of the display, but was disappointed in the weak performance and the display’s limited viewing angles. In the end, NBR said the 11z is “one of the best options for users looking to run Windows 8 with a touch-display at a wallet-friendly display.”