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i do audio work for video games: creating sfx in a daw(digital audio workstation) and or composing midi mockup scores using kontakt and a ton of heavy ram use orchestral sample library. the 32g ram on this and the 1tb ssd is a HUGE boon for audio work! i use both ableton and reaper daw. they load super snappy. my kontakt heavy projects load ultra fast now (versus the pc tower i was using, which was still quite powerful).
the laptop runs fairly quiet even at heavier cpu loads. i composed a piece of music for a game of thrones video game which ran about 60-70% cpu on my other, fastest computer(the pc tower). this hp laptop, it clocks in at a cool 50%. so ive been able to have tons of cpu intense plugins (such as ozone8 or reaktor) running in the daw projects no problem. i was able to turn the cpu down to 0% in the windows power management panel and set the cooling to passive- which causes the laptop to run slower, but basically run silent because less heat generation. which is perfect when i need to record foley or my own voice for use with creatures in the games. i can then turn the cpu back up to full speed when composing or integrating the sound and music into the games.
the graphics card on this isnt 100% the best but im still able to run unity and hook up sounds into 3d games that way without any lag via a 2k screen. really this isnt a gaming pc (only due to the level/integration of its graphics card) like you might not be able to easily run the latest greatest fps at full settings and stream on twitch at the same time without some drop in frame rate(but who knows maybe u can? i didnt test this fully), but im confident you could still run just about any game regardless (w tweaked setting most likely).
just as a test i loaded up one of my all time fav games: skyrim, and one of the heftier mods and it seemed to run amazingly well in 2k (with all the game's graphics settings turned up). i havent tried video capturing a game like that but with the right settings in obs i think it could work fine (probably no more than 60fps id imagine).
i do do a lot of video capturing for my job: getting animations and vfx clips to bring into the daw to make sound effects with and so far this laptop does not even blink w those basic vid cap tasks.
i also do photography and video editing on the side for my own projects. photoshop runs like a total breeze on this! ive never had a smoother photoshop experience, personally. after effects is fast to edit/splice preview etc but some of the render times (especially when using twixtor) still take time. a 20 minute time stretched(200% vector blend) 2k video with color correction and film grain layers added took about 2+hr to render. so obvs not the best laptop out there for major video effects work but i think still totally doable and capable for those working more in the premiere type video editing layout arena.
my only complaint is that the laptop feels cheapo plastic (this is my first non mac in a while so theres that) so for work-traveling(which is why i ultimately got this) i think ill need to get a good solid case and just treat this like a newborn baby during its life span.
with the crazy power of this thing, given the requirements of my audio/photoshop work, i think this will be a super solid computer for me for the next 10years at least. and for $800 what a crazy steal!
great update from my 10 yr old lenovo t430. it is light and super fast, sturdy built and i like the touch. setup was easy and upgraded to win 11 in no time. fabulous interface. like the new windows! very happy with the purcahse.
This is by far the fastest laptop I have ever owned. It starts up very quickly and shuts down quickly. When you open an excel file, the file opens before the click of the mouse fades away. 8 core processer 32 GB of memory 1 TB solid state drive Extended display with little display border Nice display Very thin and light The people who put in the upgrades must have used soft gloves because the computer did not have a scratch on it and started up as a brand new computer.
All for $910 including tax is an incredible value.
I do agree with one reviewer that the letters on the key could be more white if color to see them easier, but that is such a minor issue to all of the plusses.
If your current laptop has become sloe for you, this is a great replacement at a more than reasonable price.
I bought this laptop for scientific computing, and I was waiting for one with an 8-core processor for parallelized computations. When I saw a Ryzen 8-core processor, 32 GB RAM, and the price, ~$900 before tax, it ticked. This HP-Ryzen laptop exceeded my expectations in speed and energy efficiency. I ran a benchmark test of Wolfram Mathematica (the software I use for computations) and the results were far above all other computers listed there for comparison. At the same time, the laptop does not consume much energy, its power adapted is small. I run a parallelized computation using all 8 cores for hours and the laptop's body is only a little bit warm. I do not hear any sound of the fan. This is a huge step forward in comparison to my previous laptops with Intel i7 processors that consumed a lot of energy and were getting hot even in the idling regime.
On the other hand, it is apparently not a gaming laptop as it has an AMD Radeon graphics card, no expensive Nvidia that I don't need. Comparable gaming laptops (8 cores) on Amazon cost twice as much.
I haven't found any serious drawbacks yet. A small drawback is that the keyboard is not illuminated from within, the body of this laptop and its keys are gray, while inscriptions on the keys are not white but grayish. With low light, you don't see them well, and you cannot work at night without a light. The keyboard is much better visible on my preceding Dell Inspiron laptop (Intel i5, also energy efficient and overall good) that has a black surface and keys, white key inscriptions, and keyboard illumination.
I like this HP Pavilion. I've owned several HP computers and printers before, I'm currently using an HP printer and this computer is the one I'm now reviewing. It works great, I'm able to type this review with no worries, there have only been a few minor glitches, all fixable by me. So far at least. HP has a lot of great support services in general, and this hard drive is just under one terabyte, they never seem to make it up to the full hard drive status they advertise. And I'm worried about defragmenting the drive, it's a solid state drive and you can't really defragment a drive of that type without harming the machine. Or the hard drive. So I'm hoping it will be okay, and I can manage without using defragmentation services.
I've had this computer for a couple of weeks now. I paid about $1000 including tax (CA). Not a lot of computer makers offer a Ryzen 7-5700U, yet. With 32MB of RAM and 1TB SSD it's almost a steal. It doesn't offer frills like folding back the display, touch screen, or lighted keys. But what I would have liked is Windows 11 Professional instead of Home and School. I made it dual boot, and installed openSUSE Leap 15.3 next to Windows. The dual boot works fine. However, I haven't been successful yet getting the Ryzen to work at full resolution. That's not HP's fault, but rather AMD which doesn't provide its Radeon drivers as public domain. Overall, so far I'm happy with this computer. I hope it will last a long time.