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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!
(Okay so I figured this first one out, so skip this paragraph, unless you have the same issue, cuz I'll mention my solution at the end of it.)
~~I've troubleshooted this through every process suggested online, and can't seem to find a solution or explanation. Whatever is playing will just be at a normal consistent volume and then seemingly randomly and unpredictably it'll cut to a lower volume and then stay there. And then if the audio playing gets really quiet and then loud again, it'll be at its original volume for like a millisecond before going back to the lower volume. This happens exclusively with the speaker, as in the headphones work just fine. I've turned off enhancements, changed every setting in the control panel sound settings, options sound settings, uninstalled and reinstalled drivers, uninstalled and reinstalled B&O. Nothing fixes the issue, and it's very noticeable. I sometimes forget the problem exists until I play any audio through the speakers (the volume fluctuating is that noticeable).~~
... Okay, so I figured that out. I needed to go to "device manager" and instead of trying to update the audio driver by searching automatically for one, I had to instead search for one that came already downloaded on the computer. In this case, what fixed my problem, was setting the audio driver to the HD one, and then going back to the control panel speaker settings, and going to the enhancements tab (that wasn't present before to turn off all enhancements. This 100% fixed the stupid auto volume adjusting crap. (The default audio driver just sucks, not having much needed options.)
- - Unlit keyboard with dark colored lettering so it's hard to see regardless, with heavy resistance - -
Now I wouldn't mind a single one of these issues if that was the only one existing. But in this case, the keyboard does not have lit keys, has a letter coloring that blends in with the surrounding colors of the keys so even in a well lit room it's hard to make out what they keys are, and the keys themselves take quite some effort to press. Think of like a membrane keyboard, but just a little more resistant than that. Very clicky/noisy too. It doesn't feel great, but I could probably get used to it all.
- - 6-bit color bit depth? - -
I do notice that the colors on here look a bit off compared to any other display I use (phone and computer monitor). Then when I found that the display was set as a 6-bit color bit depth, I realized that this might be the reason why. After searching all around online to see if this was changeable, I've concluded that this is just part of the limitations of the monitor itself. Not the best, and definitely misleading with how this product is marketed.
And then here are some non-issues that I've faced (as in things I've been frustrated with, but it's not that big of a deal).
- It comes preloaded with Windows 11 (I just downloaded 10 and did a fresh reboot with that) - Battery life isn't the greatest, but I wasn't expecting much in that department - So much bloatware, but I guess that's more the fault of Microsoft than HP, since Windows 10 includes all kinds of useless crap (that I spent roughly 6 hours removing)
Everything else has been great. If I can just get used to the keyboard (the placement of every key, and the "weight" of them), then this seems like a purchase generally worth $880. I'll just have to accept less than ideal color depth (it's not that bad tbf). I wouldn't mind spending a couple hundred more to fix these issues, and maybe have separate action keys that aren't the same as the function keys (since I use those quite often). I might consider that, but I really needed a laptop to work on DAW projects at school and just other things outside my room, which I know this will suffice for a good while.
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.
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.