HP ENVY 15.6" AMD A10 Touchsmart Laptop

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HP ENVY 15.6" AMD A10 Touchsmart Laptop
Price: $399.99
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Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days. (Wednesday, Nov 26 to Monday, Dec 01) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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decent reviews at best buy

few mixed at amazon

Check out this review over at pcworld.com
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Hey look an HP refurb !

Yeah, I don’t mind a refurb, but when a brand has as many as HP does, it’s not a great sign, is it? That said, this does have a lot of the features I’m looking for, including a low price. Huh. Do I feel lucky?

The review machine is built on “4th generation Corei7”. This machine has an AMD A10. Not the same thing at all.

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Check out this review over at pcworld.com

All right folks, you know these things. I know that the AMD A10 is no Intel Corei7, but what’s the closest equivalent to the A10 in speed and usefulness?

Rats, I wooted the HP refurb they were selling for less yesterday, but this one would have been a better deal.

Pics show two different laptops - one is black, the other one is metallic. Which one is this?

Also, if it’s the “metallic” one, is the keyboard surround really aluminum, or painted plastic?

This A10 (pretty much the fastest Richland mobile) is similar to 2nd generation Intel i3 (Sandy Bridge) but with better integrated graphics (closer to current gen-- 4-- Intel i5 Haswells).

This laptop should perform nearly identically to, say, an Asus U36D

No. Take heart! The one yesterday is way better than this one-- the current gen Beema (Puma) greater than than the two generations old Richland (Piledriver)

The graphics on yesterday’s offering easily keeps pace with all but the fastest Intel (4600 or better).

I suggest getting a squaretrade warranty with any used/refurb laptop. Excellent chance it will pay for itself.

HP makes beautiful laptops. Arguably among the best on the market. It can beautiful on the outside, but if it has a mental or physical breakdown every 6 months, who needs that?

Look for a Square Trade coupon code, they’re usually out there for 20 to 30% off.

I’d have bought it but it has windows on it which makes it worthless.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+A10-5750M+APU&id=1920

Not terrible … Performance roughly about an i3 higher end or i7 low end

Well, barely. For me - if it’s not on the “high end” cpubenchmark page, it does nothing for me.

LOL

I’m curious what “extreme” processing you do that won’t be satisfied by a High-Mid CPU A10-5750m (passmark 3372) with a 8650g graphics core (G3D mark 840). I’m not saying that this some kind of high performance processor, but this will more than satisfy 99% of the things that 99% of the population does 99% of the time. My work laptop has an I5-2520M 4GB RAM (about the same performance as today’s processor) and only 32 bit Windows 7. I simultaneously run a slew of health system programs, access data bases, 3 different browsers open with multiple tabs, email, Lync…I rarely have any issues.

I have I7, hexacore and 2 quad core AMD, 2 x I5, I3 at home. The only thing my higher performance systems help me with or faster video transcoding and virtual machines. They can all run the same programs. You want a performance increase, put the money towards an SSD where you’ll notice the most performance impact across the board.

This is a decent mid processor that will accomplish most anything most people need it to do. The graphics core is better than most Intel counterparts and can do low-mid gaming easily, not to mention video streaming etc. The comparisons below will help you locate the performance relative to processors you might be familiar with.

The Passmark for A10-5750M is 3372. go to this link http://www.cpubenchmark.net/mid_range_cpus.html and you can compare the performance directly to other processors.

The G3D mark for the graphics core is 840 http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.htmland you can compare the performance directly to other graphics processors. It’s toward the bottom of the page, but that’s because it’s on the high-end graphics page.