HP ENVY 15.6" AMD FX Touchsmart Laptop

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HP ENVY 15.6" AMD FX Touchsmart Laptop
Price: $399.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Unknown (Wednesday, Apr 01 to Monday, Apr 06) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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Time to learn all about the processor

Wow, that’s actually a really fast CPU. Surprised AMD can pull that amount of performance out of a 17W processor…it’s basically the same performance as a i5-4200U with a far superior GPU.

Does anyone know about the battery-life?

This is a decent processor, but the video is no better than the I5-4200u. The FX-7500 has an R7 core that performs on the level of GeForce gt 720m http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-R7-Kaveri.117371.0.html which has a g3d Mark of 540, the I5-4200u has an Intel HD 4400 with a g3d Mark of 539. So basically this processor is similar all around to the I5-4200u, which is a good thing at this price point. Too bad the resolution is 1366x768, that just kills it.

does this laptop support 16 gigs of ram.

Never base your opinion solely off of benchmarks, particularly with integrated graphics. They may call it “R7” or “HD 4400” consistently across processors, but its performance largely depends upon the processor its paired with, the amount of RAM available, clock rates, etc. An i7 with HD 4400 will give you better graphics performance than an i3 with HD 4400.

In desktop computers, AMD’s latest integrated graphics definitely give better performance than Intel’s, but in a mobile ULV situation, they’re probably comparable. I’d still bet that the 7500 would game better than the i5, but I doubt the gap is significant. Keep in mind, we’re only talking about graphics performance here. Intel undeniably gives better CPU performance on average, albeit at a steeper price.

Intel’s new Broadwell processors might even the playing field (as far as graphics goes) since they appear to have designed the architecture to place more emphasis on the graphics. Time will tell.

So…should I pull the trigger to buy it or…blow it up?

Answer me this, Batman…What’s the big deal about the touch screen? You either have to touch a mouse or touch the screen. Either way you’re “touching” the machine, right? I want a unit that reads my mind. Wait…that could be problematic so …never mind!

I did say that these CPU’s were similar in performance on both processing and graphics, which is basically what you are saying. What you are saying is true about the AMD processors, that is why for the R7 core I have a link where it specifically compares the FX-7500 graphics in performance to a GeForce gt 720m. The Intel Chips, I don’t believe have the same extreme variance in graphics within the different families of chips. http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-4400.91979.0.html
for the HD 4400 the base graphics speed is 200MHz the difference between the GPU burst/Turbo ranges from 950MHz for the slowest I3 to 1100MHZ for the fastest I7. The I5 being 1000MHz. So although a G3D is one benchmark, based on the criteria above I think I’ve made an accurate comparison based on the information available. I don’t have a dog in this fight because I like AMD and Intel and build computers with both. But my original purpose of stating this comparison is when someone thought the at the graphics on this chip were a lot better than the I5-4200u, when in fact they are quite equal. If the the FX-7500 has an advantage it’s only by a slight margin at best.

Any info on reliability of these refurbs?

Is the 6# weight shown in the specs for real or a shipping weight. Don’t see how a 15.6 this thin with no optical drive could be that heavy?!

HP ENVY m6-n113dx Product Support

HP ENVY m6-n113dx Maintenance and Service Guide

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