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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.So we ran tests on HSW Notebook to find out what it was worth.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.
Notebook to surf the Internet?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
That’s the direction taken by HSW with this Notebook.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Material that seem to be well-designed.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 10 inches size. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Atom x5-E8000. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 128 Gb, HSW considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
In the end, with an autonomy of 7 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. With this laptop Notebook it will therefore be necessary to always keep the power cable within easy reach. Because of this last point, you can either switch to a competitor’s laptop or always have the product plugged in; it’s up to you.
The Notebook- the right model for streaming and videos ?
This Notebook is an interesting option for anyone who uses laptops to view movies, photos, or listen to music. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 10 inches, with a 1280×800. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.1 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. HSW is primarily intended for film lovers the Notebook. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
On the sound side, it Notebook has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Atom x5-E8000 that is several years old now. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
With Intel HD Graphics, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 4 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. The Notebook only 2 ports only provides you with ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. 7 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see.
The Notebook to use while travelling.
Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in HSW the design of this Notebook. We have analysed different scenarios : depending on whether it will be used for work, with bus-metro-train travel, or just for holidays and weekends. And here’s the result : Since the sum of its characteristics (weight, size, components) are better than the competition, it is in your best interest to choose this model.
With a weight of 1.1 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 10 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
Unfortunately it is not equipped with anti-reflective tiles. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
CPU Intel Atom x5-E8000 power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 7 hours before the breakdown.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 128 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this Notebook will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Its 10 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
It Notebook provides only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
In brief, this Notebook can be considered useful when you decide to travel.
The Notebook for audio or video editing ?
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. With this Notebook, you can be sure you have the right machine. Since the last generation designed by HSW, there have been many improvements on the components. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Atom x5-E8000 does best. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, HSW made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 128 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
In terms of autonomy,the HSWkept it simple. The available battery life is of 7 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
Too bad this model does not benefit from Usb 3.0 technology. This means that you’ll have to be patient when you decide to transfer your audio-visual mounts to an external key or disk.
It Notebook is consequently well designed for this type of use. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And for the right price/quality ratio.
With this Notebook product, HSWoffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing.
Notebook the right choice to play online?
Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. The tests we ran showed that the choices of HSW in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
Provided with a resolution of 1280×800, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
HSW like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 128 Gb.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.1 Kg.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 7 hours.
In conclusion, it Notebook is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
Is the Notebook adapted to office automation ?
Access on efficiency, this Notebook is part of the laptops provided for office automation. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. An almost featherweight of 1.1 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Notebook. If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you will experience more eye strain. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
With only 128 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. The middle groud for recurring use in office automation mode.
The Notebook – in summary
There is no such thing as a perfect laptop for every purpose, unless you put a price tag on it, and keep in mind that it will be too powerful for most of your needs. With the Notebook you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
– office tasks
In summary, we advise this model for :
– making audio and video editing