The HP Pavilion is a very solid piece of equipment and has some nice features that are beneficial to education. I reviewed the 17" laptop which I feel is way to big for the education market. Space is always an issue w/ schools and students need something that is light and easy to carry around. I feel that a smaller version would be more ideal. However, the Pavilion has two unique features such as HP CoolSense and HP ProtectSmart which helps protect the computer bumps/shaking and keeping it cool.
Also, the Pavilion has a excellent built in camera which is fantastic for taking pictures or video and a great way for integrating technology into the curriculum. There are some nice media that comes w/ the laptop such as HP Connected Photo & Music.
In working w/ the Pavilion I tried to compare it to other similar devices for education. The Pavilion is a nice alternative for districts that can't afford the more expensive Macbook. Also, Windows 8 while has a greater learning curve then Apple's iOS, is a solid operating system for touch screen devices. Although, I will say this about Windows 8 it does make multi-tasking a whole lot easier. It seems there are more customization features for Windows 8 then those for iOS. However, that can be a good or bad thing depending on what you're looking to do.
Here are some more specs on the HP Pavilion...
- Intel® Core® i3-3110M 2.40GHz 3MB L2 Cache Processor
- 6GB DDR3 SDRAM
- 750GB Hard Drive
- 17.3" diagonal display
- Windows 8
For more detailed information on the HP Pavilion click here.
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