Designed for everyday use, the new HP 17-by3074nf laptop PC with a sober black design is based on an Ice Lake Core i3 processor, a good amount of RAM and a fast 512 GB SSD storage which enhances its responsiveness. Equipped with a 17-inch anti-glare screen, it is relatively light but skips the USB 3.1 Type-C.
Specifications HP 17-by3074nf
|Screen (s)||17.3 ” WXGA HD LED 60% NTSC 220cd / m² (1600×900, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-1005G1 Ice Lake (1.2 GHz, 2 cores, TDP 15W)|
|RAM installed (max)||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz (16 GB)|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.0 1 USB 2.0, HDMI 1.4b, SD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (1×1, RTL8821CE), Bluetooth 4.2 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Audio system||Yes, HD TrueVision with microphone|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||5 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells 41Whr (210 gr)|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.38 Kg / 414.8 x 272.2 x 24.5|
Chassis, connectors, HP 17-by3074nf screen
It sports a relatively understated design with its Ebony Black mesh pattern textured finish frame. It can be recharged to 50% in 45 minutes.
The connectivity integrated into this PC is good, consisting of a practical HDMI video output for easy connection to a TV or a monitor, for example, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless modules for remote connections and communications, Ethernet and audio ports but also 3 USBs all compatible with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, USB 3.0 guaranteeing transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected to them .
No USB 3.1 Type-C port, however, nor keyboard backlight system or optical drive for this PC, contrary to what the illustration images show (which are valid for the highest options – hence the fact that we see an optional optical unit on the right).
The screen lends itself well to viewing videos with its 16: 9 format, a classic characteristic as well as its definition of 1600×900. Thanks to its anti-reflective coating, the screen is more readable in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a shiny panel and less tiring for the eyes over a long period.
Performance, battery life of the HP 17-by3074nf
The HP 17-by3074nf is a large format laptop designed for everyday use.
It stands out for its SSD storage. With its 512 GB, the SSD rivals hard drives in terms of capacity while being quiet, more energy efficient, more robust and quiet.
Result thanks to the SSD, we take advantage of starts / stops and launches of applications much faster than with a simple hard drive. More generally, the SSD guarantees much better fluidity and responsiveness than a hard drive.
Of course, if you need additional space, you can use an external storage unit such as a USB 3.0 device to benefit from fast transfers.
The SSD goes well with the heart of this computer which delivers good performance in everyday use, such as Internet surfing and office automation. It consists of a good amount of 8 GB RAM which is very useful for multitasking and a low-power Ice Lake Core i3-1005G1 Turbo processor.
Certainly, the Core i3 reveals its limits under software requiring processor resources. But like other Core i3 Turbo, it is significantly more efficient than a non-Turbo Core i3 (Core i3-7xxxU and predecessors).
Without a dedicated graphics card, this computer is not suitable for heavy graphics work like gaming. However, it allows you to watch photos and videos, thanks to the modest Intel UHD 620 part housed in the Core i3.
As for autonomy, expect about 5 hours of battery operation in light use for this PC whose weight is contained for a 17 inches, especially comfortable format for mainly sedentary use (eg at home).