Offering high storage capacity with fast SSD for increased responsiveness, the HP 17-ca1038nf is a 17-inch anti-glare screen laptop with a sleek silver design. Efficient in everyday use thanks to its good amount of RAM and its AMD Ryzen 5 Picasso processor, it is able to run undemanding games with its Vega graphics solution. On the other hand, on the connectivity side, it skips the USB 3.1 Type-C and is satisfied with Wi-Fi n instead of Wi-Fi ac.
Specifications HP 17-ca1038nf
|Screen (s)||17.3 ” WXGA LED 60% NTSC 220cd / m² (1600×900, anti-glare)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Picasso (2.1 GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)|
|Installed RAM (max)||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz, 2 slots (1 free)|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon Vega 8 integrated into the processor|
|Storage||128 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe) 1 TB at 5400 rpm|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.0 1 USB 2.0, HDMI, SD|
|Network||Wi-Fi n (1×1, Realtek RTL8723DE), Bluetooth 4.0 Gigabit Ethernet|
|Audio system||2 loudspeakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||4 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells 41Whr (210 gr)|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.49 Kg / 414.8 x 272.2 x 24.5|
Chassis, connections, screen of the HP 17-ca1038nf
Rechargeable to around 50% in 45 minutes, it features an elegant and discreet design with its natural silver cover and base frame, ash silver keyboard frame with brushed vertical pattern (dixit HP).
In terms of connectivity, it is the disappointment: it is satisfied with Wi-Fi n instead of opting for Wi-Fi ac (or ax), incomprehensible for a PC of 2020, especially at this price level. The lack of a bonus USB 3.1 Type-C will also disappoint some. The connection here includes a practical HDMI video output to easily connect this PC to a monitor or TV for example, Wi-Fi n modules and Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless remote connections and communications, Ethernet and audio ports as well. than 3 USB (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.
The screen is distinguished by its anti-reflective treatment, making it less tiring for the eyes over a long period of time than a shiny panel and more readable in bright surroundings (eg outdoors). For the rest, the screen adopts classic specifications with its 16: 9 format suitable for video playback and its definition of 1600×900.
Performance, battery life of the HP 17-ca1038nf
The HP 17-ca1038nf is a full-size laptop computer designed for everyday general-purpose use.
It benefits from hybrid storage combining an SSD with a hard disk for a high total capacity of 1.1 TB. The first is designed to accommodate the system as well as the main software, the rest taking place on the second.
Concretely thanks to the SSD, this PC is much more responsive and fluid than if it had a simple hard drive. For example, software launches and starts / stops much faster, or even a faster arrival on the cards of online games.
We can indeed play with this PC but only if we are satisfied with titles that do not consume 3D resources. It does not in fact have a dedicated graphics card and leaves all the graphics to the care of the Radeon Vega 8, a graphics solution housed within the processor. The Vega 8 has the advantage of being significantly more efficient than the UHD 620 of Intel processors. It is in fact positioned at the level of an entry-level graphics card.
The processor is a Quad Core AMD APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) low power Ryzen 5 3500U Picasso model. Here it is associated with a good amount of 8 GB RAM, useful in multitasking. As a result, this computer delivers good general performance capable of satisfying many users.
As for the autonomy of this computer whose weight is controlled for a 17-inch, comfortable format for mainly sedentary use (eg at home), bet on about 4 hours of battery operation in light use.