HP Pavilion 14-bk052sa review

Our best budget laptop for under £500 - is it for you?

The HP Pavilion 14-bk052sa is a great everyday 14” Notebook and our best value laptop for under £500.

This is a speedy machine thanks to some impressive specs like its seventh generation Intel i3 processor and 8GB of RAM – and the battery lasts all day.

Of course, you probably know you’ll need to pay more for a fancy screen and heavy bass audio. But this is an ideal budget laptop for small business use – it’s perfect for all your email, Word, Excel and web browsing needs (and perhaps the odd bit of play).

Pros
✔ Fast processor
✔ Great battery life
✔ Top value for money
Cons
✘ Screen quality could be higher

HP Pavilion 14-bk052sa laptop


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HP Pavilion 14-bk052sa pricing

RRP £450

£394.95 eBay
£429.00 Currys
£429.00 PC World



User ratings

Startups rating
★★★★★ (4.5)

Design ★★★★ (4.5)
Ease of use ★★★★ (4)
Battery ★★★★★ (5)
Screen ★★★★★ (3)
Sound ★★★★★ (3)
Value ★★★★★ (5)


Google rating
★★★★ (4.4 from 208 user reviews)

  • Design/style: “Modern sleek and quick.”
  • Battery: “Good speed good battery.”
  • Ease of use: “Slim and easy to use.”
  • Size: “It’s fast, doesn’t weight too much and WiFi is great.”


HP Pavilion 14-bk052sa review

What’s it like to use?

Design

Simply put, the HP Pavilion 14-bk052sa is a speedy little machine. Thanks to the seventh generation Intel i3 processor, 8GB of RAM (random-access memory) and a generous SSD (solid-state storage device), it boots up in just 8 seconds and programmes open in a flash.

Ease of use

The keyboard is user-friendly and responsive, with the keys well spaced. The mouse pad is reliable and – we found this comes in as smooth as you can expect for a budget model.

Plus, there aren’t so many quality 14-inch laptops for under £500 and small business owners tend to find this an ideal size for everyday work.

How are the specs?

Battery

10 hours’ battery life is amazing for this price tag – you’ll be able to focus on your work (not where the nearest plug socket is). This is a top choice if you take your laptop out and about or like to move around your office space.

Screen

This HP Pavilion laptop screen is less reflective than most, but the graphics card is really designed for general office work rather than heavy duty creative needs. That said, for graphic-intense design work, you may struggle for under £500.

Sound

The sound is impressive for this price range – don’t expect a booming bass or surround sound quality, but for professional use you shouldn’t have any complaints.



Tech specs

Operating System Windows 10 Home
Processor Intel Core i3-7100U
Screen size 14 in
Drive capacity 128 GB drive
Drive type Solid State Drive
Installed Memory 8 GB RAM
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620
Weight 1.55 kg



Verdict

A great all-rounder at a tiny price

The HP Pavilion 14-bk052sa is an excellent budget laptop for small business owners.

As long as you’re not a graphic designer, the fast processor and hard-to-beat battery life are ideal for everyday professional use.


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