The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11z-e000 is a new 11” touch screen laptop that just went up for sale this week via HP.com for the reasonable price of $354.99. The Pavilion TouchSmart 11z is a Windows 8 based laptop that’s powered by an AMD processor, this is a configurable machine so you get a choice of AMD processors ranging from a dual core AMD A4 to quad core AMD A6 with AMD 818 or 8250 graphics respectively. The display is standard touch screen capable, no upgrades needed for that feature, it has an anti glare matte screen (a good thing) with a resolution of 1366 x 768 as you would expect. Standard memory available is 4GB RAM, you can upgrade to 8GB for $50 more on HP.com right now. Ports included are two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, VGA monitor out, Ethernet RJ-45, headphone out microphone in combo and a media card reader.
In terms of design, as you can see from the images included, it’s all black on the inside but the lid is all silver in color. At this $355 price point you’re not going to get any rugged magnesium-alloy build, and since HP makes no claims to aluminum being in there either, we’re guessing it’s a mostly plastic body with faux brush metal look. The weight comes in at 3.08lbs and thickness is 0.86-inches, this is certainly what you would call a netbook by old definitions but since that term is now poison to manufacturers we’ll call this simply a very portable laptop that could suit students or business travelers well that just need a cheaper laptop for on the go! There aren’t too many 11.6” portables out there offering touch screen, the Asus VivoBook is probably the most notable and popular such equivalent on the market but it retails for a higher price of $465 (on Amazon.com at least), $100 more than the Pavilion 11z, the VivoBook however has a more desirable Intel Core i3 processor.
The Pavilion TouchSmart 11z is available now via HP.com for $354.99 right now with shipping estimates of about 2-weeks.