Just in case you were getting bored of the superlatives, one of the few negative points about the HDX 16 is its battery life. In the Productivity test it managed less than two and a half hours, only just reaching this milestone in the lower intensity Reader test. At 100 per cent brightness, DVD playback came to an end just short of an hour and a half. You could, of course, get more than this by reducing the brightness, but the dual-lamp backlight clearly has a significant impact battery life.
However, given this is a desktop replacement, battery life is the one area we can forgive some weakness and the raw performance can’t really be faulted. Though we wouldn’t characterise the HDX 16 as a powerhouse, it performed well in all our benchmarks and benefited particularly well in PCMark Vantage due to its 64-bit OS. Therefore, unless you’re very demanding, it’ll deal with everything you throw at it fairly comfortably.
This rounds things off rather nicely, yet despite the excellent design, multitude of features and good performance, the best thing about the HDX16-1005ea is the price. We reckoned, at around £900, that the Acer Aspire 6935G was excellent value, but the HDX 16 can be had for as little as £869.99! Given it brings with it a Full HD display, compared to the ‘HD Ready’ one found in the Acer, a better design and a few extra accessories and features, too, the HDX 16 represents quite astonishing value.
If you’re after a fully-featured desktop replacement with “all the trimmings”, the HP HDX 16 delivers on pretty much every level and represents superb value for money. In fact, we can’t think of any reasonable reason not to buy it.