Help - Clueless Mammy
Hoping someone can help me? My son (12) wants to build his own gaming PC. He has an occulus quest and wants to play more VR games. I would really appreciate advise ... is this list comprehensive on what he would need. I havent a clue about this kind of stuff. Is it really difficult to build? Thanks Sprocketwoman
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Processor (6C/12T, 35 MB Cache, 4.2 GHz Max Boost) (Renewed)
Gigabyte X570 Gaming X (AMD Ryzen 3000/X570/ATX/PCIe4.0/DDR4/USB3.1/Realtek ALC887/HDMI 2.0B/RGB Fusion 2.0/Realtek GbE 8118 LAN/Gaming Motherboard)
XFX RX 5700 Xt Thicc III Ultra 8GB Boost Up to 2025MHz GDDR6 3xDP HDMI Graphics Card (Rx-57XT8TBD8)
EVGA 650 GQ, 80+ GOLD 650W, Semi Modular, EVGA ECO Mode, Power Supply 210-GQ-0650-V3 Corsair CMK16GX4M2A2666C16 Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz C16 XMP 2.0 High Performance Desktop Memory Kit, Black
GOLDEN FIELD - Z21 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower E-ATX/ATX/Micro ATX/ITX Gaming Computer PC Case With Metal Frame & Windowed Swing Door For Desktop Computer PC
ASUS VP228QG, 21.5 Inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Gaming Monitor, 1 ms, Up to 75 Hz, DP, HDMI, D-Sub, FreeSync, Low Blue Light, Flicker Free, TUV Certified, Black
KLIM™ Chroma Gaming Keyboard UK Layout + Slim, Durable, Ergonomic, Quiet, Waterproof, Silent Keys, USB + Wired Backlit Keyboard for Laptop PC Mac Gamer PS4 keyboard + NEW 2020 VERSION + Black
Windows 10 Professional USB / English / 32 Bit/64 Bit / Windows 10 Pro USB / Original Product / Flash Drive / Box / For 1 PC
Dysk SSD Team Group GX2 256GB 2.5'' S
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With the lack of Spectre 14 reviews, found a pretty complete one in the Best Buy Spectre 14 page
CaptainK: Verified Purchase|Posted 1 day ago. Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
Quality5 out of 5 Value5 out of 5 Ease of Use5 out of 5
Title: So far a very good premium 2-in-1 option
Last year HP revised their premium product lines with the Spectre series, making OLED, a slim form factor, shrunken screen bezel, and 4k a premium option to those willing to pay. The computers got great reviews and gave HP an option to compete with popular premium PC's like the Dell XPS line and Lenovo Yoga series. I originally bought the 13" 2019 Spectre convertible with all the features I could, only to end up selling it because of some quality control issues I experienced with the first two units I owned. Fast forward a year later, and HP has refreshed their premium product lines with Spectre models in multiple sizes, including this 14" model, which is completely new to the lineup. I had waited to see what other convertibles were available this holiday season. I was pretty much sold on having an OLED screen, and there still aren't that many options out there. I ended up giving HP a second chance and crossing my fingers.
Build Quality: Excellent out of the box. The PC feels very solid. The brushed metal surfaces (aside from a plastic bottom), give the computer a very premium feel. HP appears to have improved their quality control: no loose track pad, no major "popping noises" in the palm rest area, and no jammed keys (yes, these are all things I experienced with the previous generation). The hinges have a very firm feel, allowing the screen to hold any position you want with confidence. The computer is fairly bulky to use as a tablet, but the unit still folds into one nicely when needed. The computer weighs less than it's looks might suggest.
Keyboard/Trackpad: No complaints. The keys have a nice, smooth travel and good spacing between them. They are not loud to type on. The backlit keys get very bright and offer 2 levels of brightness. Only downside is that the arrow keys feel cramped. The trackpad is very generous in size and nicely responsive.
Screen: I'm biased toward having an OLED display. I simply feel they look better than more traditional LED-based displays, even the nice ones from competing higher end PC lines. Colors simply look richer and more vibrant. Contrast is also better, which in my opinion is more important than higher peak brightness. My experience with the 2019 Spectre OLED display was a mixed bag. The two units I had (the first of which was returned) had varying degrees of gray-uniformity issues, where banding/gradation/blooming could be noted on gray tones, like when viewing file folders within windows under the dark-mode setting. The blooming was bad enough on the first unit to cause video to look abnormally brighter at the center of the screen, which unfortunately was very distracting. I also didn't like how the touch screen's capacitive surface appeared. On close inspection, it appeared as though the screen was covered in black dots in a diamond shape fashion. A few reviews noticed this same observation as well, though most people online weren't sensitive to it (I suppose it comes down to a matter of preference). The touch capacitive surface on this screen is different. It is much more uniform and less obtrusive, though whites still look a bit grainy (some competing screens like the Galaxy Chromebook have an even less noticeable screen door effect). Overall, this is a better OLED panel than the 2019 line I used. My particular unit has virtually zero color uniformity issues, which is nice (some level of uniformity discrepancy is considered normal and shouldn't dissuade you unless it's truly bad or distracting). Overall, the screen is very colorful, and can get very bright. I have had some experience with the Galaxy Chromebook, which also has an OLED panel. Comparing the two, the HP OLED seemed a bit less punchy in terms of color saturation, but had better peak brightness. The resolution on the HP is not quite 4k, but I seriously doubt you'd be able to tell the difference; everything is very sharp and the 3:2 ratio is more enjoyable to use than a 16:9 ratio screen. Couple that with the thin bezel's on the HP, and you have a very good screen with few major flaws.
Sound: This is usually very low on my priority list when buying a laptop. However, the quad speaker setup on this unit produces dramatically better sound than I expected or have experienced with my previous laptops. There is little sign of distortion that plagues smaller, cheap speakers typically found in portable computers. Music sounds surprisingly rich and has very good depth. This certainly won't replace my home speaker system, but if you're going to rely on this for video/music while traveling, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Usability: Windows feels extremely snappy. The OLED screen is only 60hz, but due to responsiveness found in OLED tech, scrolling feels smoother and faster than the 60hz limit suggests (a higher refresh rate would still be a nice future upgrade for the product line). The fingerprint reader works great (I have yet to create a hello windows facial login, but I don't doubt the front camera's functionality). Haven't noticed many glaring issues between the hardware and windows so far. Some of the tech HP advertises, such as "in bag detection," haven't been relevant to my use yet, so I can't say how well some of that works.
Battery/Heat: As you can imagine, a bright OLED high resolution screen, coupled with a more compact form factor, are going to leave battery life much to be desired. I would say it's okay at best. I'm not going to put exact times on it, but I'd say with average use at 50% brightness I've gotten maybe 5-7 hours? If battery life is a deal breaker for you, this is not the computer to buy, no matter how nice everything else about it is. It seems to take at worst about 2 hours to fully charge from low battery. The fans don't turn on as much as I thought they would. When they run they remain fairly quiet; rarely has the system spun them to the point of being obtrusive. The bottom of the laptop runs fairly warm, but still fine to keep on your lap without burning your pants.
Verdict: Based on my experience with last year's Spectre line, I feel that HP has taken serious consideration when reviewing and improving their laptops year-to-year. This 2020 14" Spectre is a great example of what a premium 2-in-1 should look like. On multiple aspects, this PC has been a joy to use. Aside from battery life, I find it difficult make many major complaints that would warrant looking at a different premium laptop. This being said, I've only used this computer about a week. We shall see how well this unit holds up in the months to come. But if things remain as they are now, HP has certainly built a refined 2-in-1 worthy of a look. I would recommend this to a friend
for page. There are also a lot of 5 star reviews there but this one is the longest/most complete one)
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