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[Review] HP 17-cn0025nr: Made for multitasking

HP 17-cn0025nr: review
  • Minimalist design
  • Powerful 11th-Gen Intel processor
  • Plenty of ports
  • HP Fast Charge 
  • No SD card reader
  • No Full HD resolution 
If you are looking to replace your old desktop computer, maybe a 17-inch laptop could be a better solution for you, not only for its more prominent display compared to the typical 15-inch models but also because of its compact design and high performance in day-to-day productivity tasks.

With that in mind, the latest HP release of the HP 17-cn0025nr represents the best value for your money. It's a budget laptop packed with a solid 11th-Gen Intel Core i5 processor, a fast solid-state drive (SSD), a comfortable keyboard, and an excellent battery life.

This laptop is aimed at students and users looking for an ample screen to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and more comfortably, whether at home or in the office. However, it should be mentioned that it's not for gamers or hardcore users.

With that said, it's time for you to know if this laptop meets all your needs as we dive deep into this review of the HP 17-cn0025nr.

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Tech Specs of HP 17-cn0025nr

Brand/ModelHP 17-cn0025nr
Dimensions 15.78 x 10.15 x 0.78 inches
Weight 4.6 pounds
Display Anti-glare | 17.3'' | 250 nits
Resolution HD+ (1600 x 900 pixels)
Processor11th-Gen Quad-Core Intel Core i5-1135G7
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage 256 GB (SSD)
Battery 41 Wh (Li-Ion) | Up to 8.5 hours
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
2x USB-A 3.2
1x USB-C 3.2
1x HDMI 1.4b
1x Audio jack (3.5 mm)
HD Webcam

Design, Display, and Keyboard

HP 17-cn0025nr: design performance
The HP 17-cn0025nr comes in a large silver chassis that fits perfectly for every occasion while keeping a low profile, thanks to its minimalist and professional look. And although it's a 17-inch laptop, its weight of 4.6 pounds is fairly constrained and easy to carry when compared to other popular 17-inch models.

As far as the display is concerned, this laptop features an HD+ resolution (1600 by 900 pixels). This 17.3-inch screen isn't the best for photo/video editing. Still, it allows you to browse the web, analyze data, and stream multimedia with a respectable level of brightness (250 nits) and a proper color gamut. Much like the HP 17-cn0021nr reviewed late last year.

On the other hand, we highlight its anti-glare surface as it helps you get your work done without any distractions.

It has a full-sized backlit keyboard which offers excellent key travel and feel, accompanied by a number pad on the right side - another advantage of having a larger laptop. 

On the other hand, the touchpad is responsive and large enough to make navigation through Windows 11 Home software easier.

Buying the HP 17-cn0025nr may be the best decision you can make if you're looking for an affordable 17-inch laptop packed with an 11th-Gen Intel processor. Specifically, this model is powered by a Core i5-1135G7 chipset with 4 cores and a burst frequency of up to 4.20 GHz.

As for the RAM, this laptop packs an 8 GB DDR4 memory (upgradable) that deliver a satisfying multitasking experience while you're handling many tasks at once (web surfing, programming, spreadsheets editing, video calling, social media, etc.) -as many costumers can attest to- both in the workplace as well as an academic environment.

Competing with entry-level NVIDIA GeForce MX230, the Intel Iris Xe Graphics card offers good performance when it comes to playing basic games and streaming 4K content through an external monitor since the screen doesn't support that resolution.

Last but not least, the 256 GB SSD storage - there's also a model with 512 GB -  allows you to save your personal information on the go while benefiting from lower loading times than a traditional hard drive (HDD).

This is especially notable when running Windows - it boots up in less than 10 seconds -, transferring data and opening demanding apps.

What Are Customers Saying?

Overall, customers have had positive experiences with the HP 17-cn0025nr. They appreciate its performance and find it suitable for everyday tasks. The laptop's speed and reliability have been praised by several customers. They also mention that the large screen and clear display make for an enjoyable viewing experience.

Many customers are satisfied with the keyboard and find it comfortable to use. The laptop's functionality, including its compatibility with various software and programs, has been highlighted as a positive aspect. Some customers have also mentioned that the laptop offers good value for the price, making it a worthwhile investment.

However, there have been a few areas of concern for some customers. One common issue is the battery life, with a few customers reporting shorter battery durations than expected. Some customers have also expressed disappointment with certain design features, such as the lack of a backlit keyboard or a num lock indicator. These concerns, though, do not outweigh the overall positive feedback for the laptop.

In summary, customers generally have positive experiences with the HP 17-cn0025nr. Its performance, display quality, and keyboard functionality have been appreciated. While there have been some concerns regarding battery life and design features, they do not detract significantly from the overall satisfaction customers have expressed with the laptop.

Connectivity and Extras

As expected for a 17-inch laptop, this model is justifiable in terms of connectivity. It comes with 2 full-sized USB-A 3.2 ports and one USB-C 3.2 port. Also, there's an HDMI 1.4b output, a headphone jack, and an HD webcam

There's no Ethernet port nor SD card reader, which is definitely a shame. However, you can buy a dongle for both of these things if you need these additional connectivity options. 

It has Bluetooth 5.0 and, most importantly, Wi-Fi 6, so you can expect an improvement of up to 250% faster download speeds when web browsing compared to the previous generation (Wi-Fi 5).

It should be noted that if you're confused by the new Wi-Fi standard names, you're not alone. A few years back, the Wi-Fi association finally changed the names to make them easier to understand for everyday users. In that sense, Wi-Fi 5 corresponds to Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac connectivity whilst the Wi-Fi 6 represents the 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax standard.

Here's a table if you want to let your inner-geek run free.

Battery Life

One of the most appealing features in this review is the battery life of the HP 17-cn0025nr because it offers around 7-8 hours of mixed usage with the display's brightness maxed at 150 nits (the total capacity is 250 nits as we mentioned earlier on in this review).

And if you're far from home, you can benefit from its HP Fast Charge technology which assures you an extra 50% of battery in just 45 minutes.

Verdict: Is the HP 17-cn0025nr worth buying?

In brief, the HP 17-cn0025nr reviewed today is an excellent choice for those needing a budget and a balanced 17-inch laptop for working, studying, and enjoying multimedia streaming.

Besides the disappointments of its HD+ display, instead of having a Full HD display, you can expect a smooth performance during your daily tasks, a great feeling while typing with the keyboard, an excellent battery life, and a connectivity suite ready to make your daily routine easier.

Overall, a great option for those looking to get their hands on a budget-friendly 17-inch notebook that can get the job done, and as long as you're not going to buy it for graphic design or photo editing - due to its HD+ resolution - it's an excellent option in a screen-size that doesn't have all that many good options to choose from.