Hewlett Packard 15 Inch Laptop (15-ba047na)

Editor choice Hewlett Packard 15 Inch Laptop (15-ba047na)
7.9 Total Score

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  • Anti-Glare screen
  • Runs cool
  • Decent turbo setting

Overview

This HP laptop is filled with AMD components instead of the much more prefered Intel CPU/Nvidia GPU, or Intel CPU/Intel GPU combo. There are many who still prefer the higher cores offered by AMD to the more rigid hyper-threading CPU’s which Intel puts out.

Honestly, this laptop does a great job providing you don’t throw something like Skyrim Max settings at it. What I would call low impact gaming, is perfect and thanks to the 4 cores it can handle modern day multi-tasking in all it’s multi-tabbed and multi-application glory.

2 TB of HDD storage is a straight up win and fits the profile of this laptop perfectly. It isn’t a gaming laptop, it’s an anything and everything laptop. Perfect when you know that other junk will be thrown on there as well.

I’m picturing a young professional who initially picks up the laptop for work based purposes, but finds it can also handle a few turns of Total War on medium settings while on the train to and from work. Great for a more casual gamer who’s number one priority is not to splash the cash with the intention of buying a power hungry monster.

Battery Life

Speaking of power, the battery life is pretty decent. Nowadays it’s quite rare to get the full displayed battery life out of a laptop. I’m not entirely sure what HP’s benchmarkers are using when they test battery life, 8 hours. 8 hours of what? Solitaire…? Nethertheless, in tests it ran a reasonable time of just under 6 hours messing around on Diablo 3. Expect this to get worse as time goes on, but that is the case for any laptop.

Screen

The 15-ba047na boasts a 15.6 inch screen which means it still retains portability and it has an anti-glare panel for those who… game outside, in the sun??? It’s a less useful feature than I think HP were hoping for especially for those of us in England where the problem of the sun being bright enough that we can’t see the on screen enemy is a pipedream not based in reality. However, all that being said it’s like the sidearm pistol in every shooter ever made. Practically useless 99% of the time, but there will be that one time you crack it out and you’ll think “YES, THIS!” and feel like an absolute boss.

Limitations

8 GB of RAM is standard affair really ensuring that this will not become your bottleneck which restricts performance. In this machine it is far more likely to be the GPU which holds you back, the integrated AMD Radeon R7 with 512 mb does a decent enough job as stated. However, do not buy this machine expecting it to handle the very latest games at the very max settings. Not going to happen.

Just a small word on the build quality of this device. When picked up and given a rattle, there is… well a rattle. This revelation is tempered somewhat by the fact that you shouldn’t really be picking up your laptop to give it a shake. But the test was inexplicably performed anyway and the findings reported thus.

7.9 Total Score
All Rounder

Great multitasking machine capable of handling many games at reasonably high settings. Decent integrated graphics card makes this laptop a bargain for the price.

CPU
7.5
Graphics
7
Hard Drive Storage
10
Hard Drive Speed
6
Screen
9
Weight
9.5
Battery Life
6.5
PROS
  • Anti-Glare screen
  • Runs cool
  • Decent turbo setting
CONS
  • Power adapter is flimsy
  • Slow HDD read/write speed
  • Cheap build quality
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  • Dependable performance with AMD processors and plenty of hard drive space, you can work, play,...
  • Vibrant display with crisp full HD screen lets you enjoy your photos, videos and web pages in...
  • Smooth 60 FPS gaming on ultra settings are no match for the AMD Radeon R7 series GPUs; enjoy your...
  • Enjoy the sun and your favourite content with this anti-glare panel; non-reflective and low...
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Personal Computers
Brand
HP
Color
Turbo Silver
Label
hp
Number Of Items
1
Operating System
Windows 10
Package Quantity
1
Product Group
Personal Computer
Publisher
hp
Studio
hp
Warranty
1-year limited parts, labour, and pickup and return serviceYou can expand the warranty coverage of your product to reach up to 3 years in total; for more information go to the "Options and accessories"web section on hp.com product pages.
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