HP 15" Laptop model: 15-DA1007CA

HP 15

Quick Description

This laptop is designed to be versatile for a modest cost. It's a compelling choice for productivity, but its built-in screen limits its multitasking potential.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Slow storage. Once started, this laptop should perform ok, however, expect it to take some time to start up, launch programs and open large documents. If this gets really annoying, it is possible to replace the hard drive with a faster alternative if you're comfortable with opening up your laptop.$60-$250

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this laptop.$30-$150

Limited Workspace. The included screen has a lower resolution than the typical TV or computer monitor. This could hinder your ability to multi-task, especially if you work with multiple windows at once. On the plus side, things will tend to be displayed larger on screen if your eyesight is challenging.
This is easy to fix on a desk by connecting to an external monitor, but hard to address anywhere else.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $890.

Available at 2 locations, from $800

Based on 23 days of observation, the HP 15" Laptop usually costs 750 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $679.99.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the HP 15" Laptop to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Staples or HP at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the HP 15" Laptop ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck5/5
Versatility for the Price2.5/5
Price1.5/5
Durability3.5/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power4.5/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory3.5/5
Storage4/5
Portability2.5/5
Autonomy1.5/5
Ease of Maintenance3.5/5

Portable Laptops

Bang for the Buck5/5
Versatility for the Price2.5/5
Price1/5
Durability3.5/5
Power2/5
General-purpose power4.5/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory4/5
Storage4.5/5
Portability2.5/5
Autonomy1.5/5
Ease of Maintenance3.5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price2.5/5
Price1.5/5
Durability3.5/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power4/5
Graphical power2.5/5
Memory4/5
Storage4/5
Portability2.5/5
Autonomy1.5/5
Ease of Maintenance3.5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i5-8250U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Memory: 12.00 GB
Storage: 1 TB
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1366×768(100.45ppi)
Dimensions: 37.60 × 24.60 × 2.25 cm
Weight: 1.90 kg

The features

  • Backlit
  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: 54000 RPM hard drive (slow)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Touch Screen
  • USB 2
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • Built-in Number Pad
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement6/10A technician can help you with that
Memory Upgrade6/10A technician can help you with that
Data Storage6/10A technician can help you with that
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 4/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 4/5
    Music Production 4/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 4/5
    Photo Editing 4/5
    Video Editing 4/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 5/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 1/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (5 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (7 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (2 / 2)

3D and CAD (3 / 8)

Music Production (2 / 7)

Photo Editing (3 / 3)

Video Editing (3 / 8)

Video Games (12 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (15 / 46)

Triple-A Video Games (6 / 47)

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