HP 15" Laptop model: 15-dw0008ca

HP 15" Laptop

Quick Description

This laptop is designed to be versatile for a minimal cost. A lot was sacrificed to get the price down this far, but if you don't need the smallest computer with the best battery life, best screen or the one who gets started the fastest, it's a compelling choice for productivity.

Guillaume's pick!

This laptop stood out to me on 2 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected on 2019-08-16, selling for $600.

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+

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+

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 $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $410.

Currently Exclusive to Best Buy for $390

Based on 229 days of observation, the HP 15" Laptop usually costs ~$470 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $389.97. If you were waiting for this laptop to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

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 Best Buy or Best Buy 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 Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price1/5
Durability3.5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power2/5
Memory4/5
Storage4.5/5
Portability2.5/5
Autonomy1/5
Ease of Maintenance3/5

Portable Laptops

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price0/5
Durability3/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power2/5
Graphical power1/5
Memory3.5/5
Storage4.5/5
Portability3/5
Autonomy1.5/5
Ease of Maintenance3/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck2.5/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price0.5/5
Durability2.5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power2/5
Graphical power1.5/5
Memory3.5/5
Storage3.5/5
Portability3/5
Autonomy1/5
Ease of Maintenance2/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i5-8265U
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 1 TB
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1366×768(100.45ppi)
Dimensions: 35.85 × 24.20 × 1.99 cm
Weight: 1.770 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)
  • USB Type-C

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

Want more details concerning repairs and upgrades options for this products?

Official Support Page for this Product

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 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 4/5
    Photo Editing 3/5
    Video Editing 3/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 1/5
    Enthusiast Games 1/5
    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 (5 / 5)

Texts & Numbers (10 / 11)

Drawing and Illustrations (10 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (4 / 4)

3D and CAD (4 / 9)

Music Production (4 / 10)

Photo Editing (6 / 6)

Video Editing (4 / 11)

Enthusiast Games (25 / 71)

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Video Games (11 / 14)

Triple-A Video Games (9 / 71)

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    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck1/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck3/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability0/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

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    Versatility for the Price-10.45% inferior
    Power-16.91% inferior
    Storage-50.75% inferior
    Portability-17.42% inferior
    Autonomy23.08% better
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Pentium N4200
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 35.81 x 24.89 x 1.52 cm
    Weight: 3.110 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Best Buy site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #9, Laptops ($325 - $525)
    Asus C523NA 15.6" Chromebook

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    ~$420 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck1/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck-48.26% inferior
    Versatility for the Price-34.83% inferior
    Power-20.39% inferior
    Storage-50.75% inferior
    Portabilityequivalent
    Autonomy27.35% better
    Specs
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    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 505
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 64.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 35.81 x 24.89 x 1.52 cm
    Weight: 1.451 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the retailer's site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #7, Laptops ($325 - $525)
    Asus 14-inch Touch Screen Chromebook

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    ~$370 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck1/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy4.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck-47.76% inferior
    Versatility for the Priceequivalent
    Power-23.38% inferior
    Storage-56.72% inferior
    Portability15.92% better
    Autonomy64.96% better
    Specs
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    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 32.26 x 22.86 x 1.52 cm
    Weight: 1.400 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the The Source site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
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    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

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    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck-32.34% inferior
    Versatility for the Priceequivalent
    Power-11.94% inferior
    Storageequivalent
    Portability-15.92% inferior
    Autonomy18.8% better

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5
    Specs
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    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 605
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.10 x 25.15 x 2.79 cm
    Weight: 2.000 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Newegg site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #6, Laptops ($325 - $525)
    Acer Spin 11 Touchscreen Chromebook - Silver

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    ~$418 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    by Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck-46.27% inferior
    Versatility for the Price-34.33% inferior
    Power-14.92% inferior
    Storage-56.72% inferior
    Portability16.41% better
    Autonomy40.17% better

    by Large Tablets standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability1.5/5
    Autonomy1/5
    Specs
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    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 32.00 GB
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    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
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    Weight: 1.188 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the retailer's site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • #1, Laptops ($325 - $525)
    HP 14" Netbook

    HP 14" Netbook from US$290;
    ~$400 with accessories

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Netbooks standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power4.5/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy0/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck-19.9% inferior
    Versatility for the Price14.43% better
    Powerequivalent
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    Portability11.44% better
    Autonomy17.95% better
    Specs
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    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 610
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Storage: 128.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 32.40 x 22.50 x 1.80 cm
    Weight: 1.460 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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

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