HP 15" Laptop model: 15-BS028CA

HP 15

Quick Description

A good laptop for everyday use, it's powerful enough for most people, and the cost-saving measures its creators took won't be deal breakers unless you have an aversion for loading bars or regularly need to have two or more documents opened side-by-side.

Once up and running, performances will be adequate, but you will have to tolerate longer loading times and won't have a high-resolution screen to handle multiple documents at once.

Guillaume's pick!

This laptop stood out to me on 5 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected on 2017-10-27, 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-$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.

Currently out-of-stock everywhere I've looked.

It was last seen on 2018-06-20, priced at $673.67.

Based on 241 days of observation, the HP 15" Laptop usually costs ~$600 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $499.99.

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:

Sorry, this laptop is currently out-of-stock for every Canadian retailer I've looked at.

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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).

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 1 TB
Screen Size: 15.6"
Screen Resolution: 1366×768(100.45ppi)
Dimensions: 38.00 × 25.38 × 2.38 cm
Weight: 1.91 kg

The features

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

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement10/10Easy DIY project
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 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 4/5
    Photo Editing 3/5
    Video Editing 2/5
  • 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 (7 / 7)

Drawing and Illustrations (7 / 7)

Audio & Visual medias (2 / 2)

3D and CAD (4 / 8)

Music Production (4 / 6)

Photo Editing (3 / 3)

Video Editing (3 / 3)

Video Games (11 / 13)

Enthusiast Games (15 / 36)

Triple-A Video Games (6 / 32)

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