HP15 – Affordable Notebook

HP15 - AF114AUI was in search of a laptop for my home use with the pre-requisites being  a big screen, powerful enough for browsing, some photo editing, coding and multimedia with preloaded Windows in the 25K INR rang. After going through lots of options from HP, Acer, Lenovo, Dell – I was able to get a good deal on HP 15 – AF114au (a flipkart exclusive model) for 22K. So starting with the specs in a nutshell,

  • AMD A-8 Quad core processor @ 2.2 GHz (2 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM (upgradeable upto 8 GB)
  • 1 TB HD / DVDR-W / Bluetooth / Wifi / SD Card reader / 3 x USB 3.0
  • 15.6″ WLED SCreen (1366 x 768 pixels)
  • Webcam / DTS sound with 2 speakers

So as you can see it’s not a Intel based processor but from what I’ve used so far like browsing multiple tabs in Chrome, coding, image editing software, videos all played without much hitches and at this price point looks like a good performer with the notebook not getting hot when performing these tasks. There was minimal preloaded bloatware which I was able to un-install. The HP assistant utility is a nice piece of software giving a centralized location to see & update drives, lookup warranty information , trouble shooting and creating recovery media (as there is no DVD media provided for Windows 10).

The 2 speaker sound is not very loud but good for listening for 1 person sitting in front of the laptop. I used CPU-Z to study the specs and the thing is it didn’t show how many memory slots are there so whether a additional 4 GB can be installed is a mystery so far for me….The screen is bright enough and the color saturation is ok but at 720 pixel resolution the text are not very sharp but once again at this price its very acceptable.(as most people won’t be able to see much pixelation) All in all a good value for money laptop in the under 25K INR range.

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