HP 15-bs020WM Touchscreen Laptop Review

3.3

SUMMARY

The HP 15-bs020WM is an affordable 15.6-inch touch-screen laptop with Windows 10 Home operating system.
PROS: Touchscreen. Numeric keypad. The HP 15-bs020WM laptop does not mark any performance boxes save for its touchscreen.
CONS: Underwhelming display.

The HP 15-bs020WM is an affordable 15.6-inch touch-screen laptop with Windows 10 Home operating system. Well, at some point in life, everyone needs an affordable and basic laptop that does not blow any whistles for casual computing needs.

The HP 15-bs020WM laptop does not mark any performance boxes save for its touchscreen. It is powered by Braswell Intel Pentium N3710 processor, 4GB DDR3L RAM and a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. It also features a standard display with a resolution of 1366 X 768p and a non-backlit keyboard.

Design and Features

The HP 15 sports a matte black finish with a faint diamond design that is almost soft to the touch. You may need some dump cloth for wiping the smudges since and fingerprints left behind since it is an outright finger magnet.

The system is constructed in a cheap all plastic body but it looks pretty fantastic out of the box. Once you open the lid, you will find a continuation of the diamond motifs which covers two-thirds of the hard plastic tray.

At 5.07 pounds, the 15 x 10 x 0.9-inch HP bs020WM’s dimensions are on par with the competition, including Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM which measures 15.02 x 10.2 x 1.19 inches and weighs 5.3 pounds.  As such, it is a great budget laptop that can substitute your desktop in the office or at home.

You won’t count on this system to carry it all day long since it is bulky and the battery is not that producing. HP promises that it can deliver up to 5 hours of battery life but with extensive work it is likely to run out of juice in four and half hours.

It could only be advisable to carry your charging adapter if you are going outdoors or stay close to the power socket switch.

The non-backlit keyboard offers both an excellent click and a decent amount of travel for such a budget laptop. The keys are designed to have a slightly rough texture which helps in reducing typing errors by making them less slippery.

The trackpad is also made from the same matte material as the rest of the interior. As such, it is difficult to identify the boundaries of the trackpad save for the mouse buttons located underneath.

Performance

Under the hood, the notebook features the Intel Pentium N3710 quad-core entry-level processor. The processor is clocked at 1.6GHz but can run up to 2.56GHz with some boost technology.

It is a basic budget-class chip capable of handling only daily computing tasks such as web browsing, editing office documents and movie playback.

It gets the job done but the user experience would have been better with Intel core series CPUs such as the 7th generation core i3-7100U processor in the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM.

The HP 15-bs020WM comes with 4GB DDR3L-1600MHz RAM that is minimal but then satisfactory at this level. It is coupled with a 500GB hard drive which is the smallest among modern notebooks using HDDs.

While we could have been happy with a 7200 RPM for the hard disk, it comes with 5400RPM which is also basic. Therefore, the booting and loading speeds are disappointingly low but then it is always a characteristic of a budget laptop.

The Laptop comes with basic integrated Intel HD 620 graphics. As such, you cannot run games like Call of Duty: WWII or Destiny 2 smoothly on this machine. However, if you want budget gaming, then you may want to consider the likes of Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4.

The Acer Aspire E is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor and dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory plus 8GB DDR4 RAM. It also includes a 256 GB Solid state drive for fast booting and uploading.

The GPU offers on the Acer Aspire E an uninterrupted gaming experience for less demanding games at medium settings while producing playable frame rates.

Connectivity

Ports and connectivity option in the HP include one USB 2.0 port and 2 USB 3.0 Ports for faster transfer and connectivity to other peripherals and devices. There is an HDMI port for extending the display to HDTVs and Monitors for an enjoyable watching experience or while making presentations at work.

A multi-format media card reader slot is available which makes it easier to copy your photos from a digital camera.

There is a SuperMulti DVD burner that will allow you to read and write your CDs and DVDs. There is also a VGA webcam at the top of the display that is ideal for video chats. An audio jack for connecting your headphones or external speakers is also available. It is possible to wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the 802.11b/g/n connection built into the system. There is an Ethernet RJ port for cabled internet connectivity.

Display

The 15.6-inch paltry screen on the HP 15-bs020WM is the major disappointment in this system. The laptop a lackluster 15.6-inch TN panel with a resolution of 1366x768p that has a poor color. The only highlight of the screen is its touch capability albeit it’s poor performance in tracking fast gestures.

The viewing angles on this system are admittedly better than what we see in the Toshiba C55-C but then it far cry from the IPS screen on the HP Pavilion x360.

Conclusion

The HP 15-bs020WM suffices as a decent basic desktop replacement laptop for everyday computing needs.

If you feel that the system is too basic for you, then adding some bucks to your budget can get you a more decent laptop like the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch laptop. It does not feature a touchscreen, which is not essential for Windows 10 but has some breathtaking specifications.

The Acer is powered by a more powerful 7th generation Intel core i3-7100U processor, 4GB of DDR4-2133MHz RAM and a 1 TB 5400 RPM hard drive. It also includes a full HD display with a resolution of 1920 by 1080p and a backlit keyboard.

However, if you are on a tight budget and all you need is a basic laptop to accomplish casual tasks, then the HP 15-bs020WM fits the bill.