The HP 2000-2d09WM (Black Licorice) 15.6-inch laptop model will be on sale this Black Friday at Walmart for only $178 and we can say right away that it will be one of the cheapest Black Friday laptop offers. The caveat here is low performance of the system. The 2000-2d09WM sports the AMD E-300 dual-core 1.3GHz processor, which is on the bottom of the laptop CPU list when you order them by speed. You’ll notice sluggish operation even in the easiest tasks, such as web surfing or office document editing. But, with some patience involved, you’ll get the job done and additionally you’ll be able to play full HD videos on the laptop. Heavy multitasking and gaming won’t work well at all on this system. It’s good to see that RAM and hard drive capacities haven’t been crippled in order to lower the price of the system. You get 4GB RAM and a 500GB HDD, just like on the majority of consumer laptops in today’s market.
HP’s 2000-2d09WM is a somewhat clunky system with a bland design. It’s 1.4-inch thick and weighs 5.4 pounds. The components are encased in glossy black plastics and the only visible decoration is watermark-like logo on the palmrest and the lid. In the middle of the interior sit a full-size keyboard, with no backlight nor numeric pad, as well as a nicely sized trackpad with physically isolated click buttons.
In terms of other important features, the 2000-2d09WM doesn’t lag much behind the competition. Normally, you get 1,366×768 display resolution, a built-in DVD burner optical drive, stereo speakers, webcam with mic, Wi-Fi wireless and Ethernet LAN wired Internet connections, three USB ports, HDMI video output (missing on some other lowest end notebooks), VGA video out, and a multi-in-one media card reader. What you don’t get is USB 3.0 speed on any of the present ports, so you’ll have to stick with slower 2.0 data transfer speed.
Although it doesn’t have a powerful power-hungry processor, the notebook doesn’t shine when it comes to battery life. HP estimates it’ll last of up to 3.75 hours.
Overall, the 2000-2d09WM isn’t a great laptop by no means, but it will be one rare notebooks under $200 this Black Friday. And below that price point, we can’t complain about weak performance nor uninspiring design.
Update: Best Buy will have a laptop with a better CPU for the same price, but with a smaller 320GB HDD. It’s the Dell Inspiron I15RV-1952BLK.
You can find the official product page of the HP on Walmart.com.
HP 2000-2d09WM Specifications
- 15.6-inch screen diagonal, resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels, glossy finish
- AMD E-300 dual-core processor at 1.3GHz, 1MB cache, AMD Radeon HD 6310 integrated GPU
- 4GB DDR3 RAM memory
- 500GB 5400rpm hard disk
- DVD writer
- Webcam 720p
- Stereo speakers
- Wi-Fi 802.11N, Ethernet LAN
- Full-size keyboard, no number pad, multitouch trackpad with physical buttons
- 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, multiformat memory card reader
- 6-cell lithium-ion battery, up to 3.75 hours
- 1.4 x 14.8 x 9.7 inches
- 5.4 pounds weight
- Windows 8
- 1-year warranty
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