HP 15-ba018wm 15.6″ Laptop (AMD E2-7110 Quad-Core APU, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, Windows 10)


HP 15-ba018wm 15.6 Laptop E2-7110 APU Quad-Core Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, Windows 10 - 199 Walmart

For around $250, the 15.6-inch HP 15-ba018wm laptop offers basic performance, but it will get your daily computing job done. The laptop features the AMD E2-7110 quad-core APU processor, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive with Windows 10 Home operating system installed on it. As for the screen, it sports a usual 1366×768-pixel panel without touchscreen support.

Although quad-core APU (accelerated processing unit) sounds powerful, in reality the AMD E2-7110 is just a budget-class laptop processor. It has a PassMark benchmark score of around 2,150 points. For comparison, today’s very popular Intel Core i5 mid-range chips score above 4,000 points in the same test. But the i5 models are much pricier. Also, the 200-dollar laptops usually ship with very basic Intel Celeron CPUs with a score of around just 1,000. In the real world use, the AMD E2-7110 APU CPU can satisfy needs of the average home PC users. The E2 can handle the daily computing chores like web browsing, work on text documents, movie playback, indie gaming, and similar quite decently. On the other hand, it’s not intended for hardware demanding applications like movie editors or the latest AAA game blockbusters. As for 4GB RAM (system memory) size, it’s again enough for most Windows users who usually don’t run too many applications and web browser tabs simultaneously. The included 500GB hard drive is a budget data storage solution without speed of newer solid state drives and capacity of common 1-Terabyte (1,000GB) HDDs. If you however don’t have too large file libraries with hundreds of movies to store on it, 500GB is enough for all common program installations and users’ files. A DVD burner optical drive is oftentimes missing on cheap laptops, but the HP 15-ba018wm has it.

The rest of the specs sheet doesn’t bring any positive surprises nor disappointments. Besides a standard keyboard with dedicated numeric pad and no backlit, the 4.8-pound HP 15-ba018wm has a multi-touch trackpad, stereo speakers, a web camera, Wi-Fi wireless and Ethernet LAN interfaces for getting you online, three USB ports, HDMI video output, a combo headphones / mirophone jack, and a multi-format media card reader.

Design-wise, this HP model is again a budget-class machine with matte-black plastic chassis. It’s ornamented with glossy stripes on the palmrest.

The manufacturer estimates the battery life on the 15-ba018wm can last “up to 5 hours and 30 minutes”. That’s a realistic estimation, considering the specs of the laptop. But keep in mind that battery life this long is very likely with all power-saving features turned on and without too heavy processor load.

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Brand

HP

Screen Size

15.6-Inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Processor

AMD E2-7110 “Carrizo-L” Quad-Core 1.8GHz 2MB Cache (~2,150 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics

AMD Radeon R2 Integrated Graphics

RAM

4GB

Storage

500GB HDD

Optical Drive

DVD Writer

Input

Multi-Touch Trackpad with Integrated Buttons, Non-Backlit Keyboard with Numeric Pad

Speakers and Audio

Combo Mic and Headphones Audio Jack, Stereo Speakers

Cameras

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11N

Ethernet LAN

Yes

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

No

USB

2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes

Battery

“Up to 5.5 hours” of battery life, 3-Cell

Weight

4.8 pounds

Height

0.9″

Width

15.2″

Depth

10.2″

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

5 reviews for HP 15-ba018wm 15.6″ Laptop (AMD E2-7110 Quad-Core APU, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, Windows 10)

  1. 5 out of 5

    William – August 12, 2017:

    I think this is simply exceptional value.

    Around this price point your options are severely limited, with most systems compromising important areas in order to keep costs down, such as offering a lousy CPU/SoC, small screen size, poor screen quality, and no upgradeability.

    This is what makes this particular HP 15-BA018WM because very few corners have been cut, despite the low price.

    . The screen has great colour reproduction, timing, and full HD support.

    . You can add more RAM

    . You can replace the HDD with another HDD/SSD.

    . A 500 GB drive compared to the usual 32 or 64 GB eMMC.

    Just try finding that in other systems, at this price point; you will most likely be stuck with limited eMMC storage and no option to add a HDD/SSD and in some cases not even an option to add RAM. No such issue with this machine, however. Please note, that some retailers are also selling this machine with eMMC storage. If you see one with just 32 GB then tread with caution because it’s not really enough after Windows has been installed, you’ll just end up installing a HDD etc.

    CPU performance: It isn’t the best but it isn’t designed to be, and crucially, it trounces almost all the competition at its intended price point especially if you run highly threaded apps and/or do moderate multi-tasking.

    GPU performance: Fine for browsing, limited for gaming. It’s on par with the Intel HD 3000 hence older games are OK but anything modern will be forced to low quality 720p or it will simply be too slow to run. Games like Sims4 and World of Warcraft will still run OK on low detail.

    So overall this is a system that, despite it’s low prices makes, hardly any concessions for the user experience within this market segment. It’s an above basic machine that gets the job done without ruining your eyesight. You won’t find this with most of the competition: where they give you something better in one area, they will undoubtedly snatch it from another. For the price, I therefore think this machine is pretty much unbeatable.

    Hope this helps.


  2. Dave – June 3, 2017:

    This laptop has two memory slots 16gb max. I recommend going to at least 8gb. Its dirt cheap to add a second 4gb and the performance increase is great. I also had a 1 tb 7200 hd laying around so that also helped since the included HD is only 5200 rpm. I paid less than $200 and with a small upgrade this laptop is an unbeatable value.


  3. 5 out of 5

    Noah – January 13, 2017:

    How would you go about opening up the system for upgrading the ram or processor?


    • Danijel Z – January 14, 2017:

      Processor upgrade on this laptop isn’t possible, since it is soldered onto the motherboard. As for RAM replacement, I’ve checked some manuals for the HP 15 series. The 15-ba018wm belongs to the 15-ba000 series in which some models have only one RAM slot while the rest of them have two. It’s not specified whether the ba018wm has one or two. Anyway, you can access the RAM slot(s) by removing the bottom panel of the chassis. It’s not as easy task as on some laptops with dedicated RAM / HDD doors. On this model, you’ll have to remove more than 10 screws which are located on the bottom panel. Two of them are hidden under rubber legs on the bottom.


      • John Scott – January 22, 2017:

        thanks for info.Did you find out what the max ram this laptop holds with only one bank?


    • 5 out of 5

      William – August 12, 2017:

      There’s some vids on You Tube showing you how to disassemble the machine.


  4. Byron Collins – December 1, 2016:

    Can this computer run league of legends at 60 fps? I bought it for this reason alone and it is on lay-away. I’d hate to pick it up and it not be able.


    • 5 out of 5

      William – August 12, 2017:

      Hi Byron. The game will run OK but only under very low quality settings. You’ll get >60+ FPS when wondering around on your own and <= 45 FPS or less when battles ensue. Despite this variance the game will still spend the majority of its time above 30 FPS, so it is playable at least.


  5. 1 out of 5

    Gina – November 25, 2016:

    I just purchase this notebook and notice is very slow. Can I increase the speed?


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