HP 15z (V1V04AV_1 / 2016) Budget 15.6″ Laptop (AMD CPUs, Up to 12GB RAM, Up to 2TB HDD)


The HP 15z (V1V04AV_1 / version 2016) is a cheap 15.6-inch notebook model starting at around $250. It’s a plastic-cladded 4.7-pound laptop with a 1″ thin profile, optional touchscreen, a chiclet style keyboard with numeric pad, and a trackpad with mechanical click buttons. The machine is available in five different colors: silver, white, red, teal, and blue.

HP Laptop 15z touch optional (V1V04AV_1) 2The 15z V1V04AV_1 is powered by AMD’s processors. The most basic configuration comes with the E2-7110 quad-core processor with the Radeon R2 integrated graphics. The AMD A6-7310 quad-core with Radeon R4 is a step up, whereas the A8-7410 quad-core with Radeon R5 offers the best performance among them. All the offered chips are satisfactory for the daily web, Office document, and multimedia playback chores of the average user. The A6 and A8 deliver a smoother experience when dealing with Windows 10 OS and apps, but in rankings they are still below Intel’s mid-range Core i3 and i5 CPUs. RAM size of 4GB or more means enough capacity for multitasking in common computing scenarios, so users won’t encounter problems while running multiple programs at the same time. Still, you can optionally choose 6, 8, or 12GB RAM. For storage, HP has provided 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB hard drive choices. Faster solid state drive storage is available too, but only in 128GB capacity. The notebook does have a built-in DVD writer drive.
HP 15z (V1V04AV_1)The 1366×768-pixel display resolution is an unwritten standard on budget notebooks. The overviewed model is no exception. On the other hand, optional touch input support is a nice perk in this category. The HP 15z also features ubiquitous stereo speakers, webcam, wireless and wired network interfaces for Internet connectivity, HDMI for hooking up HDTVs and other external displays, a media card reader, and a combined mic-in / headphone-out jack. The 15z has three USB ports and optionally provides Bluetooth connectivity.

 (V1V04AV_1) 4There are two battery choices – a 31 WHr and a 41 WHr unit. The manufacturer claims the battery life can last “up to 4 hours and 45 minutes” with the larger battery and its a decent battery life in the budget 15.6″ notebook category.

Overall, this notebook provides a good value for the price, considering its well-rounded feature set with all important perks included. Also, it can be appealing to those who like clean no-frills laptop designs. But if you seek better performance for some advanced activities and premium features like high-resolution IPS displays, keyboard backlight, and metal casing, you should take a look at pricer notebooks like the HP Pavilion or Envy series.

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Brand

HP

Screen Size

15.6-Inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768

Touchscreen

Optional

Other Display Specs

TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Processor

AMD A6-7310 “Carrizo-L” Quad-Core 2-2.4GHz 2MB Cache (~2,600 PassMark benchmark points), AMD A8-7410 Carrizo-L Quad-Core 2-2.5GHz 2MB Cache (~2,850 PassMark benchmark points), AMD E2-7110 “Carrizo-L” Quad-Core 1.8GHz 2MB Cache (~2,150 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics

AMD Radeon R2 Integrated Graphics, AMD Radeon R4 Integrated Graphics, AMD Radeon R5 Integrated Graphics

RAM

4GB, 6GB, 8GB, 12GB

Storage

128GB SSD, 500GB HDD, 1000GB (1TB) HDD, 2000GB (2TB) HDD

Optical Drive

DVD Writer

Input

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

Speakers and Audio

Stereo Speakers

Cameras

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11AC, 802.11N

Ethernet LAN

Yes

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

Yes (Optional)

USB

2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes

Battery

“Up to 4 hours and 45 minutes” of battery life, 3-cell 31 Whr, 4-cell 41 WHr

Weight

4.7 pounds

Height

1″

Width

15.1″

Depth

10″

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

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