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.