HP 15-bs095ms 15.6″ Touch Laptop (Intel i5-7200U CPU, 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD)

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The HP 15-bs095ms laptop with its discounted price of $359 will be one of the best Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2017 deals. As the best selling points, this affordable 15.6-inch notebook has a touch-screen, excellent 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, and a huge 2-Terabyte hard drive storage space, up from usual 1TB.

With the included i5-7200U (review) dual-core processor and 8GB of system memory, the HP 15-bs095ms laptop can effortlessly handle all the regular computing tasks of the average home and office users. Investing in a pricier laptop with even faster CPUs, like the quad-core i5 and i7 chips, makes sense only if you do some hardware-demanding work like video and music production.

The rest of the specs sheet doesn’t bring any positive surprises nor disappointments. The Microsoft Store’s exclusive HP 15-bs095ms model features the Intel HD 620 (review) integrated graphics which manages casual gaming and the 15.6″ touch-screen with budget-class 1366-by-768 resolution. The display is based on TN panel technology instead of IPS with much wider viewing angles. The plastic chassis with silver colored lid and bottom and a non-backlit isle-style keyboard in the center also houses a DVD writer drive and a 3-cell battery with a relatively low capacity of 31 WHr. The official product page claims the battery life is up to 8 hours. In the real life with normal screen brightness and laptop use, the battery life will be more likely around 4 hours. As for the DVD drive, it can’t be seen on the official product images, but the specs sheet says it’s included.

Furthermore, the notebook provides stereo speakers, a low-resolution VGA web camera, and 802.11AC Wi-Fi and Ethernet LAN networking connectivity. It has two USB 3.1 ports, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI video out connector, multi-format media card reader, combo headphones / mic jack, and Bluetooth.

MS Store also offers a cheaper version of the laptop ($299 on Black Friday), but with somewhat slower Core i3-7100U CPU and smaller 1TB hard drive.

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Specifications of the HP 15-bs095ms

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Brand

HP

Laptop Type

Traditional laptop

Screen Size

15.6-inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768 pixels (HD)

Touchscreen

Yes

Other Display Specs

TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Processor (CPU)

Intel Core i5-7200U 7th Gen "Kaby Lake" Dual-Core 2.5-3.1GHz 3MB Cache (~4,700 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics (GPU)

Intel HD 620 Integrated Graphics

System Memory (RAM)

8GB

Storage

2000GB (2TB) HDD

DVD Optical Drive

DVD writer

Input

Non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad
Multi-touch trackpad with physical buttons
Touchscreen

Speakers and Audio

Stereo speakers

Camera

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11AC

Ethernet LAN

Yes

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

1 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.1

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes (SD card reader)

Battery

"up to 8 hours" of battery life
3-Cell 31 WHr

Weight

4.5 pounds

Height

0.9"

Width

15.2"

Depth

10.2"

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

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Written by on November 15, 2017

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the HP 15-bs095ms

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  1. Tony

    Okay I am buyi this already being sent to me , I wanted a backlit keyboard is there anyway to install that through like a tech store?

    • Danijel Z

      Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s possible on this model. HP doesn’t have a backlight keyboard option for this HP 15 series, so there is no backlight keyboard for it as a replacement part. Maybe a backlight keyboard for some other HP model can fit in the HP 15 chassis, but even then backlight keyboard needs a connector on the motherboard for powering the LEDs and adjusting intensity.

  2. Nathaly

    Is this laptop compatible with HP pen or any kind of pen?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      It’s compatible with simple capacitive pens. Active digitizer pen technology (with pressure sensitivity and other advanced features) isn’t supported on this laptop model.

  3. Judy

    What hard case would fit this laptop ?

  4. Millie

    Would this laptop be good for editing photos with Adobe Lr and Ps?

    • Danijel Z

      Lightroom and Photoshop will work decently on this laptop in terms of performance. But, getting a laptop with a quad-core i5 or i7 CPU instead of dual-core i5-7200U can bring noticeable difference. Especially in more demanding Lr & Ps tasks. In addition, a dedicated video card can bring extra performance boost in some LR and PS operations. The HP 15-bs095ms features only basic Intel HD 620 integrated graphics, which can’t utilize GPU acceleration feature of Lr & Ps so well.

      You should also take into consideration the basic TN 1366×768 screen of the laptop. Its narrow viewing angles and low resolution definitely aren’t a good solution for photography editing.

      In the sub $500 price range it’s hard to find IPS Full HD laptop, but Newegg currently has on offer this $449 machine (with a dedicated video card):

      Acer Aspire A515-51G-5536 mid-range laptop with Nvidia video card; 15.6″ Full HD IPS display; Intel Core i5-7200U CPU / ~4,700 points; Nvidia GeForce 940MX 2GB video card; 8GB RAM; 1TB HDD; no DVD; Windows 10 Home

      Link to Newegg: http://laptoping.com/specs/buy/3366/

      It’s better for your tasks than the HP.

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