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.