The HP 15-BS115DX is a 500-dollar mainstream laptop with touch-screen display and excellent computing performance. The 15.6-inch screen of the HP 15-BS115DX features HD 1366-by-768 resolution. The panel is based on TN technology, so it doesn’t have as wide viewing angles as IPS displays. This and lack of Full HD picture sharpness mean the screen is just another budget panel, but with added touch functionality. Inside, the HP 15-BS115DX boasts the Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1-Terabyte hard drive. The i5-8250U is definitely the best selling point of the laptop. With its four cores, it is currently among the most powerful mainstream laptop CPUs. It is perfectly suitable for the daily computing chores and even some advanced tasks like video editing. You can read our review of it here. The CPU features Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics we reviewed recently. In short, the UHD 620 can play many of the popular game titles. For integrated graphics performance its beneficial to have dual-channel system memory (RAM). Unfortunately, the HP 15-BS115DX comes with one single-channel RAM module (with a decent capacity of 8GB). To enable dual-channel memory, you’ll need to add another RAM stick. The 15-BS115DX has two RAM slots, but this part of the laptop is marked in the official manual as “non-customer-accessible / upgradable”. Hard drive storage size of 1-Terabyte is typical for a 500-dollar laptop and provides ample of space for users’ files. On the other hand, it runs noticeably slower than any solid state drive.
The “jet black” plastic-clad machine includes a 3-cell battery with a quite low capacity of 31 WHr. This means you can’t expect a mind-blowing battery life. It will most likely be up to around 4 hours with moderate computing load. In some specs sheets, the battery life of the 15-BS115DX is rated at 8.25 hours, but that’s most likely achieved in some kind of idle computing mode.
The HP 15-BS115DX sports all most necessary networking and connectivity features. They’re listed under the Specifications tab on this page.