HP 15-bs212wm Cheap 15.6″ Laptop (Intel Celeron N4000, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Jet Black)

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The HP 15-bs212wm is an affordable 15.6-inch Windows 10 laptop model sold by Walmart. It’s usually priced at below $300.

The HP 15-bs212wm features the basic HD 1366-by-768 display resolution, so the screen lacks sharpness of the Full HD or better panels. Also, it is a TN type display, meaning narrower viewing angles than with the IPS screens.

Inside its “jet black” plastic chassis with a full-size non-backlit keyboard, the 15-bs212wm packs entry-level internal components. The included Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core processor is good only for the non-demanding everyday computing tasks like web browsing, work in Microsoft Office applications, media playback, and some light Angry Birds-type games. HP has provided 4GB of RAM, which is on the smaller side. However, if you don’t run many programs simultaneously 4GB can be sufficient. As for storing your data, the included 500GB hard drive is a very basic storage device, without huge storage space and with slow data reading and writing speeds. A standard hard drive size on today’s laptop market is 1-Terabyte, double the size of 500GB. Also SSD as a newer form of storage devices found in pricier laptops provides much faster speeds than HDD’s and therefore smoother computing experience. This notebook model has a built-in DVD writer.

The battery of the HP 15-bs212wm has a mediocre capacity of 31 WHr. But, the HP support team on the laptop’s product page on Walmart.com claims the battery life is “up to 7 hours”.

Specifications of the HP 15-bs212wm

Here are the specs of the HP 15-bs212wm with descriptions of its features. For comparison against other laptops, you can use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand HP
Laptop Type Standard non-convertible laptop

This laptop features a clamshell-only design, without ability to convert itself into a tablet.
Screen Size 15.6-inch

This is by far the most popular laptop screen size. It provides a lot of screen real estate, while avoiding bulkiness of the 17.3" laptops.
Screen Resolution 1366x768 pixels HD

This is an entry-level screen resolution, oftentimes found on budget laptops. It doesn't deliver picture sharpness and space on the screen like the Full HD or higher resolution laptop displays do.
Touchscreen No

This laptop doesn't support touchscreen input.
Other Display Specs TN type

Displays based on the old TN technology lack wide viewing angles you can find on IPS screens. The colors may look washed out or inverted at certain viewing angles.
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron N4000 (decent for daily computing, but not fully smooth)
Graphics (GPU) Intel UHD 600 integrated graphics

This is an entry-level graphics processor. It’s capable of running only the lightest PC.
System Memory (RAM) Size 4GB RAM

4GB is a small RAM size for computing in 2022. For smooth operation of a laptop during everyday tasks, at least 8GB is recommended.
Data Storage 500GB HDD

This is a very good capacity, but HDD is a slow type of storage.
DVD Optical Drive DVD writer
Keyboard & Input Non-backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad

The keyboard has a separate numeric pad on the right side of the keyboard, but it has no keyboard backlight.

Touchpad with separate physical click buttons

The touchpad features physical left and right click buttons, as opposed to click buttons integrated into the touchpad surface.
Speakers & Audio Stereo speakers

As usual, the device features a pair of built-in stereo speakers.

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

This laptop has the ordinary 3.5mm combo audio jack that supports both headphone output and microphone input simultaneously.
Camera Front-facing web camera

Laptops usually feature a frontal webcam located on the display bezel. This laptop is no exception.
Wi-Fi Wireless 802.11AC

The 802.11AC is the previous-generation wireless networking standard. It's also known as Wi-Fi 5. 802.11AC is succeeded by 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 with data transfer speed and multi-device connectivity improvements.
Ethernet Network Port Yes

This laptop has an Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
Bluetooth Yes

This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
USB Ports 1 x USB 2.0

A standard full-size USB port.

2 x USB 3.1

A pair of full-size USB ports.
Video Output Ports 1 x HDMI

HDMI is a widely used digital video output port. You can find HDMI-in ports on most computer monitors and TVs.
Media Card Reader SD card reader

The laptop has a slot for full-size SD memory cards, used in many digital cameras. You can also use microSD cards with a card adapter.
Battery 31 WHr capacity
Weight 4.5 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 15.2"
Depth 10.2"
Windows Version Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition. Windows 10 Home users are eligible for a free upgrade to the latest Windows 11 Home.
Warranty 1-year

A typical laptop warranty length.
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User Reviews and Q&A on the HP 15-bs212wm

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Current rating: 3.67 out of 5 stars
  1. Question

    art conley

    where can i get a battery for this computer? i see this was asked before but no reply

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  2. Question

    jude hawens

    j’ai acheté un ordi , mais li vient sans système d’exploitation , à chaque fois j’essaie d’installer un système, il me dit que mon ordi manque un pilote Intel .Qui peut m’aider ?

    le pilote manquant est la technologie Intel rapide

    Je ne trouve pas mon pilote répertorié sur le site hp support , le modèle de mon pc est hp notebook 15-bs212wm, j’ai beau cherché, j’ai rien trouvé.

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  3. 1 out of 5 Slow as I have ever seen

    Keith P

    I have used this model for over a year now and it has been the slowest system I have ever used. From day one it would take 4-5 min to completely boot. Only use it to access my banking portal. No picture editing, no movies, no You Tube, nothing but doing my banking.
    I have consistent 400+ MPS internet connection that I verify with other systems I have in my home (as tested using speedtest.xfinity.com). The best speed this laptop has been able to give is just over 50 MPS.

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    • Zachary Binx

      You seem to have gotten a defective system. They are not the fastest systems in the world, its using a Celeron N4000, but it is definitely not supposed to be that slow. Also what web browser are you using? That has a lot to do with how this laptop performs too. Edge is terrible on any system it’s on, its absolutely horrendous on this particular systems. I have a few suggestions for you that may help.
      1. Clear the cache on W10 (easy to look up instructions for that)
      2. Try switching to Chrome or Firefox for your browser and see if that helps
      3. If neither of those two help, try reinstalling Windows. You can do that in many ways, easiest is through your settings. You can also look up easy to follow instructions for this as well.

      I really hope this helps. If it does, come check me out on facebook. If it doesn’t maybe still come check me out on facebook and we can see what we can do from there. Thanks for your time.

      -Zachary Binx
      Owner, Binx’s Cyber Solution’s

      https://www.facebook.com/BinxCeo

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    • Zach

      I agree w/ the OP, the real shortcoming of this laptop is the fact it only comes w/ 4GB of RAM requiring a ton of memory swap usage on the HDD esp. running on Windows 10.. I added an extra 4 GB of RAM to it and installed Linux Mint and it became significantly quicker.

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  4. Question

    Karina Modeste

    Where can u get a replacement battery of it?

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    • jude hawens

      j’ai acheté un ordi , mais li vient sans système d’exploitation , à chaque fois j’essaie d’installer un système, il me dit que mon ordi manque un pilote Intel .Qui peut m’aider ?

      le pilote manquant est la technologie Intel rapide

      Je ne trouve pas mon pilote répertorié sur le site hp support , le modèle de mon pc est hp notebook 15-bs212wm, j’ai beau cherché, j’ai rien trouvé.

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  5. 5 out of 5 Way Better Than It Should Be

    David

    I bought this at Walmart expecting it to be junk. Two years later, after editing thousands of photos in Photoshop, and thousands of documents and PDF documents, and countless hours watching HD videos without glitches, I am dumbfounded at how fast,and reliable this laptop is.

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    • David C. Egeland

      I have had exactly the same experience with the one I bought used (about a year old at that time). CPU-ID shows my Celeron N4000 running both cores at 2,616MHz at times, 2,486MHz almost continuously, while the retail stock frequency is 1.1GHz! No hangs at all, unless you get ridiculous games or try to do more than most people are mentally capable of doing to begin with (lol!). All-in-all, I recommend this very affordable model–really a high-end netbook instead of a low-end notebook–for high school and college students, as well as those planning on internet-surfing mostly and other general personal computing besides. So, as long as you don’t want to play those crazy, high-end games out there today, this unit should serve most “normal” folks just fine. . .as a starter unit, at the very least.

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    • Shah Faisal

      Can we use Ssd drive in this laptop

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  6. Steve Green

    This for my wife. Neither of us ever used a laptop. How well does this play DVD’s? What’s it’s operating system? Will it accept thumb-drives with 8 or 16 memory for music playback? Tia, folks!

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    • David C. Egeland

      Good and yes, yes, yes.

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  7. JG

    Can it upgrade from 4gb to 8gb?

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    • joshshp

      Did u ever find this out

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    • David C. Egeland

      Yes, you need an 8GB RAM stick, as there are 2 memory slots, supposedly, but only one has the connection where it should be.

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  8. diane brown

    I bought a intel-celeron N4000 last week to use as a writing tool for some short stories. After a little while it starts going to other user sites. Is there a manual I can get?

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    • 5 out of 5

      Lee DiBiase

      Celeron n4000 manual

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    • Vince Alexis

      Hi May I Ask If This Laptop Works With Pen-Touch?

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    • Danijel Z

      You can use only the simple capacitive pens, without features like pressure sensitivity. The laptop doesn’t support active digitizer pens like those on the Microsoft Surface and other devices with pressure sensitivity and other advanced stuff.

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    • David C. Egeland

      The fingerpad is exceptionally responsive, with no stick or lag at all.

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    • Steve

      Mine is slower than s _ _ _ . I wonder if it is because I’m running the pay version of McAfee? Has anyone had this problem?

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    • Ken

      A family member of mine has this model and its slow as molasses. The CPU and Disk usage is always throttling at 100%. Many people have suggested uninstalling McAfee as its considered bloatware and it does bog down your system, but with this specific model it doesn’t help at all. The hardware as mentioned in the article is just enough for webpage viewing…even opening the browser takes upwards 3-5 to open and another 1-2 minutes for the homepage to load.

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    • Steve

      I own this Laptop and you are right it is slow…….or at least it was. I maxed out the RAM memory to 8 Gb. I also added a 500 Gb SSD in place of the standard 500 Gb hard drive. Now it motors along quite nicely! I bought the memory from memorystock.com and the hard drive from Crucial. You will need to buy an interface from Crucial so yo can clone the hard drive. I’m very pleased with the laptops performance…..Now!

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    • Steve

      I own this Laptop and you are right it is slow…….or at least it was. I maxed out the RAM memory to 8 Gb. I also added a 500 Gb SSD in place of the standard 500 Gb hard drive. Now it motors along quite nicely! I bought the memory from memorystock.com and the SSD from Crucial. You will need to buy an interface from Crucial so you can clone the hard drive to the SSD. I’m very pleased with the laptops performance…..Now!

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