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

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Brand HP
Laptop type Standard laptop (non-convertible)
Screen size 15.6-inch (most popular laptop screen size)
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron N4000 (decent for daily computing, but not fully smooth)
Graphics (GPU) Intel UHD 600 integrated graphics (for the lightest games only)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (for light multi-tasking)
Data storage 500GB HDD (very good capacity, but slow type of storage)
DVD optical drive DVD writer
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with physical buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC
Ethernet network port Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB 2.0

2 x USB 3.1
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader Yes (SD card reader)
Battery 31 WHr capacity
Weight 4.5 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 15.2"
Depth 10.2"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on October 10, 2018

User Reviews and Q&A on the HP 15-bs212wm

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Current rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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