Walmart has in its 2016 Black Friday catalog an HP “Special Value” touch notebook model for $249. It is actually the HP 15-f222wm 15.6″ laptop with touchscreen, Intel Pentium N3540 quad-Core processor, 4GB memory, a 500GB hard drive, and Windows 10 Home operating system.
The N3540 processor from the entry-level Pentium “Bay Trail” series provides basic performance, but satisfactory for the daily computing chores. You can read more about it in this review. Generally, it can handle well the web surfing, productivity apps like Word and Excel, video playbacks, and similar tasks, as well as some casual gaming. 4GB of RAM is enough for moderate multitasking. The 500GB HDD at 5,400rpm is quite capacious for most users, but also a slow storage device. The HP 15-f222wm has a built-in DVD burner drive.
For the keyboard, the $249 15″ 15-f222wm has a full-size one with chiclet keys and separate numeric pad. The pointing device is a multi-touch trackpad with traditional physical “mouse” buttons. However, input-wise the star of the show is the touchscreen, which is a rare feature on the cheap full-size notebook PCs. Other than that, the display isn’t anything special. As expected, the screen resolution is a mediocre but common one at 1366-by-768 pixels.
Battery life provided by the built-in 3-cell unit can last up to 5 hours, according to the official specs sheet.
The Laptop has dual speakers, a basic 0.3-megapixel camera for video chats, two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 connector, HDMI video jack for external displays, a multiformat media card reader, and a combo audio port.