HP 15t 3LM40AV_1, 4HL43AV_1 (2018) Inexpensive 15.6″ Laptop with Intel Core CPUs, Optional Touch

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The HP 15t 3LM40AV_1 and 4HL43AV_1 are 2018 models from the entry-level HP 15t 15.6-inch notebook series. They start at around $450. The 3LM40AV_1 and 4HL43AV_1 are configurable models available on the official HP Store. You can also find the same laptop in form of pre-configured models via various sellers.

All of the 2018 HP 15t series notebooks feature a plastic chassis, with seven color options available. On the base, they have a full-size keyboard with numeric pad and optional backlight.

The main differences between the HP 15t 3LM40AV_1 and 4HL43AV_1 are processor and screen choices. The 3LM40AV_1 comes with the Intel Core i3 and i5 processors, namely the 7th Gen i3-7100U, 8th Gen i3-8130U, and 8th Gen i5-8250U. On the other side, the 4HL43AV_1 comes with either the 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7500U or 8th Gen i7-8550U. As for the screen, the 3LM40AV_1 provides three display choices – a basic HD glossy panel, the same HD screen with touch support, and a sharper Full HD display with matte anti-glare coating. The 4HL43AV_1 variant provides only one screen choice – the HD touch-screen. All of the displays are apparently TN panels with narrower viewing angles than IPS panels, since they are marked as “SVA”. HP’s notebooks with IPS wide viewing angles are usually marked with “UWVA”.

The HP 15t 3LM40AV_1 / 4HL43AV_1 is available with up to 16GB of RAM via two RAM slots. As the basic data storage option, the laptop provides a 1-Terabyte mechanical hard drive with Intel Optane 16GB add-on for faster performance. The second option is a 1TB HDD plus 256GB of fast solid state drive storage. Or, you can select 512GB of SSD-only storage for the best data storage performance.

The notebook has a medium-sized 41 WHr battery. According to HP, the maximal battery life is “up to 10 hours and 15 minutes” on models with HD displays (on Full HD it is shorter). But, that’s probably measured with very low workload and screen brightness.

Specifications of the HP 15t 3LM40AV_1, 4HL43AV_1 (2018)

Here's the specs sheet of the HP 15t 3LM40AV_1, 4HL43AV_1 (2018). For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand HP
Laptop type Standard non-convertible laptop
Screen size 15.6-inch (most popular laptop screen size)
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)

1920x1080 pixels Full HD (very good sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes (optional)
Other display specs TN type (narrower viewing angles than IPS type)

Glossy reflective coating

Anti-glare coating
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-7100U 7th Gen (low-mid-range processor for home and office use, older model)

Intel Core i3-8130U 8th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)

Intel Core i5-8250U 8th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)

Intel Core i7-7500U 7th Gen (older mid-range processor for home and office use)

Intel Core i7-8550U 8th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling effortless daily computing)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD 620 integrated graphics of 7th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)

Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics of 8th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (for light multi-tasking)

8GB (for comfortable multi-tasking)

12GB (for very comfortable multi-tasking)

16GB (for heavy multi-tasking)
Data storage 512GB SSD (very good capacity)

1000GB (1TB) HDD + 16GB Optane (excellent capacity, but slow)

1000GB (1TB) HDD + 256GB SSD (excellent capacity; slow but with decently large fast SSD portion)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad

Non-backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad

Touchpad with separate physical click buttons

Touchscreen (optional)
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front-facing web camera

HD 720p (standard laptop webcam resolution)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC (previous-generation Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the latest 802.11AX)

802.11N (old Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the 802.11AC and the latest 802.11AX)
Ethernet network port Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
USB ports 2 x USB 3.1 + 1 x USB 2.0 (standard full-size USB ports)
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader SD card reader
Battery 3-cell 41 WHr
Weight 3.9 pounds
Height 0.8"
Width 14.8"
Depth 9.7"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)

Windows 10 Pro (Windows with added business-oriented features)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on August 13, 2018

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