Overview, Ratings & Reviews: 2017 HP 15.6 HD WLED Display Premium Laptop, AMD A6-7310 Quad-Core APU 2GHz, 4GB DDR3L, 500GB HDD,AMD Radeon R4, 802.11 b/g/n, Win 10-

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Enter your model number to make sure this fits.; 15.6 in HD WLED-backlit touchscreen display (1366 x 768); 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U 2.40 GHz dual core Processor (3M Cache), Intel HD Graphics 620; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133 MHz Memory, 1TB 5400 RPM Hard Drive, SuperMulti DVD burner; 802.11b/g/n (Miracast enabled), Bluetooth 4.0, Multiformat SD, DTS Studio Sound with dual speakers, 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo, LAN (10/100), HP TrueVision HD webcam; Windows 10 home 64 bit, 3-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (31 Wh), 15.12 x 10.0 x 0.95, 4.60 lbs, Black. Enter your model number to make sure this fits.; Powerful 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100u processor Faster than ever, it delivers striking visuals, extended battery life, and higher data transfer rates.; 15.6" HD+ BrightView glossy screen maintains the vivid colors in your photos and videos. Typical 1366 x 768 HD resolution. . WLED backlight.; 6GB DDR4 system memory for dependable multitasking Sufficient high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once.; 1TB hard drive for ample file storage space Holds a sizeable collection of digital photos, music, HD videos and DVD-quality movies. 5400 rpm spindle speed for standard read/write times.; SuperMulti DVD/CD burner. 1 USB 3.0 port maximizes the latest high-speed devices Enter your model number to make sure this fits.; 15.6" diagonal HD SVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1366 x 768); Integrated AMD Radeon R7 graphics; AMD Quad-Core A12-9720P APU (2.7 GHz base frequency, up to 3.6 GHz burst frequency, 2 MB cache); 8 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM; 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA; DVD-Writer; Full-size island-style with numeric keypad; Touchpad with multi-touch gesture support; 802.11b/g/n (1x1); Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN; 1 multi-format SD media card reader; 1 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 RJ-45; 1 headphone/microphone combo; Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.
Product ReviewI’d like to give you my honest opinion on the product in hopes to help you along with your purchase. I’m an average joe and don’t have anything to gain from this review other than a place to put my thoughts.My previous laptop specs were a Toshiba 2.1 ghz, 4 GB ram, 500gb hard drive. I purchased it back in 2013. I spent maybe 350$ on it back in the day. It had slow-down due to years of use, and the fan had become loud. It’s still functional, and served it’s purpose, but it was time to upgrade and move on.Spending a little more to double my ram, I decided on this HP product. Now I’ve had problems with HP back in 2009 with a motherboard crash 1 month after the warranty expired. I learned my lesson to never buy a laptop over $500+ again. Given that experience I was hesitant to buy this product. Enjoying the sleek design, multitude of gizmo’s, and comparatively not finding a better buy for the price - I took the plunge.Before I go further, you should know I will be using my product for business via the internet and casual gaming. Couldn’t tell you much about having multiple apps open at the same time given that might demand a heavy load (I.e. quick-books, excel, adobe editor, pro-tools, streaming services and a game etc etc). If you’re pushing that many things at once, maybe it’s time to have a couple CPU’s.Right off the bat, I noticed that the product was made in China, and it was sent in to be refurbished by a gentleman in Kentucky. The refurbished risk was a chance, but really, in this day you’re getting a pretty advanced package for the price.About the exterior;It’s nice. Has a well thought out and put together frame. The F1-F12 keys are easy to use for adjusting brightness or quickly modifying the volume. The only problem I’m having is that the up,down arrow keys are small. In efforts to have a sleek design, they minimized the up,down key area. I have average man hands, so it takes some time to get used to.The outside of the laptop smudges easily with your naturally oily fingers. Will have to pick up a 20$ peripheral case to compensate and not look like the rag-o-muffin at the coffee shop.Everything else is as you would expect from a laptop. Touch-screen is great for apps/games like Hearth-Stone, exhaust fan and power cord input are reasonable. The charge cord has a 3 prong wall input. As a minor annoyance, I’d prefer the two prong without the 3rd input due to extension cords strategically placed near my couch, but hey, I’ll upgrade and deal with it.It’s nice having two usb’s on opposite sides of the laptop - one right side, and two on the left.Even though your computer has Bluetooth functionality, it also helps having a headphone input. Luckily good-guy HP included one. (*cough* Apple Iphone 7 fail)Because the laptop has a sturdy but light compact gathering, you can slightly hear a bit of the inner workings. The processor has a slight “thinking” sound. The fan is quiet and subtle. As I record voice-overs, I don’t think the sound is loud enough to interfere. The fan being located on the side of the product also helps keep things cool when it’s on your lap.The display is nice and feels high quality. Colors are crisp, and the framing of the screen is appropriate. When going from a dark to light screen, there's a slight adjustment time to allocate brightness. Not really anything to complain about, but more just something slightly different. (It’s probably adjusting for dark to light pixels as not to shock or hurt your eyes. No idea if you can turn this on or off, but really, it’s nothing to complain about).Power on - What’s goin on?Initial set-up takes about 30 minutes with an internet connection. It will download a 4-6 gb WIndows 10 update in the background once it’s up.I’d say it takes 15 seconds to get to the Window’s 10 log in screen, 15 more seconds to get fully up, and functional with everything running coming in at a combined 45 seconds.Toshiba is notorious for throwing too much crap onto your computer you’ll never need. Luckily HP gives you the pork and beans with this product. Also, during Windows 10 setup, I found myself custom setting things up as to turn off minor annoyances like Cortana or notifications.The only thing I wish would have been included were a better notepad application. I ended up downloading google docs straight to my computer, so now I have a word-pad app.I downloaded audacity to get an idea on the integrated microphone quality. I noticed the app ran very smooth. You can easily hop in an out of it, and I had Hearth-Stone running at the same time. The muli-tasking on this computer is nice.The onboard mic is average. It can do the job, and tracks appropriately, but if you’re looking to use it for anything other than Skype, I’d say pick up a 50$ usb mic.The onboard camera is nice. It’s tracking rate was actually better than I thought it’d be. It can definitely get the job done for a skype situation. If you’re looking to use it as a main source for tracking YouTube videos, I’d say invest in a decent camera/audio arrangement.Video Games/Media -I played Hearthstone earlier today, and I must say I was very impressed. I didn’t experience any slow-down even with multiple apps open. Ok, I know it’s not the most hard-core game out there, but the touch-pad function was nice.The speakers are great. I was really impressed with the level of not-suckage it contained. I usually run the speakers at 80% so they’ll keep their life, and won’t peak. Even so, it has a lot of amperage, and could set the mood to any room.Skyrim -Ok, I know it’s an older game, but Steam has a great modding community that has helped keep this game up to date and graphically relevant. I was able to run this game on Medium Settings. Under these settings it ran smooth, and was able to include depth of field and other effects such as fog and shadows. Under High settings I did receive significant slow-down. If you’re looking for something to run the latest in gaming, I’d say go for a better laptop.But for me, I think it’s ok. I plan to play the games I can’t get on PS4 via PC. I think it will have no problems running the latest Counter-Strike, Undertale, or Diablo 3.The Final Verdict -Overall, for this day and age, and for the price, I’d say you’re getting a very solid piece of hardware. I’d rate it maybe an 8.3/10 - give or take a few points for my minor annoyances, or my old habitual preferences inability to change. I can safely say I will be happy with this product, and it will definitely get me through to the next 3-4 years when I upgrade.
- March 16, 2017
We could not get this laptop to do anything other than check email out of the box. It attempted to do Windows 10 updates and 10 other updates for various drivers. We have decent wifi and it would attempt to download for hours and no progress even attempted some updates overnight and they all ended up failing. We called HP and they said they could not help us that they thought this was a software problem. None of our warranties covered that. I had purchased the 2 year extended warranty as well. This was a college graduation gift for my daughter and the guy on the phone was demanding she pay them $35 and $14.95 a month for the "HP Tech" guy to troubleshoot what was wrong with her brand new laptop. She refused. We tried taking the laptop to a relative's house who is also a computer tech and has really high speed internet connections to see if we could get all the needed updates installed. They all failed there as well. Windows 10 was reinstalled as a last ditch effort. All the updates needed on the laptop seem to have been installed now. We will likely consider a different computer brand next time around. I understand that computers can be dead or non functioning out of the box. Why pay for all the extra warranties if they will not help you?
- June 7, 2017
Was a little skeptical about buying a laptop on Amazon with limited description/reviews. Honestly have to say this is a great computer for the price. Even though it is a HDD and not SSD, I've hardly noticed any delay. 1TB HDD plus 8GB of memory really makes this an awesome buy. Well built, very sturdy, keyboard feels great. Touch screen is very responsive and so is the trackpad. Overall, I am very pleased.
- January 12, 2017
This laptop is awesome! Very lightweight, nice sized screen. So far it's running great! It started talking to me as soon as I turned it on lol. My old laptop broke and as soon as I logged into my Microsoft account all my old computer settings were transferred to this new laptop! So happy with it! My old one was super heavy and hard for me to drag up and down the stairs to move rooms or take with me places but this one is the perfect size. I had an HP Pavilon but I like this one way more! Worth the price. **Update** I recently noticed a hairline crack in my screen in the bottom right corner, it's so small I never noticed it , it looks like a long dirty streak across the bottom of the screen, it's not hurting using it but not sure if it came like that and I just didn't notice it or if it was done after. The two things on it I don't like it the lid kinda slams closed so you have to shut it very gently and two the power button is really weird where it's very stiff and hard to push, I could see this being a problem down the road as I have heard people talking about issues with their power buttons not working when the computers get older. Luckily I got the 2 year warranty so if this crack gets worse I will have to get it fixed.
- October 18, 2017
Because of the Gmail problem (I'm assuming) this laptop has,, the review I've tried to write 3 times keep disappearing, typical of one of the problems with the Gmail. An excellent tech, (Lew Turner, owner of Your PCAngel) worked on it ,but couldn't fix it and recommended returning it. Fortunately, I am within my ability to return without charge because of the Gmail problemI also made the mistake of not trying the computer out at a computer store before buying from Amazon and not knowing that I wouldn't like the shallow keyboard that most computers have nowadays.If the Gmail was functional and a shallow keyboard was fine for a buyer, I would rate this computer a 4. And it's likely that the Gmail works well on other HP computers of this model.iAmazon Customer Service Amazon (and I dealt with the 'senior person,Ms. Kellie Madison, was outstanding She was enormously knowledgeable, helpful and generous (as is Amazon's policy) such as in paying for the tech visit, since there was a problem in the computer He wonderfulr attitude and suggestions actually made up for the inconvenience, and I am happy to buy a replacement computer from Amazon again.After trying it out at a store first to see how I like the features in use!.This HP is a Premium High Performance 6 GB, 15.6 HD + Display, Intel 13-7100U, Dual Core Processor, DDR4 Memory, 7th Gen,. with Webcam, WiFi, Bluetooth, DVD,, iTB HDD+RW HDM1, Windows 10 - Grey Cost: $468.99 FOUR rating if Gmail worked properly!..
- January 12, 2018
Bought for my 71 year old father. Didn’t need all the bells and whistles of new laptops just something he can do daily web browsing and standard use with. I’m actually surprised how fast it is, just as good as my 1000$ laptop I bought 2 years ago. Can have a dozen tabs open with no slowdown. Wouldn’t recommend it for gaming due to no dedicated graphics card and low end processor but for my elderly father it’s perfect and beautiful for viewing videos on Facebook or Netflix
- January 9, 2018
Returned it same day. It already started to overheat after set up even though I had nothing running. I tried to download chrome and the installed web browser froze and crashed. Had to reset it and tried again and encountered the same problems. Also the screen is DIM. I sat it next to my boyfriend's Acer and its screen a little more than halfway was brighter than the HP at the highest setting. Also the keyboard is not backlit and the keys are clunky and stuck occasionally.The body itself is boxy and completely plastic so it's not durable at all.Overall I hated the look, feel and performance of this computer. I bought another one for about $100 less and I have had NO problems. Sorry HP :/
- January 6, 2018
I absolutely love this laptop. It replaced a Toshiba I've had for years... and have hated since the day I got it. I chose an HP because the last one I had I liked. This does NOT disappoint! It's a great computer... and the keyboard is backlit!!! I'm SO happy about that! I can now put my itty bitty smartphone down when I'm in my living room and use my laptop again! I highly recommend this little laptop. GREAT value for the price.
- December 7, 2017
So nice to have a laptop that works so quickly and well. It's just as good as Dell used to be, and the price was good too.
- January 4, 2018

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