Many potential buyers of cheap notebooks, especially students, are interested in the HP 15-b142dx laptop, which is a part of multiple attractive bundle packages offered at Best Buy.
It’s important to say that the HP 15-b142dx belongs to the affordable Pavilion Sleekbook series, consisting of various Intel and AMD based configurations with thin cases. This particular model has a 15.6-inch display and the AMD A6-4455M dual-core processor with the AMD Radeon HD 7500G integrated graphics. The CPU falls in the middle of the pack of AMD’s chips for thin-and-light laptops. It’s not an especially fast CPU and is slower than the Intel Core i3 chips used in similar notebooks to the 15-b142dx. What it is good for is daily computing like web surfing, office document editing, and similar, as well as playback of high-definition videos, including 1080p. The Radeon HD 7500G-series graphics is better than Intel HD-series in similar Intel-branded counterparts, but it still just an integrated GPU without enough 3D gaming potential.
On the positive side, the laptop is very portable for a 15.6-incher. It weighs only 4.6 pounds almost a pound less than average and has a height of 0.8″, almost like on ultrabooks. Some may not like glossy black plastics covering the hardware, but that’s what you get by purchasing a cheap notebook most of the time.
There’s no need to get excited about CPU/GPU performance, as well as other parts of the notebook. This is an average configuration with 4GB of RAM memory and a 500GB hard drive, also found in countless similar laptops on the market. On the other hand, the HP 15-b142dx has an admirable set of features, comprising of Altec Lansing stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio technology, a 720p webcam, 802,11n wireless, Ethernet LAN for wired networking, three USB ports, HDMI video jack, and a memory card reader. What’s missing on the Pavilion Sleekbook is a built-in DVD optical drive and VGA video connector for older displays.
The battery isn’t of a high capacity. It’s a 4-cell 37WHr unit. There is no info on battery life, but judging from the specs of the battery and the whole system, it should last more than three hours at least with light web browsing use and moderate screen brightness settings. Thankfully, the battery is user removable, a functionality that is missing on the most of today’s thin laptops. You will be able to replace the battery if it dies yourself or you can buy an additional battery and use it for extra power juice (by replacing the empty battery).
When it comes to the Best Buy bundles and prices, customers in the US are offered with the HP 15-b142dx laptop, a six-month Titanium Internet Security software subscription, a Targus-branded sleeve, Logitech M185 wireless optical mouse, and an 8GB PNY Flash memory stick for $350. If you add Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pack the price jumps to $470, while inclusion of Office and the HP Photosmart 5520 all-in-one wireless printer increases the price to $570.
HP 15-b142dx Pavilion Sleekbook Specifications
- Display: 15.6-inch BrightView (glossy) at 1366 x 768 pixels
- Processor: AMD A6-4455M dual-core at 2.1GHz-2.6GHz, 2MB of L2 cache
- Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7500G IGP
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB
- Storage: 500GB Serial ATA HDD (5400 rpm)
- Optical drive: no
- Webcam: 720p HD webcam
- Audio: Stereo speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio technology
- Network: Wireless-N, Ethernet LAN
- Input: Island-style keyboard with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad
- Ports and Slots: 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 port, HDMI, multi-format media card reader
- Battery: 4-cell 37WHr 2.55Ah lithium-ion battery
- Dimensions: 0.81 x 15.19 x 10.2 inches
- Weight: 4.6 pounds
- OS: Windows 8
- Warranty: 1-year