HP 15-f010dx Review

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December 9, 2014
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Have you been looking for an affordable touchscreen laptop? Perhaps you’ve heard about HP 15-f010dx? Besides the touch display it features 4th generation Core i3 processor, good baseline amount of 4GB memory and half a terabyte hard drive. In this review we’ll tell you what these things mean and how they might benefit you.

The essential stuff

HP 15-f010dx is more expensive than the cheapest touchscreen notebooks, current price being somewhere above 400 bucks. In the same vein, it performs better compared to its little brothers. There’s an Intel Core i3 processor inside, more precisely the i3-4010U model, that runs on dual core configuration and 1.7GHz clock speed. It’s a slightly older release – a 2013 model – but looking at benchmark tests it’s still capable of running all your home and office applications without problems.

The same can be said about the memory. By default, the laptop has 4GB of power-saving DDR3L RAM installed on one DIMM chip. Chances are that’s sufficient amount for you, but in case it’s not you can at least double it – there’s a free memory slot available on the mainboard.

The storage solution is indeed typical for budget notebooks: a 500GB hard drive, operating at 5400RPM. The space is sufficient for all the vacation photos you can take, so chances are again high you’re happy with the storage space itself. For speed, I can’t promise too much since it’s an ordinary hard drive (as opposed to a new solid-state drive), but if you’re used to older laptops you’re not going to see any worse performance either.

One of the selling points of HP 15-f010dx is indeed the touchscreen. It’s 15.6″ diagonal with 1366×768 resolution, allowing for effortless everyday computing. The resolution is however not that good for power users, who often rightly insist a Full HD display on their notebooks.

Gaming in brief

Intel HD 4400 is the graphics engine of this laptop. It’s a little faster chip than the common Intel HD 4000, giving you extra boost for games. However, the whole Intel HD family wasn’t really meant for serious gaming. Only low-level titles, like Starcraft 2 or World of Warcraft would work on it with higher than low settings. For most 2013-2014 titles you’d have to settle for the lowest settings and resolution – and some games like Thief might have problems running even then.

Connectivity

One USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 ports are available on HP 15-f010dx, making it slightly better compared to many other budget laptops in terms of connectivity – usually there’s just one USB 3.0 port. The laptop also has a standard HDMI out which lets you use it with a HDTV.

Surfing the web is possible through either regular WiFi adapter or 10/100Mbps Ethernet port. As far as I know Bluetooth isn’t supported by default.

True to a 15.6 incher, a DVD burner is installed on the right hand side. SD media card reader is likewise available.

There’s also webcam and digital microphone on the laptop, although the webcam only supports VGA-level (640×480) video whereas many others work with HD quality.

Other things to keep in mind?

The operating system is Windows 8.1 (64-bit).

HP 15-f010dx weighs 5.05 pounds which isn’t bad weight at all for a 15.6″ touchscreen notebook. While the battery life isn’t listed anywhere, a 3-cell battery on a touch display doesn’t promise long life. I bet you’ll get around 3 hours operating time.

Like many HP laptops, also this one comes bundled with a 30-day trial for McAfee antivirus program.

There’s a 10-key numeric pad on the right of the keyboard.

Conclusions

HP 15-f010dx is a basic touchscreen laptop with enough performance for all the everyday tasks. For the price, the trio of Core i3 CPU, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive constitute an alright deal. A minor plus must be given for the two USB 3.0 ports. I can’t see anything exceptionally good or bad about the laptop – you might want to get it if an affordable touchscreen laptop is what you’re after.


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