Came here to look for opinions about the HP 15-f111DX laptop? It’s a quad-core, Windows 8.1 powered touchscreen notebook selling at below 500 dollars price point. Quick glance at the specs suggests it’s rather powerful one, perhaps pleasing demanding users in addition to home users with less requirements. But let’s not make the conclusions just yet. Instead, let’s examine this laptop further below.
The main things
HP 15-f111DX has a processor called AMD A8-6410. Running on four cores and 2.0 – 2.4GHz (with turbo) it offers similar performance than Core i3s from the Intel side. Thus, somebody with lightweight needs like web browsing and text editing wouldn’t have any problems with it. The same could be said about heavier use, like programming or occasional Photoshop work, for which this AMD would be adequate too.
The laptop has 8GB RAM installed on one DIMM chip. There are two user accessible memory slots available, so slot one would be free for RAM upgrade. However, the amount of maximum memory supported in this HP wasn’t made available.
The hard drive in this model is 750GB big. It’s a bit larger than typical laptop storage offering 500GB space. The 5400RPM is nothing to get excited about, however it’s not change for worse either if you’re replacing your old notebook that probably has a similar drive in it.
About screen and graphics
The touchscreen of HP 15-f111DX offers a 15.6″ diagonal with 1366×768 resolution. That resolution works for casual users well, but somebody with needs for much screen estate might do better with a Full HD display. Of course, for this price it’s impossible to find one.
The AMD Radeon HD 8210 engine brings you the graphics to your games. That is, only for old games. The performance of that graphics card could be compared to slower Intel HD Graphics chips which means all the current, heavyweight titles like Risen 3 and Thief would have frame rates dropping below 20. In fact, most 2013-2014 titles would have hard times running. League of Legends would work, Minecraft probably too if you kept settings and resolution at minimum.
The connectivity of HP 15-f111DX doesn’t surprise in a good or bad way. There are the usual three USB ports (two of which are USB 3.0) and HDMI output for external display (like HDTV) connection.
Networking consists of a 10/100Mbps LAN port and 802.11b/g/n WiFi adapter. As far as I know, Bluetooth is not supported.
All of those using optical media will like the installed DVD burner. For additional storage and data transferring there’s also a memory card reader for SD cards.
Video meetings are possible with the laptop’s webcam, although it only features a basic VGA (640×480) resolution as opposed to many laptops offering webcams with HD support.
What else to consider?
HP 15-f111DX weighs good 5.67 pounds, not that bad for a 15.6″ touchscreen laptop. Of course, for portability you might want to look for lighter options. Same goes for the battery: its operating time isn’t made officially available, but I bet a 3-cell battery on a touchscreen model offers you no more than 3-4 hours of running time.
A free 30-day trial for McAfee Livesafe is pre-installed, although there’s also some bloatware you probably want to get rid of.
There’s a 10-key pad on right hand side of the non-backlit keyboard.
Wrapping it up
HP 15-f111DX is a typical home user’s Windows 8 laptop. The system will handle all web browsing, MS Office work and video streaming well. In addition, the quad-core CPU accompanied with 8GB RAM should tackle some demanding tasks too. However, gaming would still be very limited thanks to the subpar Radeon card. Nonetheless, the touchscreen is indeed a desirable feature for many, and if you want a solid laptop (save for gaming) this HP will probably fulfill your computing needs.