HP Star Wars 15-an097nr Laptop Review

April 26, 2016
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The Star Wars movie is not new anymore, but they have still released a SW-themed laptop called HP 15-an097nr. The theme can be observed in the design and on the storage drive, some media like photos and wallpapers are included. Sweet, but is the notebook good for anything actually useful? Let me tell you about that below…

The good

The CPU of HP 15-an097nr is pretty solid. It’s a sixth-generation Intel Core i5-6200U, with most interesting specs being two cores, 2.3GHz clock speed and 2.8GHz turbo. If you want to know about benchmarks, let me tell you CPU Mark grades it at 3900 points. Throw a web browser or photo editor at it, the HP will handle that with ease. The memory amount is also nothing to be ashamed of, 8GB (installed on one stick), and there might be another slot for memory upgrade.

Full HD screen always gets a positive comment from me. The 15.6″ touch display here indeed supports 1920×1080, so you’re one step closer to fully enjoying videos and gaming. The screen type is anti-glare (matte) and panel is IPS, so viewing angles should be around 180 degree. Webcam is attached on top of the display.

The keyboard is backlit.

Network connectivity is good, a 100Mbps RJ-45 port and 802.11 AC-supporting WiFi & Bluetooth card are available.

The neutral

For the price, gaming performance of HP 15-an097nr is decent. There is GeForce 940M with 2GB memory installed inside. It’s considerably faster than processor-integrated units, so you can turn some eye candy on with games. For example, You could play GTA 5 on normal/high settings and 720p and receive 30-40 frames per second. Pretty much every game will run, you just need to use low settings with the heaviest of them (like The Witcher 3).

The 4-cell 41Whr battery runs for around four hours before you need to recharge it, and that’s under lightweight use.

DVD burner is installed, it doesn’t support BluRay, though.

Ports for peripherals and devices are standard: three USB ports (two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0) and HDMI for plugging in another monitor.

The bad

Not a nightmare, but the storage drive of HP 15-an097nr isn’t fast. It’s a spinning 1TB 5400RPM hard drive. You will need to wait a bit more for programs to load than you would with a solid-state drive. Nothing is stopping you from upgrading to SSD, just keep in mind you need to remove the current HDD first.


HP 15-an097nr offers good bang for your buck. It’s just a tad more expensive than a budget notebook, however it has that nice 6th generation Core i5 processor, Full HD display and GeForce 940M graphics card. Thus, the laptop is a viable all-around system: be it software or games (at low settings) you want to run, the computer will handle all that. I can not see any big disadvantages, especially when considering the unit is so affordable. So, why not to take a closer look at it!

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