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HP 15-ba113cl Touchscreen Laptop Review

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Integrated with 12GB RAM and touchscreen interface, HP 15-ba113cl Touchscreen Laptop is able to please even the most hardened critic. The laptop is attractively priced, if you consider its hardware specs. Though A10-9600p is a quad core processor, it is not as powerful as quad core Intel i7 mobile processor. However, for day to day computing, casual PC gaming, social networking, streaming videos and movies, the processor has enough power.  HP 15-ba113cl is not a high end gaming laptop. It comes with integrated AMD Radeon HD R7 graphics that supports low end games like Minecraft, Sims etc. You can play high end games like Titanfall 2 and Watch Dogs 2 at low to medium resolution. Don’t expect very high frame rates for such games. It doesn’t come with backlit keyboard and has standard display (1366 X 768p).  You can also consider Dell Inspiron i5565-5850GRY which is a budget touchscreen laptop but comes with many great features. It comes with more powerful AMD fx-9800p Quad-Core Processor and 16GB RAM. It offers switchable graphics- AMD Radeon R8 and AMD Radeon R7 M445 Graphics with 4GB GDDR5 video memory. It also has Full HD display (1920 X 1080P) and backlit keyboard.

Now, both A10-9600p and AMD FX-9800p are quad core processor and designed with Bristol Bridge architecture. But the processors differ in speed. AMD A10-9600p operates at lower clockspeed of 2.4 GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.3 GHz. On the other hand, AMD FX-9800p operates with 2.7 GHz of base frequency and the frequency shoots up to 3.6GHz. Thus, AMD 9800p offers you better performance than A10-9600p. Again, Dell Inspiron i5565-5850GRY comes with discrete graphics which has its own memory. Thus, Dell laptop will offer better performance and greater battery life compared to HP 15-ba113cl.

Another competitor of HP ba113cl is Lenovo Ideapad 310 80ST001NUS which is powered by A12-9700p processor. A12-9700p also belongs to Bristol Bridge family but operates at higher frequency range ( 2.5-3.4GHz). This Lenovo laptop comes with 12GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is not a touchscreen laptop and you don’t really need a touchscreen interface with Windows 10.

Getting back to the HP 15-ba113cl review, the laptop is installed with 12GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system.

The 15.6” display of HP 15-ba113cl Touchscreen Laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X768p. Unlike Dell Inspiron i5565-5850GRY, it can’t playback in Full HD or 1920 X 1080p resolution. However,  with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV or monitor.

The HP laptop comes with 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN),1x Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader and 1x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It has SD card reader as well as integrated webcam. All the aforementioned laptops come with CD/DVD burner.

HP 15-ba113cl Touchscreen Laptop supports both wired and wireless connectivity.  Wired connectivity is supported by 10/100 Mbps Ethernet and Wireless connectivity is supported by Wireless-ac and Bluetooth.

The 3 cell battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup which depends upon usage as well.

HP 15-ay122cl Touchscreen Laptop Review

HP 15-ay122cl Touchscreen Laptop is a beautiful unit featuring powerful 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u processor and a generous 15.6” display.  1TB 5400rpm hard drive offers plenty of storage and Windows 10 Home 64 bit operating system takes care of the rest. As it is a budget laptop, you will certain features missing in the configuration. For instance, it lacks Solid State Drive which helps boosting the performance to certain extent. If you are going to use the laptop for editing HD images and video files or 3D rendering, then a solid State Drive is recommended. Again the display is standard 1366 X 768p and not a Full HD display (1920 X 1080).  HP 15-ay122cl comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which uses system memory. You can also consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-75MD which is powered by same Intel core i7-7500u processor but offers 256GB Solid state Drive.  It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory plus 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB). It also has full HD display, backlit keyboard and battery pack that offers up to 12 hours of battery life.

HP 15-ay122cl does not come with backlit keyboard.  However, unlike Acer Aspire E5-575G-75MD, it is a touchscreen laptop. But you don’t need touchscreen environment with a laptop running Windows 10 Operating System.

If you are a touchscreen lover then you can consider HP 15.6″ HD 1366×768 Touchscreen Flagship laptop which is also powered by Intel core i7-7500u and 256GB Solid state Drive. It has 8GB DDR4 RAM. Rest of the features in the two laptops is similar. Let’s go back to HP 15-ay122cl Touchscreen Laptop review.

Intel core i7-7500u is a dual core processor and operates at base frequency of 2.7GHz while the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz on system demand.  The processor has 4MB of cache and it is fast enough for office applications and home computing. It also supports HD photo and video editing and some 3D designing.   A faster hard drive or Solid state drive can speed-up the performance of such tasks. Unfortunately, HP 15-ay122cl comes with slower 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive.

As told earlier, this laptop comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports DirectX 12 but you can’t run most of the latest games smoothly on this machine.  To play Resident Evil 7, Watch Dogs 2 and Titanfall 2 you may need to reduce display settings.

For memory consuming programs, the laptop comes with plenty of RAM. HP 15 ay122cl comes with 12GB RAM, there are two memory slots which allow you to upgrade memory up to 16GB. However, upgrading memory in this laptop is not easy. The 1TB hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system and other proprietary software.

The laptop comes with standard ports and connectivity features which include 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (also known as USB 3.0), 2 USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ-45 (LAN), 1x Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader and 1x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. However, Acer Aspire E5-575G-75MD offers more USB 3.0 ports (2 USB 3.0, USB 3.1 type C port and USB 2.0). Both the laptop comes with CD/DVD burner.

Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.1. The 3 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.