Encased in a Regal Purple Plastic cover, 15.6” HP 15-r137wm could be a very attractive laptop to some prospective buyers. This touchscreen laptop is certainly inexpensive but few sacrifices were made to meet the budget price of $500. Let’s start with positive aspect of the laptop. HP15-r137wm Touchsmart laptop comes with 6GB memory and Touchscreen, USB 3.0 port, decent battery life and inbuilt optical drive. On the other hand, HP introduces an entry level core i3-4005u processor, which supports basic computing like typing, web browsing, watching videos and listening music but will struggle if you run resource demanding games or applications. The laptop comes with 500GB hard drive. By adding another $80-$90, you can get a better machine like Dell Inspiron i3542-8333BK Touchscreen laptop with i5-4210U processor, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive and Bluetooth connectivity. The laptop is available in black plastic but you can also take a look at Dell Inspiron i5547-3751sLV which comes with premium features like black lit keyboard and aluminum lid. Currently you will get it around $600 at Amazon and it also available at Walmart, with little higher price. Both the laptops offer much better performance compared to HP 15-r137wm. This HP 15 Regal Purple laptop doesn’t offer backlit keyboard. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-r137wm.
HP Regal Purple 15.6″ 15-r137wm Laptop PC Specification and performance
HP 15-r137wm is powered by Intel core i3-4005u processor which operates with base frequency of 1.7GHz and has two cores. The processor is hyperthreading enabled, thus two cores can handle four threads at a time. HP 15-r137wm offers strong performance for day to day tasks like running Microsoft Office, web browsing with multiple tabs, listening to music, watching videos on screen or on an external display. It also supports entry level photo and video editing. The laptop comes with Intel HD 4400 graphics which supports low end gaming. You can play Sims 4 , Wow and Dota 2 in low to medium details and settings but can’t play Titanfall, Thief, watch Dogs, Risen 3 etc. Compared with Intel Core i3-4005u, Core i5-4210u is much better processor and can run almost all games but not all games are playable in high settings and provides better performance for photo and video editing, media encoding and decoding and small 3D designing.
HP 15-r137wm is installed with 6GB DDR3L SDRAM. Two memory slots are available but memory is not user expandable. It comes with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 and other HP proprietary software are preloaded on to it.
The 15.6” LED backlit touch display offers native resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which means it can support 720p playback but not 1080p. However, you can watch 1080p laptop content on compatible TV or external display via HDMI.
Though ports and connectivity features of HP 15-r137wm are not spectacular but are on par at this price. It comes with Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards, 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It comes with HD webcam and inbuilt SuperMulti DVD burner which burns both CD and DVD.
The network connectivity is supported by Single band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi and Fast Ethernet. Bluetooth connectivity is not available with this laptop.
Pros of HP 15-r137wm
Decent everyday touchscreen laptop for those who are looking for purple laptop
6GB memory (usually cheap laptops come with 4GB RAM)
Cons of HP 15-r137wm
No backlit keyboard
Only 500GB hard drive (considering the price)
If you are looking for Touchscreen Purple laptop for everyday computing, HP 15-r137wm could be a good choice. However, if you are not obsessive about specific color, you can take a look at Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT which is a touchscreen laptop with 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive and comes with slightly better processor ( 1.9GHz, Intel core i3-4030U). It doesn’t come with optical drive but offers better connectivity feature ( Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth).