HP 15-d038dx 15.6″ Sparkling Black Laptop

HP 15-d038dx is a mainstream notebook intended to offer a good balance of features, performance and battery life at a reasonable price of $380 approx.  The spec sheet of this laptop contains a 3rd generation 2.6 GHz intel core i3-3130M processor , Integrated HD 4000 processor and 4GB memory, which means the laptop is meant for regular and office computing.  You can work with Microsoft office suite, browse web with multiple tabs, compress files and stream videos with ease on this laptop.  HP 15-d038dx also allows casual gaming,  you can play games like fifa 14, Dota 2 etc. However, games like Battlefield 4 and Titanfall will barely run on this machine. Additionally, you can edit your personal photos, convert audio and video file formats on this laptop. This 15.6” laptop has all the features necessary to perform day-to-day regular computing.  HP 15-d038dx comes with DVD burner and has HDMI as well as USB 3.0 ports. The laptop weighs around 5 lbs which is not heavy considering it’s 15.6” form factor. It comes with 3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery and you can expect up to 6hours of battery life. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-d038dx:

HP 15-d038dx  specification and performance

Intel core i3-3130M is a dual core processor and each core operates with 2.6GHz frequency. Compared with 4th generation Intel core i3-4000M, it offers similar performance. When it comes to benchmark, the passmark score for core i3-3130M is 3615 which is slightly better than core i3-4000M. However, user will hardly notice any difference in performance while performing day to day computing. Again, HP 15-d038dx comes with Integrated HD 4000 graphics which allows casual gaming. User can also play paid or free games available at Windows App store. A dedicated graphics can increase the gaming performance a bit. Unfortunately, the laptop doesn’t come with dedicated graphics. It can stream videos without any glitch.

HP 15-d038dx comes with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM. The laptop offers plenty of storage space. It is installed with 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. For such a low price you can’t expect a hybrid drive or SSD.

Like other budget laptops, the  15.6” HD BrightView LED-backlit display  of HP 15-d038dx supports maximum 1366 by 768 pixels resolution which can’t stream 1080p content but can stream 720p content efficiently.

This laptop has an inbuilt DVD burner, 3 USB ports (one of them being USB 3.0), an Ethernet port, combination headphone/microphone port, HDMI, and an SD card slot. You also get a 1-megapixel webcam. Network connectivity features includes Fast Ethernet and Wireless N.

Pros of HP 15-d038dx

Decent battery life

Good value/features for money

DVD drive

Cons of HP 15-d038dx

No Bluetooth

6 Responses to HP 15-d038dx 15.6″ Sparkling Black Laptop

  1. Angela says:

    I am looking for a laptop that my son can plug a microphone in and record his music (acoustic guitar and singing) to a cd. Would this computer be good for that. Please let me know ASAP as his Birthday is Friday.
    Thank you

    • wpadmin says:

      there are several options available to record from a guitar to a computer HDD. You can make a choice which suits your budget.

      Computer Guitar Adaptor – This is the simplest and cheapest solution to record from your guitar directly onto the Computer hard drive. All you have to do is to buy a guitar cable with 1/4″ jack on one end and 1/8″ mini-jack on the other. However, do not expect high quality performance from this recording.

      USB microphone – You can use a dynamic microphone, USB mic would be a good choice, to record the output of your acoustic guitar.

      USB Audio Interfaces For Recording Guitar – If you are seeking higher quality solution, you should go for a dedicated device such as USB Audio Interfaces, which will offer massive improvements in quality.There is a huge range of specifically designed USB devices available to suit every budget.Such dedicated devices are easy to use and install. They have special inputs for guitar and usually come with a software package to check and playback the recording.

  2. jason says:

    I picked up this exact laptop from best buy today.
    I then drove to tiger direct and bought a crucial 120gb m500.
    an hour later, this “HP 15-d038dx” boots up in 1.8 seconds as reported by Task Manager > Startup > Time from BIOS.
    Can confirm, this laptop is a beast with good SSD.
    Also, the RAM is 1x4GB with room for 1 more stick.

  3. Mike says:

    Jason, thanks for the review. I am thinking of getting the same computer. Please tell me what is “120gb m500”

    Is that additional memory?


  4. michael says:

    please i purchased my hp 15-d038dx about a month ago but the battery only lasts barely 2 hours on minimal usage what do i do?

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