HP 17-bs018cl Laptop Review

If you are looking for a desktop replacement laptop for basic productivity, you can consider HP 17-bs018cl.  It comes with average specs but offers backlit keyboard and enough storage space. The laptop is powered by Intel Core i3-7100u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 2TB 5400 rpm hard drive. Basically, this laptop is useful for regular computing like typing docs, working with spreadsheets, creating presentations, browsing the internet and emailing/skype. It can stream videos and movies flawlessly. It comes with dedicated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports casual gaming. You can use it for small HD photo and video editing as well, but you won’t get fast performance for such tasks.  Model: 17-bs018cl doesn’t have the touchscreen display. If you are looking for a 17.3” touchscreen laptop, that offers better performance, then you can consider HP 17.3” touchscreen laptop which is powered by Intel Core i5-7200u processor, 12GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also comes with backlit keyboard. Both the laptops come with CD/DVD drive.

Intel Core i3-7100u processor operates at 2.4GHZ while i5-7200u processor operates at the base frequency of 2.5 GHz and the turbo frequency of the processor is 3.1 GHz. Both the processors are part of 7th gen Intel Core processor family.

Even though i5-7200u powered laptop offers more performance, it is not a high-end gaming or workstation grade laptop. It comes with Intel HD 620 integrated graphics which uses system memory. If you are looking for a budget gaming laptop then you can consider MSI GL72 17.3″ 1920×1080 Gaming Laptop. It is powered by Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor which has 4 cores and each core operates with 2.8GHz frequency while the frequency can rise up to 3.8GHz. It has 6MB of cache. MSI GL72 comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics with 2GB Video memory plus 8 GB DDR4 RAM. It has 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive which is faster than 5400 rpm hard drive. However, it comes with non-backlit steel series keyboard.

HP 17-bs018cl has 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB RAM. You can replace the hard drive with a Solid state Drive to get fast booting and file upload. This laptop runs on Windows 10 64 bit operating system. You won’t get Full version of Microsoft Office with this laptop.

HP 17-bs018cl is part of HP’s basic series. It comes wrapped in the smoke gray plastic cover. This laptop is also available in two color variants – Marine Blue ( Model: 17-bs068cl ) and Pale Mint ( Model: 17-bs088cl).

Both, HP 17-bs068cl and HP 17-bs088cl, come with Intel Core i3-7100u processor, 8GB RAM and 2TB hard drive. Thus, the performance of the laptops will be similar to HP 17-bs018cl.

When it comes to ports and connectivity options, edges of HP 17-bs018cl come organized with  2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45, 1 x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and SD card reader. It has integrated webcam as well. The network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac with backward compatibility and Bluetooth.

3 cell battery of the HP 17-bs067cl offers up to 5-6 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage as well.


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