HP 17-BS019DX 17.3″ Laptop Review

You need not always spend a fortune to get a powerful big screen laptop PC. A detailed look at HP 17-BS019DX may change your perception.  HP 17-BS019DX is a big screen ( 17.3” measured diagonally ) notebook laptop powered by a decent Intel core i7-7500u 7th generation processor, 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM and 1TB hard drive.  However, you must agree with compromises that come with budget laptops. For instance, this laptop is not a touchscreen laptop. It doesn’t offer dedicated graphics and integrated graphics is the only graphics option for this laptop. Again, it doesn’t come with a backlit keyboard. It comes with two memory slots and you can expand memory up to 16GB.  If you are looking for a 17.3” laptop with 16GB RAM and dedicated graphics with separate video memory then you can consider Dell i5767-6370GRY. This Dell laptop is powered by the same i7-7500u processor but has 16GB RAM and 2TB hard drive. It also comes with AMD Radeon R7 M445 Graphics, with 4G GDDR5 graphics memory, which allows you to play almost all demanding games in higher resolution. The laptop comes with Full HD display while HP 17 bs019dx comes with 1600 X 900 display. Full HD display offers better picture quality. Another great feature of this Dell laptop is that it comes with backlit keyboard. It supports wireless ac as well. HP 17-BS019DX doesn’t come with backlight keyboard. Both the laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive. Here is a quick review of specs of HP 17-BS019DX.

Note that Intel core i7-7500u is a dual core processor and is not as powerful as i7-7700HQ quad core processor. Intel core i7-7700HQ has 4 cores and offers 6MB of cache. It is a main stream processor which is appropriate for CPU demanding programs like HD video editing, 3D designing/rendering, compilation and music creation.  Intel core i7-7500u operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and upon system demand the frequency can go up to 3.5GHz, while Intel core i7-7700HQ operates with 2.8GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.8GHZ on system demand. Again Intel core i7-7500u has 4MB of cache while i7-7700HQ has 6Mb of cache. Extra cores, higher clock speed and higher cache make i7-7700HQ more powerful compared to i7-7500u. So, if you need a powerful budget laptop then you can consider MSI GL72 7QF-1057 17.3″ laptop. It is powered by Intel core i7-7700HQ processor, NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory plus 8GB RAM. It has full HD display as well. It is installed with the faster 7200rpm hard drive while the hard drive in the HP laptop spins with 5400rpm speed.

HP 17 bs019dx comes with Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics and uses system memory. The laptop can run demanding games but you may have to compromise with settings and resolution.

HP 17-bs019dx could be a good choice if you are looking for a laptop to run Microsoft office or other similar office application, web browsing, occasional photo and video editing, 3D modeling etc. However, the laptop doesn’t come with Microsoft office full version.

HP 17-BS019DX comes with 8GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. The laptop comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which is installed with Windows 10 64 bit home operating system. You can replace the hard drive with a Solid State Drive to boost performance and get faster booting. However, you must verify with the vendor if expanding memory or replacing hard drive would void the warranty.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop offers 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only) ports , 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and SD card reader.

There is an integrated webcam. For network connectivity, you get  Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. The laptop has a removable battery ( 3 cell, 31whr).