HP 15-ba018wm 15.6″ Laptop is intended for those who are looking for extremely inexpensive laptop for basic use. Even though AMD E2-7110 APU is a quad core processor, its performance is not even equivalent to 6th gen Intel core i3-6100u (you can check with different benchmark). With 4GB DDR3 RAM, this laptop can do all basic tasks like typing documents, internet surfing, watching movies and videos, downloading music, emailing/Skype etc. However, it is not suitable for HD photo and video editing, 3D designing, music creation etc. You can edit small image files but you won’t get fast performance. HP 15 ba018wm doesn’t come with fancy features like backlit keyboard and full HD display. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM which is also an inexpensive laptop and comes with 7th gen Intel core i3-7100u, which operates at much higher frequency of 2.4GHz. It comes with 4GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB) and 1TB hard drive. It offer Full HD display and backlit keyboard. DDR4 RAM is faster than DDR3L RAM. HP 15-ba018wm comes with standard 1366 X 768p display which supports 720p content playback but not 1080p.
AMD E2-7110 is a quad core processor and operates at low speed of 1.8GHz. Compared to 7th generation Intel core i3-7100u, which operates with 2.4 GHz of fixed frequency, AMD E2-7110 is quite slow. Intel core i3-7100u, in spite of having two cores, is integrated with hyperthreading technology which means two cores can work as 4 virtual cores. The passmark score for AMD E2-7110 is 2268 while that for i3-7100u is 3759.
HP 15-ba018wm comes with Radeon HD R2 graphics which is a weak integrated graphics while Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM comes with Intel HD 620 graphics. Though Intel HD 620 is integrated graphics, it is more powerful than Radeon R2 graphics. Intel HD 620 supports DirectX 12 and you can play high end games like GTA V in low resolution as well. Dota 2, Minecraft are playable smoothly on this laptop. However, both the laptops are not suitable for high end PC gaming.
If you are looking for a cheap gaming laptop that offers performance for latest PC games, HD photo and video editing, some 3D designing, then you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-57D4. It comes with more powerful Intel core i5-7200u processor (operates at 2.5GHz- 3.1GHz) and discrete NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB video memory. Furthermore, it comes with 8GB RAM, full HD display and Solid State drive which is faster than standard 5400rpm hard drive. It also has backlit keyboard. Though it is expensive compared to HP 15-ba018wm, it is worth every penny you invest.
HP 15-ba018wm is installed with 4GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB (according to the manufacturer, memory is not user accessible). It comes with 1TB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. You can also replace hard drive with Solid State drive. Alternatively, you can consider HP Business Notebook which comes with powerful AMD A6-7310 APU, 8GB DDR3 and 128GB Solid State Drive. It supports wireless ac and Bluetooth while HP 15-ba018wm supports up to 802.11 b/g/n. Both the laptops come with wired network connectivity.
HP 15-ba018wm comes with non-backlit keyboard. The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage.
If, under cash crunch, you are looking for a laptop for basic use then HP 15-ba018wm is a decent choice. However, if you can increase your budget, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM which offers you more feature. It comes with strong processor ( compared to E2-7110) and offers backlit keyboard and full HD display.