2020 HP 15-da Touchscreen Laptop with i5-8265U and Hybrid SSD + HDD Drive Review

2020 HP 15-da Touchscreen Laptop 

2020 HP 15 Touchscreen Laptop

2020 model silver HP 15-da is a 15.6″ HD touchscreen laptop with an 8th generation Intel i5-8265U processor, hybrid drive of 256GB PCIe SSD and 1TB HDD storage, 8GB DDR4 memory, good connectivity options including 802.11ac wireless, DVDRW optical drive and Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system.

HP 15-da is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 11 customers on the day of this post release, which shows quite a lot of customer satisfaction. The ultra low voltage, end of 2018 release quad core Intel i5-8265U processor (6MB cache) offers very good performance on 4 cores and 8 threads. With a PassMark benchmark score of 6358 it is good for both your regular daily and demanding work or games as well as decent multitasking power. It works at speeds between a base of 1.6GHz and 3.9GHz turbo boost.

This is also assisted by the high bandwidth 8GB DDR4 SDRAM at 2400MHz that lets you run multiple browser and apps. If you need more RAM later on, you can add to one of the slots available. 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive offers up to 10 times more reading and writing speeds than a regular 5400rpm hard drive. And you have all the storage you want with the built-in 1TB hard drive. Windows 10 Home operating system comes pre-installed with the Win 7 type Start screen, Cortana Personal Assistant, and Microsoft Edge browser that lets you mark up web pages. 

The 15.6″ diagonal high definition SVA BrightView WLED-backlit touch display has the 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. It offers a crisp and clear picture, although not as good as Full HD or Ultra HD. The built-in graphics card is the Intel UHD 620 with the same performance to the Intel HD 620 and the dedicated GeForce 920M. The videocard benchmark score on this GPU is 1054 for playing casual games like the Farming Simulator 17 at good settings and resolutions. You won’t have any problems with your daily graphics needs, streaming videos or surfing the internet.

Different RAM and SSD, HDD configurations of this HP laptop are available on the product page, with no SSD, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB SSD and/or with 8GB, 16GB or 32GB DDR4 RAM. It has a good size touchpad that supports multiple gestures. Connectivity options include the 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabit Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector, a multi-format Media Card Reader, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a USB 2020 HP 15.6 Touchscreen Notebook2.0 port, a headphone microphone combo, and an HDMI 1.4b output. It has a  45W AC power adapter for relatively quick charging of the 3-cell 41 Wh lithium ion battery. The TDP is 15 watts for a longer battery life.

Silver HP 15-da weighs 3.9 pounds and measures 14.8 x 9.69 x 0.89 inches- it is compact, slim and lightweight. There is a high definition HP webcam with OK video quality and a built-in digital microphone. Please note that the keyboard is not backlit, but it has a nice feel with good key travel and quick response from keys. And the hinge does not rotate 360 degrees to be turned into a tablet or to be used in different modes. Overall you are getting pretty good value for the money, for a high-end i5 processor, a large SSD + HDD hybrid storage, good quality touchscreen and a variety of connectivity options including a DVD Optical Drive. It comes with the Yzakka mouse pad included in the package.

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