HP 15-r137wm 15.6 inch TouchSmart Notebook PC Review

HP 15-r137wm 15.6 inch TouchSmart Notebook PC Review

HP 15-r137wm TouchSmart Laptop
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HP 15-r137wm TouchSmart is a simple but reliable mid-range 15.6 inch certified and refurbished laptop with a Haswell ultra low voltage dual core Intel i3-4005U processor at 1.7GHz speed without turbo boost support but with hyper threading feature so dual cores can handle four threads in parallel, 6GB DDR3L SDRAM for decent multitasking power, 500GB Serial ATA hard drive at 5400rpm rotating speed and 64-bit Windows 8.1 operating system which you should definitely upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. As a certified and refurbished unit it looks and works like new and includes accessories and a 90 day warranty. Thermal Design Power- TDP is 15 watts including CPU, GPU, VRMs and more and it will help with less power usage and has enough power for daily multimedia, office and majority of applications.

15.6 inch diagonal high definition WLED-backlit touchscreen display with 1366x768 pixel resolution and Intel HD 4400 graphics that is up to 30% faster than Intel HD 4000 and slower than Intel HD 4600 and 5000 and kind of equal to dedicated Radeon HD 7550M, offers decent quality visuals for daily media tasks- web pages, photos, videos but is not suitable for advanced multimedia editing or running current demanding games. Purple and matte black black HP 15-r137wm weighs 5.3 pounds and measures 10.20 x 14.88 x 1.01 inches- average weight and size for a modern 15 inch laptop and is portable enough with decent battery life. It is nice to have a SuperMulti DVD Burner if you will be using CD’s or DVD’s to download software from or to view videos etc or listen to music- not many current computers have them these days. It also has the 802.11bgn wireless with decent connection and speed, Ethernet for wired internet, 2 x USB 2.0 ports and a fast USB 3.0 port so you can use to transfer files from other devices like your smartphone, an HDMI output, a Headphone/Microphone combo and 1 x DC-in. You’ll get nice and loud sound through the stereo speakers and the standard HD audio and a webcam with built-in microphone is also quite all right.

HP 15-r137wm 15.6 inch TouchSmart Notebook PC Review

Conclusion: HP Touchsmart (J9K49UA) is pretty to look at, runs fast and efficiently with the fourth generation Intel i3-4005U that has the Passmark benchmark score of 2429 as of today putting it in the mid-range processor category. The lithium ion battery lasts more than 5 hours in practice on average but this will depend on how it is used. 500GB is almost the minimum amount you will find as mechanical hard drive these days but is still quite a lot of space for storage. The new Windows 10 has a more user friendly interface than the Windows 8 and some new features you would enjoy. HP 15-r137wm's picture quality is good and the touchscreen seems to work well on the new Windows 10 platform (fine for Windows 8.1 too if you do not upgrade- is intuitive and responsive). Both the non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad and the touchpad are ideal size- neither too big nor too small and comfy to type and touch. It comes with a 30 day trial of an anti-virus program and you should replace it with a free AVG online as the new Windows OS comes with decent built-in security features as well. You’re getting a great deal here because of this unit being certified and refurbished but it seems like it is no different to brand new except that they may have the Win 10 pre-installed and with this one you will get it free from Windows website. HP offers decent customer service 24 hours and 7 days a week. Windows 10 seems to work much smoother than the previous Windows 8 and computer starts up faster from zero and wakes up from sleep mode almost instantly.

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