The HP 15-F222WM is your everyday standard laptop that fits the bill for bargain hunters. It may not stand out from the rest in the budget category, but it does what it needs to do at a reasonably good price.
PROS:Quite Affordable. Touch Screen support. Decent battery life.
CONS:Low 1,366-by-768 resolution with overly glossy coating.
The HP 15-F222WM $249.96 at Amazon probably isn’t what you have in mind when you think of a “dream computer,” but if affordability tops your list –more than anything else, then it will get the job done for far much less. The large 15.6-inch touch screen and respectable battery life help this system score for everyday tasks or casual multimedia consumption. Performance-wise, the HP 15 isn’t the most practical budget desktop-replacement you can have, especially if you like to tinker with more than eight or nine tabs, and the touch panel isn’t the most responsive. If you’re a basic user and on a budget, the HP 15-F222WM is a decent laptop, but the ASUS F556UA-AB32 $347.67 at Amazon remains our Editors’ Choice thanks to its superior price and reasonable price.
Design and Features
If you’re hunting to get a laptop at a bargain, chances are that a sleek design isn’t your top priority, and the 15-F222WN doesn’t sport a fancy design, rather, it adopts s utilitarian style. The top of the chassis, lid, bottom and hinges are clad in textured black plastic, safe for a silvery ‘HP’ logo on the lid. It measures 0.89 by 15.18 by 10.16 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.7 pounds.
The 15.6-inch screen has a 1,366-by-768 resolution. While that’s on the low side, it isn’t a surprise among budget systems –you’ll find the same resolution on the HP 15-ba010nr, Acer Aspire ES 15 and the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14; but we’ve seen Full HD (1920-by-1080) resolutions on budget systems like the ASUS F556UA-AB32 and Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG.
What the low resolution means is that, with a closer look, you’re able to pick out the individual pixels, but that really doesn’t lock you out of a YouTube video or reading your mails. Also on the screen is a glossy, reflective coating, which might compromise your work outside or under bright lighting, thereby, forcing you to fiddle around for a good viewing angle to avoid the excessive glare.
The large chassis makes room for a 10-key number pad, in addition to a full-size keyboard that’s relatively comfortable to type on. The key travel is rather too short for my liking, but otherwise they just work exactly as they’re supposed to. The same black plastic used to make the lid is the same one used to make the deck, only that it has a slight polish.
The deck and touchpad are bordered by a slight indentation, and were it not for two click buttons on the bottom, the touchpad would be invisible. This isn’t a problem per se, but you’re likely to find yourself unintentionally scrolling up into the space bar a couple of times. You have speakers on the bottom of the chassis, loud enough, but the quality isn’t pristine, which is common for budget laptops.
Port selection is pretty standard for a budget laptop. It comes with two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, a Headphone/Microphone jack, an Ethernet port, an SD card reader and an optical drive. The system has 500GB of local storage on a 5400rpm hard drive and a webcam in the top bezel. For connectivity, the laptop comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, which can’t access 5GHz networks but isn’t out of the ordinary for a budget system. The laptop comes with Windows 10 Home and a fair amount of preinstalled bloatware, but can be uninstalled in a few minutes.
The 15-F222WM is armed with a 2.16GHz Intel Pentium Quad Core N3540 processor (up to 2.66GHz in Turbo mode), 4GB system memory and integrated Intel HD graphics. This combination isn’t uncommon among budget laptops, but most are average performers, and the HP 15’s performance is neither at the top nor bottom of its class. The laptop is perfectly capable of executing everyday tasks, though it might begin to feel a bit wobbly as when you have about seven tabs open, and in testing, it sometimes took a while to load pages with heavy images (though it never became a major nuisance).
If you’re considering a chromebook in the same league, the Acer Chromebook 15 gives you the ability to work offline and run programs like Microsoft Word and Excel, tough ample local storage points are reserved as strong points for traditional laptops. That being said, the Chromebook 15 does have a superior 1080p IPS screen, faster 802.11ac connectivity and almost all-day battery life.
The three cell battery yielded 5 hours 17 minutes, on our battery rundown test –respectable for a 15-inch laptop. While that doesn’t clear the 8-hour threshold for what we consider all-day battery life, it is enough to outlast the Dell Inspiron 17 (5:20), Toshiba Chromebook 2 (5:32), and the Satellite C55DT (5:27). It doesn’t come close to the Aspire One Cloudbook’s impressive 13:59, however.
The HP 15-F222WM $249.96 at Amazon is, overall, a somewhat nondescript budget laptop. There are few less expensive ones, like the Acer Chromebook 15, and there is certainly no lack of more expensive ones. But for bargain hunters, this system generally delivers what it promises on paper, making it a favorite among shoppers looking to buy an everyday laptop on a limited budget. It remains a basic laptop, the reasonable pricing, touchscreen and design notwithstanding. At some point you might have to go for a more practical laptop witch the same budget, and for such our Editors Choice the ASUS F556UA-AB32 $347.67 at Amazon is also worth a look due to its higher-quality screen and superior performance.