Sometimes the amount of money you have or want to spend limits what you can purchase. That’s true with everything including notebooks. The new 15.6″ HP 15-F003DX Laptop might be great for someone who is looking for a new device but has a max budget of around $300 or so dollars. Trust us you are not going to get anything high end with this machine but it does make for a decent first computer, backup laptop or just something for you to have around the house.
The 15-F003DX not something that is intended for heavy gaming or video editing so if you need something like that look to another laptop. However what you will get is a decent HP machine that you can use for light office work, streaming video, creating documents and more. If you have kids who are in high school and want to give them something they can depend on this might just be your solution.
If you need something that can handle your every day tasks like creating documents, internet, checking emails, checking the new and basic productivity the HP can more than handle it. This particular F003DX model comes with the AMD A6-5200 quad core processor that has a clock speed of 2.0GHz and 4GB of DDR3L SDRAM. This is great for someone who needs a laptop with a lot of multitasking power. While this is a very affordable machine is does come with quite a lot of storage. The new HP 15 inch laptop comes with a 750GB serial ATA hard drive with 5400RPM that give the user the ability to store a lot of photos, music and other files.
Again the price is right and while you won’t get the high end power from the more expensive machines. This notebook however does a good job of providing the average user with power and speed to handle most daily tasks without lags just don’t over do it by saving tons of files do the hard drive. Over time it will slow the laptop down considerably. Also the SDRAM is not upgradable so consider external storage to help keep the speed up. For the operating system you will get the Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit version preinstalled and while not everyones favorite it does provide a very stable platform for word processing and more.
Like other laptops in this price range there isn’t much to really talk about with the HP F003DX laptop. This one is very low cost and like others its made from a hard plastic. It is still a robust and sturdy machine and the quality is meant to last. HP does a good job of combining form and function in a budget friendly spec machine. This particular one comes in a black finish that while not higher quality still offers a very stylish look.
When trying to find something that is good for you to carry around this laptop fits the bill. You will get a laptop that only weighs 4.82lbs and measures 15.18 x 10.16 x 0.89 inches. Certainly not the smallest device on the market right now but at this size and weight is fits into most laptop bags and is just light enough to be able to carry it around if you need to walk on campus with it all day or use as a travel device. The display comes in 15.6 inches and is LED-LCD with a HD screen resolution of 1366 x 768.
For a clear and picture is is combined with the AMD Radeon HD 8400 graphics card. Like many other HP devices this screen is backlit and playing 720 video content will be all it can muster. If you are the type that enjoys watching video in 1080p HD you will need to connect the laptop to a external monitor or TV via the HDMI port.
Connectivity, Battery and More
You gotta stay connected and that means Wi-Fi, ports and good battery life. The HP 15.6″ 15-F003DX notebook comes with a full range of ports including the HDMI port we mentioned above, 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port for fast dig tail data transfer, 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack, RJ-45 port, and SD card reader slot. To keep you connected to the internet you connect wirelessly using the 802.11b/g/n LAN or if you need to hookup using a wire connection use the 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN RJ-45 connector.
The speakers on this little baby is nothing to really talk about. While is does offer a crispy clear sound that is no bass and is you do play games or movies we suggest hooking up external speakers or just using your headphones for better sound quality. The power for the HP F003DX comes from a 3-cell Lithium Polymer 2800 mAh battery that should offer you at least three and a half hours of usage from one charge. You also get the a front facing VGA webcam and multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive that is great for creating DVD’s and CD’s to store or share files with friends and family.
Keyboard and Trackpad
This HP comes with a full sized keyboard and numeric keypad. Its great to have both as a lot of laptops today come without it. If you work with numbers a lot you will love that ability to just use the number pad instead of the top row above the alpha keys. The typing on the keyboard is smooth and the design provides for accurate and fast typing. The trackpad is a nice size and isn’t sketchy. You will find is moves smoothly as directed and there are two mouse buttons on the bottom of it. If you don’t like the trackpad you can always attach a mouse to the laptop for more effective usage.
HP 15-f003dx Specifications
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
- AMD Quad-Core A6-5200 (2 MB L2 cache, 2 GHz)
- 1366 x 768 pixels resolution
- BrightView WLED-backlit
- AMD Radeon HD 8400
- 750 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
- 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- High-definition Stereo
Inputs & Controls
- Keyboard with numeric keypad
- Touchpad with multi-touch
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 x USB 2.0
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 1 x Ethernet
- 1 x audio combo
- SD media reader
- 802.11b/g/n (1×1) high-speed
- WLAN 10/100 base-T Ethernet LAN
- Front-facing VGA webcam
- 3-cell Lithium-ion polymer 2800 mAh battery
Dimensions and Weight
- Width: 15.18 inches
- Depth: 10.16 inches
- Height: 0.89 inches
- Weight: 4.8 lbs
This HP 15-f003dx is not the most beautiful or powerful machine on the market and at the $299 price tag you shouldn’t expect it to be. For the right person this could be a good investment. If you just need a backup or student laptop around and will be using it for light tasks this could work. For something writing papers, reading the news and emailing you could use this or simply go out and buy a Samsung Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US. If you are looking for upload a lot of videos, heavy multitasking, play PC games or need a laptop that will stay fast as you continue to store more information on it say away as this would surely be a bad investment. Save yourself both time and headache and just spend more on a better performing laptop if that is clearly what you need.