HP’s lowest-end laptops are getting better and better these days with Core i7 CPUs, 1080p IPS displays, 16 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 6, and even NVMe SSDs much like their pricier Envy or Spectre counterparts.
Intel’s latest Tiger Lake Core i7 processors launched first on pricier Ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13 or Asus ZenBook 14 UX425E retailing for over $1000 USD each. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for these same processors to appear on much cheaper laptop models to reach a wider range of buyers as shoppers with tight budgets can experience the same benefits of Intel’s newest processor design.
The 15.6-inch HP 15-dy200 with the Core i7-1165G7 CPU is now on sale for $589 USD after applying the coupon code ‘SMBHOL10’. Users must configure with 512 GB of PCIe NVMe storage, optional backlit keyboard, and Wi-Fi 6 in order for the coupon code to work.
The 2020 HP 15 utilizes the same chassis design as the 2018 model which we reviewed here. We were impressed by the metal chassis and overall system performance for such an inexpensive laptop, but the cheap keyboard, poor fan controls, and lack of Thunderbolt are otherwise indicative of a budget laptop model. For under $600, however, the processor and integrated graphics will certainly be tough to beat. For something classier, we recommend looking at the higher-end and slightly more expensive HP Envy series instead.
- 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display, 250 nits
- Core i7-1165G7 CPU
- Integrated Iris Xe graphics
- 16 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM (upgradeable 2x SODIMM)
- 512 GB NVMe M.2 SSD
- 41 Wh battery
- Wi-Fi 6 AX201
- USB-C, 2x USB-A, HDMI 1.4b, 3.5 mm combo audio, SD card reader
- 14.11 x 9.53 x 0.71 inches
- 3.75 lbs
Allen Ngo, 2020-11-28 (Update: 2020-11-28)