HP 15-BA009DX 15.6-inch

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The HP 15-BA009DX is a bestselling budget friendly laptop that has been praised for its attractive price, a good amount of storage space, its AMD Dual-Core A6-9220 2.50GHz processor, and its no frills design and construction. However, its integrated Radeon graphics are only suited to less demanding games and classic games. Some users have also mentioned the fact that the trackpad can be slightly unresponsive at times. However, if you are going to play any sort of game, then we recommend using a mouse.


While HP’s dedicated Omen gaming laptop range starts from just shy of a thousand dollars, the HP 15-BA009DX is a budget friendly alternative for those casual gamers who love their classic titles. Breaking the mould from the usual Intel Celeron or Pentium processors, the HP 15-BA009DX features an AMD Quad-Core A6-7310 processor which offers slightly higher benchmark scores than the current entry-level Intel processors.

This also means that instead of an Intel HD Graphics based GPU, you will get an AMD Radeon R4 GPU based on the Beema architecture. While this will not win any awards, it will allow you to play classic titles such as Warcraft III, Age of Empires II and Command & Conquer Generals. You will also be able to play Counter Strike and World of Warcraft, which are both still widely played across the globe. If you are looking to play AAA gaming titles such as Battlefield 1 or Call of Duty: Infinity Warfare, then we recommend looking at a laptop with a dedicated NVIDIA graphics card as this laptop does not meet the required minimum specifications.

While the 4GB of RAM will be sufficient for everyday tasks, it will struggle with more RAM hungry applications such as Google Chrome. Some gaming titles will also struggle with the limited amount of RAM and we recommend purchasing a second 4GB RAM module to increase the HP 15-BA009DX’s performance.

Although some budget friendly laptops feature tiny 32GB solid state drives, the HP 15-BA009DX comes standard with a 500GB mechanical hard drive. While this drive offers vastly more storage space, it will mean slower Windows boot and application launch times. Some users have mentioned the fact that the trackpad may not always be super responsive, we do recommend using a mouse while you play any games.

NINJA SCORE:
64
Mixed Reviews
$287.98$284.88
(as of 08-11-2020 16:18 -07:00) Details
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Pros

  • CPU performance
  • Radeon GPU
  • Minimalist design
  • Good amount of storage space
  • Price

Cons

  • Trackpad
  • Integrated graphics
  • No gigabit Ethernet or Bluetooth

Bottom Line

The HP 15-BA009DX is a budget friendly laptop for the casual gamer who enjoys playing classic titles, however the integrated graphics will limit which games this laptop will run without feeling sluggish.


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Full Specifications

Processor AMD A6-9220 2.5GHz [View Benchmarks]
Graphics Amd Radeon R4 (Beema) [View Benchmarks]
Graphics TypeIntegrated
Graphics Memory Shared
RAM 4GB DDR3L
Operating System Microsoft Windows Windows 10 Home
Weight4.8 lbs
Battery Life5.5 hours
Hard Drive 1500 HDD 5400
Display Size15.6 inch
Display TypeTN
Display Resolution1366 x 768
Display TechnologyLED backlit
ConnectivityUSB 3.0 | 2x USB 2.0 | HDMI | 10/100 Ethernet | WiFi
AudioStereo speakers | DTS Studio Sound
WebcamVGA 0.3MP
Additional Featuresmemory card reader
Dimension (LxWxH)15.2 x 10.2 x 0.9
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