HP 15-f305dx

The consumer oriented HP 15-f305dx is a great desktop replacement laptop, designed to fill the gap between low-end notebooks and mid-range devices. It really feels like a more expensive unit trapped in a rather affordable body. For the price its being sold at, the HP looks like a good deal for users who want to upgrade their aging home systems without spending too much.

Review

Unlike many of today’s laptops, the HP 15-f305dx comes equipped with a quad core AMD processor, specifically the A6-5200 APU unit which was launched two years ago. This processor has scored decent points in benchmark tests: 2400 points. Although it has four cores, it only boasts 2 MB of available L2 cache and a thermal design power of 25 Watts. The performance is comparable to a 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor.

HP 15-f305dx side view
Pictured: the affordable HP 15-f305dx

System memory will prove sufficient for the vast majority of users, 4 gigabytes of RAM being enough for the operating system to run smoothly, as well as any programs that might be used simultaneously. For those with increased demands, system memory is user upgradeable up to 6 to 8 gigabytes by adding another memory stick in the available free slot.

Storage space is also sufficient enough to hold significant media collections, as well as many games or large files. As for the graphics department, it doesn’t come with a dedicated video card, but with an integrated, on board component. New games are out of the question, but you’ll still be able to play games like League of Legends or Counter Strike at bearable frame rates. The 15.6 inches screen comes with a standard HD display. Our recommendation is to connect the laptop to an external full HD monitor via HDMI cable to get a better browsing experience while sitting at the desk, since its native 1366 x 768 resolution might make you a bit claustrophobic when viewing web content.

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HP 15-f305dx front viewOther notable features include 2 high speed USB 3.0 ports, 802.11 b/g/n Wireless LAN (streaming high definition video content may prove problematic), Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 port and a DVD writer.

The HP 15-f305dx isn’t a featherweight, but we’ve seen bulkier laptops around, so size and weight are normal for a device this cheap. However battery life is unimpressive when put against competitors, managing around 4 hours of screen time at best, not enough to warrant taking it to long trips or cafes, since the actual battery stats will be lower when overworked.

Technical Specifications


Product HP 15-f305dx
PROCESSOR
CPU Name AMD A6-5200 APU
CPU Type Quad Core
CPU Speed 2.0 GHz
CPU Cache 2 MB
SYSTEM MEMORY
Installed Memory 4 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Memory Type DDR3L SDRAM
Total Memory Slots 2 slots
STORAGE
Storage Capacity 500 GB
Storage Type Hard Disk Drive
Storage Technology SATA, 5400 rpm
DISPLAY
Screen Size 15.6″
Screen Type LCD
Screen Technology BrightView WLED Backlit
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touchscreen No
GRAPHICS
Graphics Processing Unit AMD Radeon HD 8400
Graphic Card Type Integrated
Graphics Memory Shared
AUDIO & VIDEO
Audio Technology HD Audio
Speakers Stereo speakers
Webcam Yes, 720p
NETWORK AND COMMUNICATION
Wireless LAN 1×1 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Ethernet 10/100 BASE-T
INTERFACE
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
HDMI Yes
VGA No
Headphone/Mic Audio Combo Jack
Multi Card Slot Multi-Format Digital Media Reader
LAN (RJ45) Yes
INPUT DEVICES
Touch Pad / Track Pad Touch Pad with multi-touch gestures
Keyboard Full size island style
Backlit Keyboard No
BATTERY
Battery Type 3-Cell Lithium-Ion Polymer
Battery Capacity 31 Whr
Maximum Battery Life Up to 4 hours
Other Features DVD-Writer
Operating System Windows 10
Dimensions (W x D x H) 15.18″ x 10.16″ x 0.89″
Weight 4.82 lbs

Scores, Pros and Cons

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75% Complete
95% Complete
  • Pros
  • Affordable price
  • Adequate system memory
  • Nice keyboard
  • DVD-Writer
  • Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Last generation CPU
  • Storage space could have been larger

Final Thoughts

When considering the HP 15-f305dx, you must tone down your expectations by keeping in mind that this full featured notebook computer costs under $300. For that amount of money, you can easily replace the home desktop or use it with success as a college laptop and even as a work machine. However, you shouldn’t keep it too far away from a power socket, since battery life is one of its low points.

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