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Deal | $399 USD HP 15 laptop with latest Ryzen 5 CPU, Windows 11, and FHD display is one of the better budget deals you can find

$399 USD HP 15 laptop with latest Ryzen 5 CPU, Windows 11, and FHD display is one of the better budget deals you can find (Source: Walmart)
$399 USD HP 15 laptop with latest Ryzen 5 CPU, Windows 11, and FHD display is one of the better budget deals you can find (Source: Walmart)
The 15.6-inch HP is a bargain for performance hunters due to its 6-core Ryzen 5 5500U CPU. Daring users bothered by its measly 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD can try to pry open the bottom of the laptop and install higher capacity modules.
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Laptops and TVs are usually some of the hottest items during the Holiday shopping craze. It can sometimes be difficult to separate the good deals from the bad, but we've singled out this budget HP laptop that deserves some attention for ultra-budget seekers.

At just under $400 USD, the HP 15-ef2126wm comes equipped with one of the fastest CPUs you can find for its sale price range. The 6-core Ryzen 5 5500U has faster multi-thread performance than even the Core i7-1165G7 as found on many laptops retailing for twice the price of our HP. Laptops for well under $500 USD typically come with Celeron, Atom, Pentium, or Core i3 processors instead which are all significantly slower than this Ryzen 5-powered HP.

Other notable specs include the FHD (1080p) display instead of the cheaper HD (720p) version, narrow side bezels, and a modern USB-C port.

RAM and storage are limited at just 8 GB and 256 GB, respectively, as HP had to cut corners to keep costs as low as possible. Though adding more modules to the motherboard is possible, HP makes it very hard to service the laptop.

Users can check out our full review on the Intel version of this laptop here which uses the same chassis as the AMD version that's on sale. The HP 15 is a budget laptop designed to retail at much lower prices than the higher-end Envy and Spectre models.

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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.
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Allen Ngo, 2021-11-25 (Update: 2021-11-25)