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HP 15.6" Laptop (Refurbished): 1080p, Ryzen 5 R5-5500U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD

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Walmart has HP 15.6"Laptop (Refurbished, 15-ef2126wm) on sale for $319. Shipping is free.

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About this product:
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 Full HD 250-nit display
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5500U 6-Core (12-Core) Processor
  • 8GB (2x 4 GB) 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive
  • 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • HP True Vision 720p HD Camera
  • Windows 11
  • 3-Cell 45Wh Battery
  • Weight: 3.72 lbs
  • Ports:
    • 1x USB Type-C
    • 2x USB Type-A
    • 1x HDMI 1.4b
    • 1x headphone/mic combo
    • SD Media Card Reader

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This has a Ryzen 5-5500u. It's quicker in multi thread benchmarks than a 10th gen i7. It's useful for far more than basic computing.
It's actually IPS 250nits 45% NTSC. Source: I own one and it's not a bad screen at all
Yep it has 2x DDR4 SO-DIMM slots. Should work even with 64gb of RAM (2x 32GB modules), though I am not surprised that HP doesn't "officially" support it, such practice is pretty common. (Also it would be a bit strange to put so much RAM in such a PC.)

It comes with 2x 4GB modules. Given the powerful hexa-core CPU and fast NVMe storage, performance with 8GB is probably just fine for most people, even taking into account that a "chunk" of RAM gets reserved for the on-chip graphics processor (I would guess the "chunk" is 2GB so Windows would report the computer as having 6GB of RAM).

If one were inclined to upgrade, they might replace a 4GB module with an 8GB module to get to 12GB of RAM. Or replace a 4GB module with a 16GB module to get to 20GB of RAM.

8GB DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM - $25 - LINK [amazon.com]
16GB DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM - $48 - LINK [amazon.com]

SSD is standard m.2 slot, 2280 length, NVMe interface, (may also support m.2 SATA interface but there's no reason to buy such a drive compared with NVMe.)

Nice diassembly video here. LINK [youtube.com]

Deal seems pretty good but I would imagine the screen is medicore (Presumably it uses a TN panel, which means poor viewing angles and washed out colors compared with higher end panels like IPS or VA).

Note the specs say the HDMI port is 1.4b, so it probably can't run a TV or monitor at 4k@60Hz on its HDMI port (though I would love if someone with this pc could try it out!)

If I was a buyer today I would go with this quad-core Gateway refurb for $329. LINK [walmart.com] - Note it is a bit smaller (14.1" screen diagonal vs. 15.6" here. The 15.6" is wide enough to squeeze a number pad to the right of the standard keyboard, the 14.1" lacks a number pad). It wins on screen (IPS), RAM (16GB), and storage (512GB, note bigger SSDs obviously give you more capacity, but they are also faster). This HP only wins in raw CPU "horsepower" with the hexa-core Ryzen.

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Walmart's specifications show that this laptop only supports up to a maximum of 8GB of RAM.
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Walmart's specifications show that this laptop only supports up to a maximum of 8GB of RAM.
I supports upto 32gb per HP website and the SSD is replaceable.
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Pretty good for a kid laptop. Great for browsing the website and YouTube consumption
This has a Ryzen 5-5500u. It's quicker in multi thread benchmarks than a 10th gen i7. It's useful for far more than basic computing.
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There is a review, I would not be buying this one.

https://youtu.be/KROTKE61WtM

The summary is the keyboard is bad, no full usb-c, and the display is TN garbage. The Gateway refurb is much better full USB-C and an entry IPS screen.
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This has a Ryzen 5-5500u. It's quicker in multi thread benchmarks than a 10th gen i7. It's useful for far more than basic computing.
Using that screen is child abuse.
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I supports upto 32gb per HP website and the SSD is replaceable.
Yep it has 2x DDR4 SO-DIMM slots. Should work even with 64gb of RAM (2x 32GB modules), though I am not surprised that HP doesn't "officially" support it, such practice is pretty common. (Also it would be a bit strange to put so much RAM in such a PC.)

It comes with 2x 4GB modules. Given the powerful hexa-core CPU and fast NVMe storage, performance with 8GB is probably just fine for most people, even taking into account that a "chunk" of RAM gets reserved for the on-chip graphics processor (I would guess the "chunk" is 2GB so Windows would report the computer as having 6GB of RAM).

If one were inclined to upgrade, they might replace a 4GB module with an 8GB module to get to 12GB of RAM. Or replace a 4GB module with a 16GB module to get to 20GB of RAM.

8GB DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM - $25 - LINK [amazon.com]
16GB DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM - $48 - LINK [amazon.com]

SSD is standard m.2 slot, 2280 length, NVMe interface, (may also support m.2 SATA interface but there's no reason to buy such a drive compared with NVMe.)

Nice diassembly video here. LINK [youtube.com]

Deal seems pretty good but I would imagine the screen is medicore (Presumably it uses a TN panel, which means poor viewing angles and washed out colors compared with higher end panels like IPS or VA).

Note the specs say the HDMI port is 1.4b, so it probably can't run a TV or monitor at 4k@60Hz on its HDMI port (though I would love if someone with this pc could try it out!)

If I was a buyer today I would go with this quad-core Gateway refurb for $329. LINK [walmart.com] - Note it is a bit smaller (14.1" screen diagonal vs. 15.6" here. The 15.6" is wide enough to squeeze a number pad to the right of the standard keyboard, the 14.1" lacks a number pad). It wins on screen (IPS), RAM (16GB), and storage (512GB, note bigger SSDs obviously give you more capacity, but they are also faster). This HP only wins in raw CPU "horsepower" with the hexa-core Ryzen.
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There is a review, I would not be buying this one.

https://youtu.be/KROTKE61WtM

The summary is the keyboard is bad, no full usb-c, and the display is TN garbage. The Gateway refurb is much better full USB-C and an entry IPS screen.
It's actually IPS 250nits 45% NTSC. Source: I own one and it's not a bad screen at all
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This has a Ryzen 5-5500u. It's quicker in multi thread benchmarks than a 10th gen i7. It's useful for far more than basic computing.
The Vega 7 integrated graphics chip is pretty decent and on par with the new XE Iris capabilities
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Personally I'd recommend the Costco $350 i3 quad core if you're ok with 14" (same display technology) bc it has plenty of processing power with finger print sensor and backlit keyboard. It does not match up with the Vega 7 graphics on this Walmart deal tho.
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There is a review, I would not be buying this one.

https://youtu.be/KROTKE61WtM

The summary is the keyboard is bad, no full usb-c, and the display is TN garbage. The Gateway refurb is much better full USB-C and an entry IPS screen.
You are almost right. I have one of these. The screen is not garbage, it is worse than garbage. I hated it from the start. I ordered from hp directly and there is restocking fee.

Will never buy direct from hp again.
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Using that screen is child abuse.
Exactly, I bought one of these for my child. Watching the screen while setting up the laptop, I felt dizzy. I wouldn't let any child to use this screen, let alone my own.
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Same exact IPS screen that's on the FP Costco i3 laptop. https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c07918009 vs https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c07905318
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