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HP 15-r137ds TouchSmart Review, Impressive Budget Touch Screen Notebook

HP 15-r137ds TouchSmart is a new 15.6 inch Touchsmart laptop with impressive mobile computing power and a great affordable price. It’s a new model for its series and comes with new design and newly installed hardware for hard work and play. Yeah, comes with the Intel Pentium N3540 Quad-Core Processor as the heart doesn’t make the HP 15 Touchsmart the best touchscreen laptop on the market. But with an 8GB DDR3L SDRAM, DVD drive, 1TB of internal storage and comfortable island style keyboard, we believe the 15-r137ds 15.6-inch notebook is still a great laptop for the price and gives more value than its price suggests.

Yeah, the HP 5.34 lbs laptop is not the lightest 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop on the market, but it’s still acceptable for a travel companion. Measures just 14.88 x 10.20 x 1.01 inch, HP 15-r137ds laptop still can slip easily into any carry bag and easy to carry around with you wherever you go. As the latest model, this machine brings more attractive design than its predecessor. The glossy black interior combined with rounded corner make it looks slimmer than they are. For exterior, small HP logo on the center of the lid with Sparkling Black design make it looks more stylish than its predecessor. It’s powered by a 3-cell Lithium-ion polymer battery that gives more than 4 hours for daily use, which is an average battery life on its class.

HP 15-r137ds TouchSmart notebook
HP 15-r137ds TouchSmart impressive laptop

HP 15-r137ds TouchSmart Computing Performance

Like the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5382 15.6 inch budget laptop, the Pavilion 15-r137ds TouchSmart laptop comes with a 2.16 GHz Intel Pentium N3540 Bay Trail-M processor as the heart. Yeah, this an entry level processor, but with 8GB DDR3L SDRAM and Turbo Boost technology (gives extra power to 2.66 GHz), this machine still have more than enough power that you will need for running demanding intensive modern office applications. You also can handle two office tasks with another casual multimedia work at the same time without sacrificing its performance. Unfortunately, the integrated Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail) graphics engine performance is a bit disappointed, but its still delivers enough power for casual modern multimedia and some basic modern games.

HP 15-r137ds TouchSmart boasted a 15.6 inch High Definition WLED-backlit touchscreen display with 10 finger touch supports and optimized with HP BrightView technology. The TouchSmart laptop’s panel delivers pretty clear, crisp and natural color for video and movies with a maximum internal resolution at 1366 x 768 native pixels. Yeah, this is not a kind of mainstream multimedia machine, but the internal stereo speakers that optimized with HD Audio technology still provides pretty loud and rich sound for multimedia tasks, especially in the small room.

This 15.6 inch TouchSnart laptop have 1TB of internal storage and offers up to 5400 RPM spinning speeds for write and read data, which is a bigger-than-average laptop on the market. Similar to its competitor on its price range, the 15-r137ds laptop also equipped with a SuperMulti DVD burner that placed on the left side, so it’s easy to create a DVD backup or load more movies and applications from CDs and DVDs cassettes. On the same DVD’s side, you will also find two USB 2.0 ports.

Above the laptop’s touchscreen panel, you will see a single front-facing web camera for Skype video calls and self-video recording. It’s also integrated with¬† HP TrueVisio technology and internal digital microphone. The full-size keyboard with island style design comes with a wide enough and comfortable keypad. The rest of ports interface are USB 3.0 port, an HDMI output, multi-format digital media card reader slot, RJ-45 port and single 3.5mm audio combos jack for connecting to headphones and external speakers.

As a modern laptop, the 15-r137ds also preinstalled with some interesting software, includes Recovery Manager, 7-zip, CyberLink YouCam, CyberLink PowerDVD, Evernote and the 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8.1 as the operating system. So, what do you think about the newest HP 15 TouchSmart laptop? Yeah, HP 15-r137ds TouchSmart isn’t a high premium laptop, but it delivers greater multitasking performance than common of its competitors. If you interest, this machine is ready now in the major retailers with a starting price only around at $543. If you need a more power laptop for multimedia and games, you should check the HP ENVY m6-p114dx 15.6 inches “aluminum” laptop. It’s powered by AMD FX-8800P Quad Core Processor and incorporated with a 6GB of memory.

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