The HP 15-BA021AX is a decent device for casual gamers, but it has typical heating problems for AMD devices. In general, the laptop is reasonably functional, but there are better Intel counterparts.


The HP-15ba021ax is a low-cost 15.6-inch laptop and one of the few of its kind powered by AMD’s Bristol Ridge processor. This seventh-generation AMD processor came to the world of laptops at the end of last year. This is not the fastest chip there is, this laptop with AMD A10 – 9600P technology competes with other budget laptops with sixth and seventh generation Intel Core i5 and i3 processors. So is HP’s economic offering good compared to its Intel-based counterparts? Let’s find out.

Specifications of our testing machine

Display: 15.6″, 1366 x 768P
Processor: AMD A10-9600 PROCESSOR
Memory: 4 GB, maximum 8 GB compatible
Memory: 1TB Hard Drive (5400 rpm)
Battery: 41whr

Design and construction

As it is, the HP laptop does not present anything worth writing about here. It is a simple design that is functional, but looks outdated. However, the discreet silver and black is more pleasing to the eye than the shiny exterior of some other laptops in the same price range. The ribbed top looks unique, but the HP 15-BA021AX is by no means an attractive laptop.

On the other hand, the build quality is one of the best in the category. Although the laptop is made entirely of plastic, it feels quite sturdy. The structure is not very flexible, neither on the keyboard, nor on the screen itself. The hinge mechanism also works well and is sturdy enough to hold the screen in place during light bumps. However, a slight tremor is noticeable when operating the machine in a moving vehicle.

Display and I / O

The laptop uses a 15.6-inch backlit LED display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. This is a decent panel for the price, and the color saturation is comparable to any other budget laptop. However, the viewing angles are poor, and you can enjoy the video content only if you look at the screen from a neutral point. There is no cut light on the screen, but poor viewing angles could be a deal breaker for some.

On the I / O side, you can get almost everything you expect from a laptop of this category. On the left side you will find a standard LAN port, two USB ports, an HDMI port and a combination of a microphone and headphone jack. The right side has a USB 3.0 port, an SD card slot and the modest DVD burner, which is gradually becoming a rarity on most laptops. This current set of ports covers everything except a Type-C port, which might have been a nice addition. In addition, I would have liked two USB 3.0 ports instead of one.

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