Do you want to have a new 15-inch lightweight laptop that has the newest generation of Intel i5 chipset? Today, we are going to review the 2020 HP 15-dy2021nr laptop with its 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor. Will it get thumbs down? Find it out on this page.
Let’s get started with the appearance of this notebook first.
A clean device
This HP 15 laptop model appears to be a very clean device. I like the HP clean logo in the middle of its silver cover. HP did it well with this product to have overall rigid build quality with its mixed polycarbonate and Aluminum material yet maintaining the affordable price.
For the dimension and weight, it is only 1.79 cm thick and weighs only 1.69 kg or 3.72 pounds. It is even lighter than a 15-inch MacBook Pro that weighs 4.02 pounds or 1.83 kg. So what you will be getting here is a 15-inch notebook with the weight of an Ultrabook. Although it is light, it feels solid, the clean unibody has an elegant design.
HP 15-dy2021nr Specs
Alright, we know that reading a laptop’s specifications can be boring but if you consider getting a new one, you want to read them anyway. So here are the main specs of this HP 15-dy2021nr 15-inch laptop.
|Unit||HP 15 Laptop, 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD Storage, 15.6” Full HD IPS Display, Windows 10 Home, HP Fast Charge, Lightweight Design (15-dy2021nr, 2020)|
|Processor||11th Gen of Quad-Core Intel i5-1135G7 (2.40 – 4.2 GHz clock speed)|
|Display||Micro-edge, anti-glare 15.6″ Full-HD 1920 x 1080, IPS, 250 nits|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe|
|RAM||8B (2x4GB) dual-channel DDR4 (2666Hz)|
|Connectivity||1x HDMI, 2x USB Type-A, 1x USB Type-C, 1x Headphone/Mic Combo, 1x SD-Card Reader slot|
|Other features||720p HD HP True Vision Webcam, Wi-Fi6, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Pros & Cons||VIEW|
Anti-Glare IPS Display
The screen of this HP 15 laptop is a Full-HD (1920 x 1080), IPS, anti-glare, 15.6″ panel (measured diagonally). For a 14-inch HP laptop, have a look at this one.
Although it is not a touchscreen, for its price, the screen is bright, crisp, and clear. The fact that it is an IPS panel also gives you a better viewing angle. So you can still view your screen from the right or left without having the reduction of the screen quality.
The anti-glare coating also helps to minimize the reflection effect as well as the risk of eyestrain after working with your laptop for a long time.
Furthermore, you can also hook this laptop up with an external monitor via HDMI or the USB-C port if needed. On the top bezel, you will locate the 720p HD webcam to enable you to do face-to-face online conference or chat.
Unlike most laptops these days, having their speakers on the bottom of the laptop, this HP 15-dy2021nr does have front-facing speakers, which is a good thing. Due to its location, the stereo speakers can produce pretty good crisp sound, and loud enough.
For the price point, the audio quality of this notebook is pretty impressive.
HP is generous to include a numeric pad on the right side of your keyboard. Although it is not a backlit keyboard, the keys are responsive and very well spaced.
They feel very tactile and very comfortable to type on, the number pad is very helpful if you often working with your data entry.
Where this laptop excels
Enough talking about the appearance and the specifications, now let’s talk about the performance. This HP 15-dy2021nr excels on its performance, thanks to its updated processor, which was intentionally built for thin lightweight laptops like this one.
Tiger Lake-U new Intel i5 CPU
The processor inside this notebook is the most up-to-date Intel i5 chip (when we write this review), precisely the Quad-Core Intel i5-1135G7. This chip performs very well for both basic and intermediate PC usage while maintaining to be an energy-efficient chip.
It’s important to have a power-efficient processor for a portable notebook. Speaking about power, this device has a 3-cell 41Wh battery. This battery, combined with the already power-efficient CPU gives you substantial battery life.
For light computing tasks, like browsing the web, editing office documents, you can get 7-8 hours. This is quite important for a lightweight laptop so you won’t need to charge your device every 2 hours.
Even for gaming, this chip is capable, we will talk about it in the GPU section soon.
Compared to the previous generation the CPU of this notebook is significantly faster. Better performance in addition to the improvement of handling graphics, higher memory speed support, and higher maximal turbo boost speed.
Below is the benchmark of this laptop’s CPU compared to its predecessor.
Moreover, this Intel CPU also supports hyperthreading, which makes it possible for each core of the CPU to run more than one single thread. This is an advantage if you are often multitasking with your computer, like doing online video conferences, and working with documents at the same time. Learn more about Hyperthreading technology in this URL.
We have talked about the capability of this HP 15-dy2021nr laptop to play games briefly in the above section. Now we come to the GPU discussion. The quad-core i5-1135G7 CPU packs the brand-new Graphics card Intel Iris Xe Graphics. This GPU brings new improvements of performance with its better GPU base and turbo clock frequency, execution units, and shaders.
Not only is this GPU capable of gaming, but it also can play your 4K video on an external monitor without lagging issues.
With this new Intel’s discrete GPU, paired with the 8GB of RAM, you can play games like Fortnite, and other AAA titles with respectable framerates.
At the end of the day, even if you can game with this unit, I still want to mention that this is not a device for hardcore gamers. If you plan to mainly game on your laptop, you should get a dedicated gaming laptop.
Thumbs up or down?
This HP 15 laptop does its job well, so it gets thumbs up from us. The current Intel i5 processor and its discrete GPU are equally snappy.
Then the 8GB of RAM and the SSD are highly respected to be capable to perform anything you want it to do when it comes to school or office-oriented PC tasks and light gaming. Plus, the sleek form factor (lighter than a MacBook Pro) and good battery life are two features that I love. You will need to pay more for anything better than this.
All in all, if you are looking for a good business laptop that is not expensive, this HP 15-dy2021nr is the one, highly recommended.