HP’s Notebook 15-ac121nr is a pretty good value, offering long battery life and a display that’s big enough for serious productivity. Starting at $599, the 15-inch laptop also boasts a handsome silver design and decent performance for the money. But it's held back a bit by its relatively shallow keyboard.
Weighing in at 4.8 lbs., the Notebook 15 is about as hefty as its rivals, including the 4.8-lb. Toshiba Satellite L55 and 4.6-lb. Asus F555LA. And it’s a lot more portable than Dell’s 5.4-lb. Inspiron 15 5000, making the Notebook 15 a better pick for commuters and frequent travelers.
Other hardware highlights include a 15.6-inch display that isn’t just roomy – it’s also really sharp, with a full-HD resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. That’s noteworthy, since most competing laptops have inferior 720p displays, which can feel really cramped for screen-intensive tasks like editing spreadsheets and viewing large documents.
Battery life is also pretty good for a mid-range machine like this. The Notebook 15 ran for a respectable 5 hours and 51 minutes on our battery life test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That beats out the category average by a few minutes, and it also tops the Asus F555LA (5:44) and Satellite L55 (5:14). Dell’s Inspiron 15 5000 is the battery life champ, though, running for 6 hours and 22 minutes.
The Notebook 15’s weakest point is its shallow keyboard, which offers just 1.1 millimeters of travel on each key stroke. That’s noticeably less than the 1.5mm we look for in a laptop keyboard. Deeper keys are better because they provide a more comfortable, desktop-like typing experience.
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