This HP 15-db0996na is a multimedia laptop even if doesn’t have an expensive GPU, because the integrated GPU offers decent performance – Vega 8. The Ryzen 5 2500U processor is the equivalent of a Core i5. For the desktop user, there is Ryzen 5 2400G that has four cores and it’s slightly better. Those types of components can’t be used for laptops because of their higher power consumption. For this budget we get a device that comes with 15-inch display that has a 1920×1080 pixel resolution and SVA panel (quality is similar to that of an IPS).
Most CPUs have an integrated GPU, but performance depends on generation and series. The Ryzen 5 processor is a quad core with a Vega 8 GPU. Even so, you need a dedicated GPU if you want to try 3D games or professional applications. Can’t complain about its storage because it has a generous HDD and you can replace it with a SSD if you want all applications to start quickly. I consider that it has enough RAM memory and upgrading it is kind of useless because it is placed on two slots (you have to change one of them). We are talking about a 2400 MHz RAM memory that can’t be found on many mainstream laptops.
Build quality improved with every generation and you can’t complain because most ports are on the left side. The design is quite slim for a multimedia laptop but it can’t be an ultrabook in this budget.
Battery life isn’t so great on powerful laptops, that is why some users prefer it only for desk work and keep it plugged all the time, but you can expect many hours of runing.
HP 15-db0996na is a compact laptop with a weight of only 2 kg and great battery life if you used it only for office tasks. It look great from any angle you look at it, the gold finish on the cover, hinge and base looks great. The new series has a better charging system, so you get its battery from 0% to 50% in only 45 minutes.