Deal: The HP Chromebook 15 with U-series Core i5, 8 GB of RAM and free external DVD drive down to $479

When the HP Chromebook 15 debuted as the first Chromebook with a dedicated number pad last April, the Pentium model with 4 GB of memory was $449. Fast forward to today and you can nab the same 1080p clamshell with a much higher powered Core i5-8250U processor, double the RAM and get a free external DVD drive for just $30 more.

Amazon is currently showing this great value on the HP Chromebook 15 at $479.

For reference, HP is selling a Core i3 model of this Chromebook for $619 directly.

And I should note that my Acer Chromebook Spin 13, which I use daily for heavy duty Linux apps and coding, uses this same Core i5 processor. Although I have 16 GB of memory in that device and the HP has half that, my device flies and costs $999 new.

Here’s a rundown on the HP Chromebook 15 specs for the $479 price tag:

CPUIntel Core i5-8250U
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 620
Display15.6-inch IPS touch panel, 250 nits
1920 x 1080, 16:9 aspect
Memory8 GB DDR4, 2133 MHz
Storage128 GB eMMC, microSD card expansion slot
Connectivity802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
InputBacklit keyboard, multi-touch trackpad
Ports2 USB Type-C, 1 USB Type-A, 720p webcam,
microSD card slot, combo microphone/headphone
Battery60Whr, claimed run-time up
to 13 hours
Weight3.99 pounds
SoftwareChrome OS automatic update expiration
date: June 2025

At four pounds, a light Chromebook this is not, although it’s certainly portable in a backpack or messenger bag.

Weight is the tradeoff for a device this large, but it gains you a bigger display, dedicated numeric keypad and larger battery. I doubt most activities will net you the claimed 13 hours of run-time on a single charge, but 9 to 10 daily should be feasible.

Considering a comparably configured Lenovo Chromebook Yoga C630 costs $549 on Amazon right now, this HP Chromebook 15 deal is a good value if you’re in the market for the largest Chromebook you can get and don’t mind the clamshell form factor.

4 thoughts on “Deal: The HP Chromebook 15 with U-series Core i5, 8 GB of RAM and free external DVD drive down to $479

  • March 8, 2020 at 11:05 am

    DVD drive? Lol, why?

  • March 8, 2020 at 11:41 am

    IF they can get ANY USB DVD player to work I’m amazed. I’ve tried half a dozen different models from Amazon and never got anything to work with my HP X360 14. I think it’s one of Chromebooks’ most ridiculous deficiencies!

  • March 8, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    I wasn’t aware that a Chromebook could play a DVD. I tried the two CDROM/DVD readers I have and neither worked.


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