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HP 15-g005ng Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 09/18/2014

Quiet operator. HP's 15-g005ng is powered by AMD's new Beema APU. The Beema APUs should shrink Intel's market share in the budget sector. Is the APU's power sufficient for this scheme?

For the original German review, see here.

HP adds a new model to its low-budget laptop range dubbed HP 15-g005ng. The product line has not been given its own name like Compaq or Pavilion - with exception of the number 15. An AMD Beema APU clocks inside the laptop. Read in our report whether HP provides a decent laptop for a low price.

HP's 15 is available for below 400 Euros (~516), and consequently all laptops from this price range are contenders for HP's laptop. There are plenty of them, such as the Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4 (Core i3-4030U, HD Graphics 4400) and Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45 (AMD A6-6310, Radeon R4 (Beema)). We just recently tested both laptops.

Case & Connectivity

The casing of HP's 15 is completely made of black plastic. The base unit's upper side features a glossy surface; the other casing's parts are comprised of matte, roughened plastic. There is no maintenance cover, and the battery can be removed. The base unit generally makes a good impression considering its price level. It does not exhibit any special weaknesses in build or stability. The base unit can be warped a bit too much for our taste. The lid does not make quite as good of an impression. It can be warped to a much stronger extent, which leads to image distortions. These are also seen when pressure is applied to the lid's back.

The buyer is not spoiled with a generous supply of interfaces. The most necessary ports are installed, but there is no VGA-out. Furthermore, HP only treats owners of this laptop to a Fast Ethernet port. Gigabit Ethernet should be standard nowadays.

HP's 15 is shipped with Windows 8.1 (64-bit) preloaded. A Windows DVD is not included. HP also provides drivers for Windows 7 on its website. However, not all necessary drivers are available. For example, the APU driver and USB 3.0 driver are not listed, and they would have to be downloaded separately from AMD's website.

HP 15-g005ng.
HP 15-g005ng.
The glossy surface simply loves collecting fingerprints.
The glossy surface simply loves collecting fingerprints.
The lid's back is comprised of roughened plastic.
The lid's back is comprised of roughened plastic.
Left: Kensington lock slot, power socket, HDMI, Ethernet port, USB 3.0, combo audio jack
Left: Kensington lock slot, power socket, HDMI, Ethernet port, USB 3.0, combo audio jack
Right: 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner
Right: 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner
The card reader is on the front

Input Devices

The input devices of HP's 15
The input devices of HP's 15

An unlit chiclet keyboard is installed in HP's laptop. The level, lightly roughened keys have a short drop. Although the pressure point is palpable, it could be a bit crisper. The keyboard only yields slightly in the number pad's area when typing on it. It will not satisfy prolific writers, but it will suffice for home use. HP uses a multi-touchpad as a mouse replacement. It has a surface area of approximately 11 x 5.4 cm, and thus has enough room for using gestures. The pad has a roughened surface that does not prevent fingers from gliding. The sleek mouse keys feature a clearly audible and palpable pressure point alongside a short drop.

Display

HP's 15 sports a glare-type, 15.6-inch screen with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The screen's brightness of 200.8 cd/m² is not really impressive. However, this rate corresponds to the laptop's price level. Both the contrast of 618:1 and black level of 0.33 cd/m² are very pleasing, in return.

215
cd/m²
201
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
204
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
190
cd/m²
192
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 215 cd/m² Average: 200.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 204 cd/m²
Contrast: 618:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.56 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 13 | - Ø
40% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.78

The screen's color reproduction also corresponds to the laptop's price level. The average DeltaE 2000 shift in state of delivery is 11.56. The target range is a DeltaE 2000 rate of less than 3. Beyond that, the screen has a visible bluish cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
HP 15 outdoors
HP 15 outdoors

The basic TN screen in HP's laptop can only offer limited viewing angles. This was also expected in view of the laptop's price level. It is only difficult to use outdoors. The low brightness alongside the screen's glare surface greatly thwarts any such plans.

Performance

HP's 15-g005ng is a basic office laptop that is configured with AMD's new Beema APU. The APU provides more than enough performance for common applications from the office and Internet fields. Rendering videos is no issue either. Hewlett Packard offers many other models within its HP 15 line - with both Intel and AMD innards.

Processor

An A8-6410 APU (Beema) from AMD clocks inside HP's laptop. The APU features a quad-core processor that operates with a base speed of 2 GHz. Its speed can be increased up to 2.4 GHz via Turbo. The APU's TDP of 15 watts is on par with Intel's Haswell ULV processors.

We could retrieve the APU's full power in AC mode. The processor performed the single-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks with 2.4 GHz, and it ran the multi-thread tests with 2 to 2.2 GHz. The APU processed the tests in battery mode only marginally slower (single: 2 to 2.4 GHz; multi: 1.8 to 2 GHz).

The multi-thread performance of AMD's processor is on par with those from Intel's Haswell Core i3 processors, such as the Core i3-4030U. The single-thread performance is more relevant in routine use, and the Core i3 still has the lead here. Nevertheless, AMD basically has an alternative for a Core i3 processor in its lineup.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.6 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.01 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
14.89 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
49 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
165 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
15.92 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Help
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.6 Points ∼2%
Lenovo B50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
0.32 Points ∼1% -47%
Medion Akoya S6213T MD98716
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530
0.47 Points ∼2% -22%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.49 Points ∼2% -18%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.56 Points ∼2% -7%
Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2957U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.62 Points ∼2% +3%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.79 Points ∼3% +32%
Lenovo G510-59416358
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.25 Points ∼5% +108%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2.01 Points ∼3%
Lenovo B50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
0.62 Points ∼1% -69%
Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2957U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.2 Points ∼2% -40%
Medion Akoya S6213T MD98716
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530
1.7 Points ∼2% -15%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.74 Points ∼2% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.98 Points ∼3% -1%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.01 Points ∼3% 0%
Lenovo G510-59416358
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3.25 Points ∼5% +62%

System Performance

HP's 15 operates smoothly, and we did not experience problems. The laptop achieved good scores in the PCMark benchmarks. They are roughly on par with those of a Core i3 laptop, such as the Extensa 2510.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1967 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2087 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2834 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1967 Points ∼35%
Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2957U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1492 Points ∼26% -24%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2011 Points ∼35% +2%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2092 Points ∼37% +6%
Lenovo G510-59416358
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2400 Points ∼42% +22%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2574 Points ∼45% +31%

Storage Devices

HP installs a hard drive from Hitachi's Travelstar Z5K500 line in the laptop. It does its job inconspicuously with a speed of 5400 revolutions per minute and has a capacity of 500 GB. It can score with overall good transfer rates that correspond to the standards of a modern 5400 rpm hard drive.

Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Sequential Read: 102.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 102.6 MB/s
512K Read: 39.73 MB/s
512K Write: 38.87 MB/s
4K Read: 0.481 MB/s
4K Write: 0.922 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 1.014 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.916 MB/s

Graphics Card

The Radeon R5 (Beema) graphics core is responsible for video output. It supports DirectX 11.2 and clocks with a speed of up to 800 MHz. Performance records should not be expected from the GPU. Its performance is located in the lower half of the performance chart. The scores achieved in the 3DMark benchmarks show that it is positioned between Intel's HD Graphics 4400 and HD Graphics 4600 cores.

3DMark 11 Performance
831 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
32088 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
2882 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
517 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
831 Points ∼3%
Medion Akoya S6213T MD98716
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530
206 Points ∼1% -75%
Lenovo B50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
218 Points ∼1% -74%
Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2957U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
544 Points ∼2% -35%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
784 Points ∼3% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
795 Points ∼3% -4%
Lenovo G510-59416358
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
854 Points ∼3% +3%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1363 Points ∼5% +64%

Gaming Performance

The APU in HP's laptop is not really suitable for computer games. A few titles can be played smoothly in a low resolution and low quality settings. Games with a low hardware requirement allow for a bit more. For example, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and the different parts of the FIFA series are among them. Higher frame rates can be extracted from Intel GPUs and higher-performance AMD GPUs by installing a second working memory module. The memory then operates in dual-channel mode and the GPU can be used better. The frame rates increase by an average of 20%. This option is not available in HP's 15 because the laptop only has one memory bank, and the memory controller only support single-channel mode.

low med. high ultra
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) 35.726.517.6fps
Dirt 3 (2011) 56.431.823.3fps
Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011) 40.419.4fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 28.220.69.6fps
Dishonored (2012) 26.420.318.6fps
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012) 20.113.811.3fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 31.822.811.3fps
Assassin´s Creed III (2012) 10.510fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 44.120.917.1fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 3417.811.9fps
GRID 2 (2013) 42.423.818.7fps
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013) 21.415.75.3fps
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (2013) 19.112.48.8fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 22.318.215.5fps
F1 2013 (2013) 352622fps
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) 261510fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 21.315.510.4fps
Sims 4 (2014) 57.925.2fps

Emissions

System Noise

HP's 15 operates quietly over the entire load range. The noise level only increased to 31.1 dB(A) even during the stress test (via Prime95 and Furmark). The CPU's and GPU's throttling are noticed here. The noise level climbed to 34.4 dB(A) when only Prime95 ran. This is also a good rate. Both the IdeaPad and Extensa also always operate quietly.

Noise Level

Idle
30.7 / 30.7 / 30.7 dB(A)
HDD
31.7 dB(A)
DVD
36.6 / dB(A)
Load
30.8 / 31.1 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

HP 15-g005ng in the stress test
HP 15-g005ng in the stress test

Not only does HP's laptop run quietly, it virtually does not heat up at all. 30 °C was not surpassed anywhere in idle mode. The temperatures during the stress test ranged clearly below 40 °C. It looks similar in the IdeaPad and Extensa.

The CPU performed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) with 1.4 GHz in AC mode. The graphics core clocked with full speed (800 MHz). The CPU's speed was 1.2 GHz when we ran the stress test in battery mode, and the GPU clocked with 400 to 500 MHz. The CPU's temperature settled to approximately 66 °C in the stress test (AC mode).

 28.1 °C27.9 °C26.7 °C 
 28.4 °C28.6 °C27.1 °C 
 27.8 °C28.1 °C28.3 °C 
Maximum: 28.6 °C
Average: 27.9 °C
27 °C27.2 °C28.4 °C
26.7 °C28.6 °C28.2 °C
29.8 °C29.1 °C28.2 °C
Maximum: 29.8 °C
Average: 28.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  34.5 °C | Room Temperature 24.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers have found a place on the casing's front underside in HP's laptop. They produce an overall decent and rich sound. They naturally cannot offer real bass. The sound can be influenced via the preloaded "DTS Sound" software.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

HP's laptop does not show a notably large or small energy hunger. The power consumption remained below 10 watts in idle mode. In total, the power consumption of HP's laptop is on par with laptops based on a Core i3 Haswell ULV processor.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5 / 7.2 / 8.2 Watt
Load midlight 19.8 / 25.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds using the energy-saving mode and a screen brightness of approximately 150 cd/m² in our Wi-Fi test. HP's 15 achieved a runtime of 4:51 h, which is a good rate. It is thus positioned between the IdeaPad (3:50 h) and Extensa (6:31 h).

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
4h 51min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
291 min ∼11%
Lenovo B50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
217 min ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
230 min ∼9%
Lenovo G510-59416358
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
251 min ∼9%
Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3
Radeon R6 (Kaveri), A10-7300, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
280 min ∼10%
Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2957U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
285 min ∼11%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
391 min ∼14%
Medion Akoya S6213T MD98716
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530
617 min ∼23%

Verdict

Office, Internet, video playback - those are, roughly speaking, the application fields that HP's 15-g005ng can manage. The installed APU provides enough power to mingle in these fields. The laptop always operates quietly, and does not get particularly warm. Furthermore, it can offer good battery runtimes. Therefore, it is suitable as a browsing station on the couch at home. The installed screen will not win any awards, but it can attract attention with its very decent contrast rate. We have had more expensive laptops with worse screens. Users who value longer battery runtimes and/or a matte screen should turn to the Extensa 2510-34Z4. We also liked the keyboard in Acer's laptop much better.

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Specifications

HP 15-g005ng (15 Series)
Processor
AMD A8-6410 2 GHz
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), Core: 800 MHz, 13.351.1105.1005
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, one memory bank (filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, TN LED, glossy: yes
Storage
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 420 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Hudson-2 High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller 10/100 (10MBit), Atheros AR9485 WiFi Adapter (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
hp CDDVDW SU-208FB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 378 x 260 ( = 0.98 x 14.88 x 10.24 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink LabelPrint, Cyberlink Power2Go 8, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, Cyberlink YouCam, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office 365 (trial), Windows Essentials 2012, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds), Power Supply: 302 g ( = 10.65 oz / 0.67 pounds)
Price
399 Euro

 

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Pro

+Screen's decent contrast
+Quiet operation
+Does not heat up excessively
+Good battery runtimes
 

Cons

-Dark, viewing angle dependent screen
-Fast Ethernet only
-No maintenance cover
-12-month warranty only

Shortcut

What we like

The device runs quietly and barely heats up.

What we'd like to see

A better screen and a maintenance cover.

What surprises us

HP only includes a 12-month warranty on its laptop. Other manufacturers are more advanced here and include a 24-month warranty even on their budget laptops.

The competition

Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45, Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4, Medion Akoya S6213T MD98716, Lenovo B50-30, Acer Aspire E5-551-T8X3, Lenovo G510, Packard Bell EasyNote TE69HW-29574G50Mnsk, Acer Aspire E1-532, Acer Aspire E1-572.

Rating

HP 15-g005ng - 09/12/2014 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
66 / 98 → 67%
Keyboard
69%
Pointing Device
77%
Connectivity
60 / 81 → 74%
Weight
62 / 67 → 89%
Battery
87%
Display
71%
Games Performance
56 / 68 → 82%
Application Performance
57 / 92 → 62%
Temperature
92%
Noise
94%
Audio
40%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
67%
74%
Office - Weighted Average
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