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Review HP Compaq 15-h024sg Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 03/01/2014

Quiet and frugal. HP only charges around 260 Euros (~$358) for the Compaq 15-h024sg. For this price you get a simple 15.6-inch notebook with a frugal AMD APU and a 500 GB hard drive. The Windows operating system is not provided. Our review shows if the notebook can still convince us despite the low price.

Many notebook manufacturers continue to sell simple office notebooks with retail prices well below 300 Euros (~$413) to attract the attention of customers. You should not expect too much for this amount of money, but there are still some devices with a great price-performance ratio among these very inexpensive notebooks. Is the HP Compaq 15-h024sg such a device?

We use the rivals Acer Aspire E1-532 (Celeron 2955UHD Graphics (Haswell)) and Asus F550CA-XX078D (Pentium 2117UHD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)) to classify the notebook.

Case & Connectivity

The whole case is made of plastic (picture: HP).
The whole case is made of plastic (picture: HP).
Black display cover (picture: HP).
Black display cover (picture: HP).

The case of the Compaq 15 is completely made of plastic, but we did not expect anything else at this price. The basic shape of the device is similar to the notebooks from the Pavilion 15-series like the Pavilion 15-n050sg or Pavilion 15-n005sg, but the dimensions are slightly different. A lot of the case is made of black, matte roughened plastic. The top of the base unit has a glossy silver surface and the overall case leaves a decent impression. There are sometimes problems with uneven gaps and there is no maintenance cover. The battery is at the back and can be removed.

The Compaq is not up to date anymore in terms of connectivity. You get 3 USB ports, but none of them support the USB 3.0 standard. HP also waived the VGA port and there is no Gigabit Ethernet, only a Fast Ethernet port. Both the Aspire as well as the F550CA show how it should be: They have Gigabit Ethernet as well as one VGA and USB 3.0 port each. There were no problems with the WLAN module: The connection was stable within a 15 m radius around the router.

The operating system of the HP notebook is FreeDOS, but the installation of Windows 7 or 8.1, respectively, should not be a problem. HP provides drivers for both operating systems.

Left side: slot for a Kensington lock, AC power, HDMI, Ethernet, USB 2.0, combined stereo jack
Left side: slot for a Kensington lock, AC power, HDMI, Ethernet, USB 2.0, combined stereo jack
Right side: 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner
Right side: 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner
Card reader at the front.
Card reader at the front.

Input Devices

Keyboard and touchpad of the Compaq 15-h024sg
Keyboard and touchpad of the Compaq 15-h024sg

HP equips the Compaq with a non-illuminated chiclet keyboard. All keys are flat and slightly roughened. Overall they have a limited travel and a clear pressure point, but the feedback could be a tad firmer. The keyboard also bounces a bit in the area of the numeric keypad during typing. The touchpad supports multitouch gestures and is 11 x 5.4 cm, which is large enough for several multitouch gestures. The pad has a roughened surface that does not affect the gliding capabilities. Both mouse buttons have a clearly audible and perceptible pressure point as well as a short travel.

Display

The Compaq has a glossy 15.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. It only has an average brightness of 199.6 cd/m², but a good contrast ratio of 846:1 and a good black value of 0.24 cd/m² in return. We determined similar results for the F550CA; the Aspire cannot keep up with the rivals in regard to the contrast.

207
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
193
cd/m²
193
cd/m²
198
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2 // Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 207 cd/m²
Average: 199.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 203 cd/m²
Black: 0.24 cd/m²
Contrast: 846:1

The average DeltaE-2000 deviation of the display is better than the majority of reviewed displays with a value of 8.03. However, none of the colors meets the target area (DeltaE smaller than 3). Unfortunately there is a visible blue cast, but it can be corrected with a display calibration. We tried it.

You can actually use the Compaq outdoors, but you should avoid too bright environments and you have to adjust the display position to prevent reflections. The viewing angle stability does not hold any surprises and meets the price of the notebook: The picture quickly starts to invert with vertical shifts, but the situation is better with horizontal changes. You can still see the picture content from the side but the picture gets noticeably darker with an increasing angle.

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CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Performance

HP's Compaq 15-h024sg is a simple office notebook in a 15.6-inch form factor. The notebook is sufficient for simple tasks like web browsing, Skype, typing or watching videos. The price of the laptop is 260 Euros (~$358) and the version with Windows 8.1 (Compaq 15-h023sg) is available for around 350 Euros (~$482). HP offers numerous versions of the Compaq 15, both with Intel processors as well as AMD APUs.

Processor

HP equips the Compaq with an E1-2100 APU from AMD's current Kabini generation. The CPU part of the APU consists of a dual-core processor clocked at 1 GHz. There is no Turbo, but the TDP is very frugal with just 8 Watts. It is therefore not surprising that the CPU can maintain its maximum clock in the Cinebench CPU benchmarks. The Compaq cannot keep up with the F550CA or the Aspire. Their Intel processors are far superior compared to the AMD APU in single-thread as well as multi-thread applications.

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
1594 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
1695 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
945 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1691
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
1242
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
667
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
8.73 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
0.46 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.23 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
7.86 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
36 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
20 Points
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Compaq 15-h024sg
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.23 Points ∼12%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.61 Points ∼31% +165%
Asus F550CA-XX078D
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.73 Points ∼37% +217%
Lenovo G505s-20255
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics, A6-5350M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.84 Points ∼42% +265%
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1 Points ∼50% +335%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Compaq 15-h024sg
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.46 Points ∼3%
Lenovo G505s-20255
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics, A6-5350M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1 Points ∼6% +117%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.14 Points ∼6% +148%
Asus F550CA-XX078D
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.44 Points ∼8% +213%
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.94 Points ∼11% +322%

System Performance

You definitely notice the slow APU inside the Compaq in practice. It occasionally stutters when you switch between windows and opening a folder can also take some time, but overall it is fine as long as you do not bring it to its limits. It is not surprising that the PCMark 7 result is not overwhelming, and the Compaq falls behind the competition in this test as well.

PC Mark
PCMark 71051 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
HP Compaq 15-h024sg
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1051 Points ∼16%
Lenovo G505s-20255
Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics, A6-5350M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1394 Points ∼21% +33%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1484 Points ∼22% +41%
Asus F550CA-XX078D
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2025 Points ∼31% +93%
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2343 Points ∼35% +123%

Storage Solution

HP uses a hard drive from Toshiba for the Compaq. It has a capacity of 500 GB and works with 5,400 revolutions per minute. Overall the results are decent for a 5,400 rpm drive and they are comparable to similarly equipped rivals.

Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Sequential Read: 103.7 MB/s
Sequential Write: 96.86 MB/s
512K Read: 34.14 MB/s
512K Write: 40.42 MB/s
4K Read: 0.389 MB/s
4K Write: 0.892 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 0.772 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.868 MB/s

Graphics

Graphics are handled by the Radeon HD 8210 GPU, which runs with 300 MHz and supports DirectX 11.1. Similar to the Cinebench benchmarks, once again the Compaq cannot keep up with the Aspire or F550CA in the 3DMarks. The only exception is 3DMark 2011 where the Compaq is on a level with the F550CA. The reason for this is that the CPU does not have a very large impact on the result. The Compaq has the weakest CPU within the competition, so it falls behind in the other benchmarks. Neither of the two devices can keep up with the Aspire, which has the most powerful GPU.

3D Mark
3DMark 11369 points
3DMark Ice Storm13694 points
3DMark Cloud Gate1116 points
3DMark Fire Strike182 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP Compaq 15-h024sg
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
369 Points ∼3%
Asus F550CA-XX078D
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
365 Points ∼3% -1%
Acer Aspire E1-532
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
480 Points ∼3% +30%

Gaming Performance

This is not the right device if you are looking for a gaming notebook. The Compaq can only manage a few games with a smooth frame rate in low resolutions and with low details, but the two rivals are not much faster, either. A notebook that is powerful enough for gaming costs at least 400 to 500 Euros (~$551 to ~$688). A recommendable model would be the Aspire E1-572G (Core i5-4200URadeon HD 8750M). It is structurally identical to the Aspire E1-532 and retails for around 450 Euros (~$619) without Windows.

low med.high ultra
Anno 2070 (2011) 26.5fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 30.412.9fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 8.8fps
SimCity (2013) 37.87.9fps
GRID 2 (2013) 12.6fps
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013) 7.7fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 6fps
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (2013) 9.9fps
F1 2013 (2013) 12fps
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) 14fps
Need for Speed: Rivals (2013) 6fps

Emissions

System Noise

The fan does not have to work really hard because of the frugal APU inside the Compaq. It always runs at a low speed and is hardly audible. Both the Aspire and the F550CA are similarly quiet.

Noise Level

Idle 31.7 / 31.7 / 31.7 dB(A)
HDD 32.6 dB(A)
DVD 36 / dB(A)
Load 31.7 / 31.7 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

All three comparison devices have frugal CPUs or APUs respectively. The notebooks do not produce a lot of heat in any scenario and hardly get warm. We cannot measure values above 40 °C at any spot under load. Our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark for at least one hour) shows the full performance for the CPU and GPU, both with AC power and on battery (CPU: 1 GHz, GPU: 300 MHz). The CPU temperature leveled off at around 47 °C during the stress test.

 27.2 °C26.3 °C25.5 °C 
 26.6 °C26.8 °C25.8 °C 
 26.4 °C27.1 °C28.1 °C 
Maximum: 28.1 °C
Average: 26.6 °C
26 °C27.7 °C28.1 °C
27.7 °C29.1 °C27.5 °C
30.6 °C30.1 °C26 °C
Maximum: 30.6 °C
Average: 28.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  35.6 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the notebook are at the front of the bottom. They produce a tinny sound that lacks bass, but voices are easy to understand. We recommend external speakers or headphones for a better sound experience.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The TDP of the AMD APU (8 Watts) is much lower compared to the two Intel processors (15 and 17 Watts), which means the Compaq is more frugal than the competition under load. Maximum load only results in a consumption of 15.2 Watts, but all three devices are comparable during idle.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 4.6 / 7.7 / 8 Watt
Load 12.2 / 15.2 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Our practical WLAN test uses a script that refreshes websites every 40 seconds while the energy-saving mode is active and the display brightness is adjusted to around 150 cd/m². The Compaq manages a runtime of 4:46 hours, which is okay for such an inexpensive and frugal notebook. The Aspire (4:30 h) only falls behind by a couple of minutes, but the F550CA (3:26 h) has to be recharged much earlier.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
4h 46min

Verdict

HP offers a simple 15.6-inch notebook for a very low price with the Compaq 15-h024sg. Occasional web browsing and text editing is no problem for the device and it is even powerful enough for movie playback. It is very quiet all the time, does not consume a lot of power and manages good battery runtimes. Surprisingly, you also get a decent display. It has a good contrast with average brightness results. We also reviewed comparable notebooks with worse displays.

The biggest problem of the notebook is, however, the integrated APU: It is just not very powerful. Acer proves that you can expect more from a device below 300 Euros (~$413): The Celeron processor inside the Aspire E1-532 is much faster than the AMD APU and results in a more balanced system experience. The lack of a USB 3.0 port is another drawback of the Compaq, and Acer once again shows that the price range allows USB 3.0. The Aspire also has a matte display and a better keyboard. Last but not least: Acer grants a two-year warranty, while users of the Compaq only get 12 months. Overall, the Acer is a much better device.

Asus' F550CA-XX078D offers the highest CPU performance within the competition. It is, however, significantly more expensive than the Aspire and the Compaq with a current retail price of around 320 Euros (~$440). By the way, none of the three devices come with Windows.

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Specifications

HP Compaq 15-h024sg

:: Processor
AMD E1-2100 1 GHz
:: Mainboard
AMD Yangtze
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3, Single-Channel, one slot
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 8210, Core: 300 MHz, 13.152.1.3000
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, Chi Mei, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Toshiba MQ01ABF050, 500 GB , 460 GB free
:: Soundcard
AMD Hudson-2 High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined stereo jack, Card Reader: SD, MMC,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit), Atheros AR9485 WiFi Adapter (b g n )
:: Optical drive
HP DVDRAM GU90N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 378 x 260
:: Weight
2.23 kg
:: Battery
41.4 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8 V, 2620 mAh
:: Price
259 Euro
:: Operating System
FreeDos
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD-Webcam, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty

 

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Pro

+Very quiet
+Frugal
 

Cons

-Only 12 months warranty
-Only USB 2.0
-No VGA port

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What we like

The almost silent operation and the low power consumption.

What we miss

A more powerful APU or a faster processor respectively. We also miss USB 3.0 – at least one according port should be standard for every notebook nowadays.

What surprises us

The display is actually quite decent despite the low price. 

The competition

Acer Aspire E1-532, Asus F550CA-XX078H, Toshiba Satellite C50-A-1JU, Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15Toshiba Satellite C50D-A-10E, Asus F55A/X55A, HP Pavilion 15-n050sg, HP Pavilion 15-n005sg, Lenovo G505s, Lenovo G500, Acer Aspire E1-522, Acer Aspire E1-572, Samsung ATIV Book 2 - 270E5E, Wortmann Terra Mobile 1512.

Rating

HP Compaq 15-h024sg
09/10/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
51 / 98 → 52%
Keyboard
52%
Pointing Device
67%
Connectivity
56%
Weight
62 / 67 → 89%
Battery
87%
Display
74%
Games Performance
37 / 85 → 44%
Application Performance
26%
Temperature
94%
Noise
93%
Audio
40%
Camera
38 / 85 → 45%
Average
60%
67%
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Weighted Average

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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-03- 1 (Update: 2014-03- 3)