Review HP Pavilion 15-e052sg Notebook

Till Schönborn (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 09/09/2013

The AMD alternative? A quad-core CPU, Crossfire graphics and plenty of memory - the HP Pavilion 15 offers a lot for less than 500 Euros (~$663). But how competitive is AMD's new platform and does the inexpensive 15-inch notebook offer any surprises?

For the original German review, see here.

The recent hype about Intel's latest Haswell processors almost lets you forget that AMD also introduced a (more or less) new platform called Richland a few months ago. Although the product variety is still comparatively limited, some devices, usually with low price points, are available.

HP has traditionally a close relationship with AMD and introduces two notebooks at the same time. Besides the Pavilion 17, there is also the smaller Pavilion 15, which is also our review unit. 

You get a well-equipped device for a price of almost 500 Euros (~$663): The quad-core APU A8-5550M is supported by 6 GB memory and a 500 GB hard drive; HP also integrated the dedicated graphics card Radeon HD 8670M. This can be combined with the integrated processor graphics - we are curious if the performance has been improved compared to the predecessors that had problems with micro stutters. 

Competitors for the Pavilion 15 are simple Core i3 notebooks like the Acer Aspire E1-571G, but also some especially inexpensive Core i5 devices like the MSI CX61. Which notebook offers the best overall package for a small price?

Case

glossy plastic case
glossy plastic case

Unfortunately, HP once again uses a glossy plastic case. The smooth surfaces really attract fingerprints; if you really want to enjoy the black-silver design, you will have to clean it on a regular basis. Once it is clean, it also leaves a high-quality impression and suggests a considerably higher retail price. 

At almost 2.4 kilograms (~5.3 pounds) and a thickness of around 3.2 centimeters (~1.3 inches), the Pavilion 15 is not as thin as some competitors with ULV processors, but it is still mobile enough for the occasional transport. The stability is also average: Resistance against concentrated pressure is limited, however, this is certainly not a serious drawback. The overall build quality of the notebook is actually on a surprisingly high level for this price range - even the details are very sophisticated.

Display hinges usually tend to be a weakness with inexpensive devices, but our review unit leaves a solid impression in this regard. You cannot open the display cover with one hand, but the firm hinges also prevent annoying display bouncing. The torsion resistance of the device is also on a good level, despite the lack of expensive materials.

Connectivity

One of the most important ports of modern notebooks is certainly the fast USB 3.0 standard and the Pavilion 15 has two of them. Combined with another USB 2.0 port the user has sufficient ports to attach different peripherals. 

However, we do not like the manufacturer's decision to only integrate HDMI as well as an analog VGA port instead of a modern (mini) DisplayPort. The outdated Fast-Ethernet port is also an indicator of the low price point - similar austerity measures can also be found at the competition. 

The layout of the mentioned ports is tightly packed on the left and right hand sides. USB ports, card reader (SD/MMC) and stereo jack are easy to reach at the front area, but are almost too close to each other. 

Front: No ports
Front: No ports
Left side: VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, stereo jack, card reader
Left side: VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, stereo jack, card reader
Back: No ports
Back: No ports
Right side: DVD-burner, Kensington Lock, USB 2.0, Fast-Ethernet, power
Right side: DVD-burner, Kensington Lock, USB 2.0, Fast-Ethernet, power

Communication

Due to the lack of Bluetooth and UMTS/LTE support, the Pavilion 15 can only use wireless networks (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n). The according Realtek RTL8188EE module only supports single band (2.4 GHz) and single stream (maximum of 150 MBit/s), which should not be a huge problem in most scenarios. Our tests showed that the performance is actually quite good and consistent in short and medium distances. Bigger distances or massive obstacles on the other hand resulted in a significant performance drop.

Your expectations for the Truevision HD-Webcam should not be too high; videos of the 1.0 megapixel camera are not very rich in detail and have problems with picture noise in dark environments. The quality is only sufficient for simple video calls; the sound quality could also be better - voice recordings are usually understandable and you do not need an additional headset.  

Accessories

Except for the notebook along with the battery and the 90-Watt power supply unit, there are no additional accessories in the box of the Pavilion 15. HP even waived a driver or recovery DVD - you will have to create them on your own with the preinstalled software (HP Recovery Manager). However, we also have to give HP credit for the lack of annoying trial versions and advertising applications.  

Maintenance

After the removal of the battery and loosening of one screw, you can remove the maintenance cover with a simple sliding mechanism. After that, you have access to the two memory slots, one 2.5-inch hard drive bay as well as the WLAN module. All slots are occupied ex-works, you will have to replace the components if you want to upgrade your notebook. Cleaning of the fan is even more complicated since you will have to disassemble the whole device.   

Warranty

optional warranty extension
optional warranty extension

Although HP advertises the Pavilion 15 as carefully checked and completely reliable, the confidence in their own product does not seem to be very big: A meager 12-month warranty meets the low standard of this price range. At least you can extend the warranty to 24 months for 58 Euros (~$77, 3 years 94 Euros/~$125); the additional charge is reasonable. The associated Care Packs can be purchased in HP's online shop. 

Input Devices

Keyboard

The chiclet-style keyboard does remind us of input devices of older Pavilion notebooks. While we like the clear layout and the additional numeric keypad, some users might struggle with the cheap plastic impression and the small arrow keys. 

More important than these details is definitely the typing experience. Although the stroke is slightly too soft and the travel is too short, we got used to the very stable keyboard (even in the center) after some time. Another positive aspect is the very low noise development, which does improve the formerly mentioned cheap impression of the material.

Touchpad

HP decided to integrate a well-known input device from the touchpad specialist Synaptics. The slightly lowered but seamlessly integrated touchpad has a structured surface with generous dimensions of 10.7 x 5 centimeters (~4.2 x 2.0 inches). Even multi-touch gestures with three fingers are very comfortable. Combined with the excellent precision and a well-defined haptic feedback, the Pavilion gets a good rating.

The two mouse buttons below the touchpad cannot continue this good impression. The precision in the peripheral areas is a bit spongy and both buttons have problems with occasional clatter. However, we would always prefer this solution to most click pads with integrated mouse buttons. 

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

You cannot really expect a high-resolution high-end display in a multimedia notebook for less than 500 Euros (~$663). The 15.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels is therefore standard for this class. Older users will appreciate the good visibility of texts and symbols, but other users will want a higher pixel density than the 100 ppi and more space on the desktop.  

The frugal LED display backlight is a common feature for many years now. The Pavilion has a very even brightness distribution of 87%, but does not convince in terms of maximum display brightness - we only measured 201 cd/m² on average, which is similar to the competitors from Acer and MSI, but it is not always sufficient even in bright indoor environments. 

197
cd/m²
192
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 216 cd/m²
Average: 201 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 209 cd/m²
Black: 0.34 cd/m²
Contrast: 615:1

The TN display is provided by LG Philips (LGD0384); it has a good black value of 0.34 cd/m² and contrast ratio of 615:1. Subjectively, the display also benefits from the glossy surface that results in a vibrant and vivid picture.  

However, the vibrant colors are more illusion than reality: Similar to almost every consumer device is the very limited color space coverage and mediocre color accuracy. We can see that some colors are shifted towards blue, even without a reference display as a comparison. As a result, the picture appears too cool; the average color deviation is 6.2 (DeltaE).

Pavilion 15 vs. AdobeRGB (t)
Pavilion 15 vs. AdobeRGB (t)
Pavilion 15 vs. sRGB (t)
Pavilion 15 vs. sRGB (t)
Pavilion 15 vs. Aspire E1-571G (t)
Pavilion 15 vs. Aspire E1-571G (t)
ColorChecker (pre-calibration)
ColorChecker (pre-calibration)
Saturation (pre-calibration)
Saturation (pre-calibration)
Grayscale (pre-calibration)
Grayscale (pre-calibration)
Outdoor use (cloudy)
Outdoor use (cloudy)

We already mentioned that the glossy display of the Pavilion 15 is certainly not one of the brightest. This creates two problems outdoors: Annoying reflections are always present, even in the shade (albeit in a weaker form). You can obviously use the notebook outdoors, but other devices are better suited for this scenario.

Viewing angles HP Pavilion 15
Viewing angles HP Pavilion 15

Typical for a TN panel are the limited viewing angles; you only get an unimpaired picture at a completely vertical viewing angle. Even small vertical deviations result in a reduced contrast ratio and heavy color deviations. This effect is also visible with horizontal angles above 30 degrees - not really the best conditions for movie playback with friends. 

Performance

System overview
System overview

The latest Richland generation is the successor of the Trinity APU. AMD did not really change the architecture itself, but focused on improving the Turbo clocks. Compared to the old A8-4500M (1.8 - 2.8 GHz), the clocks of the A8-5550M – the second fastest Richland chip after the A10-5750M - were slightly raised to 2.1 - 3.1 GHz. The quad-core chip is still produced in a 32 nm manufacturing process by Globalfoundries; AMD specifies the TDP with 35 Watts

Similar to any modern mobile processor, the A8-5550M also has an integrated GPU; the designation is Radeon HD 8550G. HP also integrates the dedicated Radeon HD 8670M, which can also be combined with the integrated processor graphics for a Crossfire solution.  

6 GB DDR3-1600 RAM (2 GB Hyundai, 4 GB Elpida) inside the Pavilion 15 should be sufficient even for more complex applications, which can be stored on the internal 500 GB hard drive. 

System information HP Pavilion 15-e052sg

Processor

The optimizations of the new Richland chips seem to be insignificant, but that is not the case: Contrary to Trinity chips that could never utilize their full Turbo potential, the A8-5550M shows an improved behavior. 

We can see that the clock fluctuates around 3 GHz in single thread applications, which enables a Cinebench R11.5 score of 0.78 points. Our review unit can actually beat the alleged top version A10-4600M (0.74 points), but is far behind a comparable Intel CPU like the Core i3-3110M (around 1.0 point).

The situation is slightly better in multithread scenarios, where all four processor cores of the modular architecture can be stressed. Although the clock drops from 2.8 to 2.4 GHz after 20 seconds, the AMD chip gets closer to the Intel competitor. 2.06 points are less than 15% behind the i3-3110M (2.4 points) - the difference is hardly perceptible. 

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A8-5550M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2.06 Points ∼12%
MSI CX61-i530M245
GeForce GT 635M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2.87 Points ∼16% +39%
Lenovo ThinkPad X230i-NZC7PGE
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725032A7E630
2.4 Points ∼14% +17%
MSI GX60
Radeon HD 7970M, A10-4600M, 2x SanDisk U100 (RAID 0)
2.01 Points ∼11% -2%
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A8-5550M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.78 Points ∼28%
MSI CX61-i530M245
GeForce GT 635M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.18 Points ∼43% +51%
Lenovo ThinkPad X230i-NZC7PGE
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725032A7E630
1 Points ∼36% +28%
MSI GX60
Radeon HD 7970M, A10-4600M, 2x SanDisk U100 (RAID 0)
0.74 Points ∼27% -5%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
8077 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5279 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3155 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2321
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5844
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5222
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.78 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.06 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
26.58 fps
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Storage Solution

HD Tune benchmark
HD Tune benchmark

Our review unit is equipped with a conventional 2.5-inch hard drive from Hitachi's Travelstar-Z5K500-series. It uses the SATA-II interface and is certainly not the one of the fastest solutions with its 5,400 rpm

The comparatively high data density does however provide reasonable transfer rates that do not have to hide behind the competition. The average transfer speeds (read and write) are around 87 MB/s and the average access time is 18.3 milliseconds (HD Tune). If you need more performance and you are willing to pay the additional price for an SSD, you can find more information in the Maintenance section. 

Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Transfer Rate Minimum: 52.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 110.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 87.3 MB/s
Access Time: 18.3 ms
Burst Rate: 143 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.7 %

System Performance

We always use Futuremark's PCMark benchmarks to determine the overall system performance. The results especially benefit from fast processors and hard drives and the Pavilion 15 shows the expected gap to competitors with Core i3 and Core i5 processors from Acer and MSI. However, they are still on a comparable performance level.  

The performance is more than sufficient for daily tasks anyway, and even more complex scenarios like simple picture and video editing are no problem. However, you should not be fooled by the term quad-core CPU - the A8-5550M cannot compete with more expensive Core i7 quad-core CPUs.

PCMark 7 - Score
HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A8-5550M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1996 Points ∼30%
MSI CX61-i530M245
GeForce GT 635M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2359 Points ∼36% +18%
Acer Aspire E1-571G-3114G50Mnks
GeForce GT 620M, 3110M, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
2382 Points ∼36% +19%
HP Pavilion g6-2253sg
Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A10-4600M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2030 Points ∼31% +2%
5.9
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.9
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.1
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
5.9
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.6
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage4773 points
PCMark 71996 points
PCMark 8 Home2751 points
PCMark 8 Creative2370 points
PCMark 8 Work3742 points
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Graphics

The Pavilion 15 has a very powerful graphics solution according to the specifications. In addition to the 256 shader units of the integrated Radeon HD 8550G (515 - 720 MHz, shared memory) there are 384 units from the dedicated Radeon HD 8670M (975 MHz, 1 GB DDR3-RAM with 64-bit interface). The theoretical performance can even surpass many high-end solutions.

The real world performance of the combined graphics on the other hand does suffer from the limited memory interface and the not quite perfect Crossfire scaling. However, the 1,947 points in 3DMark 11 (Performance) are still reasonable and can compete with Nvidia's GeForce GT 740M.

Unfortunately, Crossfire does not always work in the synthetic benchmarks. We could not determine any performance improvements over the single Radeon HD 8670M in 3DMark (2013).

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A8-5550M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1947 Points ∼15%
MSI CX61-i530M245
GeForce GT 635M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1252 Points ∼10% -36%
Asus A56CB-XX053H
GeForce GT 740M, 3217U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
2020 Points ∼15% +4%
HP Pavilion g6-2253sg
Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics, A10-4600M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2171 Points ∼17% +12%
3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
5648 points
3DMark Vantage6519 points
3DMark 111947 points
3DMark Ice Storm42936 points
3DMark Cloud Gate3927 points
3DMark Fire Strike627 points
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Gaming Performance

extreme micro stutters
extreme micro stutters

Problems with the Crossfire solution are also no exception in games. We cannot see improved frame rates in many games, the performance is even worse in some titles, for example Crysis 3. There are also noticeable micro stutters, they are still perceptible in Anno 2070, for instance, with more than 40 fps. Driver updates can perhaps improve the situation - but do you really want to risk that? 

All things considered, the Dual Graphics solution is still more illusion than reality - not a very good result for a two-year old technology. HP should have waived the dedicated GPU and integrated the faster A10-5750M in our opinion. This would not only have been more efficient, but maybe even the cheaper solution. 

HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
AMD A8-5550M, AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
MSI CX61-i530M245
Intel Core i5-3210M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Acer Aspire E1-571G-3114G50Mnks
Intel Core i3-3110M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M, Toshiba MQ01ABD050
Anno 2070
9%
7%
1024x768 Low Preset77.190.6
18%
83
8%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:on 35.536
1%
41.2
16%
1366x768 High Preset AA:on AF:2x21.723.6
9%
21
-3%
Diablo III
40%
8%
1024x768 Low / off75.798.9
31%
75.4
0%
1366x768 Medium / low47.765.5
37%
52.3
10%
1366x768 High AA:on 3857.6
52%
43.1
13%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
25% / 25%
8% / 7%
low med.high ultra
Battlefield 3 (2011) 32.628.424.4fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 77.135.521.7fps
Diablo III (2012) 75.747.738fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 2320.19.4fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 90.233.126.1fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 20.412.810fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 54.827.919.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 43.12520.8fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 23.118.911.2fps
GRID 2 (2013) 56.934.825.5fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 21.418.19.3fps

Emissions

System Noise

HP did a good job in regard to the cooling solution. The fan is hardly audible during idle with 30.3 up to 32.2 dB(A) and does not get much louder with daily tasks. Only the DVD-drive is somewhat annoying with 38.8 dB(A). 

The situation changes under load: The fan speed is increased step by step and results in 46.1 dB(A), but we only reach this extremely high value in our stress test. The system noise is still reasonable in games with around 42 dB(A), even though competitors like the Acer Aspire E1-571G are quieter with 37.7 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle 30.3 / 30.6 / 31.5 dB(A)
HDD 32.2 dB(A)
DVD 38.8 / dB(A)
Load 42.3 / 46.1 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft SL 320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The notebook is not only very quiet during idle but also very cool. We measure an average surface temperature of around 27 °C (80.6 °F), which shows the efficiency of the several energy-saving features. The temperature increase under load is limited to the fan area and does not really affect the user. 

Our stress test (Prime95 and Diablo 3, FurMark did not work) has a bigger effect on the hardware inside the case. While the graphics card reaches 70 °C (158 °F), we can measure up to 77 °C (170.6 °F) for the CPU. However, these values are not critical by any means and we could not determine any throttling issues. Even the Turbo does occasionally work and raises the processor clock up to 2.4 GHz.

 25.2 °C27.2 °C25.4 °C 
 28.2 °C28.9 °C25.1 °C 
 30.6 °C28 °C24.6 °C 
Maximum: 30.6 °C
Average: 27 °C
25.5 °C27.8 °C28 °C
25.1 °C30.8 °C30.9 °C
25 °C31.2 °C31.2 °C
Maximum: 31.2 °C
Average: 28.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  28.7 °C | Room Temperature 23.1 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

A small DTS sticker advertises the stereo speakers above the keyboard and the sound quality is average. Although we would like a more powerful (or any) bass, the sound is very precise, spatial and sufficiently loud. However, we recommend a real sound system via HDMI or stereo jack for movies, music or games.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Thanks to the dynamic GPU switching, the energy consumption during idle is very low. Between 7.3 and 12.5 Watts are very frugal for a big 15-inch notebook and even below some Intel competitors - at least if they are not based on Intel's latest (ULV) Haswell architecture. 

High load for processor and graphics card increases the consumption to a maximum of 45 up to 66 Watts. Considering the performance this is a reasonable result and no challenge for the provided 90-Watt power supply unit.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idle 7.3 / 12.2 / 12.5 Watt
Load 45.1 / 65.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The Pavilion 15 does manage solid battery runtimes despite the comparatively average battery capacity of 47 Wh. Perfect conditions (minimum brightness, WLAN deactivated, energy-saving mode) result in 6 hours and 28 minutes in the Battery Eater Reader’s Test

More realistic is our WLAN Test that simulates web browsing with an adjusted display brightness (around 150 cd/m²). The notebook manages a good 4 hours and 13 minutes before the battery is empty. Even a longer movie is therefore no problem on battery power. 

Neither the CPU nor the GPU has reduced performance on battery power, so the runtimes in the Battery Eater Classic Test (maximum brightness, WLAN activated, high-performance profile) are comparatively short: The battery is empty after 51 minutes. The recharging is very fast with 80% capacity in less than 60 minutes. 

Reader's Test
Reader's Test
Classic Test
Classic Test
Charging
Charging
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 28min
WiFi Surfing
4h 13min
DVD
3h 17min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 51min

Verdict

HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
HP Pavilion 15-e052sg

You cannot really expect a perfect product if you decide to buy a notebook for 500 Euros (~$663). Considering the price, HP does offer a well-balanced package with the Pavilion 15: Hardware equipmentapplication performance or battery runtimes do not have to hide behind the competition. There is also not much criticism in typical office categories like system noise, heat development and quality of input devices for this price range. However, we were not really overwhelmed by the limited viewing angles of the display and the plastic case, although these are not crucial drawbacks. 

The real problem of the notebook is something else: It is HP's - and probably forced by AMD's product policy - decision to combine the powerful processor graphics with an additional dedicated GPU. Micro stutters and bad performance scaling are still a basic problem of this asynchronous Crossfire solution. The additional charge for the Radeon HD 8670M would have been better invested in other categories. 

This is also the reason that we have a hard time giving an unqualified recommendation for the HP Pavilion 15. Especially since the market offers several attractive and similarly priced alternatives - some discontinued devices are even equipped with a Core i5 processor.

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Specifications

HP Pavilion 15-e052sg

:: Processor
AMD A8-5550M 2.1 GHz
:: Mainboard
AMD A76M
:: Memory
6144 MB, 2 GB + 4 GB DDR3-1600 (Hynix/Elpida), 2 slots
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics - 1024 MB, Core: 975 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, DDR3-VRAM, 12.101.1-130225a, Enduro
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, LG Philips LGD0384, TN panel, LED backlight, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380, 500 GB 5400 rpm 8 MB cache
:: Soundcard
AMD Trinity/Richland - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headset port (3.5 mm stereo jack), Card Reader: MMC/SD,
:: Networking
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller 10/100 (10MBit), Realtek RTL8188EE (b g n )
:: Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GU70N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 31.8 x 379 x 246
:: Weight
2.35 kg Power Supply: 0.4 kg
:: Battery
47 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6-cell
:: Price
500 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1,0 Megapixel, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 90 Watts PSU, Quick Start Guide, Norton Internet Security (Trial), 12 Months Warranty

 

A silver HP branding...
A silver HP branding...
...on the back of the Pavilion 15.
...on the back of the Pavilion 15.
The entry-level configurations is starting at around 500 Euros...
The entry-level configurations is starting at around 500 Euros...
...and is based on AMD's latest Richland platform.
...and is based on AMD's latest Richland platform.
Especially interesting is the dual graphics solution, ...
Especially interesting is the dual graphics solution, ...
...however, it comes with some problems.
...however, it comes with some problems.
The case is silver and black...
The case is silver and black...
...and the surface has a glossy finish.
...and the surface has a glossy finish.
The overall quality impression is okay.
The overall quality impression is okay.
You do not have to waive USB 3.0.
You do not have to waive USB 3.0.
The VGA port seems a bit outdated, ...
The VGA port seems a bit outdated, ...
... just like the Fast-Ethernet port.
... just like the Fast-Ethernet port.
Gamers will not be happy with the small arrow keys, ...
Gamers will not be happy with the small arrow keys, ...
...but the keyboard is well suited for typing.
...but the keyboard is well suited for typing.
We really want to praise...
We really want to praise...
...the conveniently structured and very precise touchpad.
...the conveniently structured and very precise touchpad.
The integrated speakers could be more powerful.
The integrated speakers could be more powerful.
A look at the bottom...
A look at the bottom...
...reveals a small lever, ...
...reveals a small lever, ...
...which secures the battery.
...which secures the battery.
It can easily be removed.
It can easily be removed.
Battery runtimes of around 4 hours are realistic.
Battery runtimes of around 4 hours are realistic.
The maintenance cover is secured by one screw.
The maintenance cover is secured by one screw.
After removing it you gain access to the memory,...
After removing it you gain access to the memory,...
...the hard drive...
...the hard drive...
...as well as the WLAN module.
...as well as the WLAN module.
The box contains a compact 90 Watt PSU ...
The box contains a compact 90 Watt PSU ...
...that has no problems with the energy consumption of the notebook.
...that has no problems with the energy consumption of the notebook.

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Pro

+Decent input devices
+Solid application performance
+Good battery runtimes
+Very quiet and cool during idle
+Low price
 

Cons

-Glossy case
-Slow Ethernet
-TN panel with limited viewing angles
-Micro stutters
-Only 12 months warranty

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What we like

It does not always have to be an Intel CPU - AMD's latest products are also attractive products. The A8-5550M should have sufficient performance for most office and multimedia users.

What we miss

A DisplayPort and a fast Gbit-Ethernet port would really improve the port equipment of the notebook. Similar to the mediocre display, these are somewhat expected drawbacks for such an inexpensive notebook. 

What surprises us

Asynchronous multi GPU solutions, which also use the integrated GPU, have a huge performance potential. However, we cannot really recommend AMD's Dual Graphics in this current form - the drivers are still not sophisticated two years after the introduction. 

The competition

Besides some alternatives based on AMD chips like the Acer Aspire V3-551G, competitors are usually inexpensive Core i3 notebooks. Among others this includes: Asus A56CBDell Inspiron 15Packard Bell EasyNote TE11HC and Acer Aspire E1-571G.

Rating

HP Pavilion 15-e052sg
09/04/2013 v3
Till Schönborn

Chassis
79%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
66%
Weight
83%
Battery
79%
Display
73%
Games Performance
77%
Application Performance
87%
Temperature
82%
Noise
83%
Add Points
70%
Average
79%
78%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Review HP Pavilion 15-e052sg Notebook
Author: Till Schönborn, 2013-09- 9 (Update: 2013-09-12)