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Review HP Pavilion 15-n005sg Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 11/09/2013

Long-lasting and economic. A slim laptop featuring a Haswell processor for 499 Euros (~$671) doesn't sound bad at all. Our test report reveals whether the Pavilion can stand out from the innumerable contenders.

For the original German review, see here.

There are countless, affordable office laptops in a 15.6-inch format. Hewlett Packard expands its range by another device with the Pavilion 15-n005sg. The installed Haswell ULV processor indicates that it is an energy-efficient and long-running laptop. We will find out whether this is true in our test report.

We used Lenovo's G505s (AMD A10-5750MRadeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics) and Acer's Aspire E1-572 (Core i3-4010UHD Graphics 4400) for classifying the laptop.

Case

The Pavilion's casing is completely made of plastic. The laptop has that in common with both the Aspire and G505s. The same colors and patterns are used in this Pavilion as in the Pavilion 15-e052sg and Pavilion 17-e054sg. The display bezel and base unit's upper side are black. The latter is additionally covered to about three-quarters with lighter-colored dots. The display's back shines in silver-gray and also features tiny dots printed in a darker gray. All surfaces except the underside are glossy. HP accordingly names the casing's color "Sparkling Black".

The base unit makes a sturdy impression. It does not exhibit any major weaknesses and its stiffness is adequate for a budget laptop. The lid can be warped to a slightly larger extent and pressure on its back causes image distortions. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position, but wobble a bit. It is possible to open the lid with one hand.

Mirror, mirror...
Mirror, mirror...
The lid's back is also glossy (Picture: Hewlett Packard)
The lid's back is also glossy (Picture: Hewlett Packard)
There is only one small maintenance cover.
There is only one small maintenance cover.

Connectivity

All three comparison laptops feature the standard ports found nowadays. Every laptop has at least one USB 3.0 port. The Pavilion does not sport a VGA out and an HDMI-to-VGA adapter (approx. 20 Euros, ~$26) would have to be used when required. Only the Aspire offers Gigabit Ethernet. Both the Pavilion and the G505s only feature Fast Ethernet, which is no longer contemporary. The Pavilion's interface positioning is unfavorable. Most ports are on a level with the wrist rest.

Left: Power socket, Kensington lock, Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, memory card reader
Left: Power socket, Kensington lock, Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, memory card reader
Right: Audio combo jack, USB 2.0, DVD burner
Right: Audio combo jack, USB 2.0, DVD burner

Communication

Realtek's RTL8188EE Wi-Fi module supports the 802.11 b/g/n standards. We did not experience any problems with Wi-Fi reception. The connection remained stable both in the router's direct vicinity as well as at a distance of approximately 15 meters. However, this is not a standardized test. HP installs a Fast Ethernet chip from Realtek's RTL8102E family for LAN connections. The built-in webcam produces a muddy picture in a resolution of up to 1280x720 pixels.

Accessories

Apart from a quick-start poster and brief instructions for Windows 8, there are no other accessories included.

Operating System and Recovery

Windows 8 (64-bit) is preinstalled on the Pavilion. Since a Windows DVD is not included, it is advisable to create recovery media (DVDs or a USB flash drive). The HP Recovery Manager is installed for this purpose. Such media make re-installing the system easy after replacing the hard drive, for example.

Maintenance

A small maintenance cover on the laptop's underside allows accessing both the working memory and the Wi-Fi module. The other hardware components can only be accessed by opening the casing. The Pavilion sports two working memory banks, one of which is furnished with a 4 GB module. A hard drive with a height of 7 mm is installed in the laptop. We can not say whether a 9.5 mm model would fit because we did not open the casing.

We tested a similarly slim Pavilion laptop with HP's Pavilion Sleekbook 15-b004sg a few months ago. Opening the casing proved to be a very tedious matter with a high risk of damage. Therefore, we did not make any attempts to open the casing of this Pavilion.

Warranty

A 12 month warranty is included on the Pavilion and includes pick-up service. Buyers of the Aspire and G505s receive a two year warranty. Warranty upgrades for the Pavilion are available: Approximately 60 Euros (~$80) is charged for a two year warranty and 95 Euros (~$127) for three years.

Input Devices

Keyboard

An unlit chiclet keyboard is installed in the Pavilion, and room for a number pad has also been found. The main keys have a size of approximately 15 x 15 mm. All keys are even and slightly roughened. They generally feature a short drop and clear pressure point; only their resistance could be a bit higher.

Touchpad

The roughly 10.9 x 5.1 cm, multi-touch capable pad features a dotted surface that does not stop the fingers from gliding. The large area provides enough room for multi-touch gestures, which can be enabled or disabled individually in the pad's setup menu. Not all gestures are enabled by default. Both mouse keys offer a clearly audible and palpable pressure point, and a short drop.

The keyboard is unlit.
The keyboard is unlit.
The touchpad supports multi-touch.
The touchpad supports multi-touch.

Display

A glare-type, 15.6-inch screen has been installed in the Pavilion. It runs with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The screen's average brightness of 190.1 cd/m² is in the lower midfield. The screens in the Aspire (198.1 cd/m²) and G505s (198 cd/m²) are only marginally brighter.

185
cd/m²
201
cd/m²
189
cd/m²
182
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
195
cd/m²
180
cd/m²
184
cd/m²
188
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
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X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 207 cd/m²
Average: 190.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 207 cd/m²
Black: 0.37 cd/m²
Contrast: 559:1
Pavilion 15 vs. sRGB
Pavilion 15 vs. sRGB
Pavilion 15 vs. AdobeRGB
Pavilion 15 vs. AdobeRGB

The screen offers very satisfactory, almost good rates with a contrast of 559:1 and black value of 0.37 cd/m². These rates are very appropriate for a laptop from this price range. Lenovo's G505s (582:1; 0.34 cd/m²) is virtually on a par. The Aspire (344:1; 0.54 cd/m²) is clearly behind its contenders. The Pavilion's screen cannot reproduce the sRGB or AdobeRGB color spaces. It covers the sRGB color space by almost 51%. Color spaces are important for professional image editing, for example.

We assessed the screen in its default state (target color space: sRGB) and recorded an average DeltaE 2000 deviation of almost 13. No color achieves the target range of DeltaE smaller than 5. Yellow comes closest to the target range; the screen has a bluish cast.

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

Surprisingly, content is quite legible outdoors. However, the user should try to prevent reflections.

The buyer gets the usual fare in terms of viewing angle stability. The picture deteriorates quickly when the vertical viewing angle is changed. The angle is wider horizontally.

The Pavilion outdoors
The Pavilion outdoors
Viewing angles: Pavilion 15
Viewing angles: Pavilion 15

Performance

HP has a basic office laptop in a 15.6-inch size in its product line with the Pavilion 15-n005sg. The Pavilion will satisfy buyers looking for a device for browsing, Skype, typing or watching videos. The laptop is currently sold for approximately 499 Euros (~$671). Hewlett Packard has a range of other laptops in its present Pavilion lineup - based on either AMD or Intel technology. We recently tested two other models: The Pavilion 17-e054sg (17.3-inches; AMD A10-5750M; Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics) and the Pavilion 15-e052sg (15.6-inches; AMD A8-5550M; Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics).

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HWInfo
System information: HP Pavilion 15-n005sg

Processor

The Pavilion is powered by a Core i5-4200U processor. This Haswell dual-core processor works with a base speed of 1.6 GHz. The speed can be increased to 2.3 GHz on both cores and 2.6 GHz on one core via Turbo.

The processor ran the single and multi-thread test of Cinebench at full speed (2.3 GHz). A single core was also occasionally boosted to 2.6 GHz in the single-thread test. The Pavilion consistently achieved better scores than the Aspire (Core i3-4010U; HD Graphics 4400) or the G505s (AMD A10-5750M, Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics). The CPU in HP's laptop is clearly superior to the processors in the contenders. The scores delivered by the G505s are particularly poor because the installed CPU is frequently throttled to 900 MHz. The AMD processor is quite capable of achieving scores that are very close to the ones of the Core i5 - at least in multi-thread applications. This was, for example, seen in the review of the Pavilion 17-e054sg (AMD A10-5750M; Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics).

The G505s has the lead in the GL test of Cinebench R11.5. It sports a dual-graphics solution that is superior to the Intel GPUs.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3838
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7730
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6240
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5032 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9972 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6488 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
14.49 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.51 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.16 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
16.72 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
96 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
231 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
102 Points
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 15-n005sg
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
2.51 Points ∼14%
HP Pavilion Sleekbook TouchSmart 15-b153sg
Radeon HD 7400G, A4-4355M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.72 Points ∼4% -71%
Acer Aspire V5-551-64454G50Makk
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
0.86 Points ∼5% -66%
Lenovo G505s-20255
Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics, A10-5750M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.31 Points ∼13% -8%
Samsung ATIV Book 2 - 270E5E
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.39 Points ∼8% -45%
Medion Akoya S6212T
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.84 Points ∼10% -27%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.87 Points ∼11% -25%
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5
GeForce GT 740M, 3230M, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3.01 Points ∼17% +20%
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5
GeForce GT 740M, 3230M, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3.01 Points ∼17% +20%

System Performance

The system performance is beyond reproach. It runs smoothly and does not falter. The good scores of the PCMark benchmarks confirm this impression. The Aspire (Core i3-4010U; HD Graphics 4400) and the G505s (AMD A10-5750M; Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics) lag a bit behind the Pavilion since both laptops feature a weaker processor.

4.9
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.9
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.9
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.4
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage6488 points
PCMark 72680 points
PCMark 8 Home2586 points
PCMark 8 Creative2251 points
PCMark 8 Work4256 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 15-n005sg
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
2680 Points ∼40%
HP Pavilion Sleekbook TouchSmart 15-b153sg
Radeon HD 7400G, A4-4355M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
932 Points ∼14% -65%
Acer Aspire V5-551-64454G50Makk
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
1201 Points ∼18% -55%
Samsung ATIV Book 2 - 270E5E
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2117U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2053 Points ∼31% -23%
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2385 Points ∼36% -11%
Lenovo G505s-20255
Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics, A10-5750M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3062 Points ∼46% +14%
Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5
GeForce GT 740M, 3230M, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2544 Points ∼38% -5%
Medion Akoya S6212T
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3213 Points ∼49% +20%

Storage Devices

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

A hard drive from Western Digital's Scorpio Blue series is inside the Pavilion. It has a capacity of 500 GB and spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. CrystalDiskMark recorded a read speed of 100.8 MB/s. HD Tune presented an average transfer rate of 85.3 MB/s. These rates are very acceptable and fulfill the expectations placed on a modern 5400 rpm hard drive. All in all, Western Digital delivers a solid product.

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
Transfer Rate Minimum: 42.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 116.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 85.3 MB/s
Access Time: 17.9 ms
Burst Rate: 213.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.6 %

Graphics Card

The HD Graphics 4400 GPU takes care of graphical output. The graphics core supports DirectX 11.1 and clocks with speeds ranging from 200 MHz to 1000 MHz.

The G505s (AMD A10-5750M; Radeon HD 8650G + 8570M Dual Graphics) usually has the lead in the 3DMark benchmarks because it features the strongest GPU. It only falls behind the Pavilion in 3DMark Fire Storm and Cloud Gate, which is surprising. We presume that this is due to the G505s' throttling issue. The Aspire (Core i3-4010U; HD Graphics 4400) provides poorer scores than the Pavilion although it sports the same GPU. Apparently, its GPU does not always clock at full speed.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
4513 points
3DMark Vantage3583 points
3DMark 11831 points
3DMark Ice Storm35061 points
3DMark Cloud Gate4062 points
3DMark Fire Strike544 points
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HP Pavilion 15-n005sg
Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
Intel Core i3-4010U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Lenovo G505s-20255
AMD A10-5750M, AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon HD 8750M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3DMark (2013)
-17%
19%
67%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score3506125080
-28%
47203
35%
50492
44%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score40623339
-18%
4338
7%
5433
34%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score544514
-6%
624
15%
1209
122%

Gaming Performance

Playing on the Pavilion is still possible at a low level. Users who are satisfied with a low resolution and quality level can certainly coax smooth gameplay out of the laptop. Higher frame rates would be possible by installing a second working memory module. The memory would then run in dual-channel mode, the GPU would work more efficiently and - depending on the game - achieve up to 20% higher frame rates. We tried this on the Pavilion: We ascertained a frame rate increase in both Tomb Raider (46.3/23.4/14.9) and BioShock Infinite (32.1/17.8/15.6).

Should the Pavilion's gaming performance not fulfill expectations, there are many alternatives. One would be the Aspire model with a dedicated GPU. Acer's Aspire E1-572G (Core i5-4200U, Radeon HD 8750M) renders most games well. Some retailers list the laptop for below 500 Euros (~$672) at the time of writing. This price does not include a Windows operating system.

low med.high ultra
Anno 2070 (2011) 5023.914.9fps
Max Payne 3 (2012) 17.614.5fps
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 21.715.6fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 39.320.311.4fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 28.515.412.8fps
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) 2917fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 24.616.8fps
HP Pavilion 15-n005sg
Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
Acer Aspire E1-572-34014G50Dnkk
Intel Core i3-4010U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Lenovo G505s-20255
AMD A10-5750M, AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon HD 8750M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Tomb Raider
-8%
75%
143%
1024x768 Low Preset39.337.1
-6%
63.4
61%
92.6
136%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x20.318.3
-10%
33.2
64%
45.5
124%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x11.422.9
101%
30.8
170%

Emissions

System Noise

We ascertained a noise level of 31.2 to 31.7 dB in idle mode. The G505s (31.4 to 32.9 dB) is roughly on a par. The Aspire E1-572 (30 to 30.2 dB) offers better rates. The Pavilion's rates increase moderately to 34.1 dB in medium load (via 3DMark06) and 35.8 dB in full load (stress test via Prime95 and Furmark). The G505s surpasses these rates slightly with 36.6 and 37.7 dB. Again it is the Aspire that has the lowest rates with 31.3 and 32.6 dB.

Noise Level

Idle 31.2 / 31.2 / 31.7 dB(A)
HDD 31.2 dB(A)
DVD 36.8 / dB(A)
Load 34.1 / 35.8 dB(A)
 
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silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Pavilion 15 in the stress test
The Pavilion 15 in the stress test

The Pavilion's surface temperatures were clearly below 30 °C everywhere while idling. Both the Aspire and G505s are a bit warmer. The Aspire has the lead during load. The Pavilion and G505s surpass 40 °C in some places here. Nevertheless, it is always possible to work comfortably with the Pavilion and it could even be placed on the lap.

The CPU ran the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) with approximately 1.4 GHz in AC mode. The cores were occasionally throttled to 1.2 to 1.3 GHz. The GPU performed the stress test with 950 to 1000 MHz, but it was throttled to 600 MHz in battery mode. The CPU thus has a higher cooling capacity available and can consequently perform the stress test with 2.1 to 2.2 GHz in battery mode.

As can be seen in our diverse benchmarks, throttling does not occur in routine use. The stress test simulates an extreme situation that will hardly ever be the case in everyday use. We reran 3DMark06 directly after the stress test and the laptop presented identical rates as in a cold state. The CPU's temperature settled to around 57 °C in AC mode.

 23.2 °C24.1 °C23.6 °C 
 23.5 °C24.4 °C24.1 °C 
 24.5 °C24.8 °C26 °C 
Maximum: 26 °C
Average: 24.2 °C
24.1 °C24.1 °C24.9 °C
25.4 °C26.5 °C26 °C
27.5 °C27 °C26.1 °C
Maximum: 27.5 °C
Average: 25.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  25.2 °C | Room Temperature 22.3 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The Pavilion's stereo speakers are beneath a perforated cover above the keyboard. They produce a rich sound that lacks bass. Speech is clearly intelligible. Headphones or external speakers are recommended for a better sound experience.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

As expected, the Pavilion proved to be very energy-efficient in idle mode. We ascertained a power consumption ranging from 4.3 to 7.3 watts. It thus consumes slightly less than the Aspire (5.6 to 9.2 watts), which also sports a Haswell ULV CPU. The G505s (10.5 to 17.5 watts) is more energy-consuming. However, that is no surprise since the APU in Lenovo's laptop is a standard mobile APU (not ULV) and the laptop also features a dedicated GPU. The Pavilion consumed 25.7 watts during medium load (via 3DMark06) and 28.9 watts in full load (stress test via Prime95 and Furmark). Only the Aspire is more power-saving with 24.2 and 26 watts. The power consumption of the G505s is considerably higher with 64.6 and 70 watts for the aforementioned reasons.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 4.3 / 6.5 / 7.3 Watt
Load 25.7 / 28.9 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The Pavilion achieved an idle runtime of 10:04 h. The Aspire (6:22 h) and G505s (5:56 h) lag far behind that. We use Battery Eater's Reader's test to ascertain the idle runtime. The screen is set to minimum brightness, energy-savings mode is enabled and the wireless modules are disabled. The Pavilion lasted for 1:38 h during load and is on a par with the Aspire (1:31 h); the G505s is drained sooner (0.47 h). The load runtime is ascertained via Battery Eater's Classic test using maximum screen brightness, the high-performance profile and enabled wireless modules.

HP's laptop shut down after 4:50 h in our Wi-Fi test and again scores better than both the G505s (3:08 h) and the Aspire (3:55 h). We performed the test with the latter using an Ethernet connection due to a defect. Websites are opened every 40 seconds, the energy-saving profile is enabled and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m² for the Wi-Fi test. The Pavilion stopped DVD playback after 3:47 h, which is again longer than both the G505s (2:51 h) and the Aspire (2.48 h). The DVD test is performed using enabled energy-savings mode (or a higher profile should the DVD not run smoothly), maximum screen brightness and disabled wireless modules.

The Pavilion's low idle power consumption leads to good battery runtimes. It is surprising that the Aspire lags far behind the Pavilion seeing that it also sports a Haswell ULV processor. Its battery only has a marginally lower capacity than that of the Pavilion (HP and Lenovo: 41 Wh; Acer: 37 Wh).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 04min
WiFi Surfing
4h 50min
DVD
3h 47min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 38min

Verdict

The Pavilion provides a good application performance and pleases with its low power consumption. The laptop can translate the latter into appealing battery runtimes. It also always works quite quietly and its slim appearance is appealing. The somewhat dark screen with a bluish cast and poor viewing angles are points of criticism. The one-year warranty is actually also no longer contemporary for a 500 Euro (~$672) laptop. The Pavilion additionally suffers from an HP-typical affliction that we see more and more often in consumer laptops from the company: a Fast Ethernet port. This may be secondary for many buyers, but Gigabit Ethernet is today's standard - even in the budget sector.

The Aspire E1-572 is suitable for all users who are interested in a matte screen and/or a Full HD resolution. Lenovo's G505s does not really have any advantages in comparison with the Pavilion. The laptop only achieves smooth frame rates in a few games despite its dual-graphics solution. Users who do not need a dual-graphics or a Windows operating system, and are also satisfied with another APU (A8-4500M) can find the G505s for prices starting at 349 Euros (~$469).

We do not want to leave the latest Aldi laptop unmentioned as another alternative to the Pavilion. The Touch 300/Akoya S6212T (Core i3-4010U, HD Graphics 4400) is on the same price level as the Pavilion but has more to offer. For example, it achieves even better battery runtimes, includes a three-year warranty, features a modular bay (for an additional battery, a second hard drive or a DVD drive) and a touchscreen that can be rotated by 300 degrees.

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Specifications

HP Pavilion 15-n005sg

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3, single-channel, two memory banks (one empty)
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 4400, Core: 200-1000 MHz, 9.18.10.3224
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, LG Philips LGD039F, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT, 500 GB 5400 rpm , 424 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo jack, Card Reader: SD,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit), Realtek RTL8188EE (b g n )
:: Optical drive
HP DVDRAM GU70N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 386 x 258
:: Weight
2.28 kg Power Supply: 0.232 kg
:: Battery
41,4 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8 V, 2620 mAh
:: Price
499 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD webcam (1280 x 720), Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Media Suite 10, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, Cyberlink YouCam, MS Office 365 (trial), Norton Internet Security (trial), Windows Essentials 2012

 

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The DVD burner reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
The DVD burner reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
A number pad is installed.
A number pad is installed.
The hinges...
The hinges...
...have a firm grip on the lid.
...have a firm grip on the lid.
There is only a small maintenance compartment.
There is only a small maintenance compartment.
Two working memory banks are available.
Two working memory banks are available.
Good: two Wi-Fi antennas are incorporated
Good: two Wi-Fi antennas are incorporated
The DVD burner can be removed.
The DVD burner can be removed.
The battery weighs approx. 220 grams...
The battery weighs approx. 220 grams...
...and provides a capacity of 41 Wh.
...and provides a capacity of 41 Wh.
The power supply's weight is approx. 232 grams...
The power supply's weight is approx. 232 grams...
...and generates a power output of 65 watts.
...and generates a power output of 65 watts.
The Pavilion outdoors.
The Pavilion outdoors.
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Pro

+Good application performance
+Decent battery runtimes
+Low power consumption
+Quiet operation
+Slim appearance
 

Cons

-12 month warranty only
-A slightly too dark screen w/ bluish cast

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What we like

The decent application performance and the low power consumption.

What we'd like to see

A brighter screen and easier access to the hard drive.

What surprises us

Hewlett Packard only includes a one-year warranty while the competition often offers two years.

The competition

Lenovo G505s, Acer Aspire E1-572, Medion Akoya S6212T, Toshiba Satellite C55-A-1D5, Asus F550DP, HP ProBook 450, Asus F550CA, HP Pavilion Sleekbook TouchSmart 15-b153sg, Samsung ATIV Book 2, Lenovo G500s-59367693, Fujitsu LifeBook AH502, Lenovo B580, Acer Aspire V5-551, Lenovo B590.

Rating

HP Pavilion 15-n005sg
04/14/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
54 / 98 → 55%
Keyboard
69%
Pointing Device
72%
Connectivity
56%
Weight
61 / 67 → 87%
Battery
84%
Display
67%
Games Performance
59 / 85 → 69%
Application Performance
62%
Temperature
85%
Noise
91%
Audio
50%
Camera
38 / 85 → 45%
Average
65%
71%
Office *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2013-11- 9 (Update: 2013-11-13)