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Review Update HP Pavilion 17-e126sg Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martina Osztovits), 03/06/2014

All-round laptop. The Pavilion wants to be a gaming capable all-round notebook for the small budget. The 17.3-incher with Core i5 processor and Radeon GPU costs about 650 Euros (~$892). Our review reveals whether you will get a decent device for this price.

For the original German review, see here.

If you are looking for a gaming capable 17.3-inch all-rounder then you have a new device to consider: the Pavilion 17-e126sg. HP combines powerful processor cores with 8 GB of RAM and a big hard drive. The bundle costs about 650 Euros (~$892). Our review will reveal whether the computer can convince.

We compared the notebook to the Acer Aspire E1-772G (Core i5-4200M, GeForce 820M) and the Asus F75VC-TY088H (Core i3-2370M, GeForce GT 720M). The F75VC model reviewed by us is no longer available, but the F75VC-TY222H with Core i3-3217U processor is. Apart from the CPU, the two devices are identical. The price is about 500 Euro (~$686).

The Pavilion is not unknown to us: We already reviewed the Pavilion 17-e054sg (AMD A10-5750M, Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M dual graphics) model. So, we will not discuss case, connectivity, input devices and speakers here unless there are differences. Please refer to the review of the Pavilion 17-e054sg for these aspects.

Case & Connectivity

Generally, the Pavilion 17-e126sg features the same case as the Pavilion 17-e054sg. But, color and surface texture are different. The Pavilion 17-e126sg's lid and the upper side of the base unit are black and have brushed lines. The Pavilion's 17-e054g lid is bright silver gray with dark dots. The upper-side of the base unit is made from black plastic with imprinted bright dots.

The color is called "Mineral Black" (picture: HP).
The color is called "Mineral Black" (picture: HP).
HP chooses a brushed look (picture: HP).
HP chooses a brushed look (picture: HP).
There is a maintenance hatch.
There is a maintenance hatch.

Display

HP equipped the Pavilion with a glossy 17.3-inch display with a native resolution of 1600x900 pixels. Its average brightness of 198.3 cd/m² is mid-range. The display of the F75VC (213.8 cd/m²; HD+) performs slightly better. Neither competitor can keep up with the very good values of the Aspire's display (321.7 cd/m²; Full HD). The Pavilion performs better in contrast (765:1) and black value (0.26 cd/m²). The display can achieve good values here. The same is true for the Aspire (757:1, 0.44 cd/m²). The F75VC (236:1, 0.95 cd/m²) comes in last again.

209
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
196
cd/m²
202
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
192
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
189
cd/m²
192
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
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Maximum: 209 cd/m²
Average: 198.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 199 cd/m²
Black: 0.26 cd/m²
Contrast: 765:1

In factory state, the average DeltaE-2000 deviation of the display is 8.39 and so better than most of the displays tested by us. No color reached the target range (DeltaE smaller than 3). In addition, the display is bluish and it cannot cover either sRGB or AdobeRGB. The coverage is about 63.8% (sRGB) and 47.5% (AdobeRGB).

Although the Pavilion 17-e126sg features a different display than the Pavilion 17-e054sg, both displays are on par in outdoor capability and viewing angles. It is possible to use the Pavilion outdoors, but the environment should not be too bright. In addition, you should avoid reflections. The viewing angles are typical for cheap notebooks: In vertical direction, the image quickly changes, while the viewing angles are wider in horizontal direction. Several people can look at the screen simultaneously.

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Performance

The Pavilion 17 is a cheap 17.3-inch all-round notebook. Apart from everyday tasks like surfing, Skype, writing etc., the notebook can also run current computer games - at least to some extent. Currently, our test model costs about 650 Euros (~$892). HP offers many other Pavilion 17 models. These are either equipped with Intel or AMD hardware. At the time of writing, the HP Pavilion 17-e068sg (Pentium 2020M CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, no Windows OS) is the cheapest model for about 350 Euros (~$480).

Processor

HP equipped the Pavilion with a Core i5-4200M processor from Intel. It is based on the current Haswell architecture and features two cores. The base clock rate is 2.5 GHz. The Turbo can increase the clock rate to up to 3 GHz (both cores) or 3.1 GHz (single core). The TDP of the CPU is 37 Watt. 

The full performance is available in mains operation as well as on battery. The CPU test of the Cinebench benchmarks proved that the processor runs at full speed. The Aspire achieves the same results since it is equipped with the same processor. The F75VC performs worse, because it is equipped with a weaker Core i3 processor.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.38 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.23 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
23.02 fps
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-e126sg
Radeon HD 8670M, 4200M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1.38 Points ∼69%
HP Pavilion 17-e054sg
Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A10-5750M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
0.88 Points ∼44% -36%
Asus F75VC-TY088H
GeForce GT 720M, 2370M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.96 Points ∼48% -30%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.36 Points ∼68% -1%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.44 Points ∼72% +4%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-e126sg
Radeon HD 8670M, 4200M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3.23 Points ∼18%
HP Pavilion 17-e054sg
Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A10-5750M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.25 Points ∼13% -30%
Asus F75VC-TY088H
GeForce GT 720M, 2370M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2.29 Points ∼13% -29%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3.25 Points ∼18% +1%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
6.35 Points ∼36% +97%

System Performance

The system runs smoothly. We could not observe any problems. The subjective impression is also reflected by a very good PCMark 7 result. Neither the Aspire nor the F75VC could keep up with our test model here. We are surprised that the Aspire cannot, since it is quite similarly equipped as the Pavilion. We think the HP might perform better because its RAM works in dual-channel mode.

PC Mark
PCMark 72953 points
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PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-e126sg
Radeon HD 8670M, 4200M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2953 Points ∼45%
HP Pavilion 17-e054sg
Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, A10-5750M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2122 Points ∼32% -28%
Asus F75VC-TY088H
GeForce GT 720M, 2370M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2130 Points ∼32% -28%
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
GeForce 820M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2630 Points ∼40% -11%
Lenovo G710 59397112
GeForce GT 720M, 4702MQ, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3310 Points ∼50% +12%

Storage Solution

The Pavilion comes with a hard drive from Toshiba with a capacity of 750 GB and a revolution speed of 5400 rpm. CrystalDiskMark reports a read rate of 106.2 MB/s. HD Tune displays an average transfer rate of 102.6 MB/s. This is a good value for a 5400 rpm hard drive.

TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Sequential Read: 102.6 MB/s
Sequential Write: 98.31 MB/s
512K Read: 34.9 MB/s
512K Write: 30.47 MB/s
4K Read: 0.43 MB/s
4K Write: 0.865 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 0.814 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.804 MB/s

Graphics Card

The Pavilion houses two graphics cards: Intel's HD Graphics 4600 graphics core and the AMD Radeon HD 8670M GPU. They are an Enduro group (AMD's counterpart to Nvidia's Optimus technology). The Radeon core is used during demanding applications like computer games. The Intel chip is active during everyday tasks and on battery. Application profiles specify which GPU is used for an application. The user can change the pre-setting in the driver menu any time. The Radeon GPU belongs to the lower mid-range. It supports DirectX 11.1 and works with a base clock of 775 MHz. With Turbo, the clock rate can be increased to up to 975 MHz.

In the 3DMark benchmarks, the Aspire and the Pavilion achieve rather similar results. The F75VC performs significantly worse than the competitors. However, this is not primarily because of weaker hardware, but because the GPU cannot completely use its Turbo.

3D Mark
3DMark 111542 points
3DMark Ice Storm51825 points
3DMark Cloud Gate4414 points
3DMark Fire Strike811 points
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HP Pavilion 17-e126sg
Intel Core i5-4200M, AMD Radeon HD 8670M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
Intel Core i5-4200M, NVIDIA GeForce 820M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Asus F75VC-TY088H
Intel Core i3-2370M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
HP Pavilion 17-e054sg
AMD A10-5750M, AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747A321
Intel Core i7-4702MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3DMark (2013)
-1%
-17%
-9%
116%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score5182543697
-16%
40758
-21%
45586
-12%
79494
53%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score44144955
12%
3819
-13%
4343
-2%
11171
153%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score811819
1%
668
-18%
696
-14%
1971
143%

Gaming Performance

The Pavilion can run most computer games smoothly in low resolution and low quality settings. Several games can also be played with higher resolutions or quality settings - e. g. FIFA 14. While the Pavilion was on par with the Aspire in the 3DMark benchmarks, it has to give in to the Aspire in computer game performance. So, the Aspire is preferable, if you want to occasionally play games. If the gaming performance of the Aspire does not meet your demands, Acer offers an alternative: The Aspire V3-772G features a Core i5-4200M processor and a GeForce GTX 760M graphics card for currently about 700 Euros (~$961). Windows OS is not included.

low med.high ultra
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 39.826.217.4fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 5327.817.8fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 383011.6fps
Fifa 14 (2013) 96.6fps
HP Pavilion 17-e126sg
Intel Core i5-4200M, AMD Radeon HD 8670M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Acer Aspire E1-772G 54208G1TMnsk
Intel Core i5-4200M, NVIDIA GeForce 820M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Asus F75VC-TY088H
Intel Core i3-2370M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
HP Pavilion 17-e054sg
AMD A10-5750M, AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Aspire V3-772G-747A321
Intel Core i7-4702MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Tomb Raider
35%
9%
105%
261%
1024x768 Low Preset5377.5
46%
62.8
18%
98.7
86%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x27.837.9
36%
31.1
12%
59.2
113%
99
256%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x17.821.7
22%
17.3
-3%
38.3
115%
65
265%

Emissions

System Noise

The Pavilion is not a loud notebook. While idle, a permanent rustling of the fan and the hard drive are audible. The Aspire and the F75VC work quieter. Under load the fan noise of the Pavilion increases significantly, but it is still acceptable. The Aspire is quietest.

Noise Level

Idle 32.1 / 32.1 / 33 dB(A)
HDD 32.5 dB(A)
DVD 38.2 / dB(A)
Load 36.2 / 39.8 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 17 during the stress test
The Pavilion 17 during the stress test

While idle, the three devices in our comparison hardly get warmer: The temperatures are in the green at all measurement points. Under load the temperatures increase moderately. All three computers exceed 40 °C in at least one measurement point.

In mains operation and on battery, the notebook runs the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) in the same way: CPU and GPU always work at their maximum clock rate (CPU: 3 GHz, GPU: 975 GHz). The CPU temperature hovers at around 80/81 °C during the stress test (in mains operation).

Max. Load
 40.8 °C37.1 °C26 °C 
 37 °C34 °C25.6 °C 
 31.6 °C27.7 °C25.4 °C 
Maximum: 40.8 °C
Average: 31.7 °C
25 °C31.3 °C42.1 °C
24.3 °C31 °C41.7 °C
24.7 °C30.2 °C29.3 °C
Maximum: 42.1 °C
Average: 31.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44.7 °C | Room Temperature 23.9 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

While idle, the Pavilion is rather frugal with values between 6.2 and 9.6 Watt. The Aspire (9.5 to 15.7 Watt) and the F75VC (8.3 to 12.9 Watt) are significantly more power hungry. The Pavilion also proved to be the most frugal under medium load (3DMark06) and full load (stress test: Prime95 and Furmark) with 37.3 and 65.4 Watt (Aspire: 70.1 and 73.1 Watt; F75VC: 57.1 and 69.7 Watt).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.3 Watt
Idle 6.2 / 8.7 / 9.6 Watt
Load 37.5 / 65.4 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

Our realistic WLAN test automatically loads websites in 40-second intervals. The energy saving profile is selected and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The Pavilion achieves a battery life of 4:03 h. The Aspire's (3:57 h) and the F75VC's (4:49 h) are only slightly shorter. Overall, the battery lives of the three devices are very favorable.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
4h 03min

Verdict

The HP Pavilion 17-e126sg scores points with its good system performance and a gaming performance which should at least satisfy occasional gamers. Mostly, the notebook works quietly and does not get especially warm. In addition, the storage capacity is big. The display does not belong to the best facets of the computer. It is only averagely bright and bluish. The warranty period of 12 months is too short. We would have expected 24 months.

The Acer Aspire E1-772G features a matte, bright, contrast-rich Full HD display. In addition, its gaming performance is better than the Pavilion's and it comes with a 1TB hard drive and a free mSATA slot. Furthermore, it is cheaper than the Pavilion with a price of 600 Euros (~$823). However, the Aspire comes without Windows OS. It is generally difficult for the Pavilion to compete with the Aspire. The Acer simply offers more for the money. The Asus F75VC stands out with a low price: You will get an all-round notebook including Windows 8 for 500 Euros (~$686), which performs well in most application scenarios.

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Specifications

HP Pavilion 17-e126sg

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
:: Memory
8192 MB, DDR3, dual channel, two RAM slots (both occupied)
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 8670M - 2048 MB, Core: 775-975 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, Catalyst 13.12 (13.251.0.0), Enduro
:: Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600x900 pixel, AU Optronics, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075, 750 GB 5400 rpm , 650 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: accelerometer,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit), Realtek RTL8188EE (b g n )
:: Optical drive
hp DVD A DU8A5SH
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32.8 x 420 x 267
:: Weight
2.9 kg Power Supply: 0.328 kg
:: Battery
47 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V, 4200 mAh
:: Price
649 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD web cam, Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Media Suite 10, Cyberlink YouCam, McAfee LiveSafe - Internet Security, MS Office 365 (trial version), Windows Essentials 2012, 12 Months Warranty

 

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Pro

+good system performance
+big storage capacity
+contrast-rich screen
 

Cons

-bluish, only averagely bright display
-only Fast-Ethernet
-only 12 month warranty

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What we like

The good system performance and the moderate power consumption.

What we would like to see

A better display. We would wish for a matte Full HD display.

What surprises us

The warranty is only 12 months, although the notebook costs about 650 Euros (~$892). We would have expected more here.

The competition

Acer Aspire E1-772G, Asus F75VC, Lenovo G710HP Pavilion 17-e054sg, HP ProBook 470, Acer Aspire V3-772G, Acer Aspire V3-771G, Asus K75DE, Toshiba Satellite C70D-A-10L, Toshiba Satellite C75-A-13W, Lenovo IdeaPad Z710, Toshiba Satellite L70-A-10T, MSI CX70-i740M281W7H.

Rating

HP Pavilion 17-e126sg
04/15/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
62 / 98 → 63%
Keyboard
62%
Pointing Device
72%
Connectivity
62 / 95 → 65%
Weight
57 / 67 → 79%
Battery
82%
Display
71%
Games Performance
72 / 93 → 77%
Application Performance
64%
Temperature
85%
Noise
87 / 95 → 92%
Audio
50%
Camera
38 / 85 → 45%
Average
66%
72%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-03- 6 (Update: 2014-03- 6)