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HP 15 2015 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 05/17/2015

Average. The HP 15 is a simple office laptop for home use. The laptop does not shine in any area, except the CPU, but it does offer a decent package. Sadly, the manufacturer has left a lot of room for complaint.

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The HP 15-r220ng is a simple 15.6-inch office notebook. It is equipped with a powerful Broadwell processor and is not entirely new to us as we tested the HP 15-g005ng last year. The latter runs on an AMD APU.

The competition is numerous and varied, as almost all manufacturers offer cheap 15.6-inch office notebooks: for example, the Lenovo B50-70, the Acer Aspire E5-521, the Acer Aspire E5-571, the Toshiba Satellite L50D-B, and the Asus X555LD. HP has competition from its own products as well: the HP 350 G1 and the HP 355 G2.

Since both HP 15 models we have tested have the same build, we will not discuss the case, the connectivity the input devices or the speakers in this review. Instead, we direct the reader to the review of the HP 15-g005ng for information on these topics.

HP 15-r220ng (15 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 5500, Core: 300-900 MHz, Single-Channel, 10.18.10.3960
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3-1600, Single-Channel, one slot (occupied)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, Samsung, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 410 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ Intel Broadwell PCH-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo jack, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: Brightness sensor
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8101/2/3 Family Fast Ethernet NIC (10/100MBit), Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
hp DVDRW DU8A6SH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.3 x 378 x 259 ( = 1 x 14.88 x 10.2 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: yes, Cyberlink Media Suite 12, Cyberlink YouCam, DropBox 25 GB, Foxit PhantomPDF, MCAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.23 kg ( = 78.66 oz / 4.92 pounds), Power Supply: 297 g ( = 10.48 oz / 0.65 pounds)
Price
499 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Display

HP has put a 15.6-inch glossy display with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels in this model. The panel does not offer any exceptional brightness or contrast values, but they are acceptable.

252
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 253 cd/m² Average: 240.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 206 cd/m²
Contrast: 487:1 (Black: 0.52 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 15.56 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 15.09 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
33% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.46

The colors of the panel are poor  out-of-the-box and have a DeltaE 2000 deviation of 15.56. This is quite poor, even for low-price laptops. We are used to values between 10 and 12 in this class and optimally we would expect a value of less than 3. Furthermore, the panel has a clear blue tinge.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grey levels
CalMAN - Grey levels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

The TN panel offers decent viewing angles, but even so, the screen is not legible from every angle. The laptop can be used outdoors when it is cloudy, but as soon as the sun peaks out, the glossy panel will render any content illegible.

Outdoors (clouded).
Outdoors (clouded).
HP 15-r220ng
TN 1366x768
HP 15-g005ng
TN 1366x768
HP 350 G1
TN 1366x768
HP 355 G2
TN 1366x768
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
TN 1366x768
Lenovo B50-70
TN 1920x1080
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
TN 1366x768
Screen
11%
-41%
-26%
-4%
-8%
2%
Brightness middle
253
204
-19%
245
-3%
211
-17%
185
-27%
205
-19%
182
-28%
Brightness
240
201
-16%
243
1%
213
-11%
174
-27%
190
-21%
183
-24%
Brightness Distribution
87
88
1%
89
2%
78
-10%
85
-2%
83
-5%
88
1%
Black Level *
0.52
0.33
37%
1.9
-265%
1.21
-133%
0.64
-23%
0.77
-48%
0.4
23%
Contrast
487
618
27%
129
-74%
174
-64%
289
-41%
266
-45%
455
-7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
15.56
11.56
26%
14.38
8%
13.28
15%
8.84
43%
10.91
30%
12.5
20%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
15.09
13
14%
14.43
4%
13.28
12%
11.04
27%
11.1
26%
13.24
12%
Gamma
2.46 89%
2.78 79%
2.55 86%
2.52 87%
2.49 88%
2.47 89%
2.01 109%
CCT
19263 34%
15255 43%
20651 31%
17759 37%
10890 60%
13887 47%
13812 47%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
33
40
21%
33
0%
34
3%
40
21%
38
15%
40
21%

* ... smaller is better

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Performance

As mentioned before, the HP 15 is a simple 15.6-inch office notebook, with sufficient  performance power for everyday use. Our test model is available for 500 Euros (~$560). The manufacturer offers many other configurations.

Processor

At the heart of the HP 15 is its Intel Core i5-5200U (Broadwell) dual-core CPU. This is a conservative ULV processor operating at a base clock speed of 2.2 GHz that thanks to its Turbo Boost, can speed up to 2.5 GHz (both cores) and 2.7 GHz (single core). The full performance of the laptop is available while plugged or running on battery: all our tests were executed with max Turbo Boost.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4315
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8676
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4153
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
17.4 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.81 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.2 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
23.69 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
259 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
106 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
106 Points ∼49%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
49 Points ∼22% -54%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
88 Points ∼40% -17%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
49 Points ∼22% -54%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
100 Points ∼46% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
47 Points ∼22% -56%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
47 Points ∼22% -56%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
109 Points ∼50% +3%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
47 Points ∼22% -56%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
65 Points ∼30% -39%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
259 Points ∼6%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
165 Points ∼4% -36%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
237 Points ∼5% -8%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
164 Points ∼4% -37%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
236 Points ∼5% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
159 Points ∼4% -39%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
157 Points ∼4% -39%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
261 Points ∼6% +1%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
157 Points ∼4% -39%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
163 Points ∼4% -37%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.2 Points ∼49%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.6 Points ∼25% -50%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1.14 Points ∼47% -5%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.6 Points ∼25% -50%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.11 Points ∼45% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.56 Points ∼23% -53%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
0.57 Points ∼23% -52%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.1 Points ∼45% -8%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.57 Points ∼23% -52%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.69 Points ∼28% -42%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.81 Points ∼10%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2.01 Points ∼7% -28%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2.57 Points ∼9% -9%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.04 Points ∼8% -27%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.5 Points ∼9% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.98 Points ∼7% -30%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.94 Points ∼7% -31%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.9 Points ∼11% +3%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.93 Points ∼7% -31%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.76 Points ∼7% -37%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4153 Points ∼38%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3809 Points ∼35% -8%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1850 Points ∼17% -55%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3750 Points ∼35% -10%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1829 Points ∼17% -56%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1858 Points ∼17% -55%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4161 Points ∼38% 0%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1840 Points ∼17% -56%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2345 Points ∼22% -44%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
8676 Points ∼17%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
7799 Points ∼16% -10%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5785 Points ∼12% -33%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
7330 Points ∼15% -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5616 Points ∼11% -35%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5575 Points ∼11% -36%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
8664 Points ∼17% 0%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5612 Points ∼11% -35%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5194 Points ∼10% -40%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4935 Points ∼16%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3715 Points ∼12% -25%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4641 Points ∼15% -6%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3792 Points ∼12% -23%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4595 Points ∼15% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3564 Points ∼11% -28%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3534 Points ∼11% -28%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5328 Points ∼17% +8%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3565 Points ∼11% -28%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3421 Points ∼11% -31%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2448 Points ∼52%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1245 Points ∼27% -49%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2362 Points ∼50% -4%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1287 Points ∼27% -47%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2379 Points ∼51% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1229 Points ∼26% -50%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1244 Points ∼26% -49%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2672 Points ∼57% +9%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1237 Points ∼26% -49%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1693 Points ∼36% -31%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
109.8 ms * ∼1%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
116 ms * ∼1% -6%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
253 ms * ∼3% -130%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
122 ms * ∼1% -11%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
254.3 ms * ∼3% -132%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
109.7 ms * ∼1% -0%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
251.1 ms * ∼3% -129%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
203.6 ms * ∼2% -85%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2553.3 ms * ∼4%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6200.1 ms * ∼10% -143%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
6278.9 ms * ∼11% -146%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2565.4 ms * ∼4% -0%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6468.4 ms * ∼11% -153%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4164.3 ms * ∼7% -63%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
12763 Points ∼26%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6074 Points ∼12% -52%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5574 Points ∼11% -56%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
12860 Points ∼26% +1%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5575 Points ∼11% -56%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
7213 Points ∼15% -43%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2636 Points ∼43%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1136 Points ∼18% -57%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1108 Points ∼18% -58%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2466 Points ∼40% -6%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1088 Points ∼18% -59%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1531 Points ∼25% -42%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system works without any issues. The results of PCMark benchmarks are good, but a look at our comparison table reveals that despite using a slightly weaker processor, the HP 350 G1 performs much better. We believe this gap to originate from the Radeon IGP in the HP 350. The PCMark 8 benchmark benefited greatly from an AMD GPU. The system performance of the HP 15 has plenty of room for improvements. The installed hard disk could be swapped out for a solid-state drive, which would ensure a faster system performance. The installation of a second RAM module would allow the user to activate Dual-Channel mode, increasing the overall performance and offering significant gains in graphics performance. Unfortunately, the HP 15 has a single RAM slot, which makes this boost impossible.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2776 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2997 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3805 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2776 Points ∼46%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1967 Points ∼32% -29%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3088 Points ∼51% +11%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2451 Points ∼40% -12%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2797 Points ∼46% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2011 Points ∼33% -28%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1946 Points ∼32% -30%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2962 Points ∼49% +7%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1933 Points ∼32% -30%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2101 Points ∼34% -24%

Storage Devices

The storage device is a 2.5-inch HDD from Western Digital with a capacity of 500 GB and an operating speed of 5400 rpm. The transfer speeds of the device are normal for a 5400 rpm drive.

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Transfer Rate Minimum: 49.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 117 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 87.1 MB/s
Access Time: 17.6 ms
Burst Rate: 211.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.4 %

Graphics Card

The Intel IGP of the HP model is the HD Graphics 5500. The chip supports DirectX 11.2 and operates at up to 900 MHz. The 3DMark results are normal and as mentioned before, the boost using Dual-Channel mode is not possible due to the single RAM slot available in the notebook.

3DMark 11 Performance
942 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
37967 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4217 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
548 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
942 Points ∼3%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
831 Points ∼3% -12%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1536 Points ∼5% +63%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1640 Points ∼5% +74%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1265 Points ∼4% +34%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
795 Points ∼3% -16%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
788 Points ∼3% -16%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2391 Points ∼8% +154%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
788 Points ∼3% -16%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1349 Points ∼4% +43%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
548 Points ∼2%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
517 Points ∼2% -6%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
785 Points ∼3% +43%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
843 Points ∼3% +54%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
686 Points ∼3% +25%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
462 Points ∼2% -16%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
473 Points ∼2% -14%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1355 Points ∼5% +147%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
460 Points ∼2% -16%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
829 Points ∼3% +51%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2293 Points ∼4%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1819 Points ∼3% -21%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2359 Points ∼4% +3%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1780 Points ∼3% -22%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2692 Points ∼5% +17%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1846 Points ∼3% -19%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5106 Points ∼9% +123%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1849 Points ∼3% -19%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2872 Points ∼5% +25%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4217 Points ∼7%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2882 Points ∼5% -32%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4322 Points ∼7% +2%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4032 Points ∼7% -4%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3871 Points ∼7% -8%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2825 Points ∼5% -33%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2853 Points ∼5% -32%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5723 Points ∼10% +36%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2856 Points ∼5% -32%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3954 Points ∼7% -6%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
37967 Points ∼3%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
32088 Points ∼3% -15%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
42536 Points ∼4% +12%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
39458 Points ∼4% +4%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
37809 Points ∼3% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
31319 Points ∼3% -18%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
31626 Points ∼3% -17%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
45771 Points ∼4% +21%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
32665 Points ∼3% -14%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
42918 Points ∼4% +13%

Gaming Performance

The HP model is not a gaming notebook and is only powerful enough to run games at low resolution with low to medium settings. If you are a passionate gamer, take a look at a more powerful laptop with a dedicated GPU, but this will cost you more. For example, we recommend the GeForce 840M GPU of the Acer Aspire E5-571G. The Aspire E5-571G-59CT configuration is currently available for around 500 Euros (~$560; without Windows).

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 41.521.413.2fps

Emissions & Energy Management

System Noise

While idling, the fan operates at a low speed. This is due to the "Fan Always On" option in the BIOS which is a familiar feature in many other HP notebooks. After turning this option off, the fan turns off now and then while idling. The fan turns on frequently during the stress test. We measure an emission of 42.2 dB(A), which is far too high, considering the CPU and GPU being throttled significantly during the stress test.

Noise Level

Idle
33 / 33 / 33 dB(A)
DVD
37.5 / dB(A)
Load
38.4 / 42.2 dB(A)
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30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The HP 15 is put through the same  stress test on both AC and battery modes. During the first few minutes, the processor and GPU run at high speeds (2.5 GHz and 900 MHz). Once throttling sets in, the hardware speed drops to 1.5 to 1.6 GHz (CPU) and 750 to 850 MHz (GPU). The speeds stay constant after this. There are barely any heating issues with the HP 15. The laptop hits a max of 32.2 degrees Celsius (~90 °F) due to throttling and the ever-active fan. Considering this low temperature, the fan could have been much more conservative and we hope that HP will release a BIOS update to regulate this issue.

 25.1 °C
77 F
25 °C
77 F
23.8 °C
75 F
 
 25.7 °C
78 F
25.2 °C
77 F
24.2 °C
76 F
 
 24.8 °C
77 F
24.9 °C
77 F
25.2 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 25.7 °C = 78 F
Average: 24.9 °C = 77 F
24 °C
75 F
24.6 °C
76 F
25.7 °C
78 F
24 °C
75 F
25.6 °C
78 F
25.3 °C
78 F
26.2 °C
79 F
25.3 °C
78 F
24.6 °C
76 F
Maximum: 26.2 °C = 79 F
Average: 25 °C = 77 F
Power Supply (max.)  30.4 °C = 87 F | Room Temperature 22.7 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.1 °C / 84 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.2 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 30.6 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 36.3 °C / 97 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.9 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.5 °C / 86.9 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.3 °C / 82.9 F (-2.2 °C / -4 F).

Power Consumption

The power consumption is quite normal for the installed hardware. While idling, the laptop consumes less than 10 watts and during the stress test, the consumption can increase to 43.8 watts. It drops within a few minutes due to the throttling of the CPU and GPU.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.9 / 6.7 / 7 Watt
Load midlight 39 / 43.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

In the practical WLAN test, our script loads a random website every 40 seconds. The "Balanced" power profile is active and the brightness is set to around 150 cd/m². The HP 15 lasts about 5:44 h, which is a decent run time and allows our test model to outstrip its AMD-based sister model (4:51 h).

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
5h 44min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
HP 15-r220ng
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
344 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
195 min ∼46%
Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
230 min ∼54%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
262 min ∼61%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
283 min ∼66%
HP 15-g005ng
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
291 min ∼68%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
301 min ∼70%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
345 min ∼81%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
412 min ∼96%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
427 min ∼100%

Pros

+ Works quietly
+ Barely heats up

Cons

- Reflective panel with decent viewing angles
- Only Fast Ethernet available
- No maintenance flap
- Limited 12 months warranty
- Expensive

Verdict

The HP 15-r220ng. Test model provided by HP Store
The HP 15-r220ng. Test model provided by HP Store

The HP 15-r220ng is a simple office notebook in the 15.6-inch format. The Broadwell processor of the notebook offers sufficient performance for everyday use. Overall, the notebook is quiet and does not heat up much. The keyboard is decent and appropriate for home use. The brightness and contrast of the panel are also merely acceptable. Unfortunately, HP has chosen a glossy panel that has legibility issues outdoors due to the lacking brightness and contrast. The missing maintenance flap is also an issue, as the user cannot easily replace the RAM or the HDD. The 1-year warranty is very limited, considering other manufacturers offer 2-year warranty even for their cheaper models. Another unusual flaw is the Fast Ethernet port, as the standard is the modern Gigabit-Ethernet port.

At 500 Euros (~$560), the device is far too expensive since other manufacturers offer better hardware for this price.

If you are looking for a cheap office laptop and you like the look of our test model, but prefer a matte panel, we recommend the HP 350 (Intel processors) and the HP 355 (AMD APUs). The two office notebooks have matte panels and maintenance flaps. HP offers other configurations for these two as well. The entry-level models for both series start around 300 Euros (~$335). Another alternative would be the Acer Aspire E5-521. The configuration we have previously tested is no longer available, but similar configurations are available for around 350 Euros (~$392). The Aspire stands out of the crowd thanks to its great battery life.

HP 15-r220ng - 05/12/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
66 / 98 → 67%
Keyboard
69%
Pointing Device
77%
Connectivity
62 / 80 → 78%
Weight
62 / 20-67 → 89%
Battery
89%
Display
70%
Games Performance
65 / 68 → 96%
Application Performance
76 / 92 → 83%
Temperature
94%
Noise
83%
Audio
40%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
69%
75%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-05-17 (Update: 2018-05-15)