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HP 15-ba077ng Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 01/29/2017

Low-cost office. HP delivers a home-office laptop with the 15-ba077ng. Its quiet system noise, low temperature development, and fast solid-state drive speak for the laptop. However, the laptop has some drawbacks. This was to be expected considering the price of approximately 450 Euros (~$482).

For the original German review, see here.

There are plenty of low-cost laptops. Every laptop manufacturer has at least one in their portfolio. We are facing a corresponding 15.6-inch model, HP 15-ba077ng. It relies on AMD's APU from the Bristol Ridge generation. The configuration is impressive: A Full HD screen, SSD, 8 GB (2x 4GB) of working memory. HP is asking approximately 450 Euros (~$482) for the whole package. Our report reveals whether the laptop is worth its price. Devices such as Acer's Aspire E5-553GLenovo's 310-15IKBAsus' F555Dell's Latitude 15 3570 are among its rivals.

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HP 15-ba077ng (15 dw000 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), Core: 300-758 MHz, dual-channel, Crimson 16.12.2
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, dual-channel, two memory banks (both filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, BOE, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD CZ FCH
Storage
SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G, 256 GB 
, M.2 2280, SATA III, 200 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ AMD K15.6 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8101/2/3 Family Fast Ethernet NIC (10/100MBit/s), Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
hp DVDRW DU8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.3 x 384.3 x 254.6 ( = 0.96 x 15.13 x 10.02 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion, removeable, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 9 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: SD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Power Media Player 14, Cyberlink PowerDirector 14, McAfee LiveSafe (trial), MS Office Home and Stundets 2016 (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.96 kg ( = 69.14 oz / 4.32 pounds), Power Supply: 295 g ( = 10.41 oz / 0.65 pounds)
Price
449 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The 15-ba077ng is the wrong choice if value is placed on a high-quality aluminum casing. HP explicitly uses black plastic here. The lid's back features a grooved texture. Grooves have also been milled into the wrist rest. The casing is mostly made of matte plastic. Only a glossy plastic rim surrounds the sides. The laptop does not have a maintenance hatch, and thus the casing has to be opened to access the innards. More about that later. The battery is removable.

Overall, the laptop's build is solid and does not exhibit any major shortcomings. For example, a slight excess of materials can be felt at the upper edge of the display bezel when the display is opened. The casing yields only marginally when pressure is applied to both sides of the keyboard and below the touchpad. The base unit could have been slightly more solid in our opinion. However, this is all still within an acceptable range. Only minor image distortions become visible when trying to twist the lid. They are more visible when pressure is applied to the back of the lid. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position. Opening the lid with one hand is possible.

HP's 15 undercuts most of its rivals by a few hundred grams with a weight of almost 2 kg (~4.4 lb). No significant size differences exist.

Size Comparison

384.3 mm / 15.1 inch 254.6 mm / 10 inch 24.3 mm / 0.957 inch 2 kg4.32 lbs384.3 mm / 15.1 inch 254.6 mm / 10 inch 24.3 mm / 0.957 inch 2 kg4.5 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 25.8 mm / 1.016 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs381.8 mm / 15 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 24.6 mm / 0.969 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 23.25 mm / 0.915 inch 2.1 kg4.54 lbs

Connectivity

HP at most offers the standard supply of interfaces. Of the three Type-A USB ports, only one operates in the USB 3.0 standard. There are no Type-C ports. Although Gigabit Ethernet has been standard for some years now, HP has installed only one Fast Ethernet port. The interface positioning could be improved as they are all on the same level as the wrist rest. 

Left: Power-in, Fast Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0 (Type A), USB 2.0 (Type A), combo audio
Left: Power-in, Fast Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0 (Type A), USB 2.0 (Type A), combo audio
Right: Memory card reader (SD), USB 2.0 (Type A), DVD burner, cable lock slot
Right: Memory card reader (SD), USB 2.0 (Type A), DVD burner, cable lock slot

SD Card Reader

The memory card reader does not break any speed records. A maximum transfer rate of 38.3 MB/s is achieved when copying large data blocks. Transferring 250 JPG image files (approx. 5 MB each) is performed at a speed of 27.2 MB/s. The readers in most rivals reach the same speeds. We test the memory card reader with a reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II). 

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
 
57.3 MB/s ∼100% +111%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
 
57.3 MB/s ∼100% +111%
HP 15-ba077ng
 
27.2 MB/s ∼47%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
 
23.7 MB/s ∼41% -13%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
 
23.1 MB/s ∼40% -15%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
 
22.24 MB/s ∼39% -18%
HP 15-ay116ng
 
22.2 MB/s ∼39% -18%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
 
17.8 MB/s ∼31% -35%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
 
13.4 MB/s ∼23% -51%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
 
85.3 MB/s ∼100% +123%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
 
83.15 MB/s ∼97% +117%
HP 15-ba077ng
 
38.3 MB/s ∼45%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
 
36.7 MB/s ∼43% -4%
HP 15-ay116ng
 
27.3 MB/s ∼32% -29%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
 
25.5 MB/s ∼30% -33%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
 
24.9 MB/s ∼29% -35%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
 
24.15 MB/s ∼28% -37%

Communication

A Wi-Fi module that carries a Wi-Fi chip (RTL) by Realtek is inside the laptop. It does not support the fast ac-standard, but only the 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi standards. The transmission speeds that we measured in ideal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices in the vicinity, short distance between the laptop and server PC) are not particularly good. Other low-cost laptops have more to offer here, as our comparison chart illustrates. The connection between the router and the laptop was always stable. Interruptions were not an issue. The installed Fast Ethernet chip is a member of Realtek's RTL8191/2/3 family. It does an impeccable job.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
333 MBit/s ∼100% +674%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
186 MBit/s ∼56% +333%
HP 15-ba077ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
43 MBit/s ∼13%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
346 MBit/s ∼100% +541%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
312 MBit/s ∼90% +478%
HP 15-ba077ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
54 MBit/s ∼16%
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
321 MBit/s ∼100%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (jseb)
125 MBit/s ∼39%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
96 MBit/s ∼30%
HP 15-ay116ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (jseb)
46 MBit/s ∼14%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
285 MBit/s ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
99 MBit/s ∼35%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (jseb)
89 MBit/s ∼31%
HP 15-ay116ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (jseb)
53 MBit/s ∼19%

Webcam

Nothing should be expected from the webcam. It produces low-quality photos at a maximum resolution of 640x480 pixels.

Accessories

The laptop comes with the usual accessories: A quick start guide and warranty conditions.

Maintenance

Looking at many of the HP consumer laptops that we have tested, the suspicion arises that HP loves to design as user-unfriendly maintenance and upgrade options as possible. This is also true of HP's 15. The laptop does not have a maintenance hatch, making it necessary to open the casing. First, the battery has to be removed. Then both back-sided rubber stoppers (left and right of the battery slot) have to be pulled out since they conceal screws. After that, all screws have to be released before levering off the underside with something like a putty knife. The base tray is secured quite tightly. It is easiest to remove in the area of the drive slot. Thus, it is recommended to start there. After removing the base tray, the user can access the SSD (M.2 2280), both working memory banks, the Wi-Fi module, BIOS battery and the fan.

Warranty

HP ships its laptop with a one-year warranty – including a pick-up service. Other manufacturers are more progressive and offer a two-year warranty, even in the low-cost sector. It is possible to upgrade the warranty on HP's laptop. A three-year warranty, for example, costs around 35 Euros (~$37).

Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Available warranty extensions
Available warranty extensions

Input Devices

Keyboard

HP has equipped the 15.6-inch laptop with an unlit chiclet keyboard that includes a number pad. The flat, lightly roughened keys have a medium drop and clear pressure point. Their resistance is satisfactory. Subjectively, the keyboard at most only yields marginally when typing on it. We did not find this annoying. The keyboard installed here is suitable for home use. Buyers looking for an as affordable laptop as possible that comes with a keyboard suitable for prolific writers should consider the ThinkPad E models by Lenovo. The latest 15.6-inch model, ThinkPad E560, is available starting at just under 600 Euros (~$642). 

Touchpad

The multi-touchpad has a surface area of approximately 11 x 4.5 cm (~4.3 x 1.8 in). Thus, it offers enough room for using gestures. The various gestures can be turned on and off individually in the pad's configuration menu. The pad's roughened surface does not stop the fingers from gliding over it. Two dedicated mouse keys are incorporated below the pad. They have a short drop and a clear pressure point.

Input Devices
Input Devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The matte, 15.6-inch screen in HP's laptop has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The brightness (200.2 cd/m²) and the contrast (373:1) are not exciting. Both rates are too low, even for the price level of HP's laptop.

The screen also exhibits PWM flickering at brightness levels of 70% and less at a frequency of 50 Hz in battery mode. This can lead to headaches and/or eye problems even in insensitive users. Note: PWM occurs in battery mode and not in AC mode! (See screenshot 2 in the PWM visualization).

200
cd/m²
206
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
190
cd/m²
184
cd/m²
198
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 209 cd/m² Average: 200.2 cd/m² Minimum: 9.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 209 cd/m²
Contrast: 373:1 (Black: 0.56 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 12.21 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 13.48 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
60% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.34
HP 15-ba077ng
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP 15-ay116ng
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus F555UB-XO043T
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Latitude 15-3570
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Response Times
2%
0%
-11%
-4%
19138%
-28%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 (21, 21)
43 (21, 22)
-2%
40 (20, 20, Plateau)
5%
46 (24, 22)
-10%
43 (21, 22, Plateau)
-2%
42.4 (22, 20.4)
-1%
37 (13, 24)
12%
Response Time Black / White *
22 (6, 16)
21 (5, 16)
5%
23 (7, 16, Plateau)
-5%
27 (10, 17, Spikes in between)
-23%
23 (7, 16, Plateau)
-5%
14.6 (9.4, 5.2)
34%
37 (20, 17)
-68%
PWM Frequency
50 (70)
50 (60)
0%
28740
57380%
Screen
20%
11%
18%
-1%
9%
-1%
Brightness middle
209
185
-11%
249
19%
214
2%
201
-4%
224
7%
202
-3%
Brightness
200
184
-8%
234
17%
205
3%
202
1%
201
1%
211
6%
Brightness Distribution
88
95
8%
89
1%
82
-7%
92
5%
75
-15%
88
0%
Black Level *
0.56
0.28
50%
0.44
21%
0.46
18%
0.67
-20%
0.46
18%
0.62
-11%
Contrast
373
661
77%
566
52%
465
25%
300
-20%
487
31%
326
-13%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
12.21
8.07
34%
11.71
4%
6.52
47%
10.36
15%
10.5
14%
12.35
-1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20.66
14.83
28%
19.51
6%
9.1
56%
18.88
9%
16.8
19%
19.9
4%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.48
8.83
34%
13.13
3%
7.05
48%
11.06
18%
11.23
17%
13.46
-0%
Gamma
2.34 94%
2.47 89%
2.57 86%
2.41 91%
2.56 86%
2.12 104%
2.44 90%
CCT
15364 42%
10628 61%
15273 43%
8623 75%
11368 57%
11096 59%
15217 43%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
36.2
-5%
36
-5%
36.6
-4%
36
-5%
38
0%
39
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
60
57
-5%
56
-7%
57.8
-4%
57
-5%
59
-2%
61
2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
11% / 17%
6% / 9%
4% / 12%
-3% / -1%
9574% / 4423%
-15% / -6%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 50 Hz ≤ 70 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 50 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 70 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 50 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9266 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

HP 15 vs. sRGB
HP 15 vs. sRGB
HP 15 vs. AdobeRGB
HP 15 vs. AdobeRGB

The laptop does not do a very good job in terms of color reproduction either. It presents a DeltaE 2000 color deviation of 12.21 in the state of delivery. A rate less than 3 would be desirable. Beyond that, the screen has a bluish tint. The color profile that we provide leads to an improvement; a double click installs it. Note: It should be checked whether the same screen model (manufacturer + model number) corresponds to the one installed in our review sample. Otherwise, the color reproduction could worsen even more. Different screens by different manufacturers are often used within a laptop model series. The AdobeRGB and sRGB color spaces cannot be displayed. The coverage rates are 38% (AdobeRGB) and 60% (sRGB).

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

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 26 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 55 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.6 ms).

HP has equipped the laptop with a viewing angle dependent TN panel. Thus, the screen is not legible from every position. The laptop is not really suitable for outdoor - its brightness and contrast are too low for this. The device could at most be used in the shade or under cloudy skies outdoors.

HP's 15 outdoors (taken in bright sunlight; sun is behind the device)
HP's 15 outdoors (taken in bright sunlight; sun is behind the device)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

HP has a 15.6-inch office laptop with more than enough computing power for office and Internet in the shape of the 15-ba077ng. Our review sample is available for approximately 450 Euros (~$482) and is one of the premium models in HP's 15-baxxxng series. Currently, the cheapest configuration (AMD A6-7310, HD panel, 500-GB SSD, FreeDos) costs around 250 Euros ($268). The models in the largely identical HP 15-ayxxxng and HP 250 G5 lineups extend the range considerably.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

Single thread
Single thread
Multithread
Multithread

AMD wants 2017 to be its year. With the new Ryzen APUs, the company attempts to reduce the gap with Intel that has become greater in the past few years. However, the first Ryzen laptops will be released in a few months. Until then, buyers will have to live with the predecessors. The current review sample is based on an A12-9700P APU. It is a mid-range model from the Bristol Ridge generation.

A quad-core processor makes up the CPU part of the APU. It clocks at a base speed of 2.5 GHz, which can be boosted up to 3.6 GHz via Turbo. The processor performed our CPU test at 2.5 to 2.8 GHz (Multithread) and 2.8 GHz (single thread). Thus, the Turbo does not use its full potential. One core was occasionally boosted to 3.6 GHz in the single thread tests. This was more often the case in routine use. 

Nevertheless, the APU has more than enough computing power for office and Internet application, and is consequently found in office laptops and affordable all-round laptops. A look at our comparison chart shows that the APU cannot compete with Intel's current mid-range processors (Core i5, Skylake, Kaby Lake). The distance in the single thread performance, which is more important for routine use, is bigger than in the Multithread performance. The CPU finds rivals among Intel's Core i3 processors from the Haswell, Broadwell, and Skylake generation. The scores of the Multithread are roughly on par with those of the Core i3-6100U processor. The single thread performance is more comparable with that of the Core i3-4030U and Core i3-5010U processors.

The APU is soldered
The APU is soldered
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5403
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7188
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2596
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
25.65 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.62 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.94 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
31.43 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
222 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
80 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼59% +61%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
122 Points ∼56% +53%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼53% +45%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
115 Points ∼53% +44%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
Intel Core i3-6100U
98 Points ∼45% +23%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
85 Points ∼39% +6%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
80 Points ∼37%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
AMD A12-9700P
78 Points ∼36% -2%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
74 Points ∼34% -7%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
Intel Core i3-4030U
74 Points ∼34% -7%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel Pentium N4200
53 Points ∼24% -34%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
325 Points ∼7% +46%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
Intel Core i5-7200U
311 Points ∼7% +40%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼7% +31%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
289 Points ∼7% +30%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
Intel Core i3-6100U
251 Points ∼6% +13%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
AMD A12-9700P
229 Points ∼5% +3%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
222 Points ∼5%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
217 Points ∼5% -2%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
195 Points ∼4% -12%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
Intel Core i3-4030U
187 Points ∼4% -16%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel Pentium N4200
165 Points ∼4% -26%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
4991 Points ∼46% +92%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
4315 Points ∼40% +66%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
Intel Core i3-6100U
3710 Points ∼34% +43%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
3114 Points ∼29% +20%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
Intel Core i3-4030U
2777 Points ∼26% +7%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
2596 Points ∼24%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
2325 Points ∼21% -10%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
AMD A12-9700P
2262 Points ∼21% -13%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel Pentium N4200
1675 Points ∼15% -35%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
11342 Points ∼17% +58%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
9936 Points ∼15% +38%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
Intel Core i3-6100U
8437 Points ∼13% +17%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
7222 Points ∼11% 0%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
7188 Points ∼11%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
6385 Points ∼10% -11%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
Intel Core i3-4030U
6309 Points ∼10% -12%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel Pentium N4200
5149 Points ∼8% -28%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
AMD A12-9700P
5148 Points ∼8% -28%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
6488 Points ∼8% +21%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
6007 Points ∼7% +12%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
AMD A12-9700P
5557 Points ∼7% +3%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
5371 Points ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
Intel Core i3-6100U
4804 Points ∼6% -11%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel Pentium N4200
4563 Points ∼6% -15%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
4550 Points ∼6% -15%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
4540 Points ∼6% -15%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
Intel Core i3-4030U
3755 Points ∼5% -30%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
2907 Points ∼60% +41%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
2754 Points ∼56% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
Intel Core i3-6100U
2188 Points ∼45% +6%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
2167 Points ∼44% +5%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
AMD A12-9700P
2120 Points ∼43% +3%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
2062 Points ∼42%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
1944 Points ∼40% -6%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
Intel Core i3-4030U
1788 Points ∼37% -13%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel Pentium N4200
1395 Points ∼29% -32%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
6825 Points ∼23% +39%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
4899 Points ∼16%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel Pentium N4200
4364 Points ∼14% -11%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
3672 Points ∼61% +70%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
2158 Points ∼36%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel Pentium N4200
1581 Points ∼26% -27%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
221.46 Points ∼63% +65%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
Intel Core i5-7200U
203.61 Points ∼58% +52%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
186.39 Points ∼53% +39%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
134 Points ∼38%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
Intel Core i3-4030U
123.22 Points ∼35% -8%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
109.87 Points ∼31% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
Intel Core i3-6100U
93.761 Points ∼27% -30%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel Pentium N4200
90.06 Points ∼26% -33%

System Performance

The combination of AMD's APU and a fast solid-state drive ensure a smooth-running system. We did not encounter any problems. HP's 15 clearly lags behind most Intel devices in the PCMark benchmarks. Our comparison chart illustrates that it can keep up with Lenovo's B50-70 (Intel Core i3-4030U) in some sub-benchmarks. The relatively low single thread performance of AMD's APU is again evident here. However, the scores should not be overrated. Users who work primarily with office applications and/or open websites should not really notice the low performance. Increasing the total performance is not possible since HP has already exhausted all options.

Two working memory banks are present
Two working memory banks are present
PCMark 7 Score
4258 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2777 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2413 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2773 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP 15-ay116ng
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
4587 Points ∼70% +65%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
4477 Points ∼69% +61%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
4343 Points ∼67% +57%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
4091 Points ∼63% +48%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Western Digital WD Black Mobile 500GB (WD5000LPLX)
3926 Points ∼60% +42%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
3883 Points ∼60% +40%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
Radeon R8 M445DX, A12-9700P, Liteonit CV3-8D128
3844 Points ∼59% +39%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3613 Points ∼55% +30%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
Radeon R8 M365DX, FX-8800P, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3540 Points ∼54% +28%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3510 Points ∼54% +27%
HP 15-ba077ng
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
2773 Points ∼43%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
3457 Points ∼57% +24%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
3337 Points ∼55% +20%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
3317 Points ∼54% +19%
HP 15-ay116ng
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
3315 Points ∼54% +19%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3305 Points ∼54% +19%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2972 Points ∼49% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Western Digital WD Black Mobile 500GB (WD5000LPLX)
2965 Points ∼49% +7%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
2904 Points ∼48% +5%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
Radeon R8 M445DX, A12-9700P, Liteonit CV3-8D128
2847 Points ∼47% +3%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
Radeon R8 M365DX, FX-8800P, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2806 Points ∼46% +1%
HP 15-ba077ng
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
2777 Points ∼46%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2683 Points ∼44% -3%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1993 Points ∼33% -28%

Storage Device

The system drive is a solid-state drive by SanDisk. It is an M.2-inch model (2280) with a total capacity of 256 GB. Roughly 200 GB can be used. The Windows installation and recovery partition reserve the rest of the storage capacity. The SSD's transfer rates are good.

The SSD cannot be replaced
The SSD cannot be replaced
SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
Sequential Read: 447.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 243.3 MB/s
512K Read: 333.4 MB/s
512K Write: 283.1 MB/s
4K Read: 20.99 MB/s
4K Write: 62.68 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 143.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 138 MB/s
HP 15-ba077ng
SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
HP 15-ay116ng
Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
Liteonit CV3-8D128
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
62%
-88%
-89%
-4%
-37%
Write 4k QD32
138
243.6
77%
0.852
-99%
0.991
-99%
143.2
4%
23.3
-83%
Read 4k QD32
143.1
370.9
159%
0.774
-99%
0.861
-99%
171.6
20%
93.53
-35%
Write 4k
62.68
95.68
53%
0.855
-99%
1.089
-98%
44.94
-28%
21.31
-66%
Read 4k
20.99
34.91
66%
0.391
-98%
0.474
-98%
23.76
13%
19.06
-9%
Write 512
283.1
294.9
4%
42.45
-85%
24.23
-91%
185.8
-34%
134.1
-53%
Read 512
333.4
413.8
24%
34.52
-90%
22.5
-93%
295.9
-11%
308.5
-7%
Write Seq
243.3
483.9
99%
106.2
-56%
96.57
-60%
311.8
28%
137.7
-43%
Read Seq
447.4
500.8
12%
108.5
-76%
107.6
-76%
348.6
-22%
453.2
1%

Graphics Card

AMD's integrated Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge GPU takes care of video output. It supports DirectX 12 and achieves speeds of up to 758 MHz. While the CPU part of the APU is inferior compared to most Intel rivals, it looks different with the GPU. The Radeon graphics unit manages to take a slight lead on Intel's present HD Graphics 620. A look at our comparison chart illustrates this clearly. Lenovo's IdeaPad 310-15IKB is a suitable comparison as its working memory - like HP's 15 - operates in dual-channel mode. This mode leads to a higher graphics performance of both the Intel and the Radeon iGPU.

AMD's GPU includes the sixth iteration of the Unified Video Decoder (UVD) that unloads the processor when rendering videos. It supports all common formats, such as H.264 and HEVC/H.265. The CPU's capacity ranged around 15% when we played our test video (4K, H.265, 60 FPS).

3DMark 06 Standard
7654 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
5568 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1881 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
43345 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5173 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1096 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
521 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
398 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX, AMD FX-8800P
3819 Points ∼7% +106%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A12-9700P
3811 Points ∼7% +105%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
3775 Points ∼7% +103%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Intel Core i5-6200U
2336 Points ∼5% +26%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
1856 Points ∼4%
MSI CX72-7QL
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1668 Points ∼3% -10%
Razer Blade Stealth QHD i7-7500U
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1631 Points ∼3% -12%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1555 Points ∼3% -16%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1502 Points ∼3% -19%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1394 Points ∼3% -25%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1273 Points ∼2% -31%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1257 Points ∼2% -32%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel HD Graphics 505, Intel Pentium N4200
624 Points ∼1% -66%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
2209 Points ∼5% +82%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A12-9700P
2090 Points ∼5% +72%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Intel Core i5-6200U
1570 Points ∼4% +29%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
1213 Points ∼3%
MSI CX72-7QL
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1128 Points ∼3% -7%
Razer Blade Stealth QHD i7-7500U
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
991 Points ∼2% -18%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
893 Points ∼2% -26%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
802 Points ∼2% -34%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
12483 Points ∼7% +54%
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A12-9700P
12140 Points ∼7% +50%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX, AMD FX-8800P
10534 Points ∼6% +30%
MSI CX72-7QL
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
9332 Points ∼5% +15%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Intel Core i5-6200U
8405 Points ∼5% +4%
Razer Blade Stealth QHD i7-7500U
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
8289 Points ∼4% +2%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
8107 Points ∼4%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
7877 Points ∼4% -3%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
6876 Points ∼4% -15%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
6314 Points ∼3% -22%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
5909 Points ∼3% -27%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
25.3 fps ∼6% +6%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
23.8 fps ∼6%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
24.6 fps ∼14% +4%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
23.7 fps ∼14%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
24.6 fps ∼1% +1%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
24.3 fps ∼1%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
24.7 fps ∼1%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
24 fps ∼1% -3%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
28.4 fps ∼5% +10%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
25.9 fps ∼5%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
25.7 fps ∼7%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
25.6 fps ∼7% 0%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
107.8 fps ∼1% +20%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
90 fps ∼1%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
96.5 fps ∼3% +11%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
87.2 fps ∼3%
Geekbench 4.0 - Compute OpenCL Score
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
22947 Points ∼8%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
16960 Points ∼6% -26%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
Intel HD Graphics 505, Intel Pentium N4200
11286 Points ∼4% -51%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
367 Samples/s ∼7% +102%
MSI CX72-7QL
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
309 Samples/s ∼6% +70%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
182 Samples/s ∼3%
Sala GPUs-only
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
723 Samples/s ∼7% +97%
MSI CX72-7QL
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
645 Samples/s ∼6% +76%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
367 Samples/s ∼3%

Gaming Performance

AMD's APU in HP's 15 allows playing many games. However, these are primarily games with relatively low hardware requirements, and also only at low resolutions and low quality settings. It will not be possible to play performance-driven games such as "Watch Dogs".

HP's 15 provides better frame rates than comparable, Intel-based laptops only in some cases. HP's often lags behind them, which is again due to the APU's weak processor. The 3DMark benchmarks show that the Radeon R7 has a slightly higher performance than the HD Graphics 620 GPU. Gaming routine reveals that AMD's CPU often slows down AMD's GPU.

low med. high ultra
Diablo III (2012) 70 54.6 45.5 41.3 fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 74.1 36.9 28.1 12.7 fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 60.9 37.8 32.6 10.7 fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 44.1 29.6 20.4 7.7 fps
Thief (2014) 15.3 12.6 12.3 fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 91.3 40.6 21.6 fps
Sims 4 (2014) 122.3 44.8 23.2 fps
F1 2014 (2014) 62 41 31 fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 29.9 27.3 16.7 fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 37.7 32.1 12.9 fps
GTA V (2015) 41.5 38.1 10 fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 79 27.3 15.2 fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 45.5 36.4 14.3 fps
World of Warships (2015) 47.1 35.4 20.9 fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 26.1 14.4 6.7 fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 22.9 21.2 10.5 fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 47.1 20.8 14.7 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 22.5 14.2 7.1 fps
XCOM 2 (2016) 18.4 6.9 4.9 fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 15 9 8 fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 15.5 11.6 6.4 fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 23.3 16.7 8.3 fps
Civilization VI (2016) 30.5 14.6 7.6 fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 63.2 47.5 22 fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 34 30.3 10.5 fps
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
87.4 fps ∼100% +44%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
72.7 fps ∼83% +19%
MSI CX72-7QL
HD Graphics 620, 7500U
67.8 fps ∼78% +11%
HP 15-ba077ng
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
60.9 fps ∼70%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
54.08 fps ∼62% -11%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
52.3 fps ∼60% -14%
HP 15-ay116ng
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
45.3 fps ∼52% -26%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
42.6 fps ∼49% -30%
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
23.7 fps ∼27% -61%
Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Low Preset
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
83.6 fps ∼100% +13%
HP 15-ba077ng
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
74.1 fps ∼89%
HP 15-ay116ng
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
67.6 fps ∼81% -9%
Battlefield 4 - 1024x768 Low Preset
MSI CX72-7QL
HD Graphics 620, 7500U
53.3 fps ∼100% +21%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
50.1 fps ∼94% +14%
HP 15-ba077ng
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
44.1 fps ∼83%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
Radeon R8 M365DX, FX-8800P, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
36.4 fps ∼68% -17%
HP 15-ay116ng
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
31.1 fps ∼58% -29%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
30.6 fps ∼57% -31%
Sims 4 - 1024x768 Low Preset
MSI CX72-7QL
HD Graphics 620, 7500U
186.8 fps ∼100% +53%
Razer Blade Stealth QHD i7-7500U
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
182 fps ∼97% +49%
HP 15-ba077ng
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
122.3 fps ∼65%
Diablo III - 1366x768 Medium / low
MSI CX72-7QL
HD Graphics 620, 7500U
72.2 fps ∼100% +32%
HP 15-ba077ng
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
54.6 fps ∼76%
Titanfall 2 - 1280x720 Low / Disabled AF:Trilinear
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
37.9 fps ∼100% +11%
HP 15-ba077ng
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
34 fps ∼90%
Battlefield 1 - 1280x720 Low Preset
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
Radeon R8 M445DX, A12-9700P, Liteonit CV3-8D128
31.2 fps ∼100% +34%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
30.2 fps ∼97% +30%
HP 15-ba077ng
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
23.3 fps ∼75%
World of Warships - 1366x768 Low Preset AF:Trilinear
MSI CX72-7QL
HD Graphics 620, 7500U
81.3 fps ∼100% +73%
Razer Blade Stealth QHD i7-7500U
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
72.95 fps ∼90% +55%
HP 15-ba077ng
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
47.1 fps ∼58%

Emissions

The fan can be cleaned
The fan can be cleaned

System Noise

The fan in HP's 15 spins permanently at low speeds in idle mode. The produced noise is tolerable. Once again, the BIOS option "Fan always on" is responsible for the permanently active fan. The fan is often inactive when this option is disabled, and silence prevails. The fan hardly speeds up during load. We measured a noise level of just 33.4 dB(A) during the stress test. The reason: Both the CPU and GPU clock at their lowest speeds. The fan can sometimes speed up for a short time in everyday use.

Noise Level

Idle
31.5 / 31.8 / 31.8 dB(A)
DVD
37.2 / dB(A)
Load
31.4 / 33.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.6 dB(A)
HP 15-ba077ng
A12-9700P, Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 15-ay116ng
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
A12-9700P, Radeon R8 M445DX
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
A10-9600P, Radeon R8 M445DX
Asus F555UB-XO043T
6200U, GeForce 940M
Dell Latitude 15-3570
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Noise
-3%
-3%
-1%
-10%
-16%
-1%
off / environment *
30.6
29
5%
30.5
-0%
30.5
-0%
31.2
-2%
31
-1%
Idle Minimum *
31.5
30.6
3%
31.3
1%
31.4
-0%
31.7
-1%
34
-8%
31
2%
Idle Average *
31.8
30.6
4%
31.3
2%
31.4
1%
31.9
-0%
34
-7%
31
3%
Idle Maximum *
31.8
30.6
4%
31.3
2%
31.9
-0%
31.9
-0%
34.2
-8%
31
3%
Load Average *
31.4
36.8
-17%
35.6
-13%
33.7
-7%
41
-31%
38.9
-24%
34.2
-9%
Load Maximum *
33.4
38.2
-14%
36.15
-8%
33.8
-1%
42.7
-28%
43.6
-31%
34.3
-3%
Witcher 3 ultra *
40.6

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.937.135.740.137.92538.736.638.635.538.73132.632.332.631.132.64029.432.33029.829.45029.530.330.129.529.56330.330.132.133.330.38028.228.626.927.828.210027.328.628.32727.312525.726.125.625.325.71602727.126.924.32720024.325.324.524.624.32502424.92422.42431523.224.823.321.823.240022.725.322.620.322.750022.526.221.72022.563022.628.421.218.922.680023.731.320.318.123.7100024.733.819.617.724.7125023.633.718.516.823.6160024.137.818.316.324.1200023.538.518.116.123.5250020.834.417.815.620.8315018.930.217.515.518.9400018.227.117.315.418.2500017.923.717.11517.9630017.821.417.215.317.8800017.619.717.215.217.61000017.318.11714.917.31250017.117.716.914.917.11600017.217.7171517.2SPL33.844.93129.133.8N24.11.61.22median 22.7median 26.2median 18.5median 16.8median 22.7Delta2.73.32.83.52.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP 15-ba077ng

Temperature

The HP 15 in the stress test
The HP 15 in the stress test

HP's 15 performed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in the same manner in both AC and battery mode. The processor always clocked at 800 MHz, while the graphics unit starts the test at 400 to 450 MHz and throttles to 300 MHz in the course of the test. Our stress test is an extreme situation that will not occur in everyday scenarios. The processor utilizes its Turbo in routine use. Throttling is not an issue. The laptop did not heat up excessively during the stress test. The temperatures remained clearly below 40 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees Fahrenheit) on all measuring points.

Max. Load
 33.9 °C
93 F
33.7 °C
93 F
24.9 °C
77 F
 
 34.8 °C
95 F
33.7 °C
93 F
24.9 °C
77 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
34 °C
93 F
24.8 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 34.8 °C = 95 F
Average: 30.6 °C = 87 F
24.2 °C
76 F
35 °C
95 F
36.6 °C
98 F
34.5 °C
94 F
33 °C
91 F
38.3 °C
101 F
24.1 °C
75 F
34.7 °C
94 F
30.6 °C
87 F
Maximum: 38.3 °C = 101 F
Average: 32.3 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  44 °C = 111 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.6 °C / 87 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 34.8 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.3 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.4 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34 °C / 93.2 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (-5.9 °C / -10.6 F).
HP 15-ba077ng
A12-9700P, Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 15-ay116ng
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
A12-9700P, Radeon R8 M445DX
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
A10-9600P, Radeon R8 M445DX
Asus F555UB-XO043T
6200U, GeForce 940M
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
N4200, HD Graphics 505
Dell Latitude 15-3570
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Heat
-6%
1%
-25%
-7%
-13%
-11%
-26%
Maximum Upper Side *
34.8
34.1
2%
33.8
3%
36.8
-6%
33.4
4%
33.2
5%
33.3
4%
36.1
-4%
Maximum Bottom *
38.3
35.6
7%
36.6
4%
56.5
-48%
32.9
14%
44
-15%
39.4
-3%
47
-23%
Idle Upper Side *
23.2
26.7
-15%
23.6
-2%
27.1
-17%
27.7
-19%
28.2
-22%
27.3
-18%
31.7
-37%
Idle Bottom *
23.3
27
-16%
23.8
-2%
29.8
-28%
29.4
-26%
28.1
-21%
29.2
-25%
32.9
-41%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature development upper side (load)
Temperature development upper side (load)
Temperature development underside (load)
Temperature development underside (load)
Temperature development upper side (idle)
Temperature development upper side (idle)
Temperature development underside (idle)
Temperature development underside (idle)

Speakers

The stereo speakers in HP's laptop are situated on the front edge of the device's underside. They produce quite a decent sound that allows prolonged listening. However, they lack some bass. Headphones or external speakers would have to be connected for a better sound experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.634.232.62534.841.234.83141.743.341.74032.936.532.95032.135.632.16330.128.830.18027.127.827.110027.126.427.112526.325.626.31602723.82720030.823.630.82505022.3503156021.46040062.220.762.250060.920.360.963067.11967.180071.818.671.8100064.818.164.8125060.917.960.9160065.317.865.320006617.666250066.617.666.6315066.118.166.1400067.218.167.2500060.918.360.9630066.618.566.6800073.818.473.81000073.518.573.51250072.418.372.41600068.718.368.7SPL8030.680N47.11.547.1median 65.3median 18.5median 65.3Delta8.11.98.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP 15-ba077ngApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
HP 15-ba077ng audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 53% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 50% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

System Noise

HP's 15 does not exhibit any irregularities in terms of power consumption. We measured a maximum idle consumption of 8.9 watts. Thus, the laptop is on par with comparable Intel-based laptops. The power consumption climbed to 31 watts during the stress test. Here, it becomes obvious that both the CPU and GPU clock at their minimum speeds. Otherwise, the rate would be higher. The power supply has a nominal output of 45 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.16 / 0.48 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.4 / 6.8 / 8.9 Watt
Load midlight 30.9 / 31 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP 15-ba077ng
A12-9700P, Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 15-ay116ng
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
A12-9700P, Radeon R8 M445DX
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
A10-9600P, Radeon R8 M445DX
Asus F555UB-XO043T
6200U, GeForce 940M
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
N4200, HD Graphics 505
Dell Latitude 15-3570
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Power Consumption
2%
16%
-62%
-37%
-21%
5%
5%
Idle Minimum *
4.4
3.5
20%
3.2
27%
7.2
-64%
5.5
-25%
4.7
-7%
5.3
-20%
4.9
-11%
Idle Average *
6.8
6.1
10%
6.3
7%
10.3
-51%
8.2
-21%
6.5
4%
8.8
-29%
7.2
-6%
Idle Maximum *
8.9
7
21%
7.4
17%
11.9
-34%
9.5
-7%
6.8
24%
9.7
-9%
7.5
16%
Load Average *
30.9
31.2
-1%
24
22%
48.2
-56%
44.5
-44%
42.7
-38%
18
42%
25.4
18%
Load Maximum *
31
42.9
-38%
29
6%
63
-103%
58
-87%
59
-90%
18.2
41%
28
10%
Witcher 3 ultra *
51.8

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

HP's laptop manages a runtime of 4:56 hours in our Wi-Fi test. We simulate the load needed for opening websites via a script here. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, the energy-savings modes are disabled, and the screen's brightness is dimmed to approximately 150 cd/m². We loop the short movie "Big Buck Bunny" (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) to determine the video playback time. The wireless modules and energy-savings modes are disabled, and the screen's brightness is set to roughly 150 cd/m². The 15.6-inch laptop is depleted after 4:38 hours.

Overall, the battery life achieved in our practical Wi-Fi and video tests can only be called average. However, the runtimes are relatively good for a laptop based on an APU by AMD. A look at our comparison chart shows that AMD-based laptops usually do not do a very good job. However, HP's 15-ba077ng clearly lags behind rivals by Intel. The comparison with the largely identical HP 15-ay116ng (Core i5-7200U) illustrates this well. The latter is also equipped with an SSD and Full HD panel. It also uses the same 41 Wh battery as HP's 15-ba077ng. The Core i5 laptop lasts 2 hours longer in the Wi-Fi and battery tests.

The battery has a capacity of 41 Wh
The battery has a capacity of 41 Wh
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 22min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38)
4h 56min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 38min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 43min
HP 15-ba077ng
A12-9700P, Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), 41 Wh
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 30 Wh
HP 15-ay116ng
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 41 Wh
Acer Aspire E15 E5-553G-109A
A12-9700P, Radeon R8 M445DX, 40 Wh
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 41 Wh
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
A10-9600P, Radeon R8 M445DX, 41 Wh
Asus F555UB-XO043T
6200U, GeForce 940M, 37 Wh
Acer Aspire ES1-533-P7WA
N4200, HD Graphics 505, 36 Wh
Dell Latitude 15-3570
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 65 Wh
Battery Runtime
-20%
24%
-37%
5%
-19%
20%
8%
58%
Reader / Idle
742
612
-18%
869
17%
358
-52%
634
-15%
560
-25%
1024
38%
H.264
278
430
55%
313
13%
194
-30%
WiFi v1.3
296
230
-22%
412
39%
257
-13%
347
17%
260
-12%
355
20%
321
8%
542
83%
Load
103
81
-21%
87
-16%
55
-47%
109
6%
95
-8%
157
52%

Pros

+ matte screen
+ Full HD resolution
+ fast SSD
+ low temperature development

Cons

- dark, low-contrast, viewing angle dependent screen
- Fast Ethernet only
- one-year warranty only
- no Type-C USB
- no maintenance hatch
- no ac-WiFi
- poor WiFi data rates

Verdict

In review: HP 15-ba077ng. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: HP 15-ba077ng. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

AMD's installed APU provides more than enough computing power for office and Internet applications. Furthermore, it conditionally allows playing computer games that do not have high hardware requirements or are now a bit older on the market. The laptop does not produce much noise over the entire load range and barely heats up.

HP delivers an affordable home-office laptop with the 15-ba077ng.

A fast solid-state drive ensures a smooth-running system. The SSD can be replaced, but the casing would have to be opened for this. The laptop does not have a maintenance hatch. The installed keyboard and the mediocre battery life fulfil the requirements for home use. The matte Full HD panel will not excite anyone; it is dark, low-contrast, and viewing angle dependent.

The massive cutbacks that HP has made are not visible at a first glance. The price range of approximately 450 Euros (~$482) is noticed. HP includes only a one-year warranty where other manufacturers offer a two-year warranty for their low-cost devices. A Wi-Fi module that supports the fast ac-standard and a Gigabit Ethernet have been dispensed with. HP only provides a Fast Ethernet port. HP's 15 cannot serve with a USB Type-C port either. To add to this, the screen exhibits PWM flickering at just 50 Hz in battery mode (not AC mode).

The various tests and benchmarks that we performed very clearly show why laptops based on AMD APUs only stand a chance on the market when they are offered at a much lower price than Intel's competition: The performance of AMD processors is weaker while requiring more power. The latter leads to a much shorter battery life. The somewhat higher performance of the Radeon iGPU does not bring the user any advantages in routine use. AMD will have to hit a home run with its new Ryzen APUs to pull even with Intel and to become relevant again in the laptop sector.

HP 15-ba077ng - 01/23/2017 v6(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
76 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
37 / 80 → 46%
Weight
64 / 20-67 → 93%
Battery
79%
Display
73%
Games Performance
57 / 68 → 84%
Application Performance
68 / 92 → 74%
Temperature
95%
Noise
92%
Audio
53%
Camera
29 / 85 → 34%
Average
67%
77%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-01-29 (Update: 2019-04-21)