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HP 250 G4 T6P08ES Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 04/20/2016

Low cost office all-rounder. HP's 250 G4 is a basic, 15.6-inch office laptop. It offers a decent configuration for a reasonable price. However, we cannot say a lot of good things about the screen.

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For the original German review, see here.

With the 250 G4, HP introduces the fourth generation of its low-cost laptop lineup. We have previously tested various members of former generations. Braswell, Haswell and Broadwell processors are used within the 250 G4 lineup. Our review sample can be seen as the premium model of the series, and comes with a dedicated Radeon graphics unit as well as a Broadwell CPU. HP's laptop has many rivals. Every manufacturer offers various low-cost laptops within their lineups. We could name Lenovo's B50-80Lenovo's IdeaPad 305-15Asus' F555Toshiba's Satellite C55-C, and Acer's Aspire ES1-521 as examples.

HP 250 G4 T6P08ES (250 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R5 M330 - 2048 MB, Core: 1030 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, DDR3, 32 bit interface, 16.150.2211.1001 (Crimson 16.4.1), Enduro
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single-channel, two memory banks (one bank filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel 100 PPI, ChiMei, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 880 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ Intel Wildcat Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
hp DVDRW SU208GB
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
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 640x480
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink PhotoDirector, Cyberlink Power Media Player 14, Cyberlink PowerDirector 12, Cyberlink YouCam, McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.1 kg ( = 74.08 oz / 4.63 pounds), Power Supply: 337 g ( = 11.89 oz / 0.74 pounds)
Price
499 Euro

 

Case

A casing made entirely or partially of metal cannot be expected in view of the laptop's price range. HP relies on a matte, black plastic casing. The lid's back is patterned (small diamond-shaped squares). The wrist rest features stamped-in dots. HP uses glossy surfaces for these cavities, and thus the wrist rest is slightly reflective. The casing has to be opened for accessing the innards, but more about that later. The battery is not fixed.

The laptop does not have any serious flaws in terms of build, and more than justifies the price range. The base unit dents slightly on both sides of the keyboard and below the touchpad under pressure - as in almost every laptop. The base unit could be more robust. It dents a bit too much. This is also true of the lid that also displays image distortions under pressure. The same happens when pressing the lid's back. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position but rock slightly. Opening the lid with one hand is possible.

Connectivity

HP's 250 G4 does not present any surprises in connectivity. The standard selection of interfaces is installed. One of the USB ports operates in the USB 3.0 standard. The laptop also has two video outs. The interface positioning is not ideal. They are situated in the front left and right and therefore, the wrist rest will not remain free of cables.

Left: Power-in, VGA-out, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Left: Power-in, VGA-out, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Right: Memory card reader, USB 2.0, DVD burner, Kensington lock slot
Right: Memory card reader, USB 2.0, DVD burner, Kensington lock slot

Communication

A Wi-Fi module with an RTL8723BE chip by Realtek is inside HP's laptop. It supports the 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi standards. We did not experience any connection issues. The connection between the router and laptop was always stable. An Ethernet chip from Realtek's RTL8168/8111 family takes care of cabled network connections. We find these models in a many laptops, and as always, it does an impeccable job.

Webcam

The installed webcam is outdated. It has a resolution of 640x480 pixels and therefore does not produce impressive photos. The laptop's maintenance guide reveals that there are models of HP's 250 G4 with HP's TruVision cameras (1280x720 pixels). Users who value a better webcam quality should look out for this.

Memory Card Reader

The incorporated memory card reader is not the fastest model. A maximum transfer rate of 25.6 MB/s is reached when copying large data blocks. Transferring 250 JPG image files (approx. 5 MB each) is performed at 19.8 MB/s. We test the memory card reader with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card.

Security

The laptop's only security feature is TPM 2.0.

Accessories

Apart from a quick start poster and warranty conditions, the laptop does not come with any other accessories.

Maintenance

The laptop does not have a maintenance hatch, making it necessary to open the casing. The optical drive has to be removed before releasing all screws on the underside. Note: Screws are also hidden under the rubber stoppers that first have to be removed. The laptop is then placed on a solid surface and the base tray is levered off using a thumb and putty knife. More information concerning this procedure can be found in the maintenance guide. The laptop is equipped with two working memory banks; only one is filled. Replacing the hard drive would not be a problem and the fan can also be cleaned.

Warranty

HP's 250 G4 includes only a one-year warranty. The duration and scope can be upgraded. A three-year warranty with pick-up service costs approximately 84 Euros (~$95). A three-year on-site warranty costs about 120 Euros (~$136).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard in HP's 250 G4 does not have a backlight - this was not to be expected in view of the laptop's price range. The flat, lightly roughened keys feature a short drop and clear pressure point. The keyboard yields marginally at most while typing on it. This, however, does not have any negative effects. On the whole, the keyboard makes a very decent impression. It is also suitable for prolonged typing sessions.

Touchpad

The multi-touchpad is part of the wrist rest and is not installed separately. It has a surface area of approximately 11 x 4.6 cm (~4.3 x 1.8 in), and thus offers plenty of room for using gestures. The various gestures can be enabled and disabled individually in the pad's configuration menu. The pad's roughened surface does not stop the fingers from gliding. Both mouse keys feature a short drop and clear pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

HP's 250 G4 is equipped with a matte, 15.6-inch panel that has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The screen's brightness of 203.3 cd/m² is not impressive. We expect a rate beyond 250 cd/m² even in the low-cost sector. The contrast of 449:1 is acceptable considering the price range. The screen displays PWM flickering at a frequency of 806 Hz in brightness levels of 90% and lower. However, this high frequency should not lead to problems even in sensitive users.

213
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
203
cd/m²
183
cd/m²
198
cd/m²
186
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 220 cd/m² Average: 203.3 cd/m² Minimum: 10 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 181 cd/m²
Contrast: 449:1 (Black: 0.49 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.95 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 10.59 | - Ø
65% sRGB (Argyll) 41% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.51

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 806 Hz90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 806 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 806 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 57 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 6272 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

HP 250 vs. sRGB
HP 250 vs. sRGB
HP 250 vs. AdobeRGB
HP 250 vs. AdobeRGB

The panel presents a DeltaE 2000 color deviation of 8.95 in state of delivery - a normal rate in the low price sector. A rate less than 3 would be desirable. Furthermore, the screen displays a bluish tint. The screen cannot reproduce the AdobeRGB and sRGB color spaces. The coverage rates are 41% (AdobeRGB) and 65% (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
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 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. » 28 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 20 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. » 52 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.8 ms).

HP has equipped the laptop with a viewing angle dependent TN panel. Thus, the screen is not legible from every position. Changing the vertical viewing angle quickly leads to image distortions. The angle is more generous horizontally, and even several viewers can look at the screen at the same time. HP's 250 G4 is not suitable for outdoor use due to the panel's low brightness.

HP 250 G4 outdoors
HP 250 G4 outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
TN LED, 1366x768
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
TN LED, 1366x768
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
TN LED, 1366x768
Lenovo B50-80
WLED-TN, 1920x1080
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
TN, 1366x768
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
TN LED, 1366x768
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
TN-Panel, 1920x1080
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
TN LED, 1366x768
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
-13%
-3%
1%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 (22, 20)
49 (27, 22, Plateau)
-17%
22 (12, 10)
48%
47 (23, 24)
-12%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (8, 16)
26 (9, 17, Plateau)
-8%
20 (8, 12)
17%
26 (9, 17)
-8%
PWM Frequency
806 (90)
200 (90)
-75%
1000 (90)
24%
Screen
6%
-4%
-1%
-12%
3%
-5%
25%
27%
Brightness
203
231
14%
228
12%
208
2%
236
16%
238
17%
200
-1%
236
16%
176
-13%
Brightness Distribution
83
86
4%
84
1%
88
6%
85
2%
88
6%
86
4%
86
4%
78
-6%
Black Level *
0.49
0.53
-8%
0.42
14%
0.39
20%
0.44
10%
0.42
14%
0.66
-35%
0.31
37%
0.15
69%
Contrast
449
474
6%
510
14%
556
24%
570
27%
583
30%
306
-32%
790
76%
1180
163%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
8.95
7.92
12%
12.18
-36%
11.61
-30%
14.58
-63%
10.49
-17%
8.72
3%
6.6
26%
8.52
5%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
10.59
8.9
16%
13.53
-28%
12.47
-18%
16.8
-59%
11.47
-8%
9.22
13%
6.96
34%
9.72
8%
Gamma
2.51 96%
2.18 110%
2.26 106%
2.41 100%
2.33 103%
2.52 95%
2.17 111%
2.35 102%
1.85 130%
CCT
12049 54%
9917 66%
15817 41%
15458 42%
27039 24%
13286 49%
10298 63%
8450 77%
5036 129%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
41
41
0%
39
-5%
38
-7%
35
-15%
38
-7%
42.4
3%
43
5%
39
-5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
65
65
0%
62
-5%
60
-8%
56
-14%
60
-8%
66.8
3%
66
2%
61
-6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
6% / 6%
-9% / -6%
-1% / -1%
-8% / -10%
2% / 3%
-5% / -5%
25% / 25%
27% / 27%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

HP's 250 G4 is a basic, 15.6-inch office laptop. It has enough computing power for all common applications. Our review sample costs approximately 500 Euros (~$565). Other configurations are available. Currently, the lowest priced configuration (Celeron N3050) of the lineup carries a price tag of around 240 Euros (~$271).

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

Processor

Intel's Skylake processors have been available for quite some time now. Nevertheless, HP's 250 G4 does not come with any of Intel's latest CPU generation. A Core i5-5200U (Broadwell) dual-core processor, which is a frugal ULV model (TDP: 15 watts) from the mid-range, is installed here. It has enough computing power for all common applications. The processor clocks at a base speed of 2.2 GHZ, which can be boosted to 2.5 GHz (both cores) or 2.7 GHz (one core) via Turbo. The processor performed our CPU test at full speed in both AC and battery mode.

The direct Skylake successor (Core i5-6200U) of the processor installed here delivered up to 15% better results in our CPU tests. This is due to the somewhat higher clock speeds and improved Skylake architecture.

The CPU is soldered
The CPU is soldered
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6299
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8672
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4134
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
25.64 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.81 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.28 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
32.5 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
257 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
108 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼100% +7%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
114 Points ∼98% +6%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
108 Points ∼93% 0%
Lenovo B50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
108 Points ∼93% 0%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
108 Points ∼93%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
107 Points ∼92% -1%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
97 Points ∼84% -10%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
85 Points ∼73% -21%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Intel Core i3-5005U
81 Points ∼70% -25%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
63 Points ∼54% -42%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
49 Points ∼42% -55%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
46 Points ∼40% -57%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
43 Points ∼37% -60%
Lenovo E50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
43 Points ∼37% -60%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
288 Points ∼100% +12%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
282 Points ∼98% +10%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
261 Points ∼91% +2%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
260 Points ∼90% +1%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
257 Points ∼89%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
255 Points ∼89% -1%
Lenovo B50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
250 Points ∼87% -3%
Lenovo E50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
246 Points ∼85% -4%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
217 Points ∼75% -16%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Intel Core i3-5005U
206 Points ∼72% -20%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
195 Points ∼68% -24%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
158 Points ∼55% -39%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
156 Points ∼54% -39%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
146 Points ∼51% -43%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.32 Points ∼100% +3%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.32 Points ∼100% +3%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.28 Points ∼97%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.26 Points ∼95% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.26 Points ∼95% -2%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.25 Points ∼95% -2%
Lenovo E50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.23 Points ∼93% -4%
Lenovo B50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.23 Points ∼93% -4%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
0.97 Points ∼73% -24%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Intel Core i3-5005U
0.92 Points ∼70% -28%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
0.79 Points ∼60% -38%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
0.6 Points ∼45% -53%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
0.55 Points ∼42% -57%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
0.5 Points ∼38% -61%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.21 Points ∼100% +14%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.18 Points ∼99% +13%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.83 Points ∼88% +1%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.81 Points ∼88%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.8 Points ∼87% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.8 Points ∼87% 0%
Lenovo B50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.79 Points ∼87% -1%
Lenovo E50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.73 Points ∼85% -3%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
2.32 Points ∼72% -17%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
2.3 Points ∼72% -18%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Intel Core i3-5005U
2.28 Points ∼71% -19%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
1.96 Points ∼61% -30%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
1.93 Points ∼60% -31%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
1.62 Points ∼50% -42%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
4414 Points ∼100% +7%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
4357 Points ∼99% +5%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
4158 Points ∼94% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
4137 Points ∼94% 0%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
4134 Points ∼94%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
3958 Points ∼90% -4%
Lenovo B50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
3248 Points ∼74% -21%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
3114 Points ∼71% -25%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Intel Core i3-5005U
3113 Points ∼71% -25%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
2170 Points ∼49% -48%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
1883 Points ∼43% -54%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
1709 Points ∼39% -59%
Lenovo E50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
1645 Points ∼37% -60%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
1385 Points ∼31% -66%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Lenovo E50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
10442 Points ∼100% +20%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
9907 Points ∼95% +14%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
8723 Points ∼84% +1%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
8672 Points ∼83%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
8642 Points ∼83% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
8544 Points ∼82% -1%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
7776 Points ∼74% -10%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
7222 Points ∼69% -17%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Intel Core i3-5005U
6897 Points ∼66% -20%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
6403 Points ∼61% -26%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
5659 Points ∼54% -35%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
5309 Points ∼51% -39%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
4828 Points ∼46% -44%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
5558 Points ∼100% +12%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
5557 Points ∼100% +12%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
5304 Points ∼95% +7%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
4970 Points ∼89%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
4948 Points ∼89% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
4942 Points ∼89% -1%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
4578 Points ∼82% -8%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
4540 Points ∼82% -9%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
3756 Points ∼68% -24%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
3254 Points ∼59% -35%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
3230 Points ∼58% -35%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
2653 Points ∼100% +9%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
2577 Points ∼97% +5%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
2549 Points ∼96% +4%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
2465 Points ∼93% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
2451 Points ∼92% 0%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
2444 Points ∼92%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
2167 Points ∼82% -11%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
1941 Points ∼73% -21%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
1270 Points ∼48% -48%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
1209 Points ∼46% -51%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
982 Points ∼37% -60%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
309.2 ms * ∼100% -144%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
282.1 ms * ∼91% -123%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
270.2 ms * ∼87% -113%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
160.3 ms * ∼52% -27%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
154 ms * ∼50% -22%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
Intel Core i3-5005U
136.3 ms * ∼44% -8%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
126.6 ms * ∼41%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
125.3 ms * ∼41% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
115.6 ms * ∼37% +9%
Lenovo B50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
113 ms * ∼37% +11%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
110.8 ms * ∼36% +12%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
108.3 ms * ∼35% +14%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
89.6 ms * ∼29% +29%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
190.45 Points ∼100% +10%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
181.3 Points ∼95% +5%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
173.24 Points ∼91%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
101.32 Points ∼53% -42%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
97.94 Points ∼51% -43%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
75.677 Points ∼40% -56%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
6880.3 ms * ∼100% -376%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
6209.8 ms * ∼90% -330%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
3876.2 ms * ∼56% -168%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
3232.3 ms * ∼47% -124%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
2637.1 ms * ∼38% -83%
Lenovo B50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
2635 ms * ∼38% -82%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
2555.7 ms * ∼37% -77%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
2554 ms * ∼37% -77%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
2263 ms * ∼33% -57%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
1444.6 ms * ∼21%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
1280.6 ms * ∼19% +11%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
1278.9 ms * ∼19% +11%
Octane V2 - Total Score
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
27580 Points ∼100% +10%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
27029 Points ∼98% +8%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
25092 Points ∼91%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
15276 Points ∼55% -39%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
13228 Points ∼48% -47%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
12753 Points ∼46% -49%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
12313 Points ∼45% -51%
Lenovo B50-80
Intel Core i5-5200U
12021 Points ∼44% -52%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
11133 Points ∼40% -56%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
10182 Points ∼37% -59%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
5334 Points ∼19% -79%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
4996 Points ∼18% -80%
Peacekeeper - ---
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
2630 Points ∼100% +9%
HP ProBook 450 G3
Intel Core i5-6200U
2546 Points ∼97% +5%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
2422 Points ∼92%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
Intel Core i5-5200U
2420 Points ∼92% 0%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Intel Core i5-5200U
2400 Points ∼91% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Intel Core i5-5200U
2248 Points ∼85% -7%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
1946 Points ∼74% -20%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD A10-8700P
1743 Points ∼66% -28%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD A8-6410
1038 Points ∼39% -57%
HP 250 G3
Intel Pentium N3540
996 Points ∼38% -59%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD A6-6310
957 Points ∼36% -60%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly; we did not encounter any problems. The PCMark benchmark scores are very good. The 250 G4 scores better than comparable laptops equipped with GeForce 920M graphic units. This is due to the installed Radeon graphics unit. The PCMark 8 benchmark in particular benefits from AMD graphic units. It is possible to increase the laptop's system performance. For example, a second working memory could be installed. Beyond that, replacing the HDD for an SSD seems opportune. This would increase the system's responsiveness and shorten loading times.

Two memory banks are present
Two memory banks are present
PCMark 7 Score
2742 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3237 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3735 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4249 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M330, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3237 Points ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
5200U, Radeon R5 M330, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3144 Points ∼97% -3%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M240, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3136 Points ∼97% -3%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
5010U, GeForce 920M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2972 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo B50-80
5200U, Radeon R5 M330, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2964 Points ∼92% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2830 Points ∼87% -13%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
A10-8700P, Radeon R8 M365DX, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2825 Points ∼87% -13%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
5005U, GeForce 920M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2752 Points ∼85% -15%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
A6-6310, Radeon R4 (Beema), Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1880 Points ∼58% -42%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
A8-6410, Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1872 Points ∼58% -42%
PCMark 7 - Score
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
A10-8700P, Radeon R8 M365DX, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3290 Points ∼100% +20%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M330, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2742 Points ∼83%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2736 Points ∼83% 0%
Lenovo B50-80
5200U, Radeon R5 M330, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2643 Points ∼80% -4%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
5010U, GeForce 920M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2574 Points ∼78% -6%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
5005U, GeForce 920M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2520 Points ∼77% -8%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M240, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2492 Points ∼76% -9%
Lenovo E50-80
5200U, HD Graphics 5500, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2347 Points ∼71% -14%

Storage Device

A 2.5-inch hard drive by HGST is installed as the system drive. It spins at 5400 revolutions per minute and has a capacity of 1 TB. The transfer rates are on a normal level for a 5400 RPM model.

Replacing the hard drive would be possible
Replacing the hard drive would be possible
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
Transfer Rate Minimum: 44.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 109.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 82.5 MB/s
Access Time: 17.1 ms
Burst Rate: 262.5 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6.6 %

Graphics Card

A member of the lower GPU mid-range in form of AMD's Radeon R5 M330 is on board HP's laptop. The graphics unit clocks at AMD's specified 1030 MHz. We note this explicitly since we have seen the GPU clocked at a lower maximum speed in other laptops. The graphics unit supports DirectX 12. Overall, the GPU scores marginally better than Intel's counterpart – the GeForce 920M graphics unit - in the 3DMark benchmarks.

AMD's GPU as well as the existing Intel HD Graphics 5500 graphics unit create a graphics switching solution (Enduro). Intel's GPU is enabled in routine and battery mode. The Radeon unit is responsible for performance-driven applications such as computer games. Switching between the units is normally automatic. The user sometimes has to intervene. AMD's graphics switching solution does not function as smoothly as Nvidia's version (Optimus).

The GPU is also soldered
The GPU is also soldered
3DMark 11 Performance
1927 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
51260 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4643 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
915 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX
2701 Points ∼100% +40%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
AMD Radeon R5 M330
1927 Points ∼71%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
1793 Points ∼66% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
AMD Radeon R5 M330
1782 Points ∼66% -8%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
1766 Points ∼65% -8%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
1748 Points ∼65% -9%
Lenovo B50-80
AMD Radeon R5 M330
1723 Points ∼64% -11%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
AMD Radeon R5 M240
1698 Points ∼63% -12%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
829 Points ∼31% -57%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
782 Points ∼29% -59%
Lenovo E50-80
Intel HD Graphics 5500
758 Points ∼28% -61%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX
1687 Points ∼100% +84%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
1056 Points ∼63% +15%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
1050 Points ∼62% +15%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
1045 Points ∼62% +14%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
AMD Radeon R5 M330
915 Points ∼54%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
AMD Radeon R5 M240
900 Points ∼53% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
AMD Radeon R5 M330
843 Points ∼50% -8%
Lenovo B50-80
AMD Radeon R5 M330
791 Points ∼47% -14%
Lenovo E50-80
Intel HD Graphics 5500
516 Points ∼31% -44%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
510 Points ∼30% -44%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
472 Points ∼28% -48%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
3984 Points ∼100% +8%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
3907 Points ∼98% +6%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
AMD Radeon R5 M330
3686 Points ∼93%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
AMD Radeon R5 M240
3638 Points ∼91% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
AMD Radeon R5 M330
3288 Points ∼83% -11%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
1823 Points ∼46% -51%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
1773 Points ∼45% -52%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX
5261 Points ∼100% +13%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
5193 Points ∼99% +12%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
5142 Points ∼98% +11%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
5045 Points ∼96% +9%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
AMD Radeon R5 M240
4645 Points ∼88% 0%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
AMD Radeon R5 M330
4643 Points ∼88%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
AMD Radeon R5 M330
4194 Points ∼80% -10%
Lenovo B50-80
AMD Radeon R5 M330
4010 Points ∼76% -14%
Lenovo E50-80
Intel HD Graphics 5500
3351 Points ∼64% -28%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
2763 Points ∼53% -40%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
2071 Points ∼39% -55%
HP 250 G3
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
1512 Points ∼29% -67%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
53548 Points ∼100% +4%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
AMD Radeon R5 M330
51260 Points ∼96%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
47293 Points ∼88% -8%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
AMD Radeon R5 M240
44842 Points ∼84% -13%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
44189 Points ∼83% -14%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX
41517 Points ∼78% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
AMD Radeon R5 M330
36301 Points ∼68% -29%
Lenovo E50-80
Intel HD Graphics 5500
32636 Points ∼61% -36%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
30714 Points ∼57% -40%
Lenovo B50-80
AMD Radeon R5 M330
28314 Points ∼53% -45%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
24304 Points ∼45% -53%
HP 250 G3
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
19019 Points ∼36% -63%

Gaming Performance

HP's 250 G4 can be described as partially gaming suitable. The installed hardware manages to render some games in low resolution, and low to medium quality settings smoothly. That applies to games that do not have high hardware requirements. Performance-driven smash hits like "Batman: Arkham Knight" or "Hitman" are not playable at all.

Although the Radeon graphics unit still has a slight edge on Nvidia's GeForce 920M graphics unit in the 3DMark benchmark, it looks different in real world gaming. Laptops with corresponding configurations achieve higher frame rates than HP's laptop. Thus, GeForce 920M laptops are an alternative for HP's 250 G4. Their prices range from 450 to 500 Euros (~$508 to ~$565). Buyer will have to dig deeper into their pockets for more gaming power. GeForce 940M laptops start at approximately 600 Euros (~$678).

low med. high ultra
Diablo III (2012) 70.344.435.1fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 12573.350.3fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 63.131.723.9fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 49.228.123.3fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 43.630.219.4fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 36.822.3fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 20.612.6fps
XCOM 2 (2016) 17.4fps
The Division (2016) 19.613.4fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 22.115.9fps
Need for Speed 2016 (2016) 22.819.7fps
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P
68.1 fps ∼100% +38%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 5010U
64.1 fps ∼94% +30%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 5005U
62.42 fps ∼92% +27%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
49.2 fps ∼72%
Lenovo B50-80
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
46.3 fps ∼68% -6%
Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Low Preset
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P
85 fps ∼100% +35%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 5010U
84.6 fps ∼100% +34%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 5200U
83.8 fps ∼99% +33%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
63.1 fps ∼74%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
AMD Radeon R5 M240, 5200U
62.8 fps ∼74% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
51.5 fps ∼61% -18%
Lenovo B50-80
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
49.1 fps ∼58% -22%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410
35.6 fps ∼42% -44%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310
33.1 fps ∼39% -48%
Battlefield 4 - 1024x768 Low Preset
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
43.6 fps ∼100%
Lenovo B50-80
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
34.3 fps ∼79% -21%
Diablo III - 1366x768 Medium / low
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 5010U
72.7 fps ∼100% +64%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
44.4 fps ∼61%
Counter-Strike: GO - 1366x768 High AA:2x MS AF:4x
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
50.3 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410
27.6 fps ∼55% -45%
Star Wars Battlefront - 1024x768 Low Preset
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
36.8 fps ∼100%
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410
18.2 fps ∼49% -51%

Emissions

System Noise

The fan in this HP laptop is always active. Once again, the BIOS option "Fan always on" is responsible for this. The fan is sometimes idle when this option is unchecked. Normally, the hard drive's own noise and accessing sounds are audible. The fan really speeds up during load. We measured a noise level of up to 46.2 dB(A) during the stress test. The fan could certainly slow down when considering the casing temperatures.

Fan loudness
Fan loudness
Fan
Fan

Noise Level

Idle
33.2 / 33.2 / 34.6 dB(A)
HDD
34.4 dB(A)
DVD
37.3 / dB(A)
Load
45 / 45.2 dB(A)
 
 
 
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: 31.2 dB(A)
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M240
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
Lenovo B50-80
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
5005U, GeForce 920M
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
A8-6410, Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
A10-8700P, Radeon R8 M365DX
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
5010U, GeForce 920M
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
Noise
3%
3%
3%
7%
14%
8%
6%
-0%
off / environment *
31.2
31.3
-0%
Idle Minimum *
33.2
32.6
2%
33.8
-2%
33.5
-1%
32.1
3%
31.7
5%
30.7
8%
32
4%
33.5
-1%
Idle Average *
33.2
32.8
1%
33.8
-2%
33.5
-1%
32.1
3%
31.8
4%
30.7
8%
32.4
2%
33.5
-1%
Idle Maximum *
34.6
32.8
5%
33.8
2%
33.6
3%
33.1
4%
31.8
8%
30.7
11%
33.6
3%
33.5
3%
Load Average *
45
41.6
8%
39.5
12%
40.4
10%
37.8
16%
33.2
26%
40.1
11%
38.3
15%
45.9
-2%
Load Maximum *
45.2
44.7
1%
43.6
4%
42.9
5%
37.7
17%
33.2
27%
44.3
2%
41.8
8%
45.3
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

HP 250 G4 in the stress test
HP 250 G4 in the stress test

HP's 250 G4 performed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) almost identically in AC and battery mode. The processor always clocked at 2.2 GHz; the graphics unit ran at 400 MHz (battery mode) and 1030 MHz (AC mode). The laptop heated up very moderately. The temperatures remained below 40 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees Fahrenheit) on all measuring points.

Max. Load
 30.6 °C32.4 °C24.8 °C 
 28.6 °C35.2 °C24.8 °C 
 28.5 °C30.8 °C26.5 °C 
Maximum: 35.2 °C
Average: 29.1 °C
25.2 °C33.2 °C36.1 °C
25.4 °C38 °C35.6 °C
27.4 °C32.9 °C38.8 °C
Maximum: 38.8 °C
Average: 32.5 °C
Power Supply (max.)  30.1 °C | Room Temperature 22.3 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M240
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
Lenovo B50-80
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
5005U, GeForce 920M
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
A8-6410, Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
A10-8700P, Radeon R8 M365DX
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
5010U, GeForce 920M
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
Heat
-3%
-0%
-9%
0%
-11%
-7%
9%
2%
Maximum Upper Side *
35.2
37.6
-7%
39.4
-12%
41.2
-17%
37.3
-6%
39.1
-11%
39.1
-11%
29.2
17%
35.7
-1%
Maximum Bottom *
38.8
40.7
-5%
36.6
6%
42.5
-10%
37.9
2%
50.2
-29%
36.8
5%
37.8
3%
38.5
1%
Idle Upper Side *
27.3
27.1
1%
27.4
-0%
28.4
-4%
26.2
4%
28
-3%
30.5
-12%
25.1
8%
26
5%
Idle Bottom *
27.7
28.3
-2%
26.3
5%
28.8
-4%
27.6
-0%
28.3
-2%
30.7
-11%
25.7
7%
26.6
4%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Pink Noise
Pink Noise

The stereo speakers are situated in the device's front underside. They produce a rich sound that tends to sound a bit muffled. Overall, the soundscape is acceptable. We have listened to worse speakers. The sound can be tweaked via the preloaded DTS software. Headphones or external speakers are recommended for a better sound experience.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

We recorded a maximum idle power consumption of 7 watts - a good rate. The requirement did not climb into unforeseen regions during load, either. We measured an energy requirement of 43.6 watts in the stress test - a normal rate for the hardware platform installed here. The power consumption ranged at around 29 watts (+/- 5 watts) in gaming routine. The power supply has a nominal output of 65 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.19 / 0.46 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 6.5 / 7 Watt
Load midlight 36 / 43.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M240
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
Lenovo B50-80
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
5005U, GeForce 920M
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
A8-6410, Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
A10-8700P, Radeon R8 M365DX
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
5010U, GeForce 920M
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
Power Consumption
4%
-11%
-21%
0%
-9%
-68%
16%
2%
Idle Minimum *
4
3.6
10%
5
-25%
6.9
-73%
4.2
-5%
5.5
-38%
6.9
-73%
3.5
12%
4.3
-8%
Idle Average *
6.5
5.9
9%
7.1
-9%
8.1
-25%
6.6
-2%
8.3
-28%
11
-69%
5.5
15%
6.5
-0%
Idle Maximum *
7
5.9
16%
7.6
-9%
9.2
-31%
7.5
-7%
9.6
-37%
12.1
-73%
5.7
19%
7.4
-6%
Load Average *
36
38.2
-6%
39.5
-10%
29.7
17%
36.3
-1%
27
25%
61.3
-70%
31.3
13%
33.3
7%
Load Maximum *
43.6
47.5
-9%
43.6
-0%
41.4
5%
36.5
16%
29.3
33%
66.5
-53%
34.7
20%
36.3
17%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Overall, the battery life is good. HP's 250 G4 achieved a runtime of 5:42 hours in our practical Wi-Fi test. We simulate the load needed to open websites using the "Balanced" profile, and the screen's brightness is lowered to approximately 150 cd/m² in this test. We test the video playback time by looping the short movie "Big Buck Bunny" (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels). The wireless modules are disabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². HP's laptop had to be recharged after 5:53 hours.

The battery has a capacity of 41 Wh
The battery has a capacity of 41 Wh
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 07min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
5h 42min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 53min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 55min
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
41 Wh
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
41 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
32 Wh
Lenovo B50-80
32 Wh
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
44 Wh
Acer Aspire ES1-521-87DN
41 Wh
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
41 Wh
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
37 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
40 Wh
Battery Runtime
-6%
-35%
-41%
7%
-15%
-55%
1%
-6%
Reader / Idle
667
687
3%
288
-57%
222
-67%
666
0%
H.264
353
361
2%
154
-56%
315
-11%
WiFi v1.3
342
291
-15%
221
-35%
213
-38%
367
7%
290
-15%
137
-60%
345
1%
337
-1%
Load
115
101
-12%
83
-28%
75
-35%
103
-10%

Pros

+ matte screen
+ runs quietly
+ low temperature development
+ plenty of storage
+ decent battery life
+ TPM 2.0

Cons

- dark screen
- no maintenance hatch

Verdict

In review: HP 250 G4 (T6P08ES). Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: HP 250 G4 (T6P08ES). Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

The installed Core i5 processor should completely satisfy the needs of most users. The graphics unit allows gaming - at least partially. The laptop runs quietly in routine use and barely heats up. Storage will not get tight that quickly, thanks to the 1 TB hard drive. Swapping the HDD for a higher-capacity model or SSD requires some effort since a maintenance hatch is not present. The laptop's battery life is good. Furthermore, the laptop can serve with a decent keyboard. The screen's only positive quality is its matte surface. It is not compelling otherwise, being too dark, viewing angle dependent and not very high-contrast.

The buyer gets a basic, solid office laptop here.

Our review sample costs almost 500 Euros (~$566), which does not exactly make the laptop a bargain. The competition offers comparable laptops at comparable prices. Users who do not need a dedicated graphics unit will find even cheaper versions of HP's 250 G4.

HP 250 G4 T6P08ES - 04/18/2016 v5.1
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
42 / 80 → 52%
Weight
62 / 67 → 89%
Battery
86%
Display
73%
Games Performance
56 / 68 → 83%
Application Performance
73 / 92 → 79%
Temperature
94%
Noise
75%
Audio
36%
Camera
40 / 85 → 46%
Average
67%
75%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-04-20 (Update: 2016-04-21)