HP 250 G5-X9U74UT
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Those after something flashy may not find an awful lot of appeal in the HP 250 G5. However, it’s one of the best-value, low-cost laptops you can find right now.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
The HP 250 G5-X9U74UT is one of the cheapest laptops with an Intel Core-series processor users will find, instantly solving many of the most serious day-to-day problems one can run into using a cheap computer. In the case of a limited laptop budget, users cannot argue with this bargain machine. If this laptop looks quite familiar, that is because it has been around for a long time. HP has retained the same design for a couple of years: it is not out to thrill. It is a tool, a workhorse. Note that unlike older versions of this laptop, the 250 G5 does not have a DVD drive. Decked out in black and very dark grey, many will think it is boring. But there are some little aesthetic gems: an embossed pattern on the lid and a texture on the keyboard surround. Both look good when they catch the light, but the biggest benefit is that they put a sensory layer between one’s fingers and the basic plastic that makes up the HP 250 G5’s shell. It can be guessed that this is a cheaper laptop, but it does not feel hugely cheap. No part of the laptop flexes significantly under finger pressure and the hinge feels very solid. Treat it roughly, though, and the mechanical hard drive will probably fail before the shell becomes too damaged. Users will not want to take it out too often anyway, as it is not a hugely portable laptop. It weighs 2.14kg and the 15.6in frame is just not going to fit easily into a lot of bags.
As is typical of an entry-level laptop, the G5 has a basic screen. It measures 15.6 inches across and has a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Its colors are clearly undersaturated, making the display look a little anemic. Horizontal viewing angles are passable, suffering from some loss of brightness, but it is only the vertical angle that causes the contrast shift associated with the TN LCD panel used here. Maximum brightness is pretty good, and the fact that the screen has a matte finish means users can use the laptop by a bright window or outdoors. With an Intel Core i3-5005U (dual-core, 2GHz) processor and 8GB of RAM, there are almost no creaky pauses as Windows 10 goes about its daily business. It is refreshing to come across an affordable laptop whose general performance does not feel compromised, a legitimate budget machine that can handle genuine multi-tasking without becoming a chore to use. The HP 250 G5 has two speakers that sit on the underside of the laptop, and their output varies hugely depending on whether the Dolby DSP software is used or not. Without it, the output is weak and quiet. With it, the sound has a lot more mid-range power and seems fuller. As far as endurance is concerned, this laptop was not designed for amazing battery life. The battery unit can be removed, though, held in place with a clip at the back of the underside. Battery life is on the higher end of what users might expect from a very conventional 15.6-inch laptop. It lasts for five hours when playing a 720p MP4 video, which is similar stamina to what one would get writing documents and doing the odd bit of browsing.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 5500: Integrated graphics card (GT2) in the Core processors of the Broadwell U-series (15 W TDP).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
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5005U: Broadwell-based ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5500 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very old and big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal; nowadays, rather typical for 15 inch laptops.
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Up to 2015, the company was named Hewlett Packard Company. After a split, the computer range was renamed to HP Inc.
In the laptop segment, HP was the world's largest manufacturer from 2014 to 2016 with a market share of 20-21% from 2014 to 2016, but they only exceed Lenovo by a small margin as of recently. HP is not present in the smartphone sector (as of 2016).
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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