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HP 255 G2

Specifications

HP 255 G2
HP 255 G2 (255 Series)
Processor
AMD E1-2100 1 GHz
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon HD 8210, Core: 300 MHz, Catalyst 13.12
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, Chi Mei CMO15A1, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD Yangtze
Storage
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 420 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Kabini - 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: audio combo, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit), Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
hp CDDVDW SU-208FB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 28.1 x 378 x 259 ( = 1.11 x 14.88 x 10.2 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8 V, 2620 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD web cam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Media Suite 10, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, Cyberlink Youcam, McAfee LiveSafe - Internet Security, MS Office 365 (trial version), Windows Essentials 2012, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.5 kg ( = 88.19 oz / 5.51 pounds), Power Supply: 194 g ( = 6.84 oz / 0.43 pounds)
Price
379 Euro

 

Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
price: 100%, performance: 37%, features: 77%, display: 74% mobility: 73%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 74%, emissions: 88%

Reviews for the HP 255 G2

70% Review Update HP 255 G2 Notebook | Notebookcheck
Minimal. With the HP 255, HP focuses on private and professional users looking for the cheapest possible work tool. A price of significantly below 400 Euros (~$549) is definitely "cheap." Our review reveals whether the notebook is also convincing.
80% A low-priced laptop that's reasonably capable
Source: Techradar English
HP has clearly aimed low with the 255 G2, but in doing so, has hit the mark. Although its performance isn't great, it's hard to be really critical of this laptop, since it's very well priced and it does exactly what it's intended for. While the low-power processor and fairly limited graphics hardware will definitely struggle with demanding tasks, the inclusion of 4GB of memory ensures it remains perfectly responsive and does a good job running light software.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 100% performance: 40% features: 90% workmanship: 100%

Foreign Reviews

HP 255 G2 – недорогое удовольствие
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Comfortable keyboard; good price. Negative: Poor design; poor display; mediocre performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/29/2014
HP 255 G2 za poslovne korisnike
Source: Itsvet HR→EN
8W TDP shows how efficient AMD E1-2100 APU is regarding consumption, but also how much it is a weak for some serious work. However, it is possible to surf, watch a movie and do everything else in the scope of regular use, since the integrated Radeon HD 8210 graphics card is much better compared to similar Intel Solutions (between Ivy Bridge and Haswell integrated graphics). The rest of the configuration makes the standard 500GB hard drive and only 2GB of RAM so the rapid upgrade to 4GB is recommended. Laptop comes with no operating system installed, so this should be included in the final price. Although Kabini platform is very important for AMD and has excellent performance, this APU is not sufficient for demanding users who want more than the most basic applications and purposes. The price is affordable for a 15.6" model, so in the budget- friendly category is an excellent choice.
Positive: Good workmanship; decent autonomy; good price. Negative: Not very impressive performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/09/2014

Comment

Model:

The HP 255 G2 is a low-cost laptop designed for business users, or in other words, a simple office laptop. The HPP 255 G2 is powered by an E1-2100 APU AMD Kabini which is not the best of the bunch as several Intel processor are superior to it, but gives enough for basic usage such as web browsing, text processing and making Skype calls. The 15.6 inch display is nothing to be awed by. The size of the screen is decent, but resolution, brightness and colors are just average.

The keyboard of this device does not have any number pad or keyboard light, but uses a standard layout so familiarizing with the keyboard shouldn't be much of an issue. The Ctrl and Alt are a little smaller than usual, but the keyboard does include several indicators for Caps Lock, Wifi and mute.

Despite its very low price tag, the HP 255 G2 has quite a nice exterior. The black plastic gives it a nice sleek office look while the matte surfaces doesn't make it look cheap. The laptop does come with the basic ports such as 3 USB ports, a headphone jack, but no microphone jack as it has a built in microphone, Ethernet port, HDMI port and a VGA port for older projectors. It also comes with 802.11 (b,g,n) Wi-Fi and 4.0 Bluetooth to give wireless connectivity.

In short, the HP 255 G2 is a laptop made for simple business matters. Despite having lower specifications, the laptop itself runs very well and can fulfill the needs of office work.

AMD Radeon HD 8210:

An integrated GCN-based GPU with 128 shader units and no dedicated VRAM. It is typically clocked at 300 MHz and paired with AMD A4-1250 "Temash" and E1-2100 "Kabini" APUs.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
E1-2100: Dual-core APU for low-end ultraportables and netbooks, codenamed Kabini. Based on the Jaguar architecture. Integrates a Radeon HD 8210 graphics card.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15.6":

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.
2.5 kg:

Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.


HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion. 

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).


75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum, 2014-05-16 (Update: 2014-05-16)