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HP 350 G1 (2015) Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Justin Quam), 06/12/2015

Low-cost Office. With the 350 G1, HP offers a simple Office notebook with Haswell Pentium. You only need to put 290 Euros (~$320) on the table to own this 15.6-inch model.

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The notebooks from HP's 35X series appeal to both private and office users. Within this series, HP offers the budget-priced 15.6-inch office machine, which can be equipped with AMD as well as Intel components. Notebooks with dedicated graphics cards are also available. We have already tested  the 350 G1 and the 355 G2 models of this series. Now we take a look at the entry-level variant, so to speak, of the 350-series. Our test report reveals whether this machine is worth it.

The HP 35X-series does not lack competitors. These include, for example, the Acer Extensa 2510, the Lenovo G50, the Acer Aspire E5-521, and the Toshiba Satellite L50D-B.

Since the 35X models that we have already tested have the same build, we will not go into further detail in terms of the case, connectivity, input devices, or speakers. This information can be found in our review of the HP 350 G1 J4U34EA.

HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Haswell), Core: 200-1000 MHz, Single-Channel, 10.18.14.4170
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3-1600, Single-Channel, two storage banks (one bank occupied)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, Samsung, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABF050, 500 GB 
, 420 GB free
Soundcard
IDT 92HD95 @ Intel Lynx Point-LP - 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, Sensors: brightness sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Ralink RT3290 802.11n Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
hp DVDRW SU208FB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26.1 x 384 x 230 ( = 1.03 x 15.12 x 9.06 in)
Battery
40 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Media Suite 10, Cyberlink YouCam, McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security (Test version), MS Office (Test version), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 359 g ( = 12.66 oz / 0.79 pounds)
Price
299 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Display

Our test device is equipped with a matte 15.6-inch display, which works with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The monitor's brightness (234.4 cd/m²) and contrast (333:1) are not overwhelming, but acceptable at this price range.

237
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
250
cd/m²
225
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 250 cd/m² Average: 234.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 203 cd/m²
Contrast: 333:1 (Black: 0.75 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 13.31 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 13.24 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
52% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 33% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.48

In factory condition, the monitor has an average DeltaE deviation of 13.31 - a normal value for a notebook in the lower price range. The goal is a value lower than 3. Moreover, the monitor suffers from a noticeable blue tinge.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - color saturation
CalMAN - color saturation

The HP 350 G1 is equipped with a TN panel that is unstable when viewed at an angle. Typically, you cannot expect anything else in this price range. The monitor cannot be read from all positions. However, the notebook can still be used outside. 

The 350 G1 during outside use
The 350 G1 during outside use

Performance

The HP 350 G1 offers an affordable office notebook in 15.6-inch format. It offers enough processing power for office and internet related applications. Our test model can be purchased for about 290 Euros (~$320). HP also offers a number of other differently equipped variants in its product line.

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Processor

Unlike other low-priced notebooks equipped with Intel processors, there is no low-performance Bay Trail processor in this HP machine; instead, it has a Haswell processor, the Pentium 3558U. The CPU runs at a speed of 1.7 GHz. There is no Turbo. Technically, it is similar to the Core i3-4010U processor. However, the Pentium is missing the Core i3's Hyperthreading function and therefore lags noticeably behind the Core i3 CPU. The Pentium outperforms the dual-core Bay Trail processors quite easily. Quad-core Bay Trail CPUs can at least keep up thanks to Multithread performance.

With the Pentium 3556U processor, we have already tested an identical sister model of the Pentium 3558U processor. There is a small but important difference between them: Only the 3558U processor supports Intel's Quick-Sync function, which allows for a hardware-accelerated conversion of video data.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2510
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4439
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
4852
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.45 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.74 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
12.77 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
14.59 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
129 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
67 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
67 Points ∼31%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
88 Points ∼40% +31%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
49 Points ∼22% -27%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
20 Points ∼9% -70%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
39 Points ∼18% -42%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
47 Points ∼22% -30%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
70 Points ∼32% +4%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
47 Points ∼22% -30%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
36 Points ∼17% -46%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
64 Points ∼29% -4%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
129 Points ∼3%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
237 Points ∼5% +84%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
164 Points ∼4% +27%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
36 Points ∼1% -72%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
69 Points ∼2% -47%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
157 Points ∼4% +22%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
187 Points ∼4% +45%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
157 Points ∼4% +22%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
67 Points ∼2% -48%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
122 Points ∼3% -5%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.74 Points ∼30%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1.14 Points ∼47% +54%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.6 Points ∼25% -19%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.25 Points ∼10% -66%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
0.43 Points ∼18% -42%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
0.57 Points ∼23% -23%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.79 Points ∼32% +7%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.57 Points ∼23% -23%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
0.4 Points ∼16% -46%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.75 Points ∼31% +1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.45 Points ∼5%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2.57 Points ∼9% +77%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.04 Points ∼8% +41%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.47 Points ∼2% -68%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
0.87 Points ∼3% -40%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.94 Points ∼7% +34%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.01 Points ∼7% +39%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.93 Points ∼7% +33%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
0.81 Points ∼3% -44%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.41 Points ∼5% -3%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2510 Points ∼23%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3809 Points ∼35% +52%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1850 Points ∼17% -26%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
747 Points ∼7% -70%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1858 Points ∼17% -26%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1840 Points ∼17% -27%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
1088 Points ∼10% -57%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4852 Points ∼10%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
7799 Points ∼16% +61%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5785 Points ∼12% +19%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1403 Points ∼3% -71%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5575 Points ∼11% +15%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5612 Points ∼11% +16%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
2221 Points ∼4% -54%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2592 Points ∼8%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4641 Points ∼15% +79%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3792 Points ∼12% +46%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3534 Points ∼11% +36%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3565 Points ∼11% +38%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
1574 Points ∼5% -39%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1468 Points ∼30%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2362 Points ∼49% +61%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1287 Points ∼27% -12%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1244 Points ∼26% -15%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1237 Points ∼26% -16%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
909 Points ∼19% -38%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
181.5 ms * ∼2%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
116 ms * ∼1% +36%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
253 ms * ∼3% -39%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
254.3 ms * ∼3% -40%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
251.1 ms * ∼3% -38%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
334.1 ms * ∼4% -84%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4079.5 ms * ∼7%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6200.1 ms * ∼10% -52%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
6278.9 ms * ∼11% -54%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6468.4 ms * ∼11% -59%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
7963 Points ∼16%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6074 Points ∼12% -24%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5574 Points ∼11% -30%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5575 Points ∼11% -30%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1793 Points ∼29%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1136 Points ∼18% -37%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1108 Points ∼18% -38%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1088 Points ∼18% -39%

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System Performance

The System works well and smoothly. There were no problems. The results in the PCMark Benchmarks come out well. Here the HP Notebook sits at the same level as Haswell Core i3 notebooks. This is not a surprise, since Pentium and the Core i3 processors add nothing extra for single thread performance, which is more important for daily use. An increase in system performance of the HP 350 G1 is possible: Graphics performance can be improved with the addition of a second RAM module. The storage would then work in dual-channel mode, through which the GPU would be better exploited. One further measure would be swapping the hard drive for a solid-state disk. Both can be achieved quickly and easily, since the notebook is equipped with a maintenance hatch.

PCMark 7 Score
2113 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2151 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2233 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1693 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2151 Points ∼35%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3088 Points ∼51% +44%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2451 Points ∼40% +14%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
1226 Points ∼20% -43%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1946 Points ∼32% -10%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2092 Points ∼34% -3%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1933 Points ∼32% -10%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
1206 Points ∼20% -44%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2113 Points ∼25%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1083 Points ∼13% -49%

Storage Devices

Data storage is provided by a hard drive from Toshiba. This has a capacity of 500 GB and runs at 5400 revolutions per minute. The drive's transfer rates are at a normal level for a 5400 module. The Core i5 sister model of the HP 350 G1 that we have already tested, is equipped with an additional mSATA slot. Our current test machine does not have this extra slot. 

Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Transfer Rate Minimum: 44.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 110.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 80.8 MB/s
Access Time: 18.7 ms
Burst Rate: 229.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 11.3 %

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics GPU is responsible for the graphics. It supports DirectX 11.1 and runs at speeds between 200 MHz and 1000 MHz. The results in the 3DMark Benchmarks are at a normal level for this graphics core. A comparable graphics core from AMD, like the R4 (Beema) GPU, has more performance at its disposal. As previously stated, the graphics performance of the HP 350 can be further improved with the addition of a second RAM module (= dual-channel mode active). In this case, the results of the 3DMark 2011 for our test machine improves to 624 points, reflecting an improvement of just about 9%.

3DMark 06 Standard
3463 points
3DMark 11 Performance
574 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
27941 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
2426 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
316 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
574 Points ∼2%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1536 Points ∼5% +168%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1640 Points ∼5% +186%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
372 Points ∼1% -35%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
223 Points ∼1% -61%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
788 Points ∼3% +37%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
784 Points ∼3% +37%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
788 Points ∼3% +37%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
225 Points ∼1% -61%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
316 Points ∼1%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
785 Points ∼3% +148%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
843 Points ∼3% +167%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
215 Points ∼1% -32%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
473 Points ∼2% +50%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
479 Points ∼2% +52%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
460 Points ∼2% +46%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1493 Points ∼3%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2359 Points ∼4% +58%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1780 Points ∼3% +19%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1846 Points ∼3% +24%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2244 Points ∼4% +50%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1849 Points ∼3% +24%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
492 Points ∼1% -67%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2426 Points ∼4%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4322 Points ∼7% +78%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4032 Points ∼7% +66%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1161 Points ∼2% -52%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
1194 Points ∼2% -51%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2853 Points ∼5% +18%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3581 Points ∼6% +48%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2856 Points ∼5% +18%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
1177 Points ∼2% -51%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
27941 Points ∼3%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
42536 Points ∼4% +52%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
39458 Points ∼4% +41%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
13163 Points ∼1% -53%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
15722 Points ∼1% -44%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
31626 Points ∼3% +13%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
33875 Points ∼3% +21%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
32665 Points ∼3% +17%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
15348 Points ∼1% -45%

Gaming Performance

Clearly, the HP 350 G1 is not a notebook for gamers. However, a few games can be played at low resolution and quality settings. A few more frames can be squeezed out of the hardware with the addition of a second RAM module (dual-channel mode active). However, for top-of-the-line games like “The Witcher 3” or “Battlefield Hardline”, it is not enough by a long shot.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 31.814.68.4fps
Watch Dogs (2014) 2.2fps
Sims 4 (2014) 123.626.2fps
Fifa 15 (2014) 16.411.3fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 13.58.3fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 21.612.9fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 95.8fps
F1 2014 (2014) 3120fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 10.97fps
The Crew (2014) 9.78.4fps
Evolve (2015) 7.75.7fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 15.911.2fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 52.412.8fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 5.83.1fps

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

The HP machine's noise production stays within limits throughout the entire load range. While idling, the fan runs permanently at low speed. This can be turned off, though; the function "Fan always on" must be deactivated in the notebook's BIOS. Then the fan often stays silent. Under load, the fan spins up. During our stress test, we measured a decibel level of 38.9 dB - a good result.

Noise Level

Idle
32.4 / 32.4 / 32.4 dB(A)
DVD
35.4 / dB(A)
Load
34.2 / 38.9 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The HP 350 G1 during stress test.
The HP 350 G1 during stress test.

The HP 350 G1 made it through our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least an hour) in similar fashion on both mains and battery power. The processor ran for approximately ten minutes at full speed. Then it throttled back to 1.2 to 1.3 GHz. The graphics core ran at 800 to 900 MHz. The HP notebook's case warmed up by a very small amount. During the stress test, the temperatures at all points lay well below 40 °C (104 °F).

 21.8 °C
71 F
23.4 °C
74 F
22.1 °C
72 F
 
 22.3 °C
72 F
23.2 °C
74 F
22.3 °C
72 F
 
 22.3 °C
72 F
23.4 °C
74 F
23.6 °C
74 F
 
Maximum: 23.6 °C = 74 F
Average: 22.7 °C = 73 F
22.1 °C
72 F
23.8 °C
75 F
23.8 °C
75 F
22.3 °C
72 F
25 °C
77 F
24.1 °C
75 F
25.3 °C
78 F
25.7 °C
78 F
23.7 °C
75 F
Maximum: 25.7 °C = 78 F
Average: 24 °C = 75 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.3 °C = 85 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.7 °C / 84 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 31.8 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.3 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 36.3 °C / 97 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.7 °C / 73 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.1 °C / 86.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.2 °C / 82.8 F (-1.9 °C / -3.4 F).

Power Consumption

While idling, the machine's power consumption was below 10 watts - a normal level for Haswell notebooks. During the stress test, the power consumption rose to 27.8 watts. After about 10 minutes, the value decreased, since the CPU was slowed down.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6 / 8.1 / 8.3 Watt
Load midlight 24.5 / 27.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

In our practical WLAN test, web sites are loaded automatically in 40-second intervals. The "balanced" profile is active, and display brightness is set at about 150 cd/m². The HP 350 G1 managed a run time of 4:50 hours, placing it on par with both sister models.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
4h 50min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
290 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
301 min ∼97%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
283 min ∼91%
HP 255 G2
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
281 min ∼90%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
209 min ∼67%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
427 min ∼137%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
391 min ∼126%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
345 min ∼111%
Lenovo G50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, WDC Blue WD3200LPCX-24C6HT0
311 min ∼100%

Pros

+ Matte monitor
+ works quietly
+ hardly warms up at all
+ good keyboard
+ maintenance compartment

Cons

- only a 12-month warranty

Verdict

The HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de
The HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de

The HP 350 G1 presents an office notebook in 15.6-inch format at a price just under 300 Euros (~$340). The built-in processor offers enough processing power for office and internet applications, and leaves Intel's Bay Trail processors and AMD's Beema APUs behind in single thread performance as it is relevant in practice. At the same time, the machine generally works quietly and hardly warms up at all. Add to these the good input devices. Positive: The 350 G1 belongs to the slowly dying genre of notebooks with maintenance hatches. This allows quick access to the HP machine's RAM and hard drive. Brightness and contrast of the matte monitor are not very impressive - which is not to be expected at this price range anyway. The monitor is quite acceptable. 

In conclusion, we can say: Users looking for a reasonably priced office machine cannot go wrong with the HP 350 G1.

HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA - 06/04/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
78 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
66 / 80 → 83%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
88%
Display
74%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 81%
Application Performance
60 / 92 → 65%
Temperature
94%
Noise
89%
Audio
40%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
69%
77%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-06-12 (Update: 2015-06-13)