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HP 355 G2 Notebook Review Update

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 11/28/2014

Decent computer, good price. HP demands 369 Euros (~$458) for its 355 G2. The buyer gets an office laptop with two operating systems (Windows 7 Pro (64-bit), Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)), a quad-core processor, and a dedicated Radeon graphics core for the money. Can buying a laptop for this price be a mistake?

For the original German review, see here.

We recently tested the identically built HP 350 G1 sister model of the HP 355 now at hand. While the 350 is powered by an Intel processor, an AMD APU clocks inside the 355. Beyond that, both laptops feature a dedicated Radeon graphics core. The models of the 350 and 355 lineup have been conceived for home and office use. The 350 could convince us that it is apt for this application field. Our report reveals whether that is also true for the 355.

Our review sample is available for approximately 370 Euros (~$459), and thus all low-cost office laptops aimed at private and professional users are rivals. For example, Lenovo's ThinkPad E555Acer's TravelMate Extensa 2510, and Lenovo's B50-45 can be named here.

Since HP's 355 and 350 feature identical builds, we will not go in-depth about casing, connectivity, input devices or speakers. The corresponding information can be found in the review of the HP 350.

Display

HP's 355 sports a matte, 15.6-inch screen with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The screen's brightness (213.2 cd/m²), contrast (174:1) and black level (1.21 cd/m²) are not convincing. Though the brightness would still be acceptable in view of the price level, the contrast and black level should be better.

233
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
185
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
191
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 238 cd/m² Average: 213.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 78 %
Center on Battery: 211 cd/m²
Contrast: 174:1 (Black: 1.21 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 13.28 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 13.28 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
34% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.52
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Acer TravelMate P255-M-54204G50Mnss
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
Screen
-7%
18%
22%
16%
16%
22%
47%
Brightness middle
211
245
16%
190
-10%
203
-4%
205
-3%
211
0%
186
-12%
238
13%
Brightness
213
243
14%
183
-14%
209
-2%
190
-11%
197
-8%
169
-21%
230
8%
Brightness Distribution
78
89
14%
89
14%
85
9%
83
6%
85
9%
85
9%
93
19%
Black Level *
1.21
1.9
-57%
0.7
42%
0.65
46%
0.77
36%
1.06
12%
0.7
42%
0.43
64%
Contrast
174
129
-26%
271
56%
312
79%
266
53%
199
14%
266
53%
553
218%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
13.28
14.38
-8%
10.18
23%
11.01
17%
10.91
18%
6.77
49%
7
47%
9.96
25%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.28
14.43
-9%
10.62
20%
11.57
13%
11.1
16%
6.82
49%
8.1
39%
10.33
22%
Gamma
2.52 87%
2.55 86%
2.31 95%
2.09 105%
2.47 89%
2.66 83%
2.27 97%
2.27 97%
CCT
17759 37%
20651 31%
12766 51%
12849 51%
13887 47%
9452 69%
12201 53%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
34
33
-3%
38
12%
39
15%
38
12%
33.9
0%
36
6%

* ... smaller is better

The screen's poor rates continue in color reproduction. It has an average DeltaE 2000 shift of 13.28 in state of delivery. The target would be a rate less than 3. Furthermore, the screen exhibits an obvious bluish cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
HP 355 outdoors (shot under heavy cloud cover)
HP 355 outdoors (shot under heavy cloud cover)

The installed TN screen can only offer limited viewing angles. However, this was to be expected from a 15.6-inch laptop of this price range. The device can be used outdoors owing to the screen's matte surface.

Performance

HP's 355 lineup provides office laptops for both home and professional use. The devices are powered by AMD APUs. The APU in our review sample is more than sufficient for applications from the office and Internet fields. The model we were provided with is sold for 370 Euros (~$459). The laptop is available for 290 Euros (~$359) when neither operating system is needed.

Processor

An A8-6410 APU (Beema) from AMD clocks inside HP's 355. With a TDP of 15 watts, it is on par with Intel's Haswell ULV processors. The CPU part is comprised of a quad-core processor that operates with a base speed of 2 GHz, which can be boosted to 2.4 GHz via Turbo. The full computing power is usually available in AC mode. The processor performed the single-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks with 2.4 GHz. The multi-thread tests ran with 2 to 2.2 GHz. The tests were performed with slightly lower speeds in battery mode (single: 2.2 to 2.4 GHz; multi: 1.6 to 1.8 GHz). All together, the performance of AMD's processor is roughly on a level with a ULV Core i3 processor from Intel.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5785
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3449
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1850
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.04 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.6 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
20.88 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
24.17 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
164 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
49 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
49 Points ∼22%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
88 Points ∼40% +80%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
70 Points ∼32% +43%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
48 Points ∼22% -2%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
100 Points ∼46% +104%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
25 Points ∼11% -49%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
164 Points ∼4%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
237 Points ∼5% +45%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
187 Points ∼4% +14%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
140 Points ∼3% -15%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
236 Points ∼5% +44%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
39 Points ∼1% -76%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.6 Points ∼25%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1.14 Points ∼47% +90%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.79 Points ∼32% +32%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
0.56 Points ∼23% -7%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.11 Points ∼45% +85%
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.35 Points ∼55% +125%
Acer TravelMate P255-M-54204G50Mnss
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1 Points ∼41% +67%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
0.32 Points ∼13% -47%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.04 Points ∼8%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2.57 Points ∼9% +26%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.01 Points ∼7% -1%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1.55 Points ∼6% -24%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.5 Points ∼9% +23%
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3.27 Points ∼12% +60%
Acer TravelMate P255-M-54204G50Mnss
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.49 Points ∼9% +22%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
0.52 Points ∼2% -75%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1850 Points ∼17%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3809 Points ∼35% +106%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1287 Points ∼12% -30%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3750 Points ∼35% +103%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
983 Points ∼9% -47%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5785 Points ∼12%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
7799 Points ∼16% +35%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
4103 Points ∼8% -29%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
7330 Points ∼15% +27%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
1619 Points ∼3% -72%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3792 Points ∼12%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4641 Points ∼15% +22%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
3355 Points ∼11% -12%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4595 Points ∼15% +21%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1287 Points ∼27%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2362 Points ∼49% +84%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
1459 Points ∼30% +13%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2379 Points ∼49% +85%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
253 ms * ∼3%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
116 ms * ∼1% +54%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
199.5 ms * ∼2% +21%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
122 ms * ∼1% +52%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
468 ms * ∼5% -85%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1136 Points ∼18%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6074 Points ∼12%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
7421 Points ∼15% +22%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6200.1 ms * ∼10%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
4949.9 ms * ∼8% +20%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly, which the good PCMark scores underline. However, HP's 355 cannot match the results of the HP 350 sister model because it sports a weaker processor. Basically, the device is roughly on par with a Core i3 laptop, such as Acer's Extensa 2510. Nevertheless, HP's 355 scores somewhat better owing to its dedicated graphics core.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2451 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2409 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3106 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2451 Points ∼40%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
1383 Points ∼23% -44%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2092 Points ∼34% -15%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2797 Points ∼46% +14%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3088 Points ∼51% +26%

Storage Devices

Data is stored on a hard drive from Toshiba. It has a capacity of 500 GB and spins with a speed of 5400 revolutions per minute. The transfer rates were as expected and correspond to what we are used to from modern 5400 rpm hard drives. Unlike HP's 350 that we tested, HP's 355 is not equipped with an mSATA slot. However, one of the solid state drives inserted into this slot can only be used as an SSD cache; the slot is not bootable.

Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Transfer Rate Minimum: 39.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 113.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 85.1 MB/s
Access Time: 18.1 ms
Burst Rate: 233.9 MB/s

Graphics Card

GPU-Z - Radeon R5 M240
GPU-Z - Radeon R5 M240
GPU-Z - Radeon R5 (Beema)
GPU-Z - Radeon R5 (Beema)

Although two AMD graphics chips in the forms of the Radeon R5 (Beema) and a dedicated Radeon R5 M240 GPU are installed in HP's laptop, they do not operate in dual-graphics mode. AMD does not provide this in its Beema APUs. Thus, a graphics-switching solution (Enduro) has been implemented. The integrated GPU is enabled in routine and battery mode. The dedicated graphics core takes care of performance-devouring applications like computer games. Switching is normally performed automatically, but the user sometimes has to intervene manually. Nvidia's graphics switching solution (Optimus) functions more smoothly.

The dedicated AMD GPU is a member of the entry-level graphics cores. It supports DirectX 11.2 and clocks with speeds of up to 1030 MHz. The graphics core's performance is virtually on the same level as the Radeon HD 8670M core in HP's 350. However, the Radeon R5 240 core operates with a slightly higher speed. The 3DMark benchmark scores show that the core is located between Nvidia's GeForce 820M and 825M graphics cores.

3DMark 06 Standard
5556 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
5066 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1640 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
39458 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4032 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
843 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1640 Points ∼5%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1536 Points ∼5% -6%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
784 Points ∼3% -52%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
964 Points ∼3% -41%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1265 Points ∼4% -23%
Acer TravelMate P255-M-54204G50Mnss
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
665 Points ∼2% -59%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
421 Points ∼1% -74%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1383 Points ∼4% -16%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1888 Points ∼6% +15%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
843 Points ∼3%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
785 Points ∼3% -7%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
479 Points ∼2% -43%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
527 Points ∼2% -37%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
686 Points ∼3% -19%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
843 Points ∼3% 0%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1057 Points ∼4% +25%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1780 Points ∼3%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2359 Points ∼4% +33%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2244 Points ∼4% +26%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
2010 Points ∼3% +13%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2692 Points ∼5% +51%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2987 Points ∼5% +68%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4032 Points ∼7%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4322 Points ∼7% +7%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3581 Points ∼6% -11%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
2594 Points ∼4% -36%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3871 Points ∼7% -4%
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4461 Points ∼8% +11%
Acer TravelMate P255-M-54204G50Mnss
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
3939 Points ∼7% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4594 Points ∼8% +14%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5700 Points ∼10% +41%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
39458 Points ∼4%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
42536 Points ∼4% +8%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
33875 Points ∼3% -14%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
24924 Points ∼2% -37%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
37809 Points ∼3% -4%
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
33579 Points ∼3% -15%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
14703 Points ∼1% -63%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
52303 Points ∼5% +33%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
65520 Points ∼6% +66%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5556 Points ∼12%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
4317 Points ∼9% -22%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
2425 Points ∼5% -56%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
9290 Points ∼20% +67%
3DMark Vantage - 1280x1024 P Result (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5066 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
3011 Points ∼4% -41%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
1178 Points ∼2% -77%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
6000 Points ∼8% +18%

Gaming Performance

Like HP's 350, the 355 is not a gaming laptop. Nevertheless, an occasional game is possible because the laptop can smoothly render many titles even if only in a low resolution and low to sometimes medium quality settings. Hardware-devouring games, such as Ryse: Son of Rome and Thief, do not achieve a playable frame rate. Generally, the gaming power of HP's 355 is on par with HP's 350. The 350 has the lead in CPU-heavy games due to its stronger processor. Although HP's 355 could still place itself between the GeForce 820M and GeForce 825M cores in the 3DMark benchmarks, it usually lags behind laptops that feature a GeForce 820M GPU in gaming practice.

low med. high ultra
Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011) 68.136.3fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 35.528.919.6fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 76.137.323.4fps
Alan Wake (2012) 22.512.9fps
Diablo III (2012) 524133fps
Dishonored (2012) 40.532.529.6fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 1916.710.2fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 68.533.426.8fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 59.630.419.7fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 9041.328.1fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 45.926.521.6fps
GRID 2 (2013) 49.73227.6fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 16.416.39.9fps
Dota 2 (2013) 42.631.7fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 17.413.810.8fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 40.531.928.2fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 26.822.417.7fps
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 21.212.96.4fps
Thief (2014) 13.311.810.3fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 66.13021.8fps
Risen 3: Titan Lords (2014) 28.216.78.7fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 30.22112.1fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 2414.86.8fps
F1 2014 (2014) 382825fps
Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014) 33.418.411.6fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 29.620.2fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
19.7 fps ∼4%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
18.8 fps ∼4% -5%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
10.5 fps ∼2% -47%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
12.9 fps ∼3% -35%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
16.3 fps ∼3% -17%
Acer TravelMate P255-M-54204G50Mnss
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
10.2 fps ∼2% -48%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
24.6 fps ∼5% +25%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
23.9 fps ∼5% +21%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
30.4 fps ∼5%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
29.8 fps ∼5% -2%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
18.1 fps ∼3% -40%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
18.4 fps ∼3% -39%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
25.3 fps ∼4% -17%
Acer TravelMate P255-M-54204G50Mnss
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
17.8 fps ∼3% -41%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
9.8 fps ∼2% -68%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
40 fps ∼7% +32%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
44 fps ∼8% +45%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
59.6 fps ∼10%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
60.7 fps ∼10% +2%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
36.6 fps ∼6% -39%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
35.9 fps ∼6% -40%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
51.8 fps ∼8% -13%
Acer TravelMate P255-M-54204G50Mnss
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
33.7 fps ∼5% -43%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
17.1 fps ∼3% -71%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
74.8 fps ∼12% +26%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
91.2 fps ∼15% +53%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
21.6 fps ∼6%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
13.9 fps ∼4% -36%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
27 fps ∼8% +25%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
31.1 fps ∼9% +44%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
26.5 fps ∼7%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
16.8 fps ∼4% -37%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
9.6 fps ∼3% -64%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
31.9 fps ∼8% +20%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
37.5 fps ∼10% +42%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
45.9 fps ∼10%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
31 fps ∼7% -32%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
16.9 fps ∼4% -63%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
57.3 fps ∼13% +25%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
69.2 fps ∼15% +51%
GRID 2
1366x768 High Preset AA:2xMS (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
27.6 fps ∼15%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
19.3 fps ∼10% -30%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
49.5 fps ∼26% +79%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
32 fps ∼16%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
26.2 fps ∼13% -18%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
70.8 fps ∼36% +121%
1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
49.7 fps ∼23%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
47.6 fps ∼22% -4%
GRID: Autosport
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
21.8 fps ∼11%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
20 fps ∼10% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
20 fps ∼10% -8%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
30 fps ∼13%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
43.4 fps ∼19% +45%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
24.4 fps ∼11% -19%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
43.4 fps ∼19% +45%
1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
66.1 fps ∼15%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
106.1 fps ∼25% +61%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
60.1 fps ∼14% -9%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
12.5 fps ∼3% -81%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
111.8 fps ∼26% +69%
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
1366x768 High AA:on (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
28.1 fps ∼9%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
17.6 fps ∼6% -37%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
41.8 fps ∼14% +49%
1366x768 Medium (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
41.3 fps ∼12%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
28.3 fps ∼8% -31%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
79.7 fps ∼23% +93%
1024x768 Low (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
90 fps ∼12%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
75.3 fps ∼10% -16%
Diablo III
1366x768 High AA:on (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
33 fps ∼12%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
21.8 fps ∼8% -34%
1366x768 Medium / low (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
41 fps ∼14%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
27.3 fps ∼10% -33%
1024x768 Low / off (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
52 fps ∼15%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
41.8 fps ∼12% -20%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
22.5 fps ∼7% -57%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
1366x768 High Preset AA:8x AF:8x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
19.6 fps ∼15%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
12.9 fps ∼10% -34%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
27.1 fps ∼21% +38%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:4x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
28.9 fps ∼17%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
18.5 fps ∼11% -36%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
38.3 fps ∼23% +33%
1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
35.5 fps ∼20%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
27.4 fps ∼16% -23%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
57.2 fps ∼32% +61%
Civilization: Beyond Earth
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
11.6 fps ∼8%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
7.8 fps ∼5% -33%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
18.4 fps ∼11%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
15.9 fps ∼9% -14%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
12.6 fps ∼7% -32%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
14.3 fps ∼8% -22%
1024x768 Minimum Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
33.4 fps ∼17%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
22.2 fps ∼11% -34%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
17.5 fps ∼9% -48%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
36.3 fps ∼18% +9%
Hitman: Absolution
1366x768 High Preset AA:2xMS AF:8x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
10.2 fps ∼9%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
13.3 fps ∼12% +30%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
16.7 fps ∼14%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
28.5 fps ∼24% +71%
1024x768 Lowest Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
19 fps ∼15%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
44.9 fps ∼36% +136%
Total War: Rome II
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
28.2 fps ∼11%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
17.1 fps ∼7% -39%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
31.9 fps ∼11%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
20.3 fps ∼7% -36%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
40.5 fps ∼11%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
27 fps ∼7% -33%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
61.9 fps ∼17% +53%
Ryse: Son of Rome
1920x1080 High Texture Res. + High Graphics Quality (Rest Off/Disabled) AF:8x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6.8 fps ∼6%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5.6 fps ∼5% -18%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
5.8 fps ∼5% -15%
1366x768 Medium Texture Res. + Normal Graphics Quality (Rest Off/Disabled) AF:4x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
14.8 fps ∼12%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
14.5 fps ∼12% -2%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
7.2 fps ∼6% -51%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
12.5 fps ∼10% -16%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
11.9 fps ∼10% -20%
1024x768 Low Texture Res. + Low Graphics Quality (Rest Off/Disabled) AF:2x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
24 fps ∼18%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
23.9 fps ∼18% 0%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
11 fps ∼8% -54%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
20.2 fps ∼15% -16%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
18.3 fps ∼13% -24%
F1 2014
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
25 fps ∼19%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
31 fps ∼23% +24%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
29 fps ∼22% +16%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
38 fps ∼29% +52%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
28 fps ∼21%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
37 fps ∼28% +32%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
25 fps ∼19% -11%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
52 fps ∼39% +86%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
65 fps ∼49% +132%
1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
38 fps ∼28%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
56 fps ∼41% +47%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
34 fps ∼25% -11%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
77 fps ∼57% +103%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
90 fps ∼67% +137%
Alien: Isolation
1920x1080 High, On, Shadow Map 1536, Standard SSAO AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
12.1 fps ∼4%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
9.8 fps ∼3% -19%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
14.4 fps ∼5% +19%
1366x768 Medium, On (AA & SSAO Off), Shadow Map 1024 AF:4x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
21 fps ∼7%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
21.3 fps ∼7% +1%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
14.2 fps ∼5% -32%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
18.6 fps ∼6% -11%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
27.7 fps ∼9% +32%
1024x768 (Very) Low, Off, Shadow Map 512 AF:1x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
30.2 fps ∼9%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
30.9 fps ∼9% +2%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
21.3 fps ∼6% -29%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
27.4 fps ∼8% -9%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
42.3 fps ∼13% +40%
X-Plane 10.25
1366x768 high (fps_test=3) test_flight_c4 (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6.4 fps ∼20%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
5.9 fps ∼18% -8%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
11.3 fps ∼35% +77%
1366x768 med (fps_test=2) test_flight_c4 (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
12.9 fps ∼22%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
13.2 fps ∼22% +2%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
25.4 fps ∼43% +97%
1024x768 low (fps_test=1) test_flight_c4 (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
21.2 fps ∼18%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
23.6 fps ∼20% +11%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
43.1 fps ∼36% +103%
Risen 3: Titan Lords
1920x1080 High, On AF:8x (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
8.7 fps ∼11%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
8 fps ∼10% -8%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
7.2 fps ∼9% -17%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
9.3 fps ∼12% +7%
1366x768 Medium, Off (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
16.7 fps ∼18%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
14.7 fps ∼16% -12%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
12.8 fps ∼14% -23%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
16.9 fps ∼18% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
22.8 fps ∼24% +37%
1024x768 Low, Off (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
28.2 fps ∼28%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
22.3 fps ∼23% -21%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
21.8 fps ∼22% -23%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
30.5 fps ∼31% +8%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
40 fps ∼40% +42%
Company of Heroes 2
1366x768 High AA:Medium (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
9.9 fps ∼13%
1366x768 Medium AA:Off (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
16.3 fps ∼23%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
20.8 fps ∼29% +28%
1024x768 Minimum / Low / Off AA:Off (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
16.4 fps ∼21%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
21.6 fps ∼27% +32%

Emissions

System Noise

Like the fan in HP's 350, the fan in HP's 355 is never idle. The reason for this is also the same: the BIOS option "Fan always on" is enabled. The fan even sometimes stops spinning when the option is disabled. But that only applies to idle mode. The fan increases it speed considerably as soon as the laptop is loaded. We measured a noise level of up to 46.5 dB during the stress test. Consequently, the 355 is on par with the 350.

Noise Level

Idle
33.2 / 33.2 / 33.8 dB(A)
HDD
33.2 dB(A)
DVD
37.4 / dB(A)
Load
42 / 46.5 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

HP 355 in the stress test
HP 355 in the stress test

The graphics core in the 355 processed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) in AC mode and battery mode with full speed (2.4 GHz). The processor operates with 1.6 to 1.8 GHz in battery mode and 2 to 2.2 GHz in AC mode. Like HP's 350, the 355 also barely heated up during the stress test - due to the fan's high speed increase. The casing's temperatures remained clearly below 40 °C on every measured point.

 22.7 °C
73 F
24.1 °C
75 F
21.7 °C
71 F
 
 24.1 °C
75 F
24.7 °C
76 F
22 °C
72 F
 
 24.3 °C
76 F
26.5 °C
80 F
24.8 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 26.5 °C = 80 F
Average: 23.9 °C = 75 F
22.6 °C
73 F
24.1 °C
75 F
25 °C
77 F
22.6 °C
73 F
25.9 °C
79 F
24.7 °C
76 F
28 °C
82 F
28 °C
82 F
24.1 °C
75 F
Maximum: 28 °C = 82 F
Average: 25 °C = 77 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.7 °C = 84 F | Room Temperature 21.2 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.5 °C / 85 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 37.2 °C / 99 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 36 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.9 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.9 °C / 91.2 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.2 °C / 82.8 F (-4.7 °C / -8.4 F).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption of both HP laptops is also identical and is on par over the entire load range. Both devices are satisfied with a power consumption of below 10 watts when idling. The energy requirement increased up to 46 watts during the stress test. These rates are acceptable in view of the hardware configuration.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.9 / 6.6 / 7.6 Watt
Load midlight 35.7 / 46.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds in the real-world Wi-Fi test. The energy-saving profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². HP's 355 achieved a runtime of 4:43 hours under these conditions, which is just marginally shorter than its HP 350 sister model. A competition model like Acer's Extensa 2510 (6:31 h) lasts considerably longer than either one of HP's laptops.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
4h 43min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
283 min ∼69%
Lenovo B50-70
Radeon R5 M230, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
195 min ∼48%
Lenovo Thinkpad E555
Radeon R5 (Kaveri), A8-7100, Seagate ST500LM021-1KJ15
238 min ∼58%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
244 min ∼60%
HP 350 G1
Radeon HD 8670M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
301 min ∼73%
Acer TravelMate P255-M-54204G50Mnss
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
309 min ∼75%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
391 min ∼95%
Fujitsu LifeBook A544
HD Graphics 4600, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
410 min ∼100%

Verdict

HP's 355 G2 is overall compelling. HP has added a well-conceived low-cost office laptop to its lineup. It provides a decent application performance and can offer good battery runtimes. The graphics core even allows playing some games. As appropriate for an office device, it also features a good keyboard and matte screen. Like the model installed in HP's 350 device, the latter is not particularly convincing. Its brightness, contrast, and color reproduction could be (considerably) better. In contrast to HP's 350, the 355 model we tested does not have an mSATA slot.

We naturally like the laptop's price the most: 369 Euros (~$458) is due for the laptop that is shipped with two operating systems (290 Euros, ~$359, w/o Windows operating systems). That is over 200 Euros (~$248) less than is demanded for the HP 350. However, a lower CPU performance has to be accepted, which is still absolutely enough for routine use in any event. Buyers who opt for the AMD-based computer can invest the money saved compared to HP's 350 in a solid state drive and/or a warranty upgrade. HP also only includes a 12-month warranty for its 355.

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In review: HP 355 G2 (K7H45ES). Test model courtesy of HP Store.
In review: HP 355 G2 (K7H45ES). Test model courtesy of HP Store.

Specifications

HP 355 G2
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R5 M240 - 2048 MB, Core: 1030 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, GDDR3, 13.351.1005.1001, Enduro
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, two memory banks (one bank filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, Samsung, glossy: no
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABF050, 500 GB 
, 420 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Hudson-2 High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, AMD PSP 1.0
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 DVDRAM GU90N
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
Windows 8.1 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyerlink LabelPrint, Cyberlink Power2Go 8, Cyberlink YouCam, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 359 g ( = 12.66 oz / 0.79 pounds)
Price
369 Euro

 

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Pros

+Matte screen
+Decent keyboard
+Low temperatures
+Two maintenance covers
+Good battery life
+Two operating systems
+Recovery DVD for Windows 8.1 Professional (64 bit)
 

Cons

-Dark, low contrast screen w/ bluish cast
-Fan can get very loud
-12-month warranty only

Shortcut

What we like

The battery life, the keyboard, the low temperature development.

What we'd like to see

A better screen and longer warranty period.

What surprises us

We do not see a low-cost laptop with two Windows operating systems every day.

The competition

Acer Extensa 2510, Lenovo ThinkPad E555HP 350 G1, Lenovo B50-70, Acer TravelMate P255-M, Fujitsu LifeBook A544, Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE).

Rating

HP 355 G2 - 11/22/2014 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
78 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
65 / 80 → 81%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
86%
Display
70%
Games Performance
66 / 68 → 97%
Application Performance
59 / 92 → 64%
Temperature
93%
Noise
76%
Audio
40%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
68%
75%
Office - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2014-11-28 (Update: 2018-05-15)