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HP Notebook 15s Laptop Review: With Ice Lake CPU and Slim Design

Pretty and affordable. At first glance, the HP 15s offers a decent impression and shows the strengths and weaknesses corresponding to its price class. But first, the user will have to turn off the fan, which is a bit too eager, and there are some small glitches in the graphics. Our review shows what else the 15s-fq1556ng has to offer.
Mike Wobker, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Mark Riege),
HP 15s-fq1556ng

With its notebooks, HP covers the whole range from affordable to expensive devices and from entry-level, through business, and up to gaming laptops. Correspondingly, the price also ranges from the expensive 2500-Euro (~$2757) HP EliteBook-x360-830-G6 Convertible down to the affordable 600-Euro (~$662) HP ProBook 455R G6. For a similar price, you can also get the HP 15s-fq1556ng, which is equipped with an Intel Core i5-1035G1, integrated UHD Graphics G1, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512-GB SSD.

For this test, we compare the HP notebook with the devices listed below. You can also add more laptops from our database below each section.

HP 15s-fq1556ng (15s-fq000 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-1035G1 4 x 1 - 3.6 GHz, Ice Lake U
Memory
16384 MB 
, dual channel
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics B156HW02, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel 495 (Ice Lake-U PCH-LP Premium)
Storage
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8, 512 GB 
, 440 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Ice Lake-U/Y PCH-LP cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio combo port, Card Reader: SD
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 358 x 242 ( = 0.71 x 14.09 x 9.53 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: 2 speakers, stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, McAfee, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.69 kg ( = 59.61 oz / 3.73 pounds), Power Supply: 285 g ( = 10.05 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Price
700 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
79 %
02/2020
HP 15s-fq1556ng
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
1.7 kg18 mm15.60"1920x1080
88 %
07/2019
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
R7 3700U, Vega 10
1.9 kg19.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
83 %
09/2019
Dell Latitude 5500
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620
1.9 kg22 mm15.60"1920x1080
78 %
11/2019
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.8 kg18 mm15.60"1920x1080

Case - A robust HP notebook without maintenance options

While the top and bottom, as well as the edges of the affordable HP 15s, are made of metal, the areas around the keyboard and display are made of a more affordable-looking plastic. The transitions between the materials are even, but they are very visible. 

The manufacturer forgoes extremely slim bezels to some extent, making the bezel above the display slightly thicker. However, this also means that the webcam does not need to wander to some more exotic place. The lid opening angle is limited to about 140°, and the hinges hold the lid tightly in place.

The workmanship is good, but the bottom of the case cannot be opened without a large amount of effort. To simply remove the screws is not enough to open the bottom of the case. Even using some fancier tools such as plastic prying tools, we gave up trying to open the case out of fear of damaging it.

The 15s-fq1556ng is the lightest notebook in our test field. In terms of its dimensions, the Dell Latitude 5500 is still a little more compact than the HP laptop.

Size Comparison

369 mm / 14.5 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.9 kg4.28 lbs364 mm / 14.3 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 236 mm / 9.29 inch 22 mm / 0.866 inch 1.9 kg4.27 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 242 mm / 9.53 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.7 kg3.73 lbs

Equipment - A card reader that breaks your fingernails

HP has equipped the 15s with the most necessary connections, also offering a USB Type-C port and an SD card reader. However, the latter was unable to read our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference storage card, which is the reason why we don't have any test results. Since it was able to read some other storage cards, users need to try out whether their own cards would work. About two millimeters of an inserted SD card sticks out of the case, which makes it very difficult to remove, since there is no spring mechanism.

Left side: power, 2x USB 3.1
Left side: power, 2x USB 3.1
Right side: SD card reader, 3.5-mm audio port, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI
Right side: SD card reader, 3.5-mm audio port, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI

Communication

Users of the HP 15s-fq1556ng will be able to use wireless network connections with the Wi-Fi-5 standard. However, since there is no 2x2-MIMO antenna technology, the laptop only reaches relatively slow transfer speeds of 277 Mb/s when receiving and 253 Mb/s when sending data.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
640 MBit/s ∼100% +131%
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
624 MBit/s ∼98% +125%
Average of class Office
  (5 - 1722, n=285)
579 MBit/s ∼90% +109%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
309 (278min - 319max) MBit/s ∼48% +12%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
277 (259min - 289max) MBit/s ∼43%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
634 MBit/s ∼100% +151%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
613 MBit/s ∼97% +142%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
588 (564min - 603max) MBit/s ∼93% +132%
Average of class Office
  (34 - 1775, n=284)
536 MBit/s ∼85% +112%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
253 (214min - 288max) MBit/s ∼40%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø276 (259-289)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø253 (214-288)

Accessories

The box of the HP 15s only includes the notebook and the corresponding power supply. Users can purchase some suitable accessories for this laptop from an extensive selection on the manufacturer's website.

Maintenance

The HP 15s does not have any maintenance flaps, and opening the case turns out to be very difficult, so only experienced users should make an attempt to open the notebook. The risk of damaging the case of our test unit was too high for us.

Warranty

The manufacturer offers a warranty of 24 months to buyers of the 15s-fq1556ng. However, HP also offers various expansion options of the standard warranty for a fee

Input Devices - Standard keyboard and ClickPad

Keyboard

The keyboard of the HP 15s gives a slightly spongy impression and the keys do not sit tightly in their frames. However, the rough surface offers a good purchase to the fingers, and even longer typing tasks are handled surprisingly well. There is also a number block and Delete and Home keys are available as primary keys.

Touchpad

A ClickPad is used as mouse replacement. It offers a smooth surface, allowing you to navigate the cursor precisely. Mouse clicks are also triggered reliably, and mechanical input offers a clear feedback.

HP 15s-fq1556ng - Touchpad
HP 15s-fq1556ng - Touchpad
HP 15s-fq1556ng - Input devices
HP 15s-fq1556ng - Input devices

Display - The HP 15s-fq1556ng displays weak colors

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

The display of the HP 15s consists of a 15-inch IPS panel that offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. At an average of 234 cd/m², the brightness is at the same level as the competition, and the brightness distribution is also acceptable at 86%. HP does not use PWM for brightness control, which will be appreciated by users with sensitive eyes.

There are no alternative display options for the HP 15s-fq1556ng.

229
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
254
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
219
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B156HW02
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 254 cd/m² Average: 233.9 cd/m² Minimum: 13.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 215 cd/m²
Contrast: 1411:1 (Black: 0.18 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.58 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7, calibrated: 4.53
ΔE Greyscale 5.02 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
56% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 36% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.83
HP 15s-fq1556ng
AU Optronics B156HW02, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
NV156FHM-N49, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Dell Latitude 5500
LGD05FF 156WFD, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
CEC PANDA LM156LF-CL07, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Response Times
8%
19%
26%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
51 (25, 26)
41.2 (22, 19.2)
19%
37.6 (19.6, 18)
26%
36 (18, 18)
29%
Response Time Black / White *
32 (18, 14)
32.8 (18, 14.8)
-3%
28.4 (17.2, 11.2)
11%
25 (14, 11)
22%
PWM Frequency
1220 (99)
178 (10)
Screen
4%
-5%
-9%
Brightness middle
254
318
25%
234
-8%
250
-2%
Brightness
234
297
27%
229
-2%
228
-3%
Brightness Distribution
86
89
3%
93
8%
83
-3%
Black Level *
0.18
0.17
6%
0.23
-28%
0.205
-14%
Contrast
1411
1871
33%
1017
-28%
1220
-14%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.58
5.5
1%
5.2
7%
5.65
-1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.83
21
-114%
14.7
-50%
13.7
-39%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.53
5.1
-13%
4.6
-2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.02
1.8
64%
2.5
50%
6.32
-26%
Gamma
2.83 78%
2.12 104%
2.44 90%
2.45 90%
CCT
6570 99%
6257 104%
6649 98%
7287 89%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36
37.6
4%
36.2
1%
38
6%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56
58.2
4%
57
2%
59
5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
6% / 4%
7% / -1%
9% / -3%

* ... smaller is better

Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 56%
Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 56%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 36%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 36%

Our measurements attest the HP 15s-fq1556ng with a good contrast ratio of 1411:1 and a very good black value of 0.18 cd/m². This causes colors to be displayed well-delineated, and black image content appears deep and saturated. On the other hand, the low color-space coverage of 56% of sRGB and 36% of the AdobeRGB color space prevents media content from appearing particularly vibrant. 

The CalMAN analysis also shows that colors are displayed with a balanced RGB proportion, but with an elevated deviation. However, this can be improved significantly by calibration. You can download the corresponding ICC file using the link above, in the frame on the right, next to the graphics of brightness distribution of the display.

CalMAN - Color Accuracy
CalMAN - Color Accuracy
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Color Accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color Accuracy (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)

Thanks to the brightness being higher than 200 cd/m², the HP 15s can be used outdoors as long as you stay in shady places. The matte display surface limits the glare and there are no reflections. 

Using the HP 15s outdoors
Using the HP 15s outdoors
Using the HP 15s outdoors
Using the HP 15s outdoors

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
32 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 82 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
51 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 26 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 84 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

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 not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9581 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The viewing angles of the IPS panel of the 15s-fq1556ng are very stable. This also allows you to see the image content even from very steep viewing angles, without the colors being distorted.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - The fan throttles the Ice Lake CPU

With the 15s notebook, HP targets users who are looking for an affordable notebook for daily tasks. The equipment variants range from simple hardware for writing tasks and surfing online, up to a bit more powerful components for more demanding office applications and simple image-processing. The 15s-fq1556ng places in the middle of this range and is thus suited for diverse office applications.

 

Processor

HP has equipped the 15s-fq1556ng with an Intel Core i5-1035G1. This processor is based on the Ice Lake architecture and offers four cores that are able to run up to eight threads simultaneously. The clock speeds range between 1 and 3.6 GHz, with the length of time it is able to maintain the maximum clock speed being influenced significantly by the cooling system. 

During the Cinebench-R15 constant load test, the CPU shows an unusual result in the beginning. It takes a very long time before the fans run constantly and the performance rises to an acceptable level. Here it also shows that the CPU should be able to deliver the expected performance constantly, if the cooling would start earlier. On the other hand, during a constant load test using Blender, the notebook ran from the beginning with whirring fans, so that we were unable to rule out a Cinebench bug. Blender also demonstrated a good CPU performance, which also indicates that our R15 loop should be considered with caution. 

While the built-in i5-1035G1 processor is able to achieve second place in our test field in the discipline of the Single-Core performance, the result of the Multi-Core performance is only sufficient for last place among our selected comparison devices.

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HP 15s-fq1556ng Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel Core i5-1035G1: Ø507 (150.07-663.92)
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: Ø684 (680.39-687.17)
Dell Latitude 5500 Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel Core i7-8665U: Ø611 (599.53-729.94)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø508 (460.33-641.41)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø505 (498.72-514.09)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel Core i7-8665U
199 Points ∼100% +18%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
169 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (161 - 171, n=7)
168 Points ∼84% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
144 Points ∼72% -15%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
143 Points ∼72% -15%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 202, n=605)
118 Points ∼59% -30%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel Core i7-8665U
688 (599.53min - 729.94max) Points ∼100% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
683 (680.39min - 687.17max) Points ∼99% +8%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
633 Points ∼92%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
614 Points ∼89% -3%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
604 Points ∼88% -5%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (518 - 803, n=10)
610 Points ∼89% -4%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1410, n=613)
380 Points ∼55% -40%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
169 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
633 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
47.59 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

In the PCMark-8 and 10 benchmarks, the HP 15s-fq1556ng scores very well. In the overall score of both tests, it is able to place second in our comparison list. In the PCMark-8 Work Test it is even able to achieve the top position. Here, the HP 15s profits particularly from the fast SSD and the generous amount of working memory.

In everyday operation, the HP 15s shows a smooth system operation, applications start quickly, and data access is fast. We did not notice any micro stutters or anything similar during the time of our testing.

You can find out about the results of other notebooks in our tests in our CPU-benchmark list.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Dell Latitude 5500
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
3506 Points ∼100% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3258 Points ∼93% +7%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3089 Points ∼88% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (2930 - 3281, n=5)
3056 Points ∼87% +1%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3039 Points ∼87%
Average of class Office
  (320 - 5547, n=219)
2865 Points ∼82% -6%
Productivity
Dell Latitude 5500
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
7281 Points ∼100% +9%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
6679 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (4872 - 6766, n=5)
5908 Points ∼81% -12%
Average of class Office
  (1266 - 8567, n=219)
5798 Points ∼80% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
5637 Points ∼77% -16%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5610 Points ∼77% -16%
Essentials
Dell Latitude 5500
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
9790 Points ∼100% +15%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
8508 Points ∼87%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (7975 - 8568, n=5)
8371 Points ∼86% -2%
Average of class Office
  (2683 - 9846, n=219)
7383 Points ∼75% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
6927 Points ∼71% -19%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
6690 Points ∼68% -21%
Score
Dell Latitude 5500
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
4515 Points ∼100% +13%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3992 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (3474 - 4122, n=5)
3814 Points ∼84% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3605 Points ∼80% -10%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 5409, n=220)
3504 Points ∼78% -12%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3496 Points ∼77% -12%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5035 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
4593 Points ∼91% -9%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
4570 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Office
  (1226 - 5570, n=400)
4130 Points ∼82% -18%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (2647 - 5035, n=5)
4051 Points ∼80% -20%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 5500
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8665U, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
3959 Points ∼100% +8%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3673 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (3469 - 3988, n=5)
3653 Points ∼92% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3342 Points ∼84% -9%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
3317 Points ∼84% -10%
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4770, n=462)
3124 Points ∼79% -15%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3673 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5035 points
PCMark 10 Score
3992 points
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Storage Solution

HP uses a 512-GB SSD from Intel in the 15s notebook. This achieves very good values in the storage benchmarks and is able to surpass the rest of the competitors. 

You can find out about the performance of other storage solutions in our tests in our HDD/SSD benchmark list.

HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Dell Latitude 5500
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Average Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-21%
22%
-9%
-13%
Write 4K
203.1
129.5
-36%
149
-27%
114.9
-43%
131 (93.1 - 203, n=25)
-35%
Read 4K
65.32
41.23
-37%
48.26
-26%
52.7
-19%
54.2 (44.3 - 65.3, n=25)
-17%
Write Seq
973.4
810.7
-17%
1772
82%
1361
40%
964 (872 - 986, n=25)
-1%
Read Seq
1651
1145
-31%
1200
-27%
1385
-16%
1515 (1291 - 1651, n=25)
-8%
Write 4K Q32T1
525.9
314.1
-40%
414.5
-21%
181.1
-66%
358 (210 - 526, n=25)
-32%
Read 4K Q32T1
345.2
356.2
3%
393
14%
340.5
-1%
329 (212 - 346, n=25)
-5%
Write Seq Q32T1
979.8
838.5
-14%
2941
200%
1519
55%
973 (920 - 987, n=25)
-1%
Read Seq Q32T1
1883
2042
8%
1510
-20%
1515
-20%
1726 (1390 - 1883, n=25)
-8%
AS SSD
13%
58%
3%
-21%
Score Total
1901
2261
19%
3558
87%
2115
11%
1660 (1077 - 1901, n=26)
-13%
Score Write
1083
831
-23%
1701
57%
945
-13%
896 (285 - 1083, n=26)
-17%
Score Read
522
973
86%
1221
134%
767
47%
509 (459 - 548, n=26)
-2%
Access Time Write *
0.044
0.036
18%
0.027
39%
0.057
-30%
0.0677 (0.044 - 0.144, n=26)
-54%
Access Time Read *
0.056
0.04
29%
0.039
30%
0.0902 (0.048 - 0.24, n=26)
-61%
4K-64 Write
827.46
668.81
-19%
1415.36
71%
737.5
-11%
695 (94.1 - 835, n=26)
-16%
4K-64 Read
323.13
763.82
136%
1043.26
223%
586.4
81%
323 (320 - 326, n=26)
0%
4K Write
165.36
87.71
-47%
158.03
-4%
77.49
-53%
117 (87 - 170, n=26)
-29%
4K Read
58.54
39.18
-33%
49.57
-15%
44.88
-23%
49.6 (40.1 - 58.5, n=26)
-15%
Seq Write
904.44
740.1
-18%
1279.84
42%
1300.38
44%
842 (374 - 931, n=26)
-7%
Seq Read
1704.79
1697.5
0%
1286.55
-25%
1358.29
-20%
1374 (907 - 1705, n=26)
-19%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-4% / -1%
40% / 43%
-3% / -2%
-17% / -18%

* ... smaller is better

Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1883 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 979.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 345.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 525.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1651 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 973.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 65.32 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 203.1 MB/s

Graphics Card

In the HP 15s, the integrated Intel UHD Graphics G1 graphics unit handles the display of the image content. This GPU is only suited for applications with low demands on the graphics performance. In addition, some of the benchmarks refused to run in our test, and we were also unable to start them after a driver update. Those benchmark values that we were able to determine showed an average performance that was at the same level as other notebooks with this graphics unit.

Our GPU benchmark list shows how Intel's UHD Graphics G1 scores compared to other graphics cards. 

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3287 Points ∼100% +32%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2582 Points ∼79% +4%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
2485 Points ∼76%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (1963 - 2578, n=9)
2283 Points ∼69% -8%
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8665U
2006 Points ∼61% -19%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 5472, n=725)
1441 Points ∼44% -42%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2025 Points ∼100% +29%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1673 Points ∼83% +6%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
1574 Points ∼78%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (1255 - 1755, n=9)
1538 Points ∼76% -2%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 4109, n=541)
1105 Points ∼55% -30%
3DMark 11 Performance
2784 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
 points
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Gaming Performance

The integrated Intel UHD Graphics G1 graphics unit is only suited for simple or older games. For the latter, users should also be content with low resolutions and graphics settings. In our test, the HP 15s was unable to run the already seven-year-old BioShock Infinite smoothly in Full HD resolution.

Our GPU games list shows the performance you can expect from the UHD Graphics G1 built-in here.

BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
14.55 fps ∼100% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
14.2 fps ∼98% +23%
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
11.69 fps ∼80% +1%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
11.58 fps ∼80%
Average of class Office
  (1.8 - 54.8, n=289)
11.4 fps ∼78% -2%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (8.5 - 14.4, n=7)
11.1 fps ∼76% -4%
1366x768 High Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
39.1 fps ∼100% +21%
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
35.9 fps ∼92% +11%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
32.21 fps ∼82%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (25 - 40.4, n=7)
31.8 fps ∼81% -1%
Average of class Office
  (4.43 - 128, n=380)
28.6 fps ∼73% -11%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
53.2 fps ∼100% +43%
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
42.62 fps ∼80% +15%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (30.3 - 46.8, n=7)
37.9 fps ∼71% +2%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
37.2 fps ∼70%
Average of class Office
  (5.6 - 145, n=401)
33.2 fps ∼62% -11%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
90.17 fps ∼100% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
86.9 fps ∼96% +21%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
83.39 fps ∼92% +16%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
71.92 fps ∼80%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (58.4 - 82.6, n=7)
71.5 fps ∼79% -1%
Average of class Office
  (12.2 - 212, n=409)
58.8 fps ∼65% -18%
Dota 2 Reborn
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
29.7 (27.5min) fps ∼100% +36%
Average of class Office
  (5.5 - 69, n=99)
28.4 fps ∼96% +30%
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
23.2 (21.6min) fps ∼78% +6%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (18.2 - 26.2, n=6)
22.4 fps ∼75% +3%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
21.8 (16.5min) fps ∼73%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
55.2 (50.5min) fps ∼100% +35%
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
54.8 (48.3min) fps ∼99% +34%
Average of class Office
  (9.7 - 107, n=107)
50.1 fps ∼91% +22%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
40.9 (31.9min) fps ∼74%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (34.1 - 49.7, n=6)
40.3 fps ∼73% -1%
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Dell Latitude 5500
Intel Core i7-8665U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
83 (73.1min) fps ∼100% +44%
Average of class Office
  (21.3 - 131, n=107)
73 fps ∼88% +27%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (57.7 - 83.4, n=6)
72.5 fps ∼87% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
66 (57.1min) fps ∼80% +14%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
57.7 (50.6min) fps ∼70%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Average of class Office
  (4 - 12.6, n=11)
8.1 fps ∼100% +18%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (6.85 - 7.49, n=3)
7.25 fps ∼90% +6%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
6.85 fps ∼85%
1280x720 Lite Quality
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (13 - 15.1, n=4)
13.8 fps ∼100% +6%
Average of class Office
  (5.5 - 25.8, n=17)
13.5 fps ∼98% +4%
HP 15s-fq1556ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
12.99 fps ∼94%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 71.92 37.2 32.21 11.58 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 57.7 40.9 21.8 19.9 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 12.99 6.85 fps

Emissions - Limited volume and heat

Noise Emissions

Noise characteristics
Noise characteristics

The fans of the HP 15s turn on easily and often. We could always hear them when starting the browser or during the battery test, or even during low system load. While their rather even noise is not annoying, at up to 40 dB it is not suited for noise-sensitive environments.

Noise Level

Idle
30.3 / 30.3 / 30.3 dB(A)
Load
34 / 41.3 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
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: 30.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.734.533.434.333.72535.33435.434.135.33137.735.437.53637.74032.332.132.333.832.35031.13231.732.231.16329.629.729.83129.68028.929.529.328.228.910029.529.129.229.329.512528.529.829.329.328.516026.424.524.224.326.42002423.423.322.42425023.622.922.322.423.631525.322.121.421.225.340024.621.820.220.424.650023.220.419.219.523.263024.420.618.918.724.480027.220.918.518.327.2100031.422.917.917.731.4125029.52217.417.729.5160029.12217.617.129.1200030.82317.617.430.8250031.524.117.617.431.5315031.924.517.717.631.9400030.919.91817.730.9500029.720.118.21829.7630025.31918.31825.3800024.618.718.518.324.61000021.418.518.318.121.41250020.218.418.218.220.21600018.918.418.418.218.9SPL41.43430.530.441.4N3.621.51.43.6median 26.4median 22median 18.4median 18.2median 26.4Delta2.71.92.12.32.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP 15s-fq1556ng

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Our measurements attest the HP 15s-fq1556ng with surface temperatures of up to 26.1 °C (79 °F) during idle operation and up to 37.2 °C (99 °F) under load. The warmest spot is at the right side of the notebook, on top as well as on the bottom. While the palm rests always remain cool, the warmth is quite noticeable in the area of the number block.

During our stress test, which lasts for about one hour, the temperatures inside the HP notebook rose up to 89 °C (192 °F). The clock speeds dropped significantly, but the basic clock speed of 1 GHz could be maintained on average. Since such a load never really occurs in practical operation, users do not need to expect any limitations due to the temperatures being too high. 

Max. Load
 25.2 °C
77 F
32.6 °C
91 F
32.5 °C
91 F
 
 23.3 °C
74 F
33.8 °C
93 F
35.2 °C
95 F
 
 22.7 °C
73 F
23.9 °C
75 F
25.9 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 35.2 °C = 95 F
Average: 28.3 °C = 83 F
29.7 °C
85 F
37.2 °C
99 F
26.1 °C
79 F
34.2 °C
94 F
28.8 °C
84 F
24 °C
75 F
23.9 °C
75 F
24.8 °C
77 F
24.1 °C
75 F
Maximum: 37.2 °C = 99 F
Average: 28.1 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  48 °C = 118 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.3 °C / 83 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 35.2 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.2 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.3 °C / 74 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 25.9 °C / 78.6 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28 °C / 82.4 F (+2.1 °C / 3.8 F).
Heat map during idle operation - top
Heat map during idle operation - top
Heat map during idle operation - bottom
Heat map during idle operation - bottom
Heat map under load - top
Heat map under load - top
Heat map under load - bottom
Heat map under load - bottom

Speakers

Speaker sound characteristics
Speaker sound characteristics

The speakers of the HP 15s only produce a low volume, but they offer a fairly wide sound spectrum. While this allows you to easily play media content in quiet surroundings, you should prefer external speakers or headphones for longer sessions. Those can be connected to the combined 3.5-mm audio port, which accepts plugs tightly and does not negatively influence the sound quality.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.434.335.42535.934.135.93138.33638.34032.633.832.65042.232.242.26339.63139.68030.228.230.210031.429.331.412538.629.338.616047.724.347.720051.422.451.425049.322.449.331556.521.256.540067.620.467.650062.719.562.763063.518.763.580065.218.365.2100070.317.770.3125070.317.770.3160067.717.167.7200067.417.467.4250067.617.467.6315066.817.666.8400069.817.769.8500064.81864.8630070.41870.4800067.818.367.81000066.918.166.91250057.318.257.31600046.418.246.4SPL79.930.479.9N48.71.448.7median 65.2median 18.2median 65.2Delta7.72.37.735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP 15s-fq1556ngApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP 15s-fq1556ng audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.42 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 22% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 71% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 24% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Power Management - The HP 15s offers an average battery life

Power Consumption

In our test, the HP 15s-fq1556ng showed a power consumption of at least 3.3 watts during idle operation and up to 46 watts under load. This power consumption is appropriate for the hardware, and the included 45-Watt power supply is just large enough to supply the necessary power.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.34 / 0.48 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.3 / 6.4 / 6.8 Watt
Load midlight 29 / 46 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP 15s-fq1556ng
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
R7 3700U, Vega 10, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Dell Latitude 5500
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
R5 3500U, Vega 8, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
 
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
-13%
-31%
-7%
-8%
-65%
Idle Minimum *
3.3
4.2
-27%
4.4
-33%
3.7
-12%
3.5 (2.8 - 4.5, n=7)
-6%
7.33 (1.3 - 32, n=1036)
-122%
Idle Average *
6.4
7.92
-24%
6.9
-8%
6.2
3%
6.57 (5.4 - 7.7, n=7)
-3%
11.1 (3.7 - 42, n=1036)
-73%
Idle Maximum *
6.8
8.16
-20%
7.7
-13%
8.4
-24%
8.16 (6.8 - 10.2, n=7)
-20%
13.5 (4.8 - 67, n=1036)
-99%
Load Average *
29
29
-0%
43.6
-50%
31.1
-7%
31.7 (27 - 37.2, n=7)
-9%
37.2 (7.43 - 99.3, n=1021)
-28%
Load Maximum *
46
42.2
8%
69.1
-50%
43.1
6%
45.8 (29.4 - 51.6, n=7)
-0%
46.3 (12.2 - 129, n=1023)
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our realistic WLAN test, the 15s-fq1556ng achieved a runtime of almost six hours. While this means that the 41 Wh battery is used efficiently, the HP notebook scores slightly below average compared to the other notebooks in its class

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 05min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 57min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 44min
HP 15s-fq1556ng
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 41 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad E595-20NF0000GE
R7 3700U, Vega 10, 45 Wh
Dell Latitude 5500
i7-8665U, UHD Graphics 620, 68 Wh
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R6WW
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 48 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
12%
106%
30%
-2%
Reader / Idle
785
941
20%
1061
35%
592 (101 - 3537, n=822)
-25%
WiFi v1.3
357
460
29%
736
106%
466
31%
432 (105 - 1124, n=420)
21%
Load
104
92
-12%
130
25%
102 (37 - 259, n=796)
-2%

Pros

+ robust case
+ affordable price
+ USB Type-C connection

Cons

- SD card is difficult to remove
- fan control throttles the CPU
- no maintenance options
- low color-space coverage

Verdict - A notebook with potential for optimization

In review: HP 15s-fq1556ng. Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de
In review: HP 15s-fq1556ng. Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de

In the equipment variant we tested, the HP 15s is suited for users whose demands are not too high. The system does what it should do, and the usual office applications, browsing the Internet, and consumption of media content do not pose any problem. We like the design, and the workmanship is also solid. A battery life of almost six hours should also be enough for most users.

While the HP 15s might satisfy most users, those who want to use an optimal system will have to make some compromises.

Only when you look a little closer do some weaknesses become apparent. Those are by no means grave but might lead to some shaking of heads beyond the consumer market. We can still accept that the HP 15s cannot be upgraded at all. However, the strange fan behavior, which even has a negative effect in the "Best Performance" power profile, is of a different caliber. In order to achieve a better CPU usage, users have to actively modify the fan control. But if they do that, the noise level also increases strongly.

HP 15s-fq1556ng - 02/10/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
76 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
73%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
40 / 80 → 50%
Weight
67 / 20-75 → 85%
Battery
69%
Display
80%
Games Performance
55 / 78 → 70%
Application Performance
78 / 95 → 82%
Temperature
95%
Noise
95%
Audio
62%
Camera
32 / 85 → 38%
Average
70%
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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > HP Notebook 15s Laptop Review: With Ice Lake CPU and Slim Design
Mike Wobker, 2020-02- 5 (Update: 2020-02- 6)
Mike Wobker
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I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.