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HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 09/28/2016

Good Package. The Hewlett Packard Pavilion 15-aw004ng is an interesting notebook. The 15.6 inch allrounder packs a matte FHD screen, a SSD and an AMD dual graphics setup. The price for all these goodies: 550 Euros. A price like that for a packet like this can convince most buyers to look the other way when faced with certain flaws, such as, below-average battery life and a one year warranty.

For the original German review, see here.

The HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng is a cheap 15.6 inch allrounder. The laptop runs on an AMD APU from the new Bristol Ridge generation, which promises better energy efficiency and CPU Turbo than the Carrizo predecessor. The competition of the Pavilion include the Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ, the Asus F555/X555, the Acer Aspire E5-552G and the Toshiba Satellite L50-C.

The Pavilion is quite similar to the Pavilion 15 T9Y85AV. As such, we will not discuss the case, the connectivity, the input devices and the speakers in this review, unless there are differences between the models. For more information on these sections, we recommend taking a look at the review of the Pavilion 15 T9Y85AV.

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HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA (Pavilion 15 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX - 2048 MB, Core: 1021 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, Crimson 16.7.3, CrossFire
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2132, Dual-Channel, two slots (occupied)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Chi Mei, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD CZ FCH
Soundcard
Realtek High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo jack, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8101/2/3 Family Fast Ethernet NIC (10/100MBit/s), Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
hp DVDRW SU228HB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.5 x 382 x 242 ( = 0.89 x 15.04 x 9.53 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Power Media Player 14, Cyberlink PowerDirector 12, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.99 kg ( = 70.2 oz / 4.39 pounds), Power Supply: 338 g ( = 11.92 oz / 0.75 pounds)
Price
599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The Pavilion 15 T9Y85AV and our test model use almost identical cases. However, one difference is that the Pavilion 15-aw004ng packs an optical drive. Although the types, number and positioning of the ports available on each laptop are the same, the cases look different. The test model offers a black keyboard, whereas the keys of the T9Y85AV are made of silver synthetic material. The tops of both base units are different, but both laptops remain similar, as they each lack a maintenance flap and have non-removable batteries.

The bottom plate of the notebook must be taken off to get at the innnards of this model. The first step in this process requires the user to remove the DVD burner. Afterwards, all screws are taken out from the bottom of the laptop. The rubber strip on the back must also be removed, as it hides a screw underneath. After all screws have been extracted, the user can pry off the bottom panel of the notebook using a thin-edged tool.

Size Comparison

384 mm / 15.1 inch 265 mm / 10.4 inch 24.6 mm / 0.969 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 25.8 mm / 1.016 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 242 mm / 9.53 inch 22.5 mm / 0.886 inch 2 kg4.39 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 259.9 mm / 10.2 inch 23.5 mm / 0.925 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs

Connectivity

SD Card Reader

The card reader of the laptop is quite fast. While copying large data blocks, it offers a max speed of 85.3 MB/s. The transfer of 250 jpg images (each 5 MB) is performed at 57.3 MB/s. We tested the memory card using a reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
 
68.7 MB/s ∼100% +20%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
 
57.3 MB/s ∼83%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
 
16.7 MB/s ∼24% -71%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
 
16.5 MB/s ∼24% -71%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
 
13.4 MB/s ∼20% -77%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
 
11.2 MB/s ∼16% -80%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
 
88.1 MB/s ∼100% +3%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
 
85.3 MB/s ∼97%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
 
33.2 MB/s ∼38% -61%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
 
26 MB/s ∼30% -70%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
 
25.5 MB/s ∼29% -70%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
 
10.2 MB/s ∼12% -88%

Communication

The WLAN module of the test model is a Realtek chip (RTL8723BE), which supports the 802.11b/g/n and fast ac WLAN standards. We tested the device in optimal conditions (no other WLAN devices nearby and notebook placed close to the server PC) and found the transfer speeds to be acceptable, but far slower than the industry average.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
276 MBit/s ∼100% +188%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
96 MBit/s ∼35%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
334 MBit/s ∼100% +237%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
99 MBit/s ∼30%

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

HP has equipped the Pavilion with a matte 15.6 inch display offering a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The brightness (227.8 cd/m²) and the contrast (490:1) are very low. However, considering the price of this laptop, these flaws are acceptable. Pro: the screen did not show any signs of PWN flickering.

229
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
225
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 240 cd/m² Average: 227.8 cd/m² Minimum: 14 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 139 cd/m²
Contrast: 490:1 (Black: 0.49 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.96 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 11.34 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
60% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 39% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.27
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
TN LED, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
TN LED, 1920x1080
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
TN LED, 1920x1080
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
IPS, 1920x1080
Asus F555UB-XO043T
TN LED, 1366x768
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
TN LED, 1366x768
Response Times
-3%
-5%
25%
-15%
19%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41 (19, 22)
45 (24, 21)
-10%
43 (21, 22)
-5%
24 (12, 12)
41%
46 (24, 22)
-12%
27 (7, 20)
34%
Response Time Black / White *
23 (10, 13)
22 (6, 16)
4%
24 (8, 16)
-4%
21 (6, 15)
9%
27 (10, 17, Spikes in between)
-17%
22 (11, 11)
4%
PWM Frequency
50 (30)
50 (60)
50 (80)
Screen
-3%
-3%
46%
9%
5%
Brightness middle
240
200
-17%
238
-1%
294
23%
214
-11%
200
-17%
Brightness
228
196
-14%
221
-3%
285
25%
205
-10%
198
-13%
Brightness Distribution
89
76
-15%
84
-6%
83
-7%
82
-8%
83
-7%
Black Level *
0.49
0.34
31%
0.49
-0%
0.26
47%
0.46
6%
0.28
43%
Contrast
490
588
20%
486
-1%
1131
131%
465
-5%
714
46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.96
11.54
-5%
11.19
-2%
5.07
54%
6.52
41%
10.63
3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
18.36
19.36
-5%
19.6
-7%
9.33
49%
9.1
50%
15.69
15%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.34
12.98
-14%
11.53
-2%
4.25
63%
7.05
38%
11.19
1%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.58 85%
2.41 91%
2.49 88%
2.41 91%
1.78 124%
CCT
12292 53%
14060 46%
13057 50%
6597 99%
8623 75%
11258 58%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39
36
-8%
38
-3%
54
38%
36.6
-6%
35
-10%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
60
56
-7%
60
0%
83
38%
57.8
-4%
56
-7%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / -3%
-4% / -3%
36% / 43%
-3% / 5%
12% / 8%

* ... smaller is better

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 9354 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Pavilion vs. sRGB
Pavilion vs. sRGB
Pavilion vs. AdobeRGB
Pavilion vs. AdobeRGB

Out of the box, the display has a DeltaE 2000 color deviation of 10.96. The ideal range of a DeltaE lower than 3 is clearly missed. Furthermore, the panel has a distinct blue tinge. The AdobeRGB and sRGB color spectrums can not be fully covered: 39% (AdobeRGB) and 60% (sRGB) coverage.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grey Levels
CalMAN - Grey Levels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

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
23 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 13 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 31 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 51 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

HP has chosen a TN panel for the test model. This means that the displayed content is not clearly visible from all viewing angles. Outdoors, it is quite difficult to use the notebook, as the brightness drops to 139 cd/m² while on battery.

Direct sunlight.
Direct sunlight.
The sun is behind the screen.
The sun is behind the screen.
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng is definitely a cheap 15.6 inch allrounder, as it packs a CPU capable of handling the workload in most scenarios. Furthermore, the laptop can run games well. Our test configuration was available for 550 Euros and it is possible to find other variations.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon
 

Processor

The Pavilion uses the AMD A10-9600P APU (Bristol Ridge), which is very similar to its predecessor (Carrizo), as AMD has mainly focused on optimizations. As such, the CPU has a stronger and longer Turbo mode, which raises the performance of this APU relative to the Carrizo predecessor. The TDP value of 15 W matches Intel ULV processors. The CPU part of the APU is a quad-core processor, which has a base clock speed of 2.4 GHz. Thanks to Turbo, it is possible for the APU to run at up to 3.3 GHz. The full Turbo speed is not used much, as in our CPU tests, the processor ran primarily at 2.6 GHz. We rarely saw the speed counter hit 3.3 GHz.

The APU is soldered on-board.
The APU is soldered on-board.
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4769
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6077
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2520
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
24.74 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.59 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.87 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
32.05 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
215 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
75 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
Intel Core i7-6500U
131 Points ∼60% +75%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
115 Points ∼53% +53%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
114 Points ∼52% +52%
HP Pavilion 14t-ab000 K9E07AV
Intel Core i3-5010U
87 Points ∼40% +16%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
85 Points ∼39% +13%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
AMD FX-8800P
78 Points ∼36% +4%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
75 Points ∼34%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
74 Points ∼34% -1%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
Intel Core i7-6500U
312 Points ∼7% +45%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
289 Points ∼7% +34%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
282 Points ∼6% +31%
HP Pavilion 14t-ab000 K9E07AV
Intel Core i3-5010U
219 Points ∼5% +2%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
217 Points ∼5% +1%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
215 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
AMD FX-8800P
207 Points ∼5% -4%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
195 Points ∼4% -9%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
Intel Core i7-6500U
4984 Points ∼46% +98%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
4357 Points ∼40% +73%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
4315 Points ∼40% +71%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
3114 Points ∼29% +24%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
2520 Points ∼23%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
AMD FX-8800P
2417 Points ∼22% -4%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
2325 Points ∼21% -8%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
Intel Core i7-6500U
10803 Points ∼17% +78%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
9936 Points ∼15% +64%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
7776 Points ∼12% +28%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
7222 Points ∼11% +19%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
AMD FX-8800P
6820 Points ∼10% +12%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
6385 Points ∼10% +5%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
6077 Points ∼9%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
6007 Points ∼7% +10%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
5558 Points ∼7% +2%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
5445 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
4550 Points ∼6% -16%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
4540 Points ∼6% -17%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
2754 Points ∼56% +35%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
2577 Points ∼53% +26%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
2167 Points ∼44% +6%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
2039 Points ∼42%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
1944 Points ∼40% -5%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
Intel Core i7-6500U
212.34 Points ∼60% +66%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
186.39 Points ∼53% +46%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
181.3 Points ∼52% +42%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
127.57 Points ∼36%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
109.87 Points ∼31% -14%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
3232.3 ms * ∼5% -54%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
2266.9 ms * ∼4% -8%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
2098.3 ms * ∼4%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
1336.5 ms * ∼2% +36%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
1278.9 ms * ∼2% +39%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Intel Core i5-6200U
27029 Points ∼52% +43%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Intel Core i5-6200U
26586 Points ∼51% +41%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
18921 Points ∼36%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
15801 Points ∼30% -16%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
Intel Core i3-5010U
10182 Points ∼19% -46%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly and we did not encounter any issues. The results of the PC Mark benchmarks are very good and it is not possible to increase the performance of the laptop further. HP has already optimized this model to its limits.

Two slots available.
Two slots available.
PCMark 7 Score
4340 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2904 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3569 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3883 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
GeForce 920MX, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
4281 Points ∼66% +10%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
4095 Points ∼63% +5%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
4091 Points ∼63% +5%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
3883 Points ∼60%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
Radeon R8 M365DX, FX-8800P, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3540 Points ∼54% -9%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3290 Points ∼50% -15%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
GeForce 920MX, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
3497 Points ∼57% +20%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3305 Points ∼54% +14%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2961 Points ∼49% +2%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
2904 Points ∼48%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
Radeon R8 M365DX, FX-8800P, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2806 Points ∼46% -3%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2485 Points ∼41% -14%

Storage Device

The system drive is a SSD from Sandisk. This M.2 drive offers 256 GB of capacity, but a mere 190 GB is free to the user. The rest of the space is occupied by the Windows installation and the Recovery partition. The transfer speeds are good.

The M.2 SSD could be swapped out for a traditional 2.5 inch hard disk, but a specific cable would be needed (HP Spare Number 856352-001).

HP uses the M.2-SSD (2280).
HP uses the M.2-SSD (2280).
Sequential Read: 502.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 316.6 MB/s
512K Read: 261.9 MB/s
512K Write: 281.2 MB/s
4K Read: 17.04 MB/s
4K Write: 46.55 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 125 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 131.4 MB/s
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
 
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
Asus F555UB-XO043T
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-88%
-89%
67%
-89%
Write 4k QD32
131.4
1.312
-99%
0.892
-99%
236.8
80%
0.852
-99%
Read 4k QD32
125
1.126
-99%
0.847
-99%
333.4
167%
0.774
-99%
Write 4k
46.55
1.261
-97%
0.895
-98%
99.47
114%
0.855
-98%
Read 4k
17.04
0.415
-98%
0.451
-97%
36.82
116%
0.391
-98%
Write 512
281.2
53.66
-81%
42.75
-85%
299.6
7%
42.45
-85%
Read 512
261.9
36.71
-86%
36.46
-86%
414.6
58%
34.52
-87%
Write Seq
316.6
108.9
-66%
95.89
-70%
304.1
-4%
106.2
-66%
Read Seq
502.8
110.7
-78%
96.35
-81%
490.6
-2%
108.5
-78%

Graphics Card

The Pavilion boasts a dual-graphics system from AMD: the Radeon R8 M445DX. This system uses the Radeon R5 IGP (integrated graphics processor) and the dedicated Radeon R7 M440 GPU. Both GPUs work together in CrossFire mode and take turns crunching frames (Alternate Frame Rendering). This combo scores high points in the 3D Mark benchmarks and the dual-graphics setup from AMD ranks higher than middle-class Nvidia GPUs.

The dedicated GPU is soldered.
The dedicated GPU is soldered.
3DMark 06 Standard
8878 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
6853 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2979 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
44367 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5225 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1678 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
686 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
315 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX, AMD FX-8800P
3819 Points ∼7% +1%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
3775 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD Radeon R6 M340DX, AMD A10-8700P
2681 Points ∼5% -29%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Intel Core i5-6200U
2336 Points ∼5% -38%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
AMD Radeon R7 M440, AMD A10-9600P
2210 Points ∼4% -41%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
NVIDIA GeForce 930M, Intel Core i5-6200U
2138 Points ∼4% -43%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
NVIDIA GeForce 920MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
1835 Points ∼4% -51%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
2209 Points ∼5%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Intel Core i5-6200U
1570 Points ∼4% -29%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
NVIDIA GeForce 930M, Intel Core i5-6200U
1497 Points ∼4% -32%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD Radeon R6 M340DX, AMD A10-8700P
1472 Points ∼4% -33%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
AMD Radeon R7 M440, AMD A10-9600P
1205 Points ∼3% -45%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD Radeon R8 M445DX, AMD A10-9600P
12483 Points ∼7%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX, AMD FX-8800P
10534 Points ∼6% -16%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD Radeon R6 M340DX, AMD A10-8700P
8935 Points ∼5% -28%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Intel Core i5-6200U
8405 Points ∼5% -33%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
NVIDIA GeForce 930M, Intel Core i5-6200U
8324 Points ∼5% -33%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
AMD Radeon R7 M440, AMD A10-9600P
6127 Points ∼3% -51%

Gaming Performance

The Pavilion can run games, but if they are hardware-hungry the laptop will run into problems. In general, a HD resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels and low to medium quality settings are possible. In some cases, it is possible for the laptop to offer more. However, the 2016 games we tested did not run at all. Despite the dual-graphics setup performing better than the Nvidia competition in 3D Mark benchmarks, the Nvidia GPUs have an edge in gaming, as our test GPU falls between the GeForce 920M GPU and the GeForce 930M GPU in terms of in-game performance.

low med. high ultra
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 8277.871.750.3fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 83.655.746.321.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 72.742.933.711.7fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 50.137.223.47.7fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 33.321.312.2fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 51.642.728fps
F1 2014 (2014) 59423924fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 40.827.89.6fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 37.729.3148.3fps
GTA V (2015) 54.652.411.7fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 19177fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 6037.513.3fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 77.553.825fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 3617.87.4fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 38.126.211.7fps
Assassin's Creed Syndicate (2015) 15.913.16.6fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 53.533.713.3fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 24.413.97.7fps
XCOM 2 (2016) 2285.2fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 23109fps
The Division (2016) 23.315.17.1fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 18.617.710.5fps
Need for Speed 2016 (2016) 25.622.611.79.5fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 14.276.2fps
Doom (2016) 22.412.88.3fps
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016) 26.412.85.8fps
No Man's Sky (2016) 21.81810fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 15.110.95.4fps
BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 Medium Preset
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
48.3 fps ∼100% +13%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
47 fps ∼97% +10%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
42.9 fps ∼89%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
Radeon R7 M440, A10-9600P
42.8 fps ∼89% 0%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
GeForce 920MX, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
41.8 fps ∼87% -3%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
26.1 fps ∼54% -39%
Tomb Raider - 1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
58.4 fps ∼100% +5%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
55.7 fps ∼95%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
45.3 fps ∼78% -19%
Battlefield 4 - 1024x768 Low Preset
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
Radeon R7 M440, A10-9600P
51.6 fps ∼100% +3%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
50.1 fps ∼97%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
40 fps ∼78% -20%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
Radeon R8 M365DX, FX-8800P, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
36.4 fps ∼71% -27%
FIFA 16 - 1366x768 High Preset AA:2x MS
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
53.8 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
40.4 fps ∼75% -25%
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
Radeon R8 M365DX, FX-8800P, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
fps ∼0% -100%
GTA V - 1024x768 Lowest Settings possible
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
GeForce 920MX, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
60.7 fps ∼100% +11%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
54.6 fps ∼90%
F1 2014 - 1920x1080 High Preset
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
GeForce 920MX, 6500U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
46 fps ∼100% +18%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
39 fps ∼85%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
33 fps ∼72% -15%
Counter-Strike: GO - 1366x768 High AA:2x MS AF:4x
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
Radeon R8 M445DX, A10-9600P
71.7 fps ∼100%

Emissions

System Noise

The fan of the HP laptop runs at a slow speed while the laptop is idle. At this level, it is barely audible. The fan is alwas on due to the HP BIOS option "fan always on". Once this option is deactivated, the fan can turn off. At load, the noise emission rise distinctly. Unfortunately, the test model produced an unusual sound: an electric crackling. The intensity of this noise can be adjusted, as Windows "High Performance" mode will make it louder and "Power Saver" or "Balanced" mode will make it quieter.

Fan emissions.
Fan emissions.
The fan can be cleaned.
The fan can be cleaned.

Noise Level

Idle
31.7 / 31.9 / 31.9 dB(A)
HDD
32.2 dB(A)
DVD
36.6 / dB(A)
Load
41 / 42.7 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: 31.2 dB(A)
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
A10-9600P, Radeon R8 M445DX
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
FX-8800P, Radeon R8 M365DX
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
A10-8700P, Radeon R6 M340DX
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
6200U, GeForce 930M
Asus F555UB-XO043T
6200U, GeForce 940M
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
6500U, GeForce 920MX
Noise
3%
0%
9%
-4%
-1%
off / environment *
31.2
31.3
-0%
31.3
-0%
22
29%
31.2
-0%
Idle Minimum *
31.7
32.4
-2%
33.1
-4%
31.3
1%
34
-7%
32.6
-3%
Idle Average *
31.9
33.2
-4%
33.3
-4%
31.3
2%
34
-7%
32.6
-2%
Idle Maximum *
31.9
33.2
-4%
33.5
-5%
32.2
-1%
34.2
-7%
33.8
-6%
Load Average *
41
36.5
11%
38.9
5%
36.4
11%
38.9
5%
40.2
2%
Load Maximum *
42.7
34.4
19%
38.9
9%
36.6
14%
43.6
-2%
40.4
5%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Stress test.
Stress test.

Our stress test involves running Prime95 and Furmark simultaneously for at least a hour. The Pavilion runs this test differently when it is plugged in and on battery. The CPU operates at 1.2 GHz on battery and the dedicated GPU offers 551 MHz. When the laptop is plugged in, the processors offers 1.5 to 2 GHz and the dedicated GPU runs at full power (1,021 MHz). The integrated GPU works in both cases at 320 to 340 MHz. The Pavilion barely gets hot, as all measurement points stayed well below 40 degrees Celsius during the stress test.

Max. Load
 25 °C
77 F
33 °C
91 F
33.4 °C
92 F
 
 25 °C
77 F
28.1 °C
83 F
29.1 °C
84 F
 
 24 °C
75 F
27 °C
81 F
25.5 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 33.4 °C = 92 F
Average: 27.8 °C = 82 F
32.1 °C
90 F
32.4 °C
90 F
26.1 °C
79 F
30.4 °C
87 F
32.9 °C
91 F
26.3 °C
79 F
24.7 °C
76 F
27.8 °C
82 F
25.9 °C
79 F
Maximum: 32.9 °C = 91 F
Average: 28.7 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.6 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 22.3 °C = 72 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 27.8 °C / 82 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 32.9 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27 °C / 80.6 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (+2.1 °C / 3.8 F).
Heatmap top (load)
Heatmap top (load)
Heatmap bottom (load)
Heatmap bottom (load)
Heatmap top (idle)
Heatmap top (idle)
Heatmap bottom (idle)
Heatmap bottom (idle)
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
A10-9600P, Radeon R8 M445DX
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
FX-8800P, Radeon R8 M365DX
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
A10-8700P, Radeon R6 M340DX
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
6200U, GeForce 930M
Asus F555UB-XO043T
6200U, GeForce 940M
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
6500U, GeForce 920MX
Heat
-5%
-4%
-13%
-8%
-10%
Maximum Upper Side *
33.4
34
-2%
36
-8%
42.5
-27%
33.2
1%
38.6
-16%
Maximum Bottom *
32.9
39.6
-20%
39.2
-19%
46.9
-43%
44
-34%
42
-28%
Idle Upper Side *
27.7
27.7
-0%
27.1
2%
25.8
7%
28.2
-2%
28.1
-1%
Idle Bottom *
29.4
29
1%
26.6
10%
26
12%
28.1
4%
28.1
4%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.334.22532.632.43133.235.14034.132.45035.634.76329.728.78028.527.110027.62812527.426.216029.425.220035.225.325036.723.331540.222.240054.121.150051.720.863055.2208005719.6100061.418.9125068.318.716006718.9200062.718.5250060.818.3315063.118.4400062.518.7500062.518.9630056.819.1800057191000059.1191250055.618.91600051.918.9SPL41.142.874.73231.331.4N3.43.931.51.71.61.6median 56.8median 19Delta10.52.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EAApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 88% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 10% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 72% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

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
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram for comparison (Checkboxes above can be selected!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

While idle, the laptop needs at most 9.5 W, which is acceptable. During the stress test, this value rises to 58 W. Notebooks, with middle-class GeForce GPUs and Intel processors, can reach similar levels. While playing games, our test model needs around 45 W (+/-10 W). The power adapter can cover the needs of our test model, as it packs 65 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.65 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.5 / 8.2 / 9.5 Watt
Load midlight 44.5 / 58 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
A10-9600P, Radeon R8 M445DX
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
FX-8800P, Radeon R8 M365DX
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
A10-8700P, Radeon R6 M340DX
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
6200U, GeForce 930M
Asus F555UB-XO043T
6200U, GeForce 940M
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
6500U, GeForce 920MX
Power Consumption
-2%
-10%
4%
13%
2%
Idle Minimum *
5.5
6.7
-22%
6.8
-24%
4.7
15%
4.7
15%
7
-27%
Idle Average *
8.2
9.8
-20%
10.5
-28%
9.9
-21%
6.5
21%
8
2%
Idle Maximum *
9.5
10.6
-12%
11
-16%
10.1
-6%
6.8
28%
8.4
12%
Load Average *
44.5
46
-3%
41.6
7%
36
19%
42.7
4%
38.8
13%
Load Maximum *
58
32
45%
51
12%
51
12%
59
-2%
52.8
9%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Pavilion offers a run time of 4:20 hours in the practical WLAN test. For this test, we simulate the load from surfing websites. The "Balanced" power profile is turned on, all power saver options are off and the brightness is set to around 150 cd/m². Our video test lasts 3:14 hours. In this test, we let the short movie, Big Buck Bunny (H.264 coding, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels) run in a loop. The wireless modules and power saver options are turned off and brightness is set to 150 cd/m². Sadly, the battery life of this laptop is not very good. A 15.6 inch laptop is expected to run between 5 to 6 hours in our WLAN test.

The battery capacity is 41 Wh.
The battery capacity is 41 Wh.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 20min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38)
4h 20min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 14min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 35min
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
41 Wh
Acer Aspire E5-552G-F62G
37 Wh
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
32 Wh
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
45 Wh
Asus F555UB-XO043T
37 Wh
Battery Runtime
-32%
-32%
33%
37%
Reader / Idle
560
400
-29%
365
-35%
H.264
194
168
-13%
WiFi v1.3
260
168
-35%
183
-30%
345
33%
355
37%
Load
95
49
-48%

Pros

+ matte screen
+ FHD resolution
+ fast SSD
+ barely heats up

Cons

- only 12 months warranty
- no maintenance flap
- no Type-C USB
- below-average battery life
- very low brightness on battery

Verdict

In review: HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de

The AMD processor of the test model offers sufficient performance for everyday use. Furthermore, the laptop is quite most of the time and it barely heats up. A fast SSD ensures that the system runs smoothly. Sadly, the laptop has no maintenance flap. To swap the SSD, the case must be opened up. The keyboard suffices for home use and the battery life is nothing special. The Pavilion could have been better in these areas.

For roughly 550 Euros, the Pavilion 15-aw004ng is a good allrounder for entry-level users.

For a relatively low price, HP has included a FHD display and a dual-graphics system. On the other hand, the panel is not very bright and has poor viewing angles and contrast. Additionally, in terms of gaming performance, the dual-graphics system is not as strong as the Nvidia competition. The system itself is covered by a mere 1 year warranty. All-in-all, HP offers a low-priced 15.6 inch notebook with clear flaws, which may be suitable for some users.

HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA - 09/22/2016 v5.1(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
73 / 98 → 74%
Keyboard
73%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
40 / 81 → 49%
Weight
63 / 20-67 → 91%
Battery
73%
Display
76%
Games Performance
59 / 85 → 70%
Application Performance
71 / 92 → 77%
Temperature
95%
Noise
84 / 95 → 88%
Audio
54%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
68%
75%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-09-28 (Update: 2018-05-15)