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HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl (i5-8250U, HD) Laptop Review

Allen Ngo 👁, 08/07/2018

Getting better. The Pavilion series has come a long way in terms of design and feel. This latest iteration is a major improvement, but still far inferior to the higher-end Envy and Spectre series.

The HP Pavilion is the manufacturer's low-end offering for users on tight budgets. There are new iterations almost every year often with features carried down from the higher-end Envy or Spectre families. Our unit today is a brand new design and possibly the best-looking one yet when compared to the overly plastic appearance of previous models.

The 2018 Pavilion 15 can be configured with a Core i5-8250U CPU, integrated UHD Graphics 620, and 768p display for under $600 or up to a Core i7-8550U, GeForce MX150 GPU, and 1080p display for $1150 USD. Our system for this review is the entry-level configuration. Competitors in this space are plentiful including the Acer Aspire 3 A315, Asus VivoBook 15 K570UD, Dell Inspiron 15, and Lenovo IdeaPad 720.

HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl (Pavilion 15 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 300 MHz, Memory: 1200 MHz, DDR4, 23.20.16.4973
Memory
12288 MB 
, 1x 8 GB SK Hynix DDR4-2400 1200 MHz, 1x 4 GB Micron DDR4-2666 1333 MHz
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel 100 PPI, AU Optronics B156XW02 V0, TN LED, AUO20EC, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Toshiba MQ04ABF100, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.8 x 361.7 x 245.6 ( = 0.7 x 14.24 x 9.67 in)
Battery
41 Wh, 3 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Bang & Olufsen stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee LifeSafe, HP CoolSense, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.785 kg ( = 62.96 oz / 3.94 pounds), Power Supply: 242 g ( = 8.54 oz / 0.53 pounds)
Price
550 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The new design does away with the rounded edges and corners of previous Pavilion 15 notebooks in favor of a sharper and smoother look. The matte aluminum-like surfaces give a much classier impression that feels close to the Envy series. It's a good attempt at emulating what HP's more expensive laptops have to offer without necessarily using the same unibody materials. Many of the bright color options commonly associated with older Pavilion laptops, however, are nowhere to be found on this latest iteration.

As for rigidity, the system is quite strong around the base with no creaking and only minimal warping on the palm rests and keyboard. The lid is also stronger than before, though it's still susceptible to warping when pushing down its center. The weakest characteristic of the new design is indubitably its hinges. The display opens to a maximum of only 130 degrees and the bottom of the lid will lift the base at a slight angle that HP claims will improve cooling and typing posture. The main issue is that teetering is amplified and the hinges never feel very stiff as a result.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the new Pavilion 15 is thinner (17.8 mm vs. 22.5 mm) and lighter (1.8 kg vs. 2.1 kg) than the previous generation Pavilion 15t-au100. The narrow bezels contribute immensely to the improved portability of the system.

Surfaces and colors mimic the pricier Envy and Spectre series
Surfaces and colors mimic the pricier Envy and Spectre series
Lid opened at maximum angle will also lift the base slightly
Lid opened at maximum angle will also lift the base slightly
The matte surfaces do an excellent job at hiding fingerprints and grease
The matte surfaces do an excellent job at hiding fingerprints and grease
Bang and Olufsen speaker grilles along the top of the keyboard
Bang and Olufsen speaker grilles along the top of the keyboard

Connectivity

HP has dropped one USB Type-A port from the outgoing design in favor of one USB Type-C port. DisplayPort over USB is not supported here, but at least the full-size HDMI port remains. Port positioning is excellent as the ports are easy to reach and evenly distributed along the edges. We're disappointed that charging over USB Type-C is not supported as it would have made the proprietary AC adapter port obsolete.

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Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Left: HDMI 1.4, RJ-45, USB Type-C Gen 1, 3.5 mm combo audio
Left: HDMI 1.4, RJ-45, USB Type-C Gen 1, 3.5 mm combo audio
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Right: Kensington Lock, 2x USB 3.1, AC adapter, SD reader
Right: Kensington Lock, 2x USB 3.1, AC adapter, SD reader

SD Card Reader

The spring-loaded SD card reader is slow at just 38 MB/s with our Toshiba UHS-II test card. Transferring 1 GB worth of images from card to desktop takes almost 30 seconds. A fully inserted SD card will protrude by only a millimeter or so for safe transporting.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
174 MB/s ∼100% +379%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
163.8 MB/s ∼94% +351%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
36.31 MB/s ∼21%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
212.4 MB/s ∼100% +451%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
192 MB/s ∼90% +398%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
38.56 MB/s ∼18%

Communication

The RealTek adapter includes Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11ac connectivity. Our test results, however, reveal it to be a slow 1x1 module with transfer rates at just half of what costlier Ultrabooks have the offer. The wireless connection is otherwise solid for browsing and streaming purposes.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
656 MBit/s ∼100% +168%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
525 MBit/s ∼80% +114%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
245 MBit/s ∼37%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
575 MBit/s ∼100% +105%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
479 MBit/s ∼83% +71%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
280 MBit/s ∼49%

Accessories

There are no included extras in the box other than the AC adapter, Quick Start guide, and warranty card.

Maintenance

Pavilion systems are traditionally difficult to service since the series is not aimed at enthusiasts and the new Pavilion 15 is no different. Removing the four Philips screws from the bottom does not appear to loosen the panel at all to suggest that there may be additional screws hidden underneath the rubber feet. Even then, a sharp edge will be required to detach the panel around the edges and corners.

It's a shame that serviceability is not quick and easy since users will find 2x DDR4 SODIMM slots and 2x storage bays inside.

Warranty

The standard one-year limited warranty applies with extensions of up to three years.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The backlit chiclet keyboard (~34 x 10 cm) extends almost the full length of the notebook because of the dedicated NumPad. The size of the NumPad keys are the same as the QWERTY keys whereas the NumPads on most other 15-inch notebooks are typically narrower and tighter.

Key feedback is noticeably softer than on the higher-end Spectre and Dell XPS notebooks. The Space key in particular is comparably louder and firmer for easier typing. Desktop typists will definitely need some time to become accustomed to the soft keys.

Interestingly, the Space key has no backlight. This is likely a cut corner that thankfully has no performance repercussions.

Touchpad

The trackpad is again extra wide (11.5 x 6 cm) to better match the 16:9 display. Glide is smooth, responsive, and very roomy due to the wide aspect ratio. Unfortunately, the integrated mouse keys are very soft in feedback with the right click in particular requiring more effort to press than the left. An external mouse is recommended whenever possible as using the trackpad can get tiresome very quickly.

Chiclet layout with enlarged lettering on the keys
Chiclet layout with enlarged lettering on the keys
Key feedback is soft and average at best
Key feedback is soft and average at best

Display

Subpixel array (100 PPI)
Subpixel array (100 PPI)

The 768p display is merely average with just a few redeeming qualities. There are minimal color grains, response times are fast, and black levels are reasonable for a cheap notebook, but color temperature is far too cool even from a subjective standpoint. Everything looks slightly blue and off-color as a result while videos are not as crisp due to the lower resolution. Pricier laptops, like the XPS 15, are significantly brighter and have deeper colors that pop.

A touchscreen panel is available as well, but this is not recommended due to the aforementioned teetering of the display and its relatively weak hinges.

209.6
cd/m²
211.8
cd/m²
204.9
cd/m²
212.3
cd/m²
220.1
cd/m²
208.7
cd/m²
204.9
cd/m²
214.3
cd/m²
204.7
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 220.1 cd/m² Average: 210.1 cd/m² Minimum: 14.94 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 220.1 cd/m²
Contrast: 759:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.4 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 4.09
ΔE Greyscale 12 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
57.5% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 36.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.09
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
AU Optronics B156XW02 V0, TN LED, 15.6, 1366x768
Asus VivoBook 15 X570UD
AU Optronics B156HAN06.1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
AUO, B156HW01, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Chi Mei CMN15D5, TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 15 2018 i5 FHD 97Wh
Sharp SHP149A LQ156M1, LED IGZO IPS InfinityEdge, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-33%
-43%
4%
-55%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43.6 (20, 23.6)
32 (19.2, 12.8)
27%
41 (19, 22)
6%
44 (23, 21)
-1%
49 (25, 40)
-12%
Response Time Black / White *
15.2 (10, 5.2)
29.2 (17.2, 12)
-92%
29 (17, 12)
-91%
14 (10, 4)
8%
30 (16, 14)
-97%
PWM Frequency
25000 (10)
961 (10)
Screen
23%
29%
-4%
60%
Brightness middle
220.1
240.1
9%
251
14%
234
6%
413
88%
Brightness
210
233
11%
240
14%
211
0%
378
80%
Brightness Distribution
93
91
-2%
84
-10%
83
-11%
86
-8%
Black Level *
0.29
0.23
21%
0.2
31%
0.43
-48%
0.29
-0%
Contrast
759
1044
38%
1255
65%
544
-28%
1424
88%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
11.4
4.25
63%
5.25
54%
11.27
1%
2.44
79%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
25.96
17.84
31%
10.04
61%
18.03
31%
4.46
83%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.09
4
2%
2.48
39%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12
2.8
77%
3.28
73%
11.54
4%
2.48
79%
Gamma
2.09 105%
2.3 96%
2.15 102%
2.09 105%
2.43 91%
CCT
12625 51%
6503 100%
6502 100%
11607 56%
7006 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36.5
36.8
1%
35
-4%
38
4%
62
70%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57.5
57.8
1%
55
-4%
60
4%
96
67%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-5% / 14%
-7% / 17%
0% / -3%
3% / 43%

* ... smaller is better

Color space is limited to just 587 percent of the sRGB standard. It's possible that the pricier 1080p SKUs may be capable of reproducing deeper colors. Either way, graphic artists will want to invest in the Spectre series instead where full sRGB coverage is promised.

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

Further measurements with a X-Rite spectrophotometer confirm our suspicion of an overly cool color temperature. This characteristic is very common amongst cheap laptops. Our calibration attempts significantly improve grayscale and colors across all saturation levels and we highly recommend an end-user calibration to get the most out of the display. If not, users can also simply apply our ICC profile above.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
15.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 5.2 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. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
43.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 23.6 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. » 63 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.1 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: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8677 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is poor because of the narrow TN viewing angles, dim backlight, and inevitable glare from the glossy panel. The results are unsurprising subpar since this is a budget laptop after all.

Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Limited TN viewing angles
Limited TN viewing angles

Performance

Even though the Pavilion 15 is hundreds of Dollars cheaper than the popular XPS, Spectre, or Yoga families, it still carries the same Core i5-8250U and i7-8550U CPU options. Buyers can also choose between integrated UHD Graphics 620 or the discrete GeForce MX150. Light gamers may want to consider the latter option, though this route will certainly impact power consumption, battery life, temperature, and fan noise. Otherwise, web browsing, streaming, and light multimedia users will find the cheaper integrated GPU option sufficient.

Unlike most high-end Ultrabooks, the Pavilion 15 includes AMD Ryzen 5 2500U options.

Processor

The i5-8250U is about 50 to 60 percent faster than the last generation i5-7200U and i7-7600U while being 10 to 15 percent slower than the AMD Ryzen 2500U and 2700U. In our Pavilion, the processor is unable to maintain maximum Turbo Boost for extended periods as running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop results in a small 7 percent drop in score over time. Depending on how susceptible to throttling the Core i7-8550U will be, opting in for the costlier i7-8550U Pavilion 15 SKU may not net users any significant performance advantages.

See our dedicated Core i5-8250U page for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R11 64-bit
CineBench R11 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
171 Points ∼83% +19%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
154 Points ∼74% +7%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U
149 Points ∼72% +3%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 Points ∼70%
HP ZBook 14u G4
Intel Core i7-7500U
142 Points ∼69% -1%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
142 Points ∼69% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (81 - 147, n=80)
141 Points ∼68% -2%
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
134 Points ∼65% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼62% -10%
Teclast Tbook 16 Power
Intel Atom x7-Z8750
38.9 Points ∼19% -73%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
818 Points ∼26% +53%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
687 Points ∼22% +28%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U
608 Points ∼20% +13%
HP EliteBook 755 G5 3UN79EA
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
623 Points ∼20% +16%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
618 Points ∼20% +15%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (320 - 730, n=83)
569 Points ∼18% +6%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
Intel Core i5-8250U
536 Points ∼17%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U
523 Points ∼17% -2%
HP ZBook 14u G4
Intel Core i7-7500U
349 Points ∼11% -35%
Lenovo IdeaPad 720-15IKB
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼11% -38%
Teclast Tbook 16 Power
Intel Atom x7-Z8750
133 (min: 112.75, max: 133) Points ∼4% -75%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
Intel Core i5-8250U
1.64 Points ∼70%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (0.91 - 1.79, n=32)
1.613 Points ∼69% -2%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
1.61 Points ∼69% -2%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
6.91 Points ∼26% +18%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (3.15 - 7.76, n=32)
6.03 Points ∼22% +3%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
Intel Core i5-8250U
5.86 Points ∼22%
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.64 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
5.86 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
44.22 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
144 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
536 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
48.26 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank our HP just slightly above the Acer Aspire 3 A315 and almost precisely at the middle of all other Ultrabooks equipped with the same i5-8250U CPU and UHD Graphics 620 GPU. In other words, the system doesn't excel at any one aspect and it is merely average all around.

We experienced no software or hardware hiccups during our time with the test unit.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10 - Score
Asus VivoBook 15 X570UD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, SK hynix PC300 HFS512GD9MND
4458 Points ∼57% +37%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
3938 Points ∼51% +21%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2208 - 4081, n=51)
3298 Points ∼42% +1%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba MQ04ABF100
3250 Points ∼42%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Vega 3, 2200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3064 Points ∼39% -6%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
Vega 8, 2500U, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
2814 Points ∼36% -13%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
2208 Points ∼28% -32%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2699 - 5106, n=46)
4665 Points ∼72% 0%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba MQ04ABF100
4654 Points ∼71%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Vega 3, 2200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4592 Points ∼70% -1%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
4556 Points ∼70% -2%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
4323 Points ∼66% -7%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus VivoBook 15 X570UD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, SK hynix PC300 HFS512GD9MND
4188 Points ∼69% +14%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba MQ04ABF100
3675 Points ∼60%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2986 - 4458, n=55)
3621 Points ∼59% -1%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK hynix PC401 NVMe 500 GB
3482 Points ∼57% -5%
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Vega 3, 2200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3457 Points ∼57% -6%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
Vega 8, 2500U, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3385 Points ∼56% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
3370 Points ∼55% -8%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3675 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4654 points
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Storage Devices

Two internal storage bays are available in the form of M.2 NVMe and 2.5-inch SATA III. Intel Optane is supported via the M.2 slot. Our test unit is equipped with only a single 1 TB Toshiba MQ04ABF100 HDD.

Average transfer rate from the Toshiba drive is relatively fast for a 5400 RPM HDD at just over 110 MB/s according to HD Tune. In practice, however, performance is at least an order of magnitude slower than most Ultrabooks with primary SSDs. Avoid Pavilion 15 SKUs with a primary HDD since it will be difficult to upgrade.

See our comparison table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

CDM 5
CDM 5
HD Tune
HD Tune
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
Toshiba MQ04ABF100
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Dell G3 15 3579
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LX015-1U7172
Asus VivoBook 15 X570UD
SK hynix PC300 HFS512GD9MND
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
SK hynix SC311 SATA
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-22%
-44%
6194%
3535%
Write 4K
3.885
1.168
-70%
0.202
-95%
95.91
2369%
48.25
1142%
Read 4K
0.426
0.536
26%
0.461
8%
31.32
7252%
23.77
5480%
Write Seq
121
114.1
-6%
53.48
-56%
745.5
516%
444.9
268%
Read Seq
142.6
114.9
-19%
107.2
-25%
1347
845%
497.5
249%
Write 4K Q32T1
4.249
1.212
-71%
0.882
-79%
294.6
6833%
223.5
5160%
Read 4K Q32T1
1.106
1.189
8%
1.057
-4%
334
30099%
171.8
15433%
Write Seq Q32T1
134.3
113.2
-16%
63.74
-53%
765.9
470%
510.9
280%
Read Seq Q32T1
149.8
114.1
-24%
77.14
-49%
1896
1166%
552.8
269%
Write 4K Q8T8
310.2
Read 4K Q8T8
349.5
Toshiba MQ04ABF100
Transfer Rate Minimum: 60.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 144.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 110.4 MB/s
Access Time: 19.4 ms
Burst Rate: 175.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.2 %

GPU Performance

The UHD Graphics 620 in the Pavilion 15 offers almost no performance boost over the the last generation HD Graphics 620. When compared to the average UHD Graphics 620 in our database, the Pavilion is performing exactly where we expect it to be. Users who want the discrete GeForce MX150 option should see a near 200 percent boost in graphics power.

Gaming is not recommended on our Pavilion 15 configuration because the UHD Graphics 620 is not built to run the latest titles. Less demanding titles, such as most indie games, should run well on the native 768p screen.

See our dedicated page on the UHD Graphics 620 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4296 Points ∼24% +186%
Dell Latitude 5491
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
2958 Points ∼17% +97%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2734 Points ∼16% +82%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2683 Points ∼15% +79%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2395 Points ∼14% +60%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
1838 Points ∼10% +22%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1540 Points ∼9% +3%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1501 Points ∼9%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (959 - 1891, n=94)
1480 Points ∼8% -1%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060
395 Points ∼2% -74%
1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4708 Points ∼9% +183%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
3728 Points ∼7% +124%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
3549 Points ∼7% +113%
Dell Latitude 5491
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
3041 Points ∼6% +83%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2613 Points ∼5% +57%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
2124 Points ∼4% +27%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1666 Points ∼3%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 1915, n=94)
1665 Points ∼3% 0%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1589 Points ∼3% -5%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060
381 Points ∼1% -77%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3622 Points ∼9%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2442 Points ∼6%
Dell Latitude 5491
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
2427 Points ∼6%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2310 Points ∼6%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
2069 Points ∼5%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
1369 Points ∼3%
LG Gram 15Z980-B.AA78B
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1284 Points ∼3%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1336, n=78)
1071 Points ∼3%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1058 Points ∼3%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
19900 Points ∼11% +132%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
15613 Points ∼8% +82%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
15186 Points ∼8% +77%
Dell Latitude 5491
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8850H
14807 Points ∼8% +73%
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i7 Iris
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7560U
11232 Points ∼6% +31%
Asus VivoBook S410UQ-NH74
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 8550U
10816 Points ∼6% +26%
LG Gram 15Z980-B.AA78B
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
10131 Points ∼5% +18%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
8893 Points ∼5% +4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 10493, n=83)
8760 Points ∼5% +2%
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
8567 Points ∼5%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
68150 Points ∼9%
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
51580 Points ∼7%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (30939 - 59483, n=28)
45012 Points ∼6%
3DMark 11 Performance
1840 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7721 points
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BioShock Infinite (2013) 39.218.315.7fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 23.316.4fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 10.46.5fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook with synthetic benchmarks to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When running Prime95, the CPU can be observed running stably at 2.3 GHz or 700 MHz above the base clock rate. Turbo Boost sustainability is thus very good on the system. Core temperature is relatively cool in the low-to-mid 60 C range when under extreme stress.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.3 -- 66
FurMark Stress -- 898 64
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.1 798 62

Emissions

System Noise

Ventilation grilles hidden along the rear edge
Ventilation grilles hidden along the rear edge

The system fan is always active no matter the onscreen load and so the notebook is never truly silent as a result. Even so, fan noise is very quiet when simply browsing or streaming and it's hardly noticeable under typical office or classroom environments. Fan noise under extreme stress is only 35 dB(A) to be quieter than most Ultrabooks under similar conditions. More powerful SKUs with the GeForce MX150 or Ryzen 2500U will likely have louder fans, higher temperatures, or both.

Our test unit suffers from no electronic noise or coil whine.

Noise Level

Idle
31.7 / 31.7 / 32 dB(A)
Load
32.8 / 35 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: 28.2 dB(A)
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba MQ04ABF100
Asus VivoBook 15 X570UD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8550U, SK hynix PC300 HFS512GD9MND
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
Vega 3, 2200U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
LG Gram 15Z980-B.AA78B
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39TNF)
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
Vega 8, 2500U, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Noise
-8%
3%
-5%
0%
-9%
off / environment *
28.2
29.2
-4%
30.4
-8%
30.3
-7%
29.7
-5%
28.5
-1%
Idle Minimum *
31.7
29.3
8%
30.4
4%
30.3
4%
30.3
4%
32.3
-2%
Idle Average *
31.7
29.5
7%
30.4
4%
30.3
4%
30.3
4%
32.4
-2%
Idle Maximum *
32
30.5
5%
31.2
2%
30.9
3%
31.1
3%
34.2
-7%
Load Average *
32.8
41.2
-26%
31.5
4%
37.8
-15%
34.9
-6%
36.2
-10%
Load Maximum *
35
47.2
-35%
31.5
10%
40.6
-16%
34.9
-0%
45.3
-29%
Witcher 3 ultra *
44
34.3
42.8

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Maximum load. No exhaust from the edges of the notebook. Instead, heat is directed upwards towards the screen
Maximum load. No exhaust from the edges of the notebook. Instead, heat is directed upwards towards the screen

Surface temperatures are flat when idling except on the right palm rest where the 2.5-inch SATA III bay is located. As shown by the temperature maps below, this quadrant can be about 5 degrees C warmer than the left palm rest when the drive is active. It's not enough to be uncomfortable, but the temperature difference will be noticeable when typing or web browsing.

Higher loads will cause the center of the keyboard to become as warm as 36 C while the bottom rear can be as warm as 41 C. The hot spots aren't all that different from the Envy x360 15 with the Ryzen 5 2500U SoC in terms of temperature.

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Max. Load
 30.6 °C
87 F
32.2 °C
90 F
25 °C
77 F
 
 30 °C
86 F
35.8 °C
96 F
23 °C
73 F
 
 24.8 °C
77 F
22.6 °C
73 F
23.8 °C
75 F
 
Maximum: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Average: 27.5 °C = 82 F
28.2 °C
83 F
41.2 °C
106 F
31.6 °C
89 F
25 °C
77 F
37.8 °C
100 F
41.4 °C
107 F
27.6 °C
82 F
26.8 °C
80 F
27.2 °C
81 F
Maximum: 41.4 °C = 107 F
Average: 31.9 °C = 89 F
Power Supply (max.)  42 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

Pink noise
Pink noise

The B&O stereo speakers are decent considering the cheap price of the Pavilion. Sound is balanced although lacking in bass as one would expect. Maximum volume is loud enough to fill a medium-sized room with no static or reverberations.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.239.92534.7393132.735.54031.734.35033.133.26332.832.18031.131.310030.330.512528.62916027.932.120026.645.925026.756.831526.162.740025.365.150024.965.863024.265.980024.861.6100024.764.612502470.3160025.972.120002465.7250023.960.6315024.362.5400023.967.1500023.364.5630023.363800023.159.51000023.1601250023.261.31600023.256.7SPL36.478.2N2.742.3median 24.3median 62.5Delta1.16.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Pavilion 15-cs0053clApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (72.06 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.7% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 57% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 40% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 54% 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
» 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 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Note that consumption is highest only for the first few seconds
Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Note that consumption is highest only for the first few seconds

Idling on desktop demands about 5 W to 8 W depending on the brightness and profile setting to be slightly more efficient than some of its competitors as shown in the table below. The dimmer backlight of the display is partly responsible for the higher power efficiency of the HP notebook.

More demanding loads will draw just over 30 W not unlike on the Dell Inspiron 15 with the same i5-8250U CPU. Consumption during maximum load is lower than on medium load due to throttling.

We are able to record a maximum consumption of 45 W from the small (9 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm) 45 W AC adapter. Because of throttling, however, the system can only draw 45 W for a short few seconds before dropping to 32 W as shown by the image to the right. The behavior matches our CineBench loop test from above where scores are highest during the first loop before dropping and stabilizing thereafter.

Note that the higher-end Pavilion 15 SKU with the GeForce MX150 GPU ships with a more capable 65 W AC adapter instead.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.26 / 0.43 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.6 / 7.1 / 7.9 Watt
Load midlight 32.8 / 30.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba MQ04ABF100, TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Asus VivoBook 15 X570UD
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), SK hynix PC300 HFS512GD9MND, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix SC311 SATA, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
2200U, Vega 3, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
2500U, Vega 8, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
LG Gram 15Z980-B.AA78B
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39TNF), IPS LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-80%
4%
-19%
-32%
-17%
Idle Minimum *
5.6
5.1
9%
3.9
30%
5.6
-0%
5.9
-5%
3.7
34%
Idle Average *
7.1
6.3
11%
6.6
7%
8.5
-20%
8.7
-23%
8.5
-20%
Idle Maximum *
7.9
10.5
-33%
9.3
-18%
8.4
-6%
10.5
-33%
10
-27%
Load Average *
32.8
82.2
-151%
30.2
8%
41
-25%
45.7
-39%
36
-10%
Load Maximum *
30.5
103.2
-238%
33.2
-9%
44.2
-45%
49.4
-62%
48.7
-60%
Witcher 3 ultra *
85.9
32
45.8

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Battery capacity is small at just 41 Wh compared to 48 Wh and 56 Wh on the Asus VivoBook 15 and Envy x360 15, respectively. Nonetheless, battery life is still respectable at just under 7 hours of non-stop WLAN use.

Charging from near empty to full capacity takes about two hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 02min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 59min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 14min
HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 41 Wh
Asus VivoBook 15 X570UD
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 48 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15 5579-9672
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
Acer Aspire 3 A315-41-R7BM
2200U, Vega 3, 37 Wh
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 97 Wh
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
2500U, Vega 8, 55.8 Wh
Battery Runtime
-24%
-7%
-27%
-3%
-19%
Reader / Idle
722
671
-7%
536
-26%
655
-9%
WiFi v1.3
419
318
-24%
435
4%
344
-18%
576
37%
398
-5%
Load
134
110
-18%
83
-38%
76
-43%
77
-43%
Witcher 3 ultra
62

Pros

+ GeForce MX150 and AMD Ryzen 5 options
+ relatively cool core temperatures
+ good Turbo Boost performance
+ sleeker, Envy-like design
+ full-size NumPad
+ narrow bezels
+ USB Type-C
+ quiet fan

Cons

- dim backlight; poor outdoor visibility
- slow primary HDD performance
- system fan is always active
- no USB Type-C charging
- soft keyboard feedback
- difficult serviceability
- soft trackpad keys
- lid tends to teeter
- 1x1 WLAN module
- poor 768p display
- slow SD reader

Verdict

In review: HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl
In review: HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl

A key detractor of previous Pavilion 15 laptops was the unattractive budget design language. A quick look at the old 2015 Pavilion 15 versus a MacBook Pro shows why the Pavilion can retail for less than half the price of the Apple. The visual disparity still exists between the new 2018 Pavilion 15 and the latest Apple, but it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be. To the target audience of students and younger users, the notable visual upgrade could make the Pavilion worth considering.

Internally, we're impressed by the Turbo Boost sustainability, low core temperatures, and generally quiet fan. These attributes aren't as common as we'd like especially on expensive Ultrabooks where cooling takes a backseat to thinness and weight.

The poorest aspects of the new Pavilion are its soft keyboard keys, soft trackpad keys, and teetering display. These drawbacks combine to make the Pavilion feel like a cheap laptop despite the new visual design.

In the low-end $600 to $700 range, the Pavilion 15 could be worth a look for users on tight budgets. Avoid the pricier SKUs at all cost since the Envy and Spectre laptops would be the better investments.

HP Pavilion 15-cs0053cl - 08/05/2018 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
77 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
46 / 81 → 57%
Weight
66 / 20-67 → 97%
Battery
89%
Display
73%
Games Performance
54 / 85 → 64%
Application Performance
90 / 92 → 97%
Temperature
93%
Noise
90 / 95 → 95%
Audio
60%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
72%
79%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2018-08- 7 (Update: 2018-08- 7)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.