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HP Pavilion 15t (i5-8250U, 940MX, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Mark Riege), 01/03/2018

Disappointing display. The Pavilion 15 offers a ULV quad-core processor, a dedicated GeForce graphics core, and a solid-state disk. The greatest weakness of this device is the disappointing display.

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Hewlett Packard's 15.6-inch Pavilion 15-cc107 all-rounder is driven by a ULV quad-core processor of the Kaby Lake generation. The dedicated GeForce graphics core enables playing computer games, at least to a limited extent. The competitors of the notebook include devices such as the HP 15-bs103ng, the Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5, and the Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB.

HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng (Pavilion 15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX - 2048 MB, Core: 1004-1176 MHz, Memory: 1001 MHz, DDR3, 64-bit connection, ForceWare 388.71, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2666, single channel, two storage slots (one slot occupied)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006, 256 GB 
, 200 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC295 @ Intel Sunrise Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
Slimtype DVD A DA8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.5 x 378 x 252.1 ( = 0.89 x 14.88 x 9.93 in)
Battery
41.7 Wh, 3615 mAh Lithium-Ion, 11.55 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee LiveSafe (trial version), MS Office 365 (trial version), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.82 kg ( = 64.2 oz / 4.01 pounds), Power Supply: 459 g ( = 16.19 oz / 1.01 pounds)
Price
799 Euro

 

Case and Connectivity

In the Pavilion 15, HP uses a mix of plastic and metal. Only the top of the base is made from the latter, and the entire base unit is in silver color. The display bezel is made of black plastic, and the back of the lid is covered in blue. We like the workmanship of the device: the gaps are even, and we did not notice any protrusions. It is just the way it should be. In terms of stability, things are not looking quite as good, and the base unit could have been more rigid. The battery is built in.

Since the notebook has no maintenance flap, the device has to be opened for an upgrade or maintenance. To do that, you need to first take out the optical drive. Then you have to remove the screws at the bottom of the device. In addition to the visible screws, there are also screws hidden under the four rubber feet. After removing all the screws, the bottom has to be taken off with the help of a flat tool. You then have access to the memory banks, the fan, the SSD, the battery, and the WLAN module. 

In terms of the connections, the Pavilion does not offer any surprises. HP has equipped the computer with three USB-3.1 Gen-1 connections (2x Type-A, 1x Type-C). These are accompanied by one HDMI port and one Gigabit Ethernet connection. The built-in storage card reader operates fast. It achieves a maximum transfer rate of 86.9 MB/s when copying large data blocks and transfers 250 JPG image files (about 5 MB each) at a speed of 80.2 MB/s, leaving the competition clearly behind. We test storage card readers by using a reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

The WLAN module uses an Intel chip (Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265). In addition to the 802.11a/b/g/h/n WLAN standards, it also supports the fast ac standard. The transfer speeds we measured under optimal conditions (no other WLAN devices in close proximity, close distance between notebook and server PC) turned out to be good.

Size Comparison

Connections

Left side: slot for a cable lock, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.1 gen 1 (1x Type-A, 1x Type-C), audio combo
Left side: slot for a cable lock, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.1 gen 1 (1x Type-A, 1x Type-C), audio combo
Right side: storage card reader (SD), USB 3.1 gen 1 (Type-A), DVD burner, power connection
Right side: storage card reader (SD), USB 3.1 gen 1 (Type-A), DVD burner, power connection
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80.2 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26 MB/s ∼32% -68%
HP 15-bs103ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.6 MB/s ∼29% -71%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
17.4 MB/s ∼22% -78%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.9 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28.8 MB/s ∼33% -67%
HP 15-bs103ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.2 MB/s ∼31% -69%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25.6 MB/s ∼29% -71%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
554 MBit/s ∼100%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
541 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
311 MBit/s ∼56% -44%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
285 MBit/s ∼51% -49%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
680 MBit/s ∼100%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
611 MBit/s ∼90% -10%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
345 MBit/s ∼51% -49%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
333 MBit/s ∼49% -51%

Input Devices

HP has equipped the notebook with a backlit chiclet keyboard. The illumination is controlled by a function key. There is only one brightness level. The smooth keys have a short stroke and a clear pressure point. While typing, the keyboard flexes marginally at most, which was not annoying. Overall, HP has delivered a decent keyboard, which is also suited for regular typing tasks. 

The multitouch-capable ClickPad has a footprint of about 11.5 x 6 cm (4.5 x 2.4 in). This offers a lot of space for gesture controls. You can turn on or off the various gestures individually in the configuration menu of the pad. The smooth pad surface makes sliding easy. It has a short stroke and a clear pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The matte 15.6-inch display of the Pavilion has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Considering the price point of 800 Euros (~$960), the brightness (230.1 cd/m2) and contrast (688:1) are too low. We are expecting values beyond 300 cd/m2 and 1000:1 here. On the positive side, the display does not produce any PWM flickering at any time.

207
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 274 cd/m² Average: 230.1 cd/m² Minimum: 15 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 76 %
Center on Battery: 200 cd/m²
Contrast: 688:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 12.19 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 13.99 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
56% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 36% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.32
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP 15-bs103ng
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Screen
-3%
32%
-7%
Brightness middle
234
227
-3%
248
6%
241
3%
Brightness
230
207
-10%
237
3%
235
2%
Brightness Distribution
76
81
7%
79
4%
84
11%
Black Level *
0.34
0.44
-29%
0.21
38%
0.43
-26%
Contrast
688
516
-25%
1181
72%
560
-19%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
12.19
11.52
5%
4.98
59%
13.62
-12%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20.81
19.97
4%
8.41
60%
22.81
-10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.99
12.01
14%
4.26
70%
15.19
-9%
Gamma
2.32 103%
2.23 108%
2.37 101%
2.13 113%
CCT
15863 41%
13330 49%
7149 91%
17407 37%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36
38
6%
38
6%
35
-3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56
59
5%
58
4%
55
-2%

* ... 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: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8784 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

We are measuring a DeltaE-2000 color deviation of 12.19 in the state of delivery. A value smaller than 3 should be the target. In addition, the display suffers from a considerable blue tint. 

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - color saturation
CalMAN - color 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
13 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 5 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. » 9 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
45 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 21 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. » 69 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.4 ms).

HP has equipped the computer with a TN panel with unstable viewing angles, and you cannot read the display from all positions. Outdoors, the notebook can only be used when the sun is not shining. In battery mode, the maximum brightness is lowered to 200 cd/m2.

The Pavilion outdoors (picture taken with sky completely overcast)
The Pavilion outdoors (picture taken with sky completely overcast)

Performance

With the Pavilion 15, HP delivers an all-rounder in the 15.6-inch format. The notebook offers enough performance for all the usual applications. Our test unit can be purchased for about 900 Euros (~$1080; a similar model with an i7-8550U costs $839 in the US). Other model variants are also available.

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Processor

Inside the Pavilion is an Intel Core i5-8250U (Kaby Lake Refresh) quad-core processor. This is an energy efficient ULV model (TDP: 15 watts) which supports Hyper-threading (running two threads per core). The processor operates at a basic speed of 1.6 GHz, which can be increased via Turbo up to 3.4 GHz.

In the multithread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks, the CPU runs at 3.4 GHz for only a few seconds, and then it is throttled to 2.4 to 2.5 GHz. In the single-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks, this throttling does not occur, and they run at full Turbo speed. The same goes also for the Geekbench benchmarks. The behavior is identical in mains and battery operation.

We are testing whether the Turbo is also used for long periods of time by running the multithread test of Cinebench R15 for about 30 minutes in a constant loop. After the first run, the results drop to about 515 to 520 points and remain at that level. Thus, a Turbo speed of 2.4 to 2.5 GHz can also be maintained constantly. 

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The results of the CPU tests we ran are at the normal level for the built-in processor. In the Geekbench benchmarks, the Pavilion fares slightly worse than the Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5 which is equipped with the same CPU, since the working memory of the HP notebook only operates in single-channel mode (Swift 3: dual-channel mode).

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5567
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
17505
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5060
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
146 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
556 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
66.83 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
146 Points ∼71%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼70% -1%
Dell Vostro 15 5568
Intel Core i7-7500U
144 Points ∼70% -1%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
141 Points ∼68% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
126 Points ∼61% -14%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
560 Points ∼18% +1%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
556 Points ∼18%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
507 Points ∼16% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
329 Points ∼11% -41%
Dell Vostro 15 5568
Intel Core i7-7500U
324 Points ∼10% -42%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
5567 Points ∼51%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
5542 Points ∼51% 0%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
5517 Points ∼51% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
5000 Points ∼46% -10%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
18070 Points ∼36% +3%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
17505 Points ∼35% 0%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
17505 Points ∼35%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
11955 Points ∼24% -32%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
13553 Points ∼44% +7%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
12913 Points ∼41% +2%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
12646 Points ∼41%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
6761 Points ∼22% -47%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
3416 Points ∼73% +7%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
3185 Points ∼68%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
3180 Points ∼68% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3140 Points ∼67% -1%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
13486 Points ∼49% +12%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
12057 Points ∼44%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
11840 Points ∼43% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
7340 Points ∼27% -39%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
4162 Points ∼72% +4%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
4010 Points ∼69%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
3975 Points ∼69% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3791 Points ∼66% -5%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
14207 Points ∼39% +12%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
12644 Points ∼35%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
12304 Points ∼34% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
7636 Points ∼21% -40%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U
4266 Points ∼72% +4%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
4115 Points ∼69%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
4077 Points ∼69% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3899 Points ∼66% -5%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
255.71 Points ∼77%
HP 15-bs103ng
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
255.24 Points ∼76% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 40)
248.01 Points ∼74% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 40)
215 Points ∼64% -16%

System Performance

A fast solid-state disk and a powerful processor ensure a smooth running system. We did not encounter any problems. The very good results in the PC Mark benchmarks attest that the notebook has more than enough computing power for office and internet applications. The dedicated graphics core enables at least limited use of computer games. A slight increase of the overall performance should be possible, if the notebook were equipped with a second module of working memory to activate the dual-channel mode.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3683 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4825 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4812 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Hynix HFS128G39TND
3935 Points ∼100% +7%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
GeForce 940MX, 8250U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
3683 Points ∼94%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
3677 Points ∼93% 0%
HP 15-bs103ng
Radeon 520, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
3622 Points ∼92% -2%

Storage Solution

A SATA-III SSD by SanDisk serves as the system drive. This is a model in the M.2-2280 format, which has a total capacity of 256 GB. Of this, about 190 GB is still usable in the state of delivery, and the remaining storage is distributed among the Windows installation and the recovery partition. The transfer rates are good.

The maintenance manual of the notebook tells us that the Pavilion-15 models with model numbers 15-cc1xx or 15-cc6xx can also accept NVMe-SSDs. Our test unit is one of these models. NVMe SSDs offer significantly higher transfer rates than SATA-III SSDs.

In addition to the M.2-2280 SSD, the Pavilion can also host a 2.5-inch hard drive. However, our test unit neither includes the necessary frame to insert this, nor the data cable. If required, you have to purchase them separately. 

SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
Sequential Read: 475.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 453.5 MB/s
512K Read: 345.2 MB/s
512K Write: 299.1 MB/s
4K Read: 27.8 MB/s
4K Write: 54.17 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 250.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 181.8 MB/s
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
GeForce 940MX, 8250U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
Dell Vostro 15 5568
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Transcend MTS400 256 GB M.2 TS256GMTS400
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Hynix HFS128G39TND
HP 15-bs103ng
Radeon 520, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-7%
9%
-7%
31%
Write 4k QD32
181.8
73.12
-60%
260.4
43%
131.6
-28%
266.6
47%
Read 4k QD32
250.9
193.9
-23%
346.1
38%
345
38%
295.2
18%
Write 4k
54.17
65.18
20%
78.25
44%
84.83
57%
94.6
75%
Read 4k
27.8
31.81
14%
31.47
13%
30.81
11%
38.81
40%
Write 512
299.1
255.8
-14%
259.4
-13%
130.6
-56%
398.4
33%
Read 512
345.2
376.6
9%
314.5
-9%
324.8
-6%
443.7
29%
Write Seq
453.5
391.1
-14%
259.3
-43%
131.5
-71%
466.2
3%
Read Seq
475.4
534.5
12%
466.4
-2%
481.5
1%
504.4
6%

Graphics Card

HP has equipped the Pavilion 15 with a dedicated graphics core. The built-in GeForce 940MXGPU is considered an entry-range model. It supports DirectX 12 and operates at speeds up to 1176 MHz. The graphics core can access 2048 MB of DDR3 storage. The results in the 3D Mark benchmark are at a normal level for the GPU used here. The Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB which is equipped with the same GPU fares better than the Pavilion, since it is equipped with the fast GDDR5 graphics storage.

3DMark 11 Performance
2647 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8384 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1539 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
4742 Points ∼100% +92%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
2918 Points ∼62% +18%
Dell Vostro 15 5568
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7500U
2511 Points ∼53% +2%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-8250U
2471 Points ∼52%
HP 15-bs103ng
AMD Radeon 520, Intel Core i5-8250U
1877 Points ∼40% -24%

Gaming Performance

The built-in hardware brings many computer games smoothly to the matte display. In most cases you have to limit yourself to the HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) and low to medium quality settings, in order to generate frame rates that are sufficiently high. Games that only make few demands on the hardware allow for more. However, with many games of the year 2017, things get tight and the GPU performance is not sufficient. Games such as "Assassin's Creed Origins" and "Destiny 2" require a more powerful GPU.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 89.251.741.914.5fps
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017) 44.813.610.89.5fps
BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 High Preset
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Hynix HFS128G39TND
89.5 fps ∼100% +114%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, SK Hynix HFS256G3BTND
59.7 fps ∼67% +42%
Dell Vostro 15 5568
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Transcend MTS400 256 GB M.2 TS256GMTS400
52 fps ∼58% +24%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
GeForce 940MX, 8250U, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
41.9 fps ∼47%
HP 15-bs103ng
Radeon 520, 8250U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
23.4 fps ∼26% -44%

Emissions and Power Management

Noise Emissions

While idling, the fan of the Pavilion is running constantly. However, it is so quiet that it is hardly audible. The activated "Fan always on" BIOS option is responsible for this in this HP notebook. If it is deactivated, the fan often does not run during idle. Under load, the fan revs up. However, the noise level under full load (stress test) is slightly lower than under medium load. The reason for this is that the CPU is heavily throttled during the stress test.

Noise Level

Idle
30.9 / 30.9 / 31 dB(A)
Load
37.2 / 36.8 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: 30.5 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203537.133.934.4352535.136.833.83935.1314347.740.542.2434032.936.934.335.432.95032.534.730.837.832.56328.630.828.829.628.68028.129.925.928.828.11002630.72528.32612525.627.725.825.625.616024.225.123.523.324.220023.624.323.222.723.625023.22422.321.523.231521.622.420.820.821.640023.323.620.420.423.350022.822.119.819.322.86302223.220.118.52280023.223.519.418.223.2100025.425.719.117.925.4125027.527.319.317.927.5160027.127.218.117.727.1200028.629.218.217.828.6250027.2281817.727.2315023.12318.318.123.1400022.122.718.618.222.150002121.518.518.321630020.120.618.618.520.180001919.618.818.6191000018.919.218.818.618.9125001919.718.818.4191600020.422.519.118.520.4SPL36.837.23130.636.8N2.42.51.51.42.4median 23.2HP Pavilion 15-cc107ngmedian 23.5median 19.1median 18.5median 23.2Delta2.41.91.41.82.4hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

The Pavilion in the stress test
The Pavilion in the stress test

The Pavilion runs through our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in slightly different ways in mains and battery operation. While the graphics core always operates at full speed (1176 MHz), the speed of the CPU jumps between 400 MHz and 1.6 GHz in battery operation. In mains operation, it runs briefly at high speed and then it is throttled to between 1.3 and 1.5 GHz.

The notebook does not get particularly warm. During the stress test, it barely exceeds the 40-degree Celsius mark (104 °F) at two measurement points.

Max. Load
 37.9 °C
100 F
42.3 °C
108 F
32 °C
90 F
 
 34.6 °C
94 F
39.3 °C
103 F
26.8 °C
80 F
 
 28.5 °C
83 F
26.1 °C
79 F
24.8 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 42.3 °C = 108 F
Average: 32.5 °C = 91 F
33.4 °C
92 F
40 °C
104 F
34.8 °C
95 F
25.1 °C
77 F
32 °C
90 F
34 °C
93 F
23.4 °C
74 F
24.6 °C
76 F
25.6 °C
78 F
Maximum: 40 °C = 104 F
Average: 30.3 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.5 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 22.5 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
Heat development top (load)
Heat development top (load)
Heat development bottom (load)
Heat development bottom (load)
Heat development top (idle)
Heat development top (idle)
Heat development bottom (idle)
Heat development bottom (idle)

Speakers

The stereo speakers are located above the keyboard behind a perforated cover. They produce a quite decent sound which is lacking bass to a large extent. For a better sound experience, we recommend using headphones or external speakers.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.434.432.4253639363140.642.240.6403435.4345036.737.836.76331.129.631.18026.628.826.610026.328.326.312528.625.628.616036.923.336.920039.622.739.625036.821.536.831551.220.851.240065.720.465.750064.219.364.263063.518.563.580065.118.265.1100068.217.968.2125070.917.970.9160067.317.767.3200069.417.869.4250067.917.767.9315069.218.169.2400070.418.270.450006718.367630066.418.566.4800063.618.663.61000067.418.667.41250067.818.467.8160005818.558SPL79.930.679.9N46.91.446.9median 65.7HP Pavilion 15-cc107ngmedian 18.5median 65.7Delta8.81.88.835.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.88 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 60% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 42% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 50% 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, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency comparison (Checkboxes selectable!)

Power Consumption

While idling, we measured a maximum power consumption of 7.5 watts, which is a good value. In the beginning of the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark are running for at least one hour), the value increases to 56 watts and then drops to 47 watts after a short time, since the CPU is throttled. With only Prime95 running, the power consumption is higher at 61 watts. The power supply is rated at 90 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.24 / 0.38 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.8 / 5.8 / 7.5 Watt
Load midlight 54 / 56 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our practically relevant WLAN test simulates the load when calling up websites via a script. The "Balanced" power profile is active, the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m², and the power saving functions are deactivated. The Pavilion achieves a runtime of 6:35 hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 41)
6h 35min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
49.7 Wh (Edge 40)
511 min ∼100% +29%
HP 15-bs103ng
41.6 Wh (Edge 41)
473 min ∼93% +20%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
41.7 Wh (Edge 41)
395 min ∼77%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
30 Wh (Edge 40)
279 min ∼55% -29%

Pros

+ matte display
+ Full HD resolution
+ hardly warms up
+ SSD
+ fast storage card reader
+ AC WLAN
+ backlit keyboard

Cons

- dark display with poor contrast and unstable viewing angles
- only one year warranty
- difficult maintenance

Verdict

The HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng, provided by cyberport
The HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng, provided by cyberport

With the Pavilion 15-cc107ng, HP has a 15.6-inch all-rounder in its offerings. The built-in ULV quad-core processor offers more than enough computing power for all the usual application scenarios. The dedicated graphics core enables the limited use of many computer games. However, it gets tight for the most current games, and for that scenario, HP should have used a more powerful graphics core such as the GeForce MX150 GPU.

With the Pavilion 15-cc107ng, HP offers a solid all-rounder for the home, which would have deserved a better display.

The notebook warms up only moderately and usually runs quietly. A fast solid-state disk ensures a fast running system. The keyboard left a decent impression and is also suitable for frequent typing work. The presence of a keyboard backlight is a positive. This is accompanied by a good battery life.

The display will not earn any awards. HP uses a dark and low-contrast model with unstable viewing angles. The price level requires more than that, and a bright, high-contrast IPS display should be a given. We also do not like the one-year-only warranty, and it should have been two years.

HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng - 01/01/2018 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
78%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
51 / 81 → 62%
Weight
65 / 20-67 → 96%
Battery
89%
Display
75%
Games Performance
65 / 85 → 76%
Application Performance
89 / 92 → 96%
Temperature
93%
Noise
91 / 95 → 96%
Audio
50%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
73%
81%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2018-01- 3 (Update: 2018-01- 4)