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HP Pavilion 17 (2015) Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/23/2015

17.3-inch all-rounder. With its Pavilion 17, HP offers a gaming suitable 17.3-inch all-rounder priced at just under 600 Euros (~$660). However, we discovered some shortcomings.

For the original German review, see here.

Having already tested two models from HP's latest Pavilion 17 series based on AMD innards, we are now facing a model equipped with an Intel CPU and Nvidia graphics core. Theoretically, the device should be stronger than its sister models. Our report reveals whether this is true or not.

The Pavilion finds rivals among low-priced 17.3-inch all-rounders from other manufacturers. We would, for example, name Acer' Aspire E5-771GAsus' F751 and Toshiba's Satellite Pro C70-B.

Since the Pavilion 17 models we have already tested feature an identical build, we will not go into details about casing, connectivity, input devices or speakers. The corresponding information can be found in the review of the Pavilion 17-f050ng.

HP Pavilion 17-f217ng (Pavilion 17 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 830M - 2048 MB, Core: 1082-1150 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, 64 bit interface, ForceWare 350.12 (9.18.13.5012), Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single-channel,
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel, Samsung, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680, 750 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 750 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC290 @ Broadwell PCH-LP High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: brightness sensor
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8101/2/3 Family Fast Ethernet NIC (10/100MBit), Broadcom BCM43142 (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
hp DVDRW GUB0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27.7 x 419.5 x 279 ( = 1.09 x 16.52 x 10.98 in)
Battery
38 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
FreeDos
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.82 kg ( = 99.47 oz / 6.22 pounds), Power Supply: 361 g ( = 12.73 oz / 0.8 pounds)
Price
599 Euro

 

Display

Our review sample has been equipped with a 17.3-inch screen and a native resolution of 1600x900 pixels. Neither the brightness (227.4 cd/m²) nor the contrast (498:1) is exceptional, but they are still acceptable in view of the laptop's price range. The same is also true more for the contrast than the brightness. The latter could be slightly better even in this price range.

223
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
226
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 240 cd/m² Average: 227.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 191 cd/m²
Contrast: 498:1 (Black: 0.47 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 13.66 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 16.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
48% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.34

The screen's color reproduction is not exactly awe-inspiring. It has a DeltaE 2000 deviation of 13.66 in the state of delivery. A rate less than 3 would be desirable. Beyond that, it has a distinct bluish cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

HP has installed a viewing angle dependent TN screen in the laptop. Consequently, the screen cannot be read from every position. Outdoor use is also barely possible, if at all. The glossy surface will usually prevent this.

The Pavilion outdoors
The Pavilion outdoors

Performance

HP's Pavilion 17-f217ng is a 17.3-inch all-rounder. The installed hardware provides enough computing power for everyday use and can render games smoothly. Our review sample is currently sold at a starting price of 575 Euros (~$633). Other configurations are also available.

Processor

There are models with both AMD APUs as well as Intel processor within the Pavilion 17 series. Our present review sample belongs to the second group. Intel's Core i5-5200U dual-core processor (Broadwell) is inside the laptop. It clocks at a base speed of 2.2 GHz, which can be boosted to 2.5 GHz (both cores) and 2.7 GHz (one core only) via Turbo. The Turbo is fully utilized in both AC and battery mode.

The superiority of Intel's CPU compared to models with AMD's A10 chip becomes evident in the Cinebench comparison (single-core: +69%; multi-core: +46%). The former i5-4210U processor is outperformed by approximately 5 to 8%.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8578
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5855
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4196
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.81 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.26 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
37.84 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
45.76 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
260 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
108 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
108 Points ∼52%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
64 Points ∼31% -41%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
115 Points ∼56% +6%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
103 Points ∼50% -5%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
260 Points ∼8%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
178 Points ∼6% -32%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
293 Points ∼9% +13%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
238 Points ∼8% -8%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1.26 Points ∼54%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.72 Points ∼31% -43%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
1.42 Points ∼61% +13%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1.12 Points ∼48% -11%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.18 Points ∼50% -6%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2.81 Points ∼10%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.93 Points ∼7% -31%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
3.15 Points ∼12% +12%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2.47 Points ∼9% -12%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.61 Points ∼10% -7%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4196 Points ∼39%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2071 Points ∼19% -51%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
4627 Points ∼43% +10%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
8578 Points ∼17%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5429 Points ∼11% -37%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
10004 Points ∼20% +17%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4998 Points ∼16%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3647 Points ∼12% -27%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
6044 Points ∼19% +21%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2484 Points ∼53%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1460 Points ∼31% -41%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
2927 Points ∼62% +18%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
111.6 ms * ∼3%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
259.8 ms * ∼6% -133%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
101.7 ms * ∼3% +9%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
204.7 ms * ∼5% -83%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2583.5 ms * ∼4%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5953.6 ms * ∼10% -130%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
2290 ms * ∼4% +11%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1638.1 ms * ∼3% +37%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
12545 Points ∼25%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5708 Points ∼12% -54%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
13819 Points ∼28% +10%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
22007 Points ∼44% +75%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2203 Points ∼36%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1126 Points ∼18% -49%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
2697 Points ∼44% +22%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly; we did not experience any problems. The PCMark benchmark scores are also very good. Toshiba's Satellite Pro C70-B-111 achieves a considerably better score in the PCMark 8 Home benchmark because it is based on an AMD graphics core. The benchmark particularly benefits from AMD GPUs. The system performance can be increased by installing a solid-state drive. The system would then run much faster and Windows would start quicker.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2949 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3323 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3762 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2949 Points ∼48%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2603 Points ∼43% -12%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
3301 Points ∼54% +12%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3117 Points ∼51% +6%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2486 Points ∼41% -16%

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Storage Device

A 2.5-inch hard drive from HGST has been installed in the Pavilion 17. It has a capacity of 750 GB and spins at 5400 revolutions per minute. The drive's transfer rates are within the normal range for a 5400-rpm hard drive.

HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
Transfer Rate Minimum: 42.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 105.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 79.5 MB/s
Access Time: 17.4 ms
Burst Rate: 270.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6.4 %

Graphics Card

The installed GeForce 830M graphics core is a rare guest. The Pavilion is the second GeForce 830M laptop that we have tested to date. The GPU is a member of the lower mid-range. It clocks at a base speed of 1028 MHz, which can be increased to 1150 MHz via Turbo. The core can fall back on a 2048 MB DDR memory (64-bit interface). The 3DMark scores confirm what the name suggests: Its performance is between a GeForce 820M and GeForce 840M cores. AMD's counterpart would be the Radeon R7 M260 graphics core. The scores of both GPUs are very close.

The GeForce 830M graphics core is part of the graphics switching solution (Optimus) used in the Pavilion. The GeForce GPU is enabled in high-requirement applications, such as computer games. Otherwise, Intel's integrated HD Graphics 5500 is active. Switching is automatic, and the user does not have to do anything. However, it is always possible to intervene manually.

3DMark 11 Performance
2094 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
49492 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5850 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1250 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2094 Points ∼7%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1912 Points ∼6% -9%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
2471 Points ∼8% +18%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1966 Points ∼7% -6%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1384 Points ∼5% -34%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1250 Points ∼5%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
940 Points ∼4% -25%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
1381 Points ∼5% +10%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
905 Points ∼3% -28%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
840 Points ∼3% -33%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4697 Points ∼9%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1833 Points ∼3% -61%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
5355 Points ∼10% +14%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3948 Points ∼7% -16%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
5850 Points ∼12%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3819 Points ∼8% -35%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
6514 Points ∼13% +11%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
4406 Points ∼9% -25%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4558 Points ∼9% -22%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
49492 Points ∼4%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
36176 Points ∼3% -27%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
44471 Points ∼4% -10%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
44839 Points ∼4% -9%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
47380 Points ∼4% -4%

Gaming Performance

The Pavilion 17 is a member of the 17.3-inch all-rounders. Therefore, gaming suitability should be part of the repertoire of HP's laptop. Many games run smoothly in the HD resolution using medium to sometimes high quality settings. This is primarily true for games that have been available for some years or those with moderate hardware requirements. Newer games from 2014/2015 often require reducing the resolution and/or quality level. Acer's Aspire E5-771G would be an alternative to the Pavilion. Models with a comparable configuration based on Haswell or Broadwell processors are available for approximately 600 to 680 Euros (~$660 to ~$750). However, the installed GeForce 840M graphics core ensures slightly higher frame rates.

low med. high ultra
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 69.844.132.918.9fps
Diablo III (2012) 129.678.862.641.2fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 109.255.431.315.1fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 168.97946.316.2fps
Fifa 15 (2014) 70.562.842.1fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 36.623.212.89.5fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 60.341.320.714.8fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 30.320.69.26.7fps
The Evil Within (2014) 32.221.612.7fps
F1 2014 (2014) 97755435fps
Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014) 50.621.214.912.5fps
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014) 53.934.119.710.1fps
Far Cry 4 (2014) 36.625.811.910.8fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 39.422.218.812.7fps
The Crew (2014) 39.329.411.96.1fps
Evolve (2015) 29.521.511.28.1fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 51.936.515.19fps
GTA V (2015) 55.350.312.79.3fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
31.3 fps ∼6%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
21.2 fps ∼4% -32%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
34.1 fps ∼7% +9%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
23.1 fps ∼5% -26%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
21.9 fps ∼4% -30%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
55.4 fps ∼10%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
34.1 fps ∼6% -38%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
62.4 fps ∼11% +13%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
39.9 fps ∼7% -28%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
38.4 fps ∼7% -31%
Diablo III
1366x768 High AA:on (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
62.6 fps ∼22%
1366x768 Medium / low (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
78.8 fps ∼28%
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
1366x768 High AA:on (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
46.3 fps ∼27%
1366x768 Medium (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
79 fps ∼49%
F1 2014
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
54 fps ∼41%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
75 fps ∼56%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
64 fps ∼48% -15%
Fifa 15
1920x1080 High Preset AA:4x MS (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
42.1 fps ∼14%
1366x768 High Preset AA:2x MS (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
62.8 fps ∼18%
Alien: Isolation
1366x768 Medium, On (AA & SSAO Off), Shadow Map 1024 AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
41.3 fps ∼13%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
27 fps ∼9% -35%
1024x768 (Very) Low, Off, Shadow Map 512 AF:1x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
60.3 fps ∼18%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
40 fps ∼12% -34%

Emissions

System Noise

Yet another HP laptop with a fan that runs permanently while idling. The reason is the same in the Pavilion: The feature "Fan always on" is enabled in the BIOS. The fan is sometimes inactive when this feature is unchecked. The fan speeds up strongly under load. We measured a maximum noise level of 45.2 dB(A). The fan in our review sample produced a subtle whistling noise during full load. However, its intensity is so low that it cannot be called annoying.

Noise Level

Idle
32.2 / 32.2 / 33.6 dB(A)
HDD
33.1 dB(A)
DVD
37.6 / dB(A)
Load
43.6 / 45.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

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

The Pavilion processed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in the same manner in both AC and battery mode. The processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, and the graphics core operated at full speed (1150 MHz). Despite the high speeds, the laptop barely heated up. Even during the stress test, the temperatures remained below 35 degrees Celsius (~95 °F) at every measuring point. Thus, a more conservative fan management would still ensure sufficient cooling.

Max. Load
 32.8 °C
91 F
29.1 °C
84 F
25 °C
77 F
 
 32.7 °C
91 F
32.6 °C
91 F
25.5 °C
78 F
 
 32 °C
90 F
32.1 °C
90 F
32.1 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 32.8 °C = 91 F
Average: 30.4 °C = 87 F
25.7 °C
78 F
28.3 °C
83 F
34.7 °C
94 F
25.7 °C
78 F
29.3 °C
85 F
32.5 °C
91 F
30.5 °C
87 F
30.7 °C
87 F
34.2 °C
94 F
Maximum: 34.7 °C = 94 F
Average: 30.2 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.7 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Pavilion does not show any inconsistencies in power consumption. The energy requirement climbs up to 12.2 watts while idling - a normal rate for a 17.3-inch laptop of this performance category. It is a similar situation with rivals, such as Acer's Aspire E5-771G. HP's laptop consumes up to 44.6 watts during load. The Aspire needs more energy because it is equipped with a more powerful processor and a stronger GPU.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.15 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.8 / 11.8 / 12.2 Watt
Load midlight 37.8 / 44.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds in the real-life Wi-Fi test. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Pavilion achieved a runtime of 4:06 hours - a decent rate.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
4h 06min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
246 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
161 min ∼81%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
283 min ∼142%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
291 min ∼146%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
200 min ∼100%

Pros

+ Decent application performance
+ Gaming suitable
+ Classy design
+ Solid build
+ Good input devices
+ Device's low temperatures

Cons

- Viewing angle dependent screen
- Not maintenance-friendly
- Only 12-month warranty
- Fast Ethernet only

Verdict

HP Pavilion 17-f217ng. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de

The processor installed in the 17.3-inch Pavilion has more than enough power for routine use. It also renders computer games smoothly in conjunction with the GeForce graphics core. The laptop barely heats up and operates quietly at least in idle mode and after selecting the corresponding settings in the BIOS. The input devices are good enough for home use. Prolific writers should rather opt for another laptop. The measured rates of the viewing angle dependent HD+ screen will not excite anyone, but are still acceptable in view of the price. Unfortunately, HP has installed a model with a glossy surface here.

For a price ranging from 575 and 600 Euros (~$633 and ~$660), the buyer gets a well-designed 17.3-inch all-rounder with HP's Pavilion 17-f217ng, which however also has its downsides.

Shortcomings are, for example, the lack of a maintenance cover. It is not only the lack of a cover that has to be criticized, but also the build of the laptop. Although nowadays other manufacturers have also dispensed with a maintenance cover, the casing can usually be opened quite easily. This is not the case in the Pavilion - which is also the case for many other HP models. The one-year warranty is another point of criticism. Other manufacturers ship their similarly priced laptops with a two-year warranty. And finally: The Pavilion features only a Fast Ethernet. Gigabit Ethernet is standard today.

HP Pavilion 17-f217ng - 05/17/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
69%
Pointing Device
79%
Connectivity
62 / 81 → 77%
Weight
58 / 20-67 → 81%
Battery
85%
Display
71%
Games Performance
80 / 85 → 94%
Application Performance
77 / 92 → 84%
Temperature
92%
Noise
79 / 95 → 83%
Audio
65%
Camera
60 / 85 → 71%
Average
73%
78%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-05-23 (Update: 2018-05-15)