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HP Pavilion 17z (A12-9720P, Radeon R7 M340) Laptop Review

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Announced in April of 2016, it took the Stoney Ridge and Bristol Ridge platforms almost half a year before the first notebooks started shipping with the new 7th generation AMD A-series APU. Our unit today is the first in our database with the quad-core A12-9720P as provided by CUKUSA.com and we're definitely eager to see how it performs after the excruciatingly long wait.

It's not too surprising to see the APU make its debut through HP. The manufacturer has been a staunch supporter of providing users with both AMD and Intel options throughout its Pavilion, ProBook, and EliteBook families. The AMD variants are typically hundreds of Dollars cheaper and the Pavilion 17z today is no exception. This pits the notebook directly against budget 17-inch notebooks including the Acer Aspire E5 series, the Lenovo G series and IdeaPad 110 series, and the Asus F series.

Beyond the unique processor and Radeon R7 M340 GPU, the chassis is largely the familiar Pavilion we've come to know. More information on the quality and design of the Pavilion 17 can be found on our existing reviews of the model as listed below.

HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Processor
AMD A12-9720P 2.7 GHz
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R7 M340 - 4096 MB, Core: 1021 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, DDR3, 17.10.1731-170424a2-313745
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2134 SDRAM, PC4-17000, 13-13-13-31, Dual-Channel
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 127 PPI, ID: AUO109D, Name: AU Optronics B173HW01 V0, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD CZ FCH
Storage
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm
Soundcard
AMD Kabini - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek RTL8188E Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n)
Optical drive
Slimtype DVD A DA8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.6 x 415 x 278 ( = 0.97 x 16.34 x 10.94 in)
Battery
41.6 Wh, 2850 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, McAfee Anti-Virus, CyberLink Power Media Player, AMD Radeon Settings, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.676 kg ( = 94.39 oz / 5.9 pounds), Power Supply: 345 g ( = 12.17 oz / 0.76 pounds)

 

Case

The basic Pavilion chassis changes only slightly from year to year. The base portion is essentially identical to the Pavilion 17-x110ng with its texture-less plastic surfaces and moderate creaking when attempting to twist its sides. Its design is uninspiring and even feels quite cheap and hollow to hold. To HP's credit, the palm rests and center of the keyboard are actually quite rigid and resistant to warping when applying pressure.

HP has always been making small adjustments to the hinges from model to model. The dual chrome hinges on this particular 17z are now slightly larger and rounder with acceptable rigidity to prevent shaking when typing. Some teetering will still occur when adjusting the display angle, but we don't find this to be of any concern. The lid itself, however, is moderately flexible both from its two front corners and down its outer center. Its thin plastic surface and lack of Gorilla Glass protection only add to the budget feel of the overall unit.

Build quality is not perfect on our test unit. As shown by the images below, there is a gap near the right hinge between the surfaces of the base and curved bottom panel. It's quite noticeable and the rear end of the unit is slightly uneven as a result.

Size and weight are just slightly thinner and lighter, respectively, than some of the system's closest competitors in the budget space. The Ideapad 110 and Aspire F17, for example, are each a couple hundred grams heavier and a few millimeters thicker. The small advantage here isn't significant enough to be a make-or-break deal for users wanting something noticeably lighter and more portable. In this case, the sleeker Pavilion refresh may be a more worthwhile investment.

Smooth plastic surfaces
Smooth plastic surfaces
Lid opened at maximum angle
Lid opened at maximum angle
Unintended gap between the chassis edges
Unintended gap between the chassis edges
Corner is not perfectly aligned due to the defect
Corner is not perfectly aligned due to the defect

Connectivity

Port options are standard if not limited considering the large 17-inch screen size. The lack of any USB Type-C ports in particular is becoming more difficult to forgive. In comparison, the Asus F756UX throws in everything our Pavilion 17z carries plus VGA and USB Type-C. All ports are otherwise quite close to the front edges of the notebook and are easy to reach.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Left: AC adapter, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, 3.5 mm earphones
Left: AC adapter, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, 3.5 mm earphones
Right: SD reader, USB 2.0, Optical drive, Kensington Lock
Right: SD reader, USB 2.0, Optical drive, Kensington Lock
Rear: Removable battery
Rear: Removable battery

SD Card Reader

Transfer rates from the integrated card reader only average about 27 MB/s with our Toshiba UHS-II SDXC test card. Transferring 1 GB worth of images from the card to desktop will take around 40 seconds. Annoyingly, pulling out the SD card can prove difficult because the slot is not spring loaded and the card will set almost flush against the edge.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
120.5 MB/s ∼100% +347%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
26.94 MB/s ∼22%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
18 MB/s ∼15% -33%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 15 9560 (i7-7700HQ, UHD)
252.6 MB/s ∼100% +584%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
36.92 MB/s ∼15%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
25.2 MB/s ∼10% -32%

Communication

Wireless performance from the RealTek RTL8188E is steady with no notable issues when connected to an 802.11n network. Transfer rates can be an order of magnitude slower than a 2x2 802.11ac module at an average of just 47 Mbps when standing only one meter away from our Linksys EA8500 test router. Bluetooth features are not included on our specific configuration.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
351 MBit/s ∼100% +685%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Realtek RTL8188E Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
44.7 MBit/s ∼13%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
44 MBit/s ∼13% -2%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
313 MBit/s ∼100% +566%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
51 MBit/s ∼16% +9%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Realtek RTL8188E Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
47 MBit/s ∼15%

Accessories

There are no proprietary accessories or included extras outside of the warranty card and Quick Start guide. Users will need to rely on generic carrying cases and USB accessories.

Maintenance

HP Pavilion systems are usually more difficult to service and the 17z is no different. There are at least 7 Philips screws on the bottom and while they are easy to remove, the bottom panel itself is latched on very tightly around the edges and corners of the base. It's clear that HP has no intention to design the consumer Pavilion series to be as easily accessible as the ProBook or EliteBook series. 

Warranty

The standard one-year limited warranty applies if purchased from HP.com with extensions of up to three years.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The slightly roughened plastic keys are shallow in travel and very light in feedback. We find their biggest drawback to be the loud clatter when typing compared to the quieter keyboards on the XPS 15 or ThinkPad T series. The overall hollow feel of the base likely has some influence on the loud keys. Users who have no qualms about the noise will find a uniform typing experience across all the keys save for the half-sized Arrow keys.

A keyboard backlight is not available on this particular Pavilion 17z series. The backlight toggle button on the F5 key is overtly missing whereas the icon is present on this very same key for the Spectre series and above.

Touchpad

The trackpad (11.5 x 5.0 cm) is slightly wider than on most other notebooks including the XPS 15 (10.5 x 8.5 cm) but is actually smaller than the trackpad on the 15.6-inch Pavilion 15 Power (11.5 x 6.0 cm). The very narrow length makes vertical cursor movement feel restricted compared to any horizontal movement. Aside from the tight dimensions, the Elan software can recognize up to four-finger inputs with automatic palm detection and both glide and responsiveness are smooth. Applying strong pressure on the center of the trackpad will only warp the surface very slightly.

The dedicated mouse keys are shallow in travel with firm and very loud feedback. The right mouse key is actually slightly softer in both feedback and noise compared to the left mouse key, so there is some asymmetry when inputting a click. There is some tension or "give" to the keys before an input is registered and so the keys are not completely rigid.

Standard keyboard layout with half-size Arrow keys
Standard keyboard layout with half-size Arrow keys
Feedback is light with lots of clatter
Feedback is light with lots of clatter

Display

Our Pavilion 17z configuration uses a similar AU Optronics AUO109D IPS panel as the ProBook 470 G4. Contrast and brightness levels are excellent especially when considering the low price of the system. The cheaper TN panels of the IdeaPad 110 and Inspiron 17 5759 are far inferior with an overly cool color temperature while the Pavilion 17z manages to be surprisingly close to the 6500K sRGB target before any calibration attempts.

Subjectively, the matte panel suffers from a very grainy overlay. This becomes easier to see when on higher brightness levels and when displaying white backgrounds such as email or word processing windows. Texts and images are not as crisp as a result even if the colors are actually quite deep. Backlight bleeding is moderate around the bottom corners and is only noticeable if viewing movies with black borders.

Moderate uneven backlight bleeding
Moderate uneven backlight bleeding
Subpixel array (127 PPI)
Subpixel array (127 PPI)
313.7
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
325.1
cd/m²
315.3
cd/m²
333.5
cd/m²
313.3
cd/m²
326.1
cd/m²
324.9
cd/m²
311.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 342 cd/m² Average: 322.9 cd/m² Minimum: 14.56 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 333.5 cd/m²
Contrast: 1042:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 4.5 | - Ø
88.1% sRGB (Argyll) 57.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.19
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
ID: AUO109D, Name: AU Optronics B173HW01 V0, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Chi Mei CMN1738, IPS, WLED, 17.3, 1920x1080
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
AU Optronics B173RTN02.2, TN LED, 17.3, 1600x900
Asus F756UX-T7013T
Chi Mei CMN1735 / N173HGE-E11, TN LED, 17.3, 1920x1080
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
AU Optronics B173HTN, TN LED, 17.3, 1920x1080
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
Chi Mei CMN1735 N173HGE-E11, TN LED, 17.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
-7%
-3%
9%
-51%
16%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40.8 (22, 18.8)
41 (16, 25)
-0%
50 (19, 31)
-23%
42 (20, 22)
-3%
86 (44, 42)
-111%
29 (14, 15)
29%
Response Time Black / White *
26.4 (14, 12.4)
30 (8, 22)
-14%
22 (6, 16)
17%
21 (6, 15)
20%
24 (7, 17)
9%
26 (21, 5)
2%
PWM Frequency
200 (90)
50 (70)
1000 (90)
200 (90)
961
Screen
-26%
-57%
-10%
-47%
-49%
Brightness
323
285
-12%
210
-35%
255
-21%
292
-10%
274
-15%
Brightness Distribution
91
88
-3%
83
-9%
83
-9%
84
-8%
80
-12%
Black Level *
0.32
0.61
-91%
0.37
-16%
0.17
47%
0.37
-16%
0.25
22%
Contrast
1042
472
-55%
624
-40%
1576
51%
822
-21%
1196
15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4
4.56
-14%
9.83
-146%
7.18
-80%
10.62
-166%
12.92
-223%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.5
4.95
-10%
12.46
-177%
7.97
-77%
11.78
-162%
13.16
-192%
Gamma
2.19 110%
2.48 97%
2.43 99%
2.34 103%
2.39 100%
2.36 102%
CCT
6386 102%
7669 85%
13115 50%
8541 76%
12997 50%
15046 43%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57.5
48
-17%
59
3%
59
3%
60
4%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88.1
93
6%
73
-17%
94
7%
90
2%
94
7%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-17% / -21%
-30% / -46%
-1% / -6%
-49% / -48%
-17% / -36%

* ... smaller is better

Color coverage is approximately 58 percent and 88 percent of the AdobeRGB and sRGB standards, respectively. This is wider than average considering the low price of the notebook and is essentially as wide as the display on the more expensive Asus UX501. The HP system does not suffer from poor or shallow colors as may happen on many budget notebooks.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. Asus UX501
vs. Asus UX501

Further measurements with an X-Rite spectrophotometer show poor grayscale out of the box. A calibration improves the average grayscale DeltaE from 4.5 to 1.7 with slightly better colors, too. Orange and Blue colors in particular are represented less accurately than others.

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
26.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 49 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 18.8 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. » 45 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (43.4 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: 58 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 5114 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is average at best when under shade. Any brighter, however, and colors quickly wash out to become very difficult to see even if the matte panel is keeping glare at a minimum. Larger panels require a stronger backlight compared to smaller tablets and the Pavilion 17z is simply not designed for use under direct sunlight.

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under direct sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The AMD A12-9720P APU is what separates our Pavilion 17z from most other notebooks in the market. This quad-core 15 W processor from the Bristol Ridge family supplants the older Carrizo family of APUs while sharing the same Excavator architecture. It's very roughly comparable to the "tock" in Intel's now-defunct "tick-tock" design model and is likely going to be AMD's final mobile Excavator processor before moving onto the Zen architecture. Slower SKUs comprising of the A10 series and dual-core Stoney Ridge A9 series are also available.

See our overviews of the Bristol Ridge and Stoney Ridge architecture and features for more technical information on the AMD 7th generation APUs.

(July 20, 2017 update: All benchmarks were performed with Dual Graphics enabled between the integrated Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) GPU and discrete R7 M340. Pavilion 17z configurations without Dual Graphics is also available through the A9 APU.)

Processor

The quad-core A12-9720P is disappointing to say the least. Not only is it significantly slower than the common i5-6200U and i5-7200U, but it offers no CPU performance advantages over AMD's own A12-9700P according to CineBench benchmarks despite the higher base clock rate (2.7 GHz vs. 2.5 GHz). Even the passively-cooled Core i5-7Y54 can outperform and match the A12-9720P in single-threaded and multi-threaded loads, respectively. Overall performance sits roughly between the generations old Core i3-4010U and i3-5010U commonly found on NUCs and mini PCs.

Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop results in a performance drop of about 6 to 7 percent after the first two to three consecutive runs. Users are not likely to notice during day-to-day use, but we prefer to have as much performance out of the processor as possible given that it is already very slow to begin with.

See our dedicated page on the A12-9720P APU for more benchmarks.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
130 Points ∼67% +88%
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452
Intel Core i5-6200U
117 Points ∼60% +70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 2
Intel Core i5-7Y54
115 Points ∼59% +67%
HP Pavilion 14t-ab000 K9E07AV
Intel Core i3-5010U
87 Points ∼45% +26%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
80 Points ∼41% +16%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
75 Points ∼38% +9%
HP EliteBook 755 G4
AMD PRO A12-9800B
75 Points ∼38% +9%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
69 Points ∼35%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
Intel Core i3-4010U
65 Points ∼33% -6%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD A10-8700P
64 Points ∼33% -7%
Lenovo Ideapad 110-15ACL 80TJ00H0GE
AMD A8-7410
50 Points ∼26% -28%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼15% +45%
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452
Intel Core i5-6200U
294 Points ∼14% +28%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 2
Intel Core i5-7Y54
234 Points ∼11% +2%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
229 Points ∼11%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
222 Points ∼10% -3%
HP EliteBook 755 G4
AMD PRO A12-9800B
222 Points ∼10% -3%
HP Pavilion 14t-ab000 K9E07AV
Intel Core i3-5010U
219 Points ∼10% -4%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
215 Points ∼10% -6%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD A10-8700P
180 Points ∼8% -21%
Lenovo Ideapad 110-15ACL 80TJ00H0GE
AMD A8-7410
166 Points ∼8% -28%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
Intel Core i3-4010U
163 Points ∼8% -29%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.48 Points ∼67% +57%
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.33 Points ∼60% +41%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 2
Intel Core i5-7Y54
1.32 Points ∼60% +40%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
0.94 Points ∼43% 0%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
0.94 Points ∼43%
HP Pavilion 14t-ab000 K9E07AV
Intel Core i3-5010U
0.92 Points ∼42% -2%
HP EliteBook 755 G4
AMD PRO A12-9800B
0.9 Points ∼41% -4%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
0.87 Points ∼39% -7%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD A10-8700P
0.83 Points ∼38% -12%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
Intel Core i3-4010U
0.69 Points ∼31% -27%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.69 Points ∼15% +37%
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.24 Points ∼14% +20%
HP EliteBook 755 G4
AMD PRO A12-9800B
2.7 Points ∼11% 0%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
2.7 Points ∼11%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
2.62 Points ∼11% -3%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
2.59 Points ∼11% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 2
Intel Core i5-7Y54
2.57 Points ∼11% -5%
HP Pavilion 14t-ab000 K9E07AV
Intel Core i3-5010U
2.4 Points ∼10% -11%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD A10-8700P
2.3 Points ∼10% -15%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
Intel Core i3-4010U
1.76 Points ∼7% -35%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
5001 Points ∼56% +89%
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452
Intel Core i5-6200U
4396 Points ∼50% +67%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
2640 Points ∼30%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
2596 Points ∼29% -2%
HP EliteBook 755 G4
AMD PRO A12-9800B
2564 Points ∼29% -3%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
2520 Points ∼28% -5%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
Intel Core i3-4010U
2345 Points ∼26% -11%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD A10-8700P
2192 Points ∼25% -17%
Lenovo Ideapad 110-15ACL 80TJ00H0GE
AMD A8-7410
1917 Points ∼22% -27%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
11318 Points ∼23% +57%
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452
Intel Core i5-6200U
10003 Points ∼20% +39%
HP EliteBook 755 G4
AMD PRO A12-9800B
7257 Points ∼15% +1%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
7200 Points ∼14%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
7188 Points ∼14% 0%
Lenovo Ideapad 110-15ACL 80TJ00H0GE
AMD A8-7410
6169 Points ∼12% -14%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng W8Y60EA
AMD A10-9600P
6077 Points ∼12% -16%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
Intel Core i3-4010U
5194 Points ∼10% -28%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD A10-8700P
4808 Points ∼10% -33%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 2
Intel Core i5-7Y54
761.49 s * ∼9% -83%
HP Pavilion 14t-ab000 K9E07AV
Intel Core i3-5010U
729.8 s * ∼9% -76%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD A10-8700P
507.427 s * ∼6% -22%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
415.484 s * ∼5%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
HP Pavilion 14t-ab000 K9E07AV
Intel Core i3-5010U
1235.5 Seconds * ∼5% -43%
Asus X555DA-BB11
AMD A10-8700P
977.893 Seconds * ∼4% -13%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD A12-9720P
863.551 Seconds * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 2
Intel Core i5-7Y54
669 Seconds * ∼3% +23%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4932
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7200
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2640
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
25.28 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.94 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
69 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
32.6 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
229 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmark scores are well below ULV Intel notebooks but above Intel Core Y notebooks like the Yoga 3 Pro 13. Subjectively, however, system performance is excruciatingly slow as simple actions that are expected to be instantaneous can often take seconds. Opening Windows Explorer, toggling WiFi, and even the Task Manager and Radeon Settings will all take a bit of time to launch. Browsers, installations, and larger applications are even worse. Despite the slow system response, we never experienced any actual crashes during our time with the unit.

PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus ASUSPRO B9440UA-GV0101T
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Micron SSD 1100 SED 512GB, M.2 (MTFDDAV512TBN)
3689 Points ∼62% +33%
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
Radeon R5 M430, 7200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
3434 Points ∼57% +23%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3232 Points ∼54% +16%
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Radeon R7 M440, 7200U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
3102 Points ∼52% +11%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
2783 Points ∼47%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14AST
Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9410
2670 Points ∼45% -4%
HP EliteBook 725 G4
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2665 Points ∼45% -4%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro 13 80HE004LGE
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
2307 Points ∼39% -17%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2783 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3219 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3518 points
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Storage Devices

Only a single internal 2.5-inch SATA III slot is available with no secondary options. Our unit from Cukusa comes equipped with a 1 TB Avolusion MD1TBLSSHD HDD that is commonly found on Playstation 4 systems but not on many laptops. Transfer rates are average for a 5400 RPM drive at 86 MB/s according to HD Tune whereas a 7200 RPM HDD can clock in just over 100 MB/s. See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

CDM
CDM
HD Tune
HD Tune
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
Asus F756UX-T7013T
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
8314%
45%
22%
-9%
Write 4k QD32
1.076
272.7
25244%
1.234
15%
0.968
-10%
0.642
-40%
Read 4k QD32
1.021
145.4
14141%
1.079
6%
0.812
-20%
0.59
-42%
Write 4k
0.3997
86.03
21424%
1.201
200%
0.947
137%
0.638
60%
Read 4k
0.31
11.24
3526%
0.45
45%
0.413
33%
0.288
-7%
Write 512
47.07
300.3
538%
52.92
12%
39.12
-17%
32.7
-31%
Read 512
28.47
290.2
919%
39.19
38%
33.33
17%
26.59
-7%
Write Seq
90.25
325.1
260%
109
21%
105
16%
84.69
-6%
Read Seq
89.96
500.1
456%
110.3
23%
105.8
18%
91.85
2%
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
Transfer Rate Minimum: 39.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 122.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 86.4 MB/s
Access Time: 19.3 ms
Burst Rate: 60.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.6 %

GPU Performance

The R7 M340 returns respectable scores when compared to the Intel HD Graphics family and even the Iris Plus Graphics 650 in the newest MacBook Pro 13. These Intel alternatives, however, are integrated GPUs and the discrete R7 M340 is somewhat disappointing when compared to other discrete offerings. 3DMark benchmarks rank the R7 M340 in between the last generation GeForce 940MX and GTX 950M in raw graphics power. This is still about twice as fast as the integrated Radeon R7 Bristol Ridge, but the performance jump is not nearly enough to run most modern games as our next section will show.

Furthermore, the GPU is tied down by the very poor A12-9720P processor performance. The combined (CPU + GPU) 3DMark 11 score, for example, ranks our Pavilion 17z slightly below the TravelMate P249 (i5-6200U, HD Graphics 520) since the CPU in the Acer is faster even though it is not as graphically capable.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm
Ice Storm
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
4113 Points ∼26% +208%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
2784 Points ∼17% +108%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650, 7267U
2517 (min: 2509) Points ∼16% +88%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
1770 Points ∼11% +32%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
NVIDIA GeForce 840M, 4510U
1757 Points ∼11% +31%
Lenovo ThinkPad L570 20J80020PB
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1630 Points ∼10% +22%
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
1401 Points ∼9% +5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
1392 Points ∼9% +4%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P
1337 Points ∼8%
HP EliteBook 755 G4
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B
1039 Points ∼6% -22%
Lenovo Ideapad 110-15ACL 80TJ00H0GE
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410
850 Points ∼5% -36%
HP 15-bw077ax
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420
790 Points ∼5% -41%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
Intel HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71
677 Points ∼4% -49%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
4251 Points ∼8% +18%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P
3597 Points ∼7%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
3220 Points ∼6% -10%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650, 7267U
2761.5 (min: 2743) Points ∼5% -23%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
NVIDIA GeForce 840M, 4510U
2323 Points ∼5% -35%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2230 Points ∼4% -38%
HP EliteBook 755 G4
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B
1820 Points ∼4% -49%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
1689 Points ∼3% -53%
Lenovo ThinkPad L570 20J80020PB
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1589 Points ∼3% -56%
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
1343 Points ∼3% -63%
HP 15-bw077ax
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420
1096 Points ∼2% -70%
Lenovo Ideapad 110-15ACL 80TJ00H0GE
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-7410
899 Points ∼2% -75%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
Intel HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71
693 Points ∼1% -81%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
3574 Points ∼9% +86%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P
1926 Points ∼5%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
1903 Points ∼5% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650, 7267U
1698 Points ∼4% -12%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
1593 Points ∼4% -17%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
NVIDIA GeForce 840M, 4510U
1586 Points ∼4% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad L570 20J80020PB
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
1106 Points ∼3% -43%
HP EliteBook 755 G4
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B
962 Points ∼2% -50%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
922 Points ∼2% -52%
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
786 Points ∼2% -59%
HP 15-bw077ax
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420
642 Points ∼2% -67%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
Intel HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71
511 Points ∼1% -73%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U
22439 Points ∼14% +122%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ
14594 Points ∼9% +44%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2017 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650, 7267U
13153 Points ∼8% +30%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
AMD Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P
10116 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad L570 20J80020PB
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7200U
9153 Points ∼6% -10%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
NVIDIA GeForce 840M, 4510U
8611 Points ∼5% -15%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
8385 Points ∼5% -17%
Acer TravelMate P249-M-5452
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6200U
6924 Points ∼4% -32%
HP EliteBook 755 G4
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B
5278 Points ∼3% -48%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
AMD Radeon R5 M330, 5200U
4830 Points ∼3% -52%
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B-10C
Intel HD Graphics 5300, 5Y71
4441 Points ∼3% -56%
HP 15-bw077ax
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge), A9-9420
3661 Points ∼2% -64%
3DMark 11 Performance
2961 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
41857 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5704 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1407 points
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Gaming Performance

Performance in games is far below what the 3DMark benchmarks suggest. Whereas 3DMark 11 Graphics places the Radeon R7 M340 right below the GTX 950M, real-world performance in games is closer to the GeForce 920MX or 930MX instead. This means that notebooks with the GTX 950M can output over 150 percent faster frame rates than our AMD Pavilion in certain cases. The slower performance can be attributed to both the DDR3 VRAM instead of GDDR5 and the slow processor that the graphics chip is unfortunately paired with.

See our dedicated page on the Radeon RX M340 GPU for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 High Preset
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
86.7 fps ∼100% +154%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro VN7-791G-50MV
GeForce 840M, 4210H, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
43.8 fps ∼51% +28%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
39.3 fps ∼45% +15%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
GeForce 920MX, 6200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
35.7 fps ∼41% +5%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
34.1 fps ∼39%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 2
HD Graphics 615, 7Y54, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
19 fps ∼22% -44%
Dell Latitude 5280
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
18 fps ∼21% -47%
Toshiba Satellite Pro R50-C-16V
HD Graphics 520, 6006U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
16 fps ∼18% -53%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Lowest Preset
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
45.2 fps ∼100% +60%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X5N-X01US
GeForce 940MX, 7500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
37.4 fps ∼83% +33%
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
28.2 fps ∼62%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U, Samsung PM971 KUS040202M
23.5 (min: 21) fps ∼52% -17%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
GeForce 920MX, 6200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
23.2 fps ∼51% -18%
Dell Latitude 5280
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
14 fps ∼31% -50%
low med. high ultra
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 6135.521.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 74.543.534.111.8fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 32.62618.9fps
Thief (2014) 20.3fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 19fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 19fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 574014fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 46382118fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 25.6fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 28.215fps
Doom (2016) 20.2fps
Overwatch (2016) 54.844.9fps
Prey (2017) 38.414.7fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook to identify for any potential throttling or hardware issues. With only Prime95 active to stress the CPU, we can observe the processor running at or above the base 2.7 GHz clock rate before steadily falling to 2.3 GHz after the first half minute of stress testing. This is extremely disappointing as not only is the CPU unable to maintain any Turbo Core clock rate benefits, but it will actually throttle to speeds slower than the advertised base clock rate. The processor appears to automatically throttle once core temperatures reach 64 C in an attempt to maintain a cooler temperature of 54 C.

Running FurMark to stress the dedicated GPU will result in a constant clock rate and temperature of 1021 MHz and 62 C, respectively. Things start to get interesting again when running both Prime95 and FurMark as CPU clock rates and temperature cycle between 1.4 GHz and 2.7 GHz and 62 C to 73 C, respectively. There is clearly an imposed CPU temperature ceiling of about 73 C before heavy throttling kicks in when the system is fully stressed. Meanwhile, GPU clock rate is steady at 1021 MHz with core temperatures hovering in the low 70 C range.

Witcher 3 is more representative of gaming loads. Running the game will result in a cooler CPU temperature with a wider range of cycling core clock rates. The clock rate cycling is periodic and not based on the onscreen loads of the game. Frame rates remain steady without any notable dips throughout an entire hour of running Witcher 3.

Running on battery power will throttle the GPU while leaving CPU performance intact. A 3DMark 11 run on batteries returns Physics and Graphics scores of 2768 and 3196 points, respectively, compared to 2761 and 3597 points when on mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 2.3 -- 54 56
FurMark Stress -- 1021 51 62
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.4 - 2.7 1021 62 - 73 68 - 72
Witcher 3 Stress 1.4 - 2.9 1021 59 - 61 68 - 71

Emissions

System Noise

The system fan is always active no matter the onscreen load at a quiet and steady 30.5 dB(A). Light loads like browsing or video streaming will not cause the fan to pulsate and so the constant fan noise is never distracting. In fact, we find the loud key clatter to be more distracting than the actual fan if word processing or working in a classroom. A true "silent mode" option for very low loads would have been useful for this particular category of notebook.

Medium loads as represented by 3DMark06 will bump the fan from a lowly 30.5 dB(A) up to a steady 41.5 dB(A). This is even louder than the Asus F756UX and MSI GL72 when subjected to similar conditions and these systems are even equipped with dedicated Nvidia GeForce graphics. Maximum load with both Prime95 and FurMark running simultaneously will induce an even louder fan noise of 48.2 dB(A), but such levels are unrepresentative of real-world use. In short, fan noise is acceptably low during low loads but will quickly become loud when gaming.

HP Pavilion 17z (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
HP Pavilion 17z (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark06, Orange: Witcher 3, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
MSI GT72VR 6RE
MSI GT72VR 6RE
HP Spectre x360 15
HP Spectre x360 15

Noise Level

Idle
30.4 / 30.5 / 30.5 dB(A)
Load
41.5 / 48.2 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28 dB(A)
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
Radeon R7 M340, A12-9720P, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
Radeon R7 M440, 7200U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
Radeon R5 M430, 7200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
Asus F756UX-T7013T
GeForce GTX 950M, 6200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
Noise
3%
1%
-5%
-6%
-3%
off / environment *
28
29
-4%
30.5
-9%
31.2
-11%
30.8
-10%
Idle Minimum *
30.4
31
-2%
32.5
-7%
32.4
-7%
33.9
-12%
32.4
-7%
Idle Average *
30.5
31
-2%
32.5
-7%
32.6
-7%
33.9
-11%
32.4
-6%
Idle Maximum *
30.5
31
-2%
32.5
-7%
32.6
-7%
33.9
-11%
32.8
-8%
Load Average *
41.5
33.8
19%
34.6
17%
42
-1%
43.8
-6%
40.9
1%
Witcher 3 ultra *
41.8
Load Maximum *
48.2
44.8
7%
38.3
21%
45.2
6%
44.2
8%
43.6
10%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Surface temperatures are generally cool during low loads with some notable warm spots. In particular, the right palm rest will always be warmer than the left since the HDD is located directly underneath and this can become somewhat uncomfortable when typing. Switching to a primary SSD would partly mitigate this issue for a less sweaty hand. The rear of the notebook nearest the ventilation grilles can be as warm as 37 C even when the system is idling compared to less than 30 C on ULV Intel equivalents.

Extreme loads will warm the left side of the notebook while the right will remain relatively cool because of the hollow optical drive underneath the NumPad. Since air is drawn through the top left corner of the keyboard, the WASD keys are actually quite cool for gaming whereas the main center QWERTY keys can be as warm as 40 C. This asymmetric temperature development is common on many multimedia machines with optical drives and removable batteries.

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Prime95+FurMark load (top)
Prime95+FurMark load (top)
Prime95+FurMark load (bottom)
Prime95+FurMark load (bottom)
Max. Load
 31.2 °C40.8 °C25.4 °C 
 32.2 °C38 °C25.8 °C 
 25 °C32.6 °C29.2 °C 
Maximum: 40.8 °C
Average: 31.1 °C
28 °C36.2 °C41.4 °C
28.2 °C34.2 °C41.6 °C
29 °C31.4 °C30 °C
Maximum: 41.6 °C
Average: 33.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  51 °C | Room Temperature 22 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

Sound quality from the stereo speakers is average for a multimedia machine. Maximum volume is sufficiently loud to fill a small room and will not introduce any static or major imbalances. The palm rests vibrate only slightly and bass is adequate enough for video and music playback should earphones be unavailable. The pink noise curve is strangely quite "bumpy" as shown by our microphone measurements below. A flatter curve, like the one for the Spectre x360 15, is closer to the ideal for a more even reproduction of bass and treble frequencies. 

Pavilion 17t
Pavilion 17t
Spectre x360 15
Spectre x360 15
Pavilion 15 Power
Pavilion 15 Power
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.7402535.337.83134.237.84032.8355034.534.16332.633.48030.832.210030.73112529.929.816028.931.720028.239.625028.65331527.355.240026.248.650025.949.163025.956.780025.859.4100025.551.2125024.857.9160024.551.520002451.225002454.8315023.553.4400023.447.3500023.754.4630023.564.1800023.562.31000023.555.51250023.551.71600023.658SPL36.669.2N2.824.6median 24.8HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AVmedian 53Delta2.44.235.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (64.09 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 13.7% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (16.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(-) | mids are not linear (17.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.6% away from median
(-) | highs are not linear (18.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 74% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 35%
Compared to all devices tested
» 56% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, 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, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Bristol Ridge series is manufactured in 28 nm compared to 14 nm on the competing Skylake and Kaby Lake series and the power efficiency disadvantages are clear. The HP Pavilion 17 with the i7-7200U CPU and somewhat similar Radeon R7 M440 GPU is significantly less demanding under all tested conditions. Medium load with 3DMark06, for example, will draw 33 W from the Intel-equipped Pavilion 17 compared to 57 W on the AMD-equipped Pavilion 17z while still providing faster raw CPU power. Even worse for AMD, the Asus F756UX with its i7-6200U CPU and GTX 950M GPU is much more graphically capable without necessarily demanding as much power when under medium to gaming loads.

Maximum load with both Prime95 and FurMark will draw about 62 W from a small AC power adapter (11.0 x 4.5 x 3.0 cm) rated for up to 65 W. There is almost no overhead and a more powerful adapter would have been appreciated to prevent any potential power delivery bottlenecks.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.56 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 7.8 / 11.7 / 15.7 Watt
Load midlight 57.4 / 62.3 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
A12-9720P, Radeon R7 M340, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-60JC3T1, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
7200U, Radeon R7 M440, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G, IPS, WLED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
7200U, Radeon R5 M430, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0, TN LED, 1600x900, 17.3
Asus F756UX-T7013T
6200U, GeForce GTX 950M, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680, TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
6200U, Radeon R5 M335, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB, TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Power Consumption
8%
26%
5%
19%
-49%
Idle Minimum *
7.8
7.7
1%
6.9
12%
5.8
26%
6.2
21%
9.6
-23%
Idle Average *
11.7
14
-20%
9.6
18%
11.2
4%
11.6
1%
15
-28%
Idle Maximum *
15.7
15.1
4%
11.7
25%
11.9
24%
12.3
22%
16.5
-5%
Load Average *
57.4
33
43%
29
49%
54
6%
36
37%
104
-81%
Load Maximum *
62.3
54.6
12%
45.4
27%
84
-35%
55
12%
129
-107%
Witcher 3 ultra *
53.3

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Removable battery pack along the back of the system
Removable battery pack along the back of the system

Runtimes from the removable 41 Wh Li-Ion battery are very short at just under 7 hours at best. This means allowing the system to idle on desktop at the lowest possible brightness setting on the Power Saver profile until automatic shutdown - hardly a real-world situation. Instead, users can expect a little less than 4 hours of actual WLAN usage compared to over 5.5 hours from the Intel-based Pavilion 17 under similar conditions. While battery life is expected to be short given the small battery, it's almost humiliating to see that the IdeaPad 110 can outlast the HP with an even smaller 32 Wh battery pack.

Recharging from near empty to full capacity takes only about 1.5 hours compared to 2 to 2.5 hours on most other notebooks with Li-Ion polymer batteries.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 50min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
3h 53min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 10min
HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV
A12-9720P, Radeon R7 M340, 41.6 Wh
HP Pavilion 17-x110ng
7200U, Radeon R7 M440, 41 Wh
Lenovo Ideapad 110-17IKB 80VK0001GE
7200U, Radeon R5 M430, 32 Wh
Asus F756UX-T7013T
6200U, GeForce GTX 950M, 38 Wh
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
6200U, Radeon R5 M335, 40 Wh
MSI GL72 7RDX-602
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 43.2 Wh
Battery Runtime
35%
5%
7%
24%
-25%
Reader / Idle
410
527
29%
491
20%
578
41%
327
-20%
WiFi v1.3
233
346
48%
245
5%
217
-7%
301
29%
203
-13%
Load
70
90
29%
75
7%
71
1%
40
-43%

Pros

+ deep contrast and wide gamut for the price
+ removable battery
+ decent speakers
+ inexpensive

Cons

- gaming performance bottlenecked by slow CPU
- slow system responsiveness
- moderate backlight bleeding
- very poor CPU performance
- small trackpad dimensions
- below average battery life
- flexible lid; creaky chassis
- system fan always active
- no keyboard backlight
- difficult serviceability
- grainy matte panel

Verdict

In review: HP Pavilion 17z 1DK09AV. Test model provided by CUKUSA.com
In review: HP Pavilion 17z 1DK09AV. Test model provided by CUKUSA.com

The A12-9720P APU is a strong example of how far behind AMD has been in the CPU race prior to the advent of Ryzen and the Zen architecture. Normally when a processor runs hotter and louder than an alternative, you'd expect it to perform faster. This is not so for the A12-9720P as it runs warmer, louder, and slower than the two generations old Core i3-5010U. Programs are slow to launch and install even for a HDD-based system.

As for the GPU side, the Radeon R7 M340 is actually not too bad since it's almost up there with the GTX 950M in raw graphics horsepower. The main issue is that it's chained to a very slow CPU to the point where real-world gaming performance is significantly slower than a proper GTX 950M notebook. This bottleneck imbalance prevents the Pavilion 17z from being a budget-mainstream gaming machine and makes us question the inclusion of the R7 M340 in the first place. The GPU is simply drawing more power, adding more heat, and reducing battery life without really benefiting the user to its full potential. Simply put, Ryzen notebooks can't come soon enough.

Outside of our AMD complaints, the Pavilion 17z hardware is decent, if not unspectacular, considering the low price. Colors and contrast are very good for a budget offering, but most everything else about the notebook from the grainy panel to the feel of the plastic surfaces is a step below the mainstream.

You get what you pay for. The AMD-powered Pavilion 17z is certainly less expensive than an Intel equivalent, but the hit to performance and battery life is too big to swallow.

HP Pavilion 17z 1EX13AV - 07/14/2017 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
70 / 98 → 71%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
77%
Connectivity
43 / 81 → 53%
Weight
59 / 67 → 82%
Battery
74%
Display
85%
Games Performance
61 / 85 → 71%
Application Performance
65 / 92 → 71%
Temperature
90%
Noise
82 / 95 → 87%
Audio
59%
Camera
42 / 85 → 50%
Average
68%
76%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2017-07-14 (Update: 2017-07-20)
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.