Two-class society at HP - no recommendation for the HP 15s-fq1440ng
There are manufacturers who also know how to develop convincing laptops for the cheaper price segments. At HP there seems to be more of a two-class society. While the more expensive HP laptops such as the ProBook 430 G7, the Elite Dragonfly, or the EliteBook X360 get very good grades from us, the cheaper HP devices drop significantly in our tests.
Of course, a manufacturer has to create a gap between cheaper models and expensive high-end devices, but at HP this gap currently seems to be particularly large. The current example is the HP 15s-fq1440ng that we have just tested. It's been a while since we were faced with such a below-average TN screen. For many customers, this is now certainly one of the Nogos when buying a notebook.
But HP is probably trying to lure customers with the performance, because the new Intel Core i7-1065G7 with strong Iris Plus graphics G7 suggests a wide range of use cases for the supposed office laptop. Unfortunately, at least the graphics performance in our test does not meet expectations. While the pure CPU performance of the HP 15s-fq1440ng is actually quite good, the internal graphics performance is severely throttled.
And the HP 15s-fq1440ng also presents itself a little half-baked. In the test, high latencies were determined due to non-optimized drivers, and the fan control, like the sister model HP 15s-fq1556ng, also needs improvement.