As a preamble to this test
Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
We’ve put this 255 G7 through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
255 G7 adapted to surf the internet?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is to respond to this type of need that HP has developed this 255 G7.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
It’s a big screen that you have: 15.6 inches that will be less easily transported compared to an ultra book. Unlike some competitors, this model does not have a touch screen. A point that could be impeding, for some users,with this 255 G7 if you have to work on the road.
Nevertheless, the trackpad is intuitive and simple to use. After all HP, has accustomed us to design quality products, just like this model, which will serve you for a long time to come.
With a processor AMD A4-9125, HP offers an already outdated technology. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
For hard drive sizing, HP decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. HP comes with this 255 G7 a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 4 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the 255 G7 is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Is 255 G7 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! HP offers the 255 G7 perfect for that. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
For this model, HP thought big. A 15.6 inches screen, and a resolution of 1366×768 make it one of the great products available on the market at the moment. Multimedia oriented, you will enjoy watching your films. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 1.8 kg that will have to be transported.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
On the sound side, it 255 G7 has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor AMD A4-9125, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one AMD Radeon Vega 3, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 3 ports. Much better than most of the competition. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
It 255 G7 is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. That’s only 4 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
Is 255 G7 planned for travelling ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes 255 G7 to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
It 255 G7 is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.8 Kg. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. For 15.6 inches, on the other hand, it allows you to have a clear display when you want to browse the internet or write e-mails.
Thin, lightweight laptops such as this 255 G7 do not generally have touch screens. If you’re only doing it with the mouse, don’t forget it in the satchel. Or you’ll have to deal with the trackpad.
No backlit keyboard on this 255 G7. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
Too bad for the processor AMD A4-9125 that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Note that like all manufacturers, HP is optimistic about the autonomy of this 255 G7. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
With 4 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, HP was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
When away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. Its size does not invite you to carry it everywhere you go. Indeed, because of its size, 15.6 inches, you have there, one of the largest laptops of the moment.
At the connector level, this model provides 3 inputs. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this 255 G7 for travel use.
The 255 G7 to make audio or video editing.
For non-professional use for audio or video editing, this 255 G7 may be fine. It is correctly equipped on the processor level for speed and RAM for task management; Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor AMD A4-9125. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
The designers of HP have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The 255 G7 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
With 4 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it 255 G7 receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
A quality product, designed by HP with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode. You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. In short, a relevant choice for a contained price.
255 G7 the right choice to play online?
Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. And this 255 G7 is one of the average laptops you can play with. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
A space of 256 Gb to save your data; this is in the average of what other brands offer. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
As far as space requirements are concerned, this computer weighs 1.8 Kg and is 15.6 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
For autonomy, 4 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.
Is the 255 G7 adapted to office automation ?
Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. This255 G7 is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Customary of this OS, HP has chosen as usual. It is equipped with Windows 10.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. Average weight, with 1.8 Kg.
This computer was really designed for office use. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
We gave it the lamp test, positioned next to the screen, and it was found to be sufficiently matt to avoid the reflection phenomenon. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
About storage, this model has average space . About 256 Gb, more than enough for office use.
In conclusion, the 255 G7 is an excellent choice for office use. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.
The 255 G7 in conclusion
There is no such thing as a perfect laptop for every purpose, unless you put a price tag on it, and keep in mind that it will be too powerful for most of your needs. The 255 G7′ is average but will do the job very well.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– travel use
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– office tasks