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 for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests HoMei HM7S7-24GB-256SSD to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
HM7S7-24GB-256SSD the right choice for surfing the internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. An inexpensive computer such as HM7S7-24GB-256SSD may seem to be the solution. The material used by HoMei are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 15.6 inches size. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it HM7S7-24GB-256SSD is provided by default with a touch screen. The materials appear to be designed to last several years. It seems that HoMei has designed a solid model with latest generation components.
The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Core i7-7700HQ; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. With less than a 24 Gb of RAM, it HM7S7-24GB-256SSD is a fair one. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the HM7S7-24GB-256SSD, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 256 Gb, HoMei considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Last point about the autonomy. the HM7S7-24GB-256SSD can work 7 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.
HM7S7-24GB-256SSD the right choice for watching movies ?
With this laptop, HoMei offers a product oriented toward general use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the HM7S7-24GB-256SSD; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 15.6 inches, with a 1920×1080. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 2.5 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. HM7S7-24GB-256SSD will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this HM7S7-24GB-256SSD. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Core i7-7700HQ is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
On the application side, HoMei chose to let you do it. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 10 Professionnel that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphic card, and with 24 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
HoMei didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. For the HM7S7-24GB-256SSD has only 3 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it HM7S7-24GB-256SSD seems inappropriate. That’s only 7 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.
The HM7S7-24GB-256SSD to use while travelling.
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. This seems to be the issue that the HoMei didn’t really take into account in the design of this HM7S7-24GB-256SSD. 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.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
Its weight of 2.5 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. With a 15.6 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
The touch screen is present on the HM7S7-24GB-256SSD, which gives you the possibility to avoid using the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
The backlit keyboard decided by HoMei for this model was not HM7S7-24GB-256SSD really necessary, but it will be useful if you work in a dimly lit plane, taxi or subway. In addition, it is well designed with quality materials.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
At the same time, the laptop processor Intel Core i7-7700HQ is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
Note that like all manufacturers, HoMei is optimistic about the autonomy of this HM7S7-24GB-256SSD. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of HoMei; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With 7 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. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Its 15.6 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
It HM7S7-24GB-256SSD provides only 3 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not HM7S7-24GB-256SSD really made for travelling.
The HM7S7-24GB-256SSD for audio or video editing ?
Not really designed for video editing or music. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. HoMei has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Intel Core i7-7700HQ that is almost obsolete. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, HoMei made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The HM7S7-24GB-256SSD has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The autonomy of this HM7S7-24GB-256SSD is of 7 hours in normal use; Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. On this point HoMei could have done much better.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it HM7S7-24GB-256SSD receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
The HM7S7-24GB-256SSD for online or local games.
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. With this HM7S7-24GB-256SSD, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. Clearly, HoMei has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Provided with a resolution of 1920×1080, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Since HoMei has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.With 256 Gb it HM7S7-24GB-256SSDis below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 2.5 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
One of the lowest battery life 7 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In the end, we do not recommend this HM7S7-24GB-256SSD for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
The HM7S7-24GB-256SSD for office automation.
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, HoMei may have put a rather low computer on the market. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Not all basic office applications may be available on this model. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. An almost featherweight of 2.5 Kg.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
If you plan to use your computer at the end of the day, in total darkness or semi-darkness, opt for a backlit keyboard such as the one offered on the HM7S7-24GB-256SSD.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 256 Gb. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
So, in summary, it appears that it HM7S7-24GB-256SSD is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
The HM7S7-24GB-256SSD – in summary
This HM7S7-24GB-256SSD will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks