Latest release in the range HP, we’ve been running tests on255 G7…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.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
255 G7 enough for internet use?
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.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
It is in this spirit that HP has developed this 255 G7.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
With a 15.6 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it around. Even if it is not equipped with a touch screen, this model is still easy to use. It’s a shame because, when you get this 255 G7 on your lap, you’ll see that it’s not so easy to move the cursor with the touchpad.
Nevertheless, it remains a quality product with an easy to use trackpad. It is hoped that the other internal components of this laptop are future-proof; usually a lot of attention is HP paid to the design of its products and the one tested should benefit from this.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the AMD A4-9125. 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. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
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. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Finally, the autonomy of 4 hours is one of the worst on the market. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. In other words, you will have to keep this 255 G7 most of the time connected to the power cable.
255 G7 for videos?
This 255 G7 is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. 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. The rendering is bright and vivid, and if you take a moment to look at the screen from several angles you will see that there is no distortion of the image or inverted colors.
The only disadvantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop of 1.8 kg.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
For the sound part, the 255 G7 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor AMD A4-9125 that is several years old now. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
With AMD Radeon Vega 3, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. 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. It’s better than the competition. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
It 255 G7 is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. Indeed, with 4 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
The 255 G7- the right model to stay connected while 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. This seems to be the issue that the HP didn’t really take into account in the design of this 255 G7. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this 255 G7 of 1.8 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. With its 15.6 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
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. The alternative could be the keyboard trackpad.
No backlit keyboard on this 255 G7. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. 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.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 4 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. 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.
When it comes to traveling, you’ll probably think twice before you take that computer with you. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. The reason for this is its size; with 15.6 inches, it is one of the largest laptops of the moment.
At the connector level, this model provides 3 inputs. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Finally with the 255 G7, HP deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
255 G7 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
If your main professional activity is not audio or video editing, but you are looking for a laptop that can meet this need for your hobbies, then this 255 G7 is the right choice. It is correctly equipped on the processor level for speed and RAM for task management; This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor AMD A4-9125 does best. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, HP 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. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (4 hours). This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. Maybe the next model will be better off.
For the connector part, the 255 G7has the USB3 format. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. 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.
With this 255 G7 product, HPoffer us a good start for an advanced use of audio and video editing. It will also do very well for word processing or web browsing when you need it. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.
The 255 G7 for online or local games.
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. With this 255 G7, 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, HP has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
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.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
With its 256 Gb of space, this 255 G7 is on a level playing field with its competitors. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
A better access to wifi on this 255 G7 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
With a weight 1.8 Kg and a screen size of 15.6 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 4 hours available.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this 255 G7 one. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
The 255 G7 for office automation.
Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. Perfectly office oriented, this 255 G7 is efficient.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. In short, an average laptop with 1.8 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
Key spacing will be important for office use. On the right-hand side you will find a number pad.
This 255 G7 eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. About 256 Gb, more than enough for office use.
In short, it 255 G7 is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
The 255 G7 in conclusion
The conclusion of the test 255 G7 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– travel use
– playing video games
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– office tasks