As a preamble to this test
Is the 255 G7 for you?Some computers have power, others have more basic features.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
255 G7 compatible with internet use?
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. This 255 G7 is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by HP; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 15.6 inches size. Unlike some competitors, this model does not have a touch screen. 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.
However, the materials seem to be of good quality. Logically, the treatment given to this product by HP suggests that you will be able to use it for many years to come.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200U. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. Very clearly, with only 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 256 Gb. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, the autonomy of 10 hours is one of the worst on the market. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. In other words, you will have to keep this 255 G7 most of the time connected to the power cable.
Is 255 G7 okay to watch videos ?
HP has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. This 255 G7 is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
Equipped with a small screen size, 15.6 inches, it has a resolution format 1366×768. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 2.66 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
On the sound side, it 255 G7 has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. 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 Ryzen 3 2200U that is several years old now. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Equipped with the AMD Radeon R5 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
HP didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. Indeed, it 255 G7 has only 2 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. With its autonomy of 10 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
Is 255 G7 planned for travelling ?
It 255 G7 is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. At least that’s what we find out a priori. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. 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. The 15.6 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Thin, lightweight laptops such as this 255 G7 do not generally have touch screens. You’ll have to remember to always carry a mouse with you. Another possibility is to use the trackpad on the keyboard.
Too bad for the processor AMD Ryzen 3 2200U 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.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 10 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
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.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
The manufacturer has surely decided on this model to limit the manufacturing costs, and thus removed the Bluetooth functionality; a pity when we know that sharing between devices (phones or speakers) is convenient with this technology.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this 255 G7 for travel use.
255 G7 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor AMD Ryzen 3 2200U does best. 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. 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 (10 hours). Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. On this point HP could have done much better.
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. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
Clearly, it’s not 255 G7 designed for audio-visual editing. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.
255 G7 the right choice to play online?
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. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 256 Gb.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 2.66 Kg.
For autonomy, 10 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In the end, we do not recommend this 255 G7 for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
The 255 G7 for office automation.
Not really designed for office use, 255 G7 it’s still a good product. Here are the main reasons.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. An almost featherweight of 2.66 Kg.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
So, in summary, it appears that it 255 G7 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 255 G7 – in summary
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it 255 G7 is disappointing whatever the uses. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks