Review: HP 255 G7 AMD Ryzen 5

HP’s 255 series is quite a popular laptop series, among professionals who want value for their money. The 255 G7 is a nice addition to this line with no-frills, solid specs and some serious features. This laptop values conscious users and businesses and is a bang for buck laptop.

HP has released the 255 G7 laptop with a few tweaks, keeping in mind the potential users. But does this laptop deliver in terms of productivity and usability? Well, we’ve tried to find out the answer to this question in this review article.

In case you are looking to buy the HP 255 G7 and need an honest opinion, continue to read. We have discussed its design, display, specs, performance and battery life in detail.




Specs Sheet

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5-2500U (Quad Core) / 2.0GHz Max. Turbo Speed 3.6GHz
Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Resolution
Graphics: AMD Radeon 60570-A
RAM: 8GB Storage: 256GB SSD
Battery: 41Wh Weight: 3.92 lbs (1.78 kg)
Operating System: Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

With an 8GB memory and AMD Ryzen 5 processor, HP 255 G7 looks a powerful laptop on paper. Let’s find out whether you should put your money on it or not.

Design


HP has built the body of 255 G7 with durable plastic which we found sturdy. However, the display lid needs some improvements as it seems to wish more protection. This is a lightweight, easy-to-carry laptop that weighs around 3.92 lbs (1.78 kg).

You may find its design a bit awkward while trying to upgrade your system. The 255 G7 doesn’t have a maintenance cover, while HP has made it difficult to remove its case. In order to reach the internal components, you have to find the screws which are hidden under its long rubber feet.

There’s a great chance that you may scratch or break the rubber feet while removing them. Then you have to meddle with the bottom case in order to detach it from the keyboard deck. This is a complicated design for a laptop that provides upgradation option for memory and battery.

Display


HP 255 G7 features a 15.6-inch wide FHD display that comes with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Instead of an IPS panel, the laptop has an SVA panel with an anti-glare display. The brightness is 220 nits, which is very week and it delivers an inadequate image editing at 67% sRGB.

If you are a creative professional or like to watch vivid colours on your screen, you may find yourself a bit disappointed. Colours on the 255 G7 would look washed out and you might have to move the lid to read documents.

Keyboard


There is a full-size number pad keyboard on the 255 G7 but it isn’t backlit. The keys are well spaced and offer a comfy typing experience, mainly with large keys. However, with an increased typing speed, the keys start to sound noisy and irritated. The touchpad of HP 255 G7 offers a smooth surface area and supports multi-finger gesture.

This is a good keyboard for its price, but not suitable for a library. Its noisy keys will highlight your presence during a lecture and in a quiet library. 

Connectivity


The 255 G7 carries two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an HDMI 1.4b, a 3.5mm audio jack, an Ethernet Gigabit port and a power connector. Whereas on the right side, there is a USB 2.0 Type-A port, a Kensington Lock and a microSD card reader. Unfortunately, there is no DisplayPort or USB Type-C port present on the HP 255 G7 laptop.

Battery life


HP has included a 41Wh, 3 cell battery in the 255 G7. This is an average battery that can keep your laptop alive for up to 5 hours once it is fully charged. However, battery performance may fall while running heavy software or multitasking. There is a 45W AC Adapter charger that takes around two hours to fully charge the battery.

Performance


HP has used AMD components in the 255 G7 laptop using AMD’s Ryzen 5 processor and Radeon 60570-A graphics card. There is a 256GB SSD and a high 8GB RAM to ensure smooth performance. These are some good components from a user’s perspective and can provide sufficient power.

Design, display and connectivity are the main advantages of HP 255 G7. However, you might find it below average in terms of the graphics card, noisy keyboard and battery life.

Verdict


If you are a professional who only uses a laptop for email, presentation and documentation, the 255 G7 is a decent choice for you. However, if you often use media editing tools or love to play 3D games, this isn’t a good device for you.

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