I wanted to try out a more powerful rising laptop and I got this gaming laptop from HP. As of filming, this is one of the cheapest gaming laptops available on the market at 899. Canadian dollars. Unfortunately, this specific model doesn’t sell in the States, but there are similar versions with different graphics units. Before, we have a look at it. First things first, it’s more impressive how this laptop looks and feels despite being pretty much the cheapest gaming laptop on the market. It looks great and the build quality is good too. The places you touch frequently are metal while the rest is plastic. There are very little screen flex and even less keyboard flex. I love the texture of the speaker grille. It makes the laptop look more premium and expensive than it is. one complaint I have is the bottom corners there are quite sharp and they hurt my legs when I use the laptop on my lap. Let’s look at the specs, Now.
There is a six core 12 thread AMD ryzen 540 600 h processor with a base clock of three gigahertz, a boost clock of four gigahertz and total cash of 11 megabytes. We’ll talk more about the processor, but let’s look at the rest of the specs. It has eight gigabytes of DDR 430 200 megahertz RAM and dual channel. I don’t believe that eight gigabytes of RAM is enough in 2020, but at least it’s in the old channel and it’s upgradable is a 256-gigabyte NVMe SSD, a 15.6-inch TDP IPS screen and Wi-Fi six. It also has Bang and Olufsen speakers, a 720 p camera, Bluetooth 5.02 microphones and a 52.5-watt hour battery. It doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner and it doesn’t support Windows Hello facial recognition either as you might have realised by now despite it being a gaming laptop. I haven’t mentioned the graphics card yet. It’s because I’m speechless for some reason. It has a three gigabyte Nvidia GTX 1050 non ti, which is a card from 2017. It’s clear to me that the GPU is going to be the bottleneck.
Honestly, I have no clue why they haven’t gone for a GTX 1650 or an RX 5500 M. As I mentioned earlier, it sells for 900 Canadian dollars, which is pretty much the same as the price as a gaming laptop with a 995 or a third-generation processor. Do keep in mind that both options come with better graphics. We’ll compare them all later in this video. I’ll also compare with more expensive gaming laptops with sevens or rising sevens. In terms of ports, there is a Fortnite battle royal game type charging port, one USB 3.2 Gen two type a port, one USB 3.1 Gen two type C port, one USB 2.0 port for some reason, one HDMI 2.0 port, one is the current reader, one headphone microphone combo jack as well as an Ethernet port.
I like that they added an Ethernet port, but I don’t understand why they added a USB 2.0 port, it’s 2020 Come on. On the other hand, I like that included HDMI version is 2.0. So it supports 4k output at 60 hertz compared to ultrabooks and MacBooks. It has a lot of ports. It weighs just below two kilograms, which is pretty light for a gaming laptop. It doesn’t support charging through USBC and I was surprised to hear that at first. However, I then realise that the included power brick is rated at 135 watts, so it needs more power than USBC can supply. This might be why they didn’t include it. One quick note before we proceed. According to HP s website this model only has five gigabit USB ports. But when I connected my NVMe SSD through USB, the read and write speeds were around 1000 megabytes, which means that they’re 10 gigabits per second ports. I’ve also had occasional stutters during the crystal disk mark test, but a quick firmware update could fix that.
You can open the lid with one hand. This might not seem like a big deal, but it just feels nice. The 15.6-inch TDP screen covers 45% of the NTSC color gamut, which isn’t great. You will need An external monitor if you’re doing professional photo or video editing. It has a peak brightness of 250 nits and while it’s perfectly serviceable indoors, you might have a hard time outside. It’s an anti-glare IPS panel and the viewing angles are very good. top and side bezels are thin while the bottom bezel is quite thick. I like the way they designed the hinges. It has a chiclet style keyboard with plenty of travel.
There is quite some spacing between keys and the keys themselves are quite large. It’s fun to type on this keyboard and it has a Numpad too, as there is virtually no keyboard flex typing fast without mistakes is easy. It’s backlit but it only lights up in green. That green matches the lower colour on the lid as well as the power LED. On the other hand, there is no Num Lock indicator, there’s only one control button and the f6 button is crooked. There’s an LED on the f6 button to indicate whether the computer is mute, but you can see that quite easily on the taskbar.
Anyway, it is a Windows precision touchpad but the touchpad itself is quite small. Moreover, you can pretty much only click the bottom half of it. And overall it’s not as easy to use as the Lenovo or Dell I tested. It doesn’t have a glass surface, but I think that’s normal at this price point. It supports Wi-Fi six and the reception is pretty good. The speeds you see on the screen gather simultaneously using the same server with a seven-point IP camera and a dual microphone setup. The quality of is comparable sound is quite clear. It doesn’t have a built in privacy cover, and it doesn’t support Windows Hello facial recognition. I mentioned earlier that it has Bang and Olufsen speakers, but they leave a lot to be desire. They go reasonably loud, but the sound is tinny and it lacks space.
Despite the speakers being tough firing, I wasn’t satisfied, I recommend getting a pair of gaming headphones or an external speaker. Before we start benchmarking, let me tell you real quick how I test these laptops. Every time I receive a new laptop, I basically stop using my Dell, which is my daily driver and switch to the new laptop. This way, I can see all the strengths and weaknesses better. Let’s start with cinebench. AMD processors on our stack use a seven-nanometre architecture while the Intel ones are on 14 nanometers. Here, we see that our HP with the 4600 h performs up to 88% better than our Intel stack in multi-core cinebench.
On the other hand, we see that the 4600 h performs only slightly better than the 9300 h in single-core and falls behind the nine Chennai sevens and 10 Chennai fives. The fives on our stack only have four cores and eight threads. And that explains the significant difference in multicourse in event performance between the 9300 H and the 4600 H. Looking at PCMark 10. We see a completely different story. Let’s compare our HP with the ryzen 535 50 h versus 3550. h is on the older examples of architecture, and it only has four cores, But thanks to the GTX 1650 Dr. Seuss performs very similarly to our hp. Our HP falls behind all the laptops on our stack as it has a reverse GPU.
On a separate note the performance difference between the 9300 H and the 10 300 H is unbelievable, especially in productivity. We then convert the 1200 megabyte 4k 30 FPS video to attend at pmkvy using the YouTube preset. Here we see that our HP performs better than our Intel laptops by a large margin, the 40 680 to 64% faster than the 590 300 H and 141% faster than the ryzen 535 50 h handbrake can take advantage of multiple cores and threads. And it shows we also see the 4600 h completing the conversion 25% faster than United 758. Despite both processors having six cores and 12 threads. Exporting in the premiere is a demanding task for both the CPU and the GPU. So let’s check that out. On my SSD, I have an eight minute 4k project with plenty of effects. So let’s compare the export performance. I thought that our HP would be behind the rest of our stack as it is a reverse graphics card, but it managed to surpass the rest of our stack except the Seuss with the 4800 H. Let’s take 3d Mark before we start gaming fire strike graphics is mainly GPU bound. While physics is CPU bound, and graphics is where our HP falls short, it performs around 50% worse than the rest of our stack, this computer could really use a better GPU looking at physics, we see a different story.
Our HP performs 10 to 25% better than our Intel stack and falls behind the 4800 h by 10%. And with this, let’s move on to gaming. This is a gaming laptop, so we have a lot to cover here. CSGO is a CPU intensive game. But despite that, our HP performs significantly worse than the rest of our stack, which allowed GTX 1650s. I know 140 FPS is wonderful on a 64 screen. But it doesn’t change the fact that our stack performs up to 40% better than our hp. Moving on to GTA five, we see a somewhat different story. Our HP performs better than the Acer with the 9300 h but falls behind the rest of our Intel stack.
The difference isn’t as significant as CS Grado in the shadow of the Tomb Raider, battlefield five and Far Cry new dawn, and we see that our HP is really GPU bound, our stack gets more than double the frame rates that our HP gets 30 versus 60 FPS is a big deal. One is unplayable while the other is time. As I mentioned earlier, it is a 50 to one hour battery, which is decent, there was no battery life figure on the product webpage, so I didn’t know what to expect. I don’t have access to PC and Mac 10 battery normal bio mark, so I had to develop my test. This test is similar to what I do on my computer every day. With all this, the battery lasted six hours and four minutes, which is decent. I then did a second test with a single shorter Skype call and no video editing. And I got seven hours and 33 minutes. It’s still not that impressive, but at least it’s serviceable.
The 4600 h on our HP idles around 47 degrees. I can’t hear the fan spinning at all when it’s idling or in daily use. under an old car load the CPU boosts up to 3.9 gigahertz and stays there for at least five minutes. It also reaches 90 degrees Celsius in a CPU GPU combined load; you can hear the fan spinning, the CPU quickly reaches 100 degrees but eventually settles around 90 degrees. After five minutes, the CPU was running around 3.3 gigahertz, the right side of our laptop gets quite warm. But surprisingly, the left side stays cool. This is nice as the Wi-Fi keys will stay cool in a long gaming session. Let’s check the prices of laptops that we’ve compared our HP to looking at laptops that cost $900 we see that our HP is performing better in CPU intensive tasks, but falls behind significantly in GPU bound benchmarks and gains. Looking at our more expensive options.
We see that the 4800 h performs better than the rest; it really doesn’t make sense for HP to ship a fourth-generation processor with a GTX 1050. But this could still be ideal for some people. Villanova with the 4500 views that I tested, it costs $700 for $200 more, you get a better screen, more upgradability and a discrete GPU, you also get a much better build called, you could argue that getting a laptop with the ryzen 535 eth processor and a GTX 1650 would be better. It will make sense if all you do is gaming. On the other hand, our HP has a much better CPU and a better battery life overall.
Although HP calls the gaming laptop, I think it’s more of an all-rounder laptop with some gaming characteristics. It performs great in tests like the premiere, and I think it’ll make a great productivity laptop. Aside from the old graphics unit. It doesn’t have any major flaws and it wouldn’t look out of place in a business meeting. Thank you so much for watching. Please consider liking this video.