The HP 255 G6 is the company answer for an affordable system with rugged design and mobility features. The product is now available to afford for under 600 dollars with hardware configuration of AMD A6 processor, 8GB DDR4 memory, and 256GB of SSD. They really offer such a great affordable budget notebook here. In term of performance, the AMD CPU is not far behind than Intel especially considering that it has higher clock rate than most of Intel low end processors. Moreover, it’s equipped with AMD R4 graphic card that once again far superior than Intel HD on handling 3D intensive tasks.
The replaceable battery and the AMD processor are becoming the biggest selling point here that hard to see at this price range. However, the cheap design and mediocore performance could be the main issue for you on taking it back home. I think its worth for us to take look inside and see how it works and comparable with similar devices. That is what we are going to talk about here. Let’s hope it would be a worth buyer for the users. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Features
The entire housing here is designed from plastic material and actually leaves a great impression on me. The lower side of base is flexible while the upper base is able to resist of strong pressure. The hinge system itself holds the base pretty well and closed and opened greatly without leaving any weird sounds. However, carrying it on single hand leaving a bad impression here as I notice of creak and crack sounds because the DVD drive cover keeping rattles to the chassis. The battery is fully removable here, but maintaining and upgrading hardware is hard to do here. I do not know the reason why HP gives it hard for the users to do case.
As for the connectivity, sadly you see something very standard here. All of ports are placed in the front area from the left and right sides. There are total of three USB 3.0 ports that accompanied by HDMI, VGA port, 3.5 mm audio jack, and power slot for charging the battery. For the price, I think they should add of USB type-C connector here because even a budget laptop for 300 dollars now having of this feature. The users deserve for faster and more reliable way on transferring their data.back to menu ↑
Pleasant Multimedia and Work Features
The HP G6 has a very pleasant and nice keyboard in my opinion. During long typing I feel the keys are smaller than the standard, but not becoming a big issue as soon I get used with it for a while. The keys pressures are soft, but somehow firm on my every pressure and should be a typist dream. One that I hate here is the typing sounds. It’s not so friendly during my work especially when there are so many people around you. This is the only complaint I get for this sector and might keeping people on getting it. Not a big problem as long as you do not mind with it.
As for the display, my unit is equipped with 15.6 inch display and 1366 x 768 resolution. Both of brightness and color accuracy are far better than its competitors; however the HD resolution is low 2018 standard. It works great on supporting our productivity, but feels not so impressive for a multimedia user. It produces 59 percent for SRGB test and 203 nits for brightness. The similar laptop like ASUS F510UA has more accurate and crisp display for the alternative.
|HP 255 G6 15 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||AMD Quad Core A6-9220 2.5 GHz|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon R4 Graphic|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory|
Software and Hardware
The system is running of Windows 10 Pro edition and coming with very minor bloatware. I notice some HP integrated application, but most of them are useful. As the result of no junkware to find the system is running smoothly in minimal memory consumption. With the support from AMD A6 9220 CPU and 8GB RAM, I manage to run most of light and medium applications without any issue. The processor has 2.5 GHz clock rate and maximum boosted clock at 2.9 GHz. As the companion for the processor, it has AMD Radeon R4 GPU that should let you run of Bioshock Infinite up to 40 FPS, Rocket League, DOTA 2, and CS Go. The gaming performance is impressive despite its low hardware.
At last for the battery life, the result is average on my every test. It should last for 5 to 6 hours for maximum usage. Luckily, the battery is easy to remove and means you have a chance to buy secondary battery and swap them as soon as one of them is dead. The AMD hardware is famous for their not friendly in power consumption, but keep in mind it’s happened because they are producing more power than what Intel does here.back to menu ↑
Based on my review and demonstration, the HP 255 has strengths and weaknesses that every users need to take look. In term of performance, you would never see any issue here, but the battery is going to be the problem here. Most of weaknesses are covered by its strengths, but once again everything is back to users on deciding. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration here. I just hope the information provided is useful and be sure to check our latest article and mind leaving any comment for further assistance regarding the article.