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HP 250 2 Core Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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2 Intel Celeron 2.16GHz 4GB Feb 2015
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Get connected with the value-priced HP 250 G3 Notebook PC. Complete business tasks with Intel technology, essential multimedia tools and Windows 8.1 loaded on the HP 250. The durable chassis helps... More
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21 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This HP portable PC was given an "Editor's Choice" award by PC Mag who concluded that this portable PC was brilliant.

Average Expert Reviews

This portable PC has an average expert rating of 74% based on six expert reviews from sites including PC Mag, notebookcheck.net, Les Numeriques.com and notebookcheck.com.

User Reviews Are Good

People who bought this medium processor core notebook PC rated this laptop 84% on average.

Reasonably Priced

Several customers who purchased the HP 250 considered that it was good value for money. Ejaz mentioned “Good value 1080p monitor with IPS technology”. Mrs a Hopkins said “Great value” and rated the product as very good. Two years ago Nathan Heeb scored the product 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “Tl; rd This is a great screen for a great price” in his review of the HP 250.

A number of people thought it was a bargain for the price. David wrote on Amazon “It feels more sturdy than most other cheap IPS monitors and the stand doesn't wobble” in his review of this laptop and gave the product a score of 5 stars. David also mentioned “Recommended for anyone looking for a fairly cheap”.

One HP 250 owner concluded that the product was cheap. Nathan Heeb said on Amazon two years ago “I needed a high quality screen to edit my photos with, I didn't have a huge budget so this monitor's price was great for me” and gave this laptop a score of 5 stars.

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Nice Design

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. David wrote “This monitor looks the part with it's nice stylish silver stand”. David also mentioned “My old TN supported 1600x900 which was pretty good”. Ejaz wrote on Amazon “It's a pretty good monitor for” in their HP 250 review.

One HP 250 reviewer who reviewed the product wrote that it was neat. R. Musielak gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “I went to John & Lewis and picked this immaculately crafted monitor for a lower price as on Amazon wich was less than 140 pounds”.

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HP Has Good Portable PC Reviews

We checked 3,456 owner and expert reviews for HP notebook PCs and found that on average HP has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that HP has good reviews specifically within its medium processor core notebook PCs range.

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Easy to Use

One HP 250 owner said in their reviews that this laptop was easy to use. Craig Stewart mentioned in his HP 250 review two years ago “It has excellent colour reproduction, wide gamut, good gamma performance, high contrast ratio and advanced colour control (colour temp etc.) which allows me to calibrate it properly”.

One customer who bought this laptop considered that it was easy to setup. Lizwil wrote on Amazon “Very pleased with the quality of the monitor and very easy to set-up”. One customer who bought it wrote that it was easy to assemble. Three years ago The Hungry Meerkat wrote in their review of this laptop on Amazon “The stand was easy to assemble and it's plug”.

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Good Product Quality

Two people wrote in their reviews that this laptop was good quality.

Good Size

One person wrote in their reviews that it was lightweight. J B Whistlecraft mentioned in their review of the HP 250 “Nice lightweight machine ideal for training”. One customer who bought the product reckoned that it was compact. Expert website Pcmag.com said “Scan, yet is compact and light enough to fit into a travel bag” in their review of the HP 250.

Robust

A number of people considered that it was strong and durable. Mrs a Hopkins scored it very highly and she wrote on Amazon three years ago “It looks great, has a sturdy stand and doesn't wobble around”. One HP 250 owner who purchased it reckoned that it was well made. David said on Amazon “Well built IPS monitor” in his review.

Good Graphics Card

One person who purchased the HP 250 said that it had a good graphics card. Two years ago David mentioned “Obviously you will need a good graphics card to run games at high resolution with lots of detail” in his review.

Good Environmental Credentials

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was good in terms of power usage. R. Musielak said on Amazon three years ago “The high resolution and low energy consumpion was what I was after” in their review.

Acceptable Noise Level

One HP 250 owner reckoned that the product was quiet. Expert review site Notebookcheck.net said in their review of the HP 250 “Its silent operation makes it special among the competitors” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Good Support

One HP 250 owner who reviewed this laptop concluded that it had good technical guidance. The Hungry Meerkat mentioned “The full manual is on a CD”.

Good Connectivity

One HP 250 reviewer who bought it said that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Craig Stewart mentioned “Having all 3 of the main connections is great, HDMI, DVI and VGA, so it can be used for multiple inputs, eg” in his review of this laptop.

Good for Gaming

One HP 250 owner wrote in their reviews that it was good for gaming. Thang Doan rated it 4 stars and mentioned in their review on Amazon “Response time of 7ms is also good enough for gaming and videos, in my opinion”.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on laptops of a similar type and age to it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Burst Frequency

The HP 250 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter burst frequencies (792 megahertz) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The slowest on-board graphics adapter burst frequency of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year is 600MHz and the fastest is 900MHz.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 250 is 100MHz and the fastest is 650MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 311 megahertz, the HP 250 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The HP 250 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the 250.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on portable PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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17 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of notebook PCs of this type and age is 950MHz. When compared to other notebook PCs of this spec and age that we have assessed, the HP 250's on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 792 megahertz is one of the slowest.

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Quite Slow Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth

The HP 250 has a quite slow maximum processor memory bandwidth (only 21.32 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type. The slowest maximum processor memory bandwidth of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 250 is 21GB/s, the fastest is 35GB/s, and the average maximum processor memory bandwidth is 25GB/s.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

At only 8 gigabytes, the HP 250 has a quite small maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago. Laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the 250 have maximum internal memory supported by processors of between 8GB and 32GB.

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Only Two Displays Supported by On-Board Grap

The HP 250 is a portable PC that uses two displays supported by on-board grap.

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Only Four PCI Express Lanes (max)

Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 250 have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the HP 250 which has four PCI Express lanes (max).

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the HP 250 which has one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port.

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Does Not Have a Front Camera

Most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year have a front camera, however the HP 250 does not have a front camera.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on laptops that are a comparable age to it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

If the storage medium of this HP portable PC is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Elitebook 820 G2 (£750.00) (SSD), or the EliteBook 820 G2 (£770.12) (SSD) both from HP.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Only Intel Celeron Processor Family

The HP 250 has a better processor family than most medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it. This HP notebook PC has an Intel Celeron processor family, whereas most notebook PCs that were released one year ago have an Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family. Across all laptops of a comparable age and spec to the 250 the processor family ranges from AMD E to Intel Core i7-4xxx.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

At only 1 megabyte, the HP 250 has a very small processor cache compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for more than a year. The processor caches of comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the 250 range from 1MB to 6MB.

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Only Two Processor Threads

The HP 250 is a two processor thread portable PC. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the 250 have between two and three processor threads.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The HP 250 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the 250 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The HP 250 is a one USB 3.0 port laptop. Most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the 250 have between one and four USB 3.0 ports.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of only 8 gigabytes, the HP 250 has one of the smaller maximum internal memory amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The smallest maximum internal memory of notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year is 2GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 14GB.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The maximum turbo frequencies of similar spec laptops that have been on the market for more than a year range from 1.8GHz to 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 2.9GHz. With a maximum turbo frequency of only 2.58 gigahertz, the HP 250 has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released one year ago.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on comparable spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as it.

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5 Other reasons to consider the HP 250

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.16 gigahertz, the HP 250 has a pretty average processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago.

Portable PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth looking at include the B50-80 (£295.00) (2.2GHz), or the L450 (£709.20) (2.2GHz) both from Lenovo.

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Average Screen Size

The HP 250 has a relatively standard screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the 250.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the HP 250 has a relatively typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the 250.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Lenovo ThinkPad W550 (£884.99) (508GB).

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the HP 250 has a fairly standard internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the 250.

If you are looking for a portable PC with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Asus X555LA (£444.00) (6GB), or the Medion Akoya E6415 (6GB).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2.2 kilograms, the HP 250 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the 250.

If you are not concerned about having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the DELL Inspiron 15 (2.2kg).

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
Scenario Design Power (SDP)
PCI Express Configuration
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Burst Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
SATA Connector
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Processor Code
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Smart Connect Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Technical Details
Other Features

1 Award

PC Mag Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(16)
11 September 2016

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile All-in-One Printer is an inkjet that's light enough to travel with, but can copy and scan as well as print...

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3 November 2014

The HP 250 G3 HP is asking just 270 Euros (~345 USD) for their 15.6-inch notebook. The simple plastic case feels good in your hands, and the input devices are certainly cut out for office use and...

22 August 2016

La HP OfficeJet 250 a clairement une carte à jouer sur le marché des petites imprimantes A4 pensées pour être transportables ou capables de se ranger dans un tiroir. Un poil plus encombrante...

25 November 2014

La base. Le HP 250 G3 est un ordinateur portable de 15,6 pouces actuellement sur les étalages à 270 euros. Quid de la cure de minceur par laquelle le HP 250 G3 est passé ? Une opération... Read more…

8 November 2014

De basis is er. De HP 250 G3 is een 15,6 inch notebook voor minder dan ?270. Heeft HP de juiste compromissen gemaakt, of is de rode lijn gepasseerd?

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User Reviews

(53)
Reviewed 16 March 2014 by M
(Verified Purchase)

This is a smart, slim machine but it comes without any useful software. There is no word processing programme (although it has a preloaded option to buy Microsoft Office). It has three competing... Read more…

Reviewed 29 October 2014 by ColinG

Nice quality laptop for the money, with good build quality and hard wearing design. Display is a matt finish anti-glare type and is more than bright enough for all lighting levels likely to be... Read more…

Reviewed 30 November 2012 by Spencer F.

The following instructions are copied from R. Tickle "RATickle" (North Jersey) on a competitor's website. I edited and added some items. 1) Do NOT install the software on the CD. 2) Connect the... Read more…

Reviewed 24 May 2013 by SILKE H.

To install the camera under Linux (works with other OSes, too): connect the camera via Ethernet cable. You need to have DHCP in your subnet. Find the camera, for example, with "nmap -sT -p 80... Read more…

Reviewed 8 November 2014 by Rachel
(Verified Purchase)

We have brought 2 and set them up as Christmas presents for our children.We spent most of yesterday playing with them, they are absolutely fantastic, very sleek fast and easy to use. We are more... Read more…

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