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HP 255 2 Core AMD E 1.35GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

2 AMD E 1.35GHz 4GB Jan 2015
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The HP 255 G3 Notebook PC is a value-priced notebook with a 39,6 cm (15.6") diagonal display, and a durable chassis in a matte charcoal color, AMD technology, Windows 8.1, and key features for... More
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Average Expert Reviews

Based on six expert reviews from sites including Techradar, notebookcheck.net, itpro.co.uk and pcforalla.idg.se the average expert rating of this portable PC is 72%.

Reasonably Priced

A number of people said in their reviews that the HP 255 was good value for money. Mrs. Susan Dodsworth wrote on Amazon “The laptop is a good general use one with a decent size screen and excellent speed for the money”. Three years ago Peter Ausden mentioned in his HP 255 review “Good value if a little slow processor”. Techradar.com wrote in their review on expert website Techradar “It's hard to be really critical of this laptop, since it's very well priced and it does exactly what it's intended for”.

Some customers concluded that the HP 255 was a bargain for the price. Four years ago Mrs. Susan Dodsworth mentioned in her review on Amazon “Seller very good to deal with despite my venting my frustration when things went wrong with the delivery”. Expert website Notebookcheck.net said “HP added new notebooks to the highly competitive market of cheap 15.6-inch notebooks with the 255 G2 series” and rated it 4 stars. Itpro.co.uk wrote “Bargain price”.

Several people who bought the product considered that it was cheap. Expert website Techradar.com mentioned in their review “Sporting a particularly low-power (and inexpensive) processor, AMD's quad-core E2-3800, HP has designed a laptop that will have precisely zero appeal to anyone”. Three years ago expert website Itpro.co.uk wrote in their review of this laptop “A decent budget laptop useful for basic word processing” yet they gave it a rating of 3 stars.

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HP Laptops Have Good Reviews

HP medium processor cores portable PCs have good ratings on average and across all notebook PCs HP is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Acceptable Noise Level

One HP 255 reviewer who purchased this laptop concluded that it was quiet. Notebookcheck.net gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100 and mentioned in their HP 255 review “The notebook always works quietly - once you disabled the option "Fan always on" in”.

Easy to Use

One person wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Itpro.co.uk said “Ubuntu is versatile and intuitive” in their HP 255 review.

Nice Design

One HP 255 owner who purchased it concluded that it was ergonomic. Itpro.co.uk said “Decent ergonomics”.

Good Size

One customer who reviewed the HP 255 mentioned that it was heavy and bulky. Techradar.com rated the product 4 stars and said on expert website Techradar “It goes without saying that the HP 255 G2 isn't a computer intended for any kind of heavy use”.

Fairly Big Display Diagonal

Medium processor cores portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to the 255 have display diagonals of between 11" and 18", and the average display diagonal is 15". With a display diagonal of 15.6 inches, the HP 255 has one of the bigger display diagonals amongst medium processor cores portable PCs of this age.

There are a number of alternative 15.6" portable PCs currently available which you might also want to consider including the HP 15[plb_2784094_price], the Lenovo ThinkPad T550[plb_2738515_price], or the DELL Vostro 15[plb_2720623_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a bigger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the Asus X751LN[plb_2790407_price] (17.3"), the Acer Aspire VN7-791G[plb_3000372_price] (17.3"), or the Lenovo G70-80[plb_2969809_price] (17.3") which is also higher rated.

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Has a Front Camera

The HP 255 has a front camera. Most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the 255 also have a front camera.

We compared this laptop to all the other laptops with a front camera and we think the Fujitsu LifeBook S904[plb_2057340_price], the DELL Latitude 3150[plb_2926410_price], and the Acer Aspire E5-571[plb_2921728_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is the most frequently found wi-Fi standards on medium processor cores portable PCs that were launched more than a year ago.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The HP 255 is a two USB 2.0 ports quantity laptop. Most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type have between one and two USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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14 Reasons Against

Owner Reviews Are Poor

On average, people who bought this HP laptop rated it as 63%. Users don't rate this medium processor cores laptop very highly.

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

The HP 255 is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity notebook PC.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The HP 255 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other medium processor cores portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the 255.

We compared all the other notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard to this notebook PC and we think the Toshiba Tecra Z50[plb_2090365_price], the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_2911178_price], or the DELL Inspiron 15 3542[plb_2906883_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Only HDD Storage Media

This portable PC has an HDD storage media, which is typical of many medium processor cores portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as 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.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative notebook PCs that have an HDD storage media currently available including because of it's better review score, the Toshiba A50[plb_2247359_price], the Lenovo E455[plb_2931119_price], or the HP Pavilion 15-ab044sa[plb_2938603_price].

Notebook PCs with a better storage medium that might also be worth looking at include the Fujitsu LifeBook S904[plb_2057340_price] (SSD and higher rated), the Lenovo X250[plb_2899793_price] (SSD and higher rated), or the Panasonic Toughbook 31[plb_2913126_price] (SSD and higher rated).

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on comparable spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Slow Processor Frequency

The HP 255 has one of the slowest processor frequencys (only 1.35 gigahertz) amongst medium processor cores portable PCs of this age. Across all the medium processor cores portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year the processor frequencys range from 0.8GHz to 3GHz, and the average processor frequency is 2.2GHz.

Alternative 1.35GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B[plb_2551354_price].

Portable PCs with a faster processor frequency that might also be worth considering include the Pavilion G4[pl_2905342_price] (1.4GHz), or the 255 G4[pl_2979190_price] (1.4GHz) both from HP or the Acer Aspire ES1-520[plb_2950074_price] (1.4GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Only AMD E Processor Family

The HP 255 has an AMD E processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most medium processor cores portable PCs that came out more than a year ago.

An AMD E processor family is actually the worst processor family amongst all laptops of this age and spec.

An Intel Core i7 processor family is the best processor family across similar types of portable PC.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Medium processor cores portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to the 255 have internal memorys of between 2GB and 16GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the HP 255 has a quite small internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the 255.

Alternative 4GB internal memory laptops currently available that you might want to look at include the Lenovo ThinkPad T450[plb_2746933_price], the HP EliteBook Folio 1040[plb_2773028_price], or the DELL Latitude 15 5000[plb_2697413_price] which has better reviews.

If this portable PC internal memory is too small for you then you might want to look at the Medion Akoya E6415[plb_2882074_price] (6GB), the Lenovo Z50-70[plb_2909195_price] (6GB), or the Toshiba Satellite E45-B[plb_2845255_price] (6GB) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

Across all the medium processor cores portable PCs that have been available for more than a year the processor caches range from 1MB to 6MB. At only 1 megabyte, the HP 255 has a very small processor cache compared to most of the other medium processor cores portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the 255.

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Very Small Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)

The smallest battery capacity (Watt hours) of laptops of a similar spec and age to the 255 is 23Wh and the biggest is 120Wh. With a battery capacity (Watt hours) of only 31 watt-hours, the HP 255 has one of the smaller battery capacity (Watt hours)s amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.

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Only Two Processor Threadss

The HP 255 is a two processor threads notebook PC. Most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the 255 have between two and three processor threadss.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

Like most of the other medium processor cores portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the 255, the HP 255 does not have a touchscreen.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other portable PCs with a touchscreen and we think the Fujitsu LifeBook S904[plb_2057340_price], the Lenovo S20-30[plb_2873708_price], or the Panasonic Toughbook 31[plb_2913007_price] is also worth considering.

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Only Three Number of Battery Cellss

The HP 255 is a three number of battery cells portable PC.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 bluetooth version, which is typical of many comparable spec notebook PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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3 Other reasons to consider the HP 255

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this HP laptop was released.

Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the HP 255 has a relatively average total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of a similar type and age to the 255.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 500GB total storage capacity notebook PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the 15[pl_2784094_price], or the EliteBook 840[pl_2727152_price] both from HP or the Lenovo ThinkPad X250[plb_2740498_price].

If you are looking for a notebook PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the X1 Carbon[pl_3081569_price] (512GB), or the X250[pl_2899793_price] (512GB) both from Lenovo or the Asus UX301LA[plb_2877820_price] (512GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 2.2 kilograms, the HP 255 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other medium processor cores portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year.

We compared all the other 2.2kg heavy laptops to this portable PC and we think the HP 255[plb_2783852_price], and the Asus X551MAV[plb_2737195_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SmartCard Slot
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Expert Reviews

(8)
7 January 2016

The HP 255 G4 is a budget 15.6in Windows laptop with budget build and performance. We found no single serious flaw and it should get the job done eventually, making it ideal if you're on a tight...

4 November 2014

A decent budget laptop useful for basic word processing and web browsing...

Bargain price
Ubuntu is versatile and intuitive
Decent ergonomics
Very affordable
Responsive
Potentially unfamiliar OS
Low power levels
Uninspiring looks
Awful screen
Restricted to less demanding tasks
17 September 2014

HP has clearly aimed low with the 255 G2, but in doing so, has hit the mark. Although its performance isn't great, it's hard to be really critical of this laptop, since it's very well priced and...

16 September 2014

We liked The G2 is one of the cheapest laptops I've ever tested, and while it's hardly a premium device, everything works where it counts. Thanks to having 4GB of memory, there was no noticeable...

27 March 2014

HP 255 G2 Because of its APU, the HP 255 G2 ranks at the bottom in terms of performance. It can be used for text processing, watching videos, Internet surfing and Skype. The notebook always works...

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User Reviews

(6)
Reviewed 15 January 2015 by Tamas Opoczki

Hy! What kind of videocard has the laptop?

Reviewed 21 December 2014 by Peter Ausden
(Verified Purchase)

Good value if a little slow processor but great basic machine for everday requirements. Nice to have dvd facility.

Reviewed 11 October 2014 by PETER WALTERS

Was not impressed at. Its a pre-used item that u sold to me and there were signs on the screen to prove that. I feel so very cheated, do something about it else......

Reviewed 30 December 2013 by MH Computers | 2 Comments

In response to the review left by Les Fragnes, this particular laptop from HP should have been advertised as a Windows 8 Pro 64bit with a Windows 7 Pro 64bit downgrade.
This downgrade happens... Read more…

Reviewed 30 December 2013 by Mrs. Susan Dodsworth "SuzieDWong"
(Verified Purchase)

The laptop is a good general use one with a decent size screen and excellent speed for the money. Very pleased with product but the first attempt had to be returned as it arrived within an AMD... Read more…

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2 core AMD E 1.35GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6"
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Acer Aspire ES1-512 vs HP 255

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