HP, the reputable manufacturer hailing from California, has released a new promising laptop called HP 15-g260nr. It features solid components such as quad-core AMD processor, 6GB RAM and a 15.6 inches display. The laptop received excellent reviews on Internet so also our expectations were high. But what did we find out? Is this notebook actually an useful tool for you? That’s what we’ll tell you below…
AMD A8-6410 is the processor of HP 15-g260nr. It is a quad-core chip with clock frequency between 2.0 and 2.4GHz, depending if turbo speed is activated. It reaches similar grade (~2500) than mobile Core i3s on PassMark tests. Thus, the A8-6410 can be described as a good all-around processor. You can also try running some demanding software on it, although for regular heavier work I’d recommend a Core i5 or i7 from the Intel side.
The computer features 6GB DDR3L SDRAM. It’s distributed on one 4GB and one 2GB chip, eating up both memory slots on the system. I’m pretty sure the laptop supports at least 8GB memory so you could swap the installed 2GB module for a 4GB one. However, whether such a change is useful or not is a different thing. 6GB is plenty for casual users and going to 8GB wouldn’t make that big difference.
There’s a 750GB 5400RPM hard drive installed in the HP. That kind of a drive is common sight in laptops of this price, giving a lot of space for your files and programs (for example ~150,000 JPEG images). A worse thing would be the speed which is nothing compared to solid-state drives. You can also put an SSD here but only after removing the default hard drive.
Display and graphics
A 15.6-inch screen is the most common one in laptops. Also HP 15-g260nr has such a display, featuring the “low end” 1366×768 resolution. People have opinions about this, but it’s indeed next to impossible to get a Full HD notebook for this price. Perhaps that will happen in a year or two but not yet. Anyway, it’s also a touch display, meaning you’ll have no problems getting used to Windows 8.1 (64-bit).
For gaming, this notebook offers Radeon R5 (Beema) integrated engine. These things are not very fast, having same kind of low performance than older Intel HD models. It’s good for lightweight titles such as Minecraft (+20FPS). Some heavier games, such as Battlefield 4, will get around 15FPS on low settings which is barely playable in my opinion.
HP 15-g260nr comes with three USB ports, of which one is the faster USB 3.0. You’ll also find an HDMI output on the left, so feel free to connect a television or desktop monitor to this unit.
You can access Internet with or without cable. The laptop has a basic 100Mbps RJ-45 port and 802.11b/g/n WiFi adapter for your networking needs. Bluetooth is not enabled.
The notebook includes a SuperMulti DVD burner for disc reading and writing. The SD card reader might also come handy with some devices such as digital cameras.
If you’re keen on Skype video chatting, you’ll be pleased to know the computer has a front-facing HD webcam.
Anything else to keep in mind?
At 5.34 pounds, HP 15-g260nr is not too cumbersome a laptop. Most 15″ notebooks actually weigh the same. Moreover, it features a 4-cell 41 Wh battery with advertised life of 5 hours 15 minutes. I’ll doubt you reach that much, but good 4 hours should be attainable.
There are no illuminated keys here, the HP is not expensive enough. However, dedicated numpad is fixed on the right.
There’s nothing that makes HP 15-g260nr very special. However, that’s not to say it’s bad. On the contrary, for basic tasks such as browsing the Internet or even watching movies from video streaming services the laptop works well. You can also try to play games, although I don’t see many new titles running with anything but low details and resolution. All the usual connections are there, and you’ll also get a DVD burner to work with discs. If these things sound like your cup of tea, going for this HP is probably worth it.