- Video review
- Appearance and equipment
- Keyboard and touchpad
- Performance and Benchmarks
We’ve been talking a lot about “new wave” laptops lately, but the market was there before them. About 10 years ago I bought my first laptop – it was an HP Pavilion G6 for 18 thousand rubles (prices, what happened to you?). By the way, it still works. Today I have to tell you about the HP Pavilion Laptop 15 – a modern laptop for study and work tasks.
Specifications HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eh1021ur (3E3R9EA)
|Operating system|| Windows 10 Home
(free upgrade to 11)
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 5700U (up to 4.3GHz with Max Boost Clock, 8MB L3 cache, 8 cores, 16 threads), TDP 15W|
|GPU||AMD Radeon RX Vega 512MB DDR4|
|RAM|| 16 GB (2 × 8 GB)
|ROM|| 512 GB
PCIe NVMe M.2ite
|Screen||15.6″, 16:9, 1980 × 1080 dots, IPS BrightView, 60Hz, up to 250 nits, 40% NTSC, touch, 178°|
|Keyboard|| Numeric block, navigation keys
|Wireless interfaces|| WiFi: a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz
|Speakers|| B&O audio system
HP Audio Boost technology
|Webcam||HP Wide Vision 720p HD|
|Charger|| Proprietary 45W
USB-C charging supported
|Interfaces|| 1 x USB-C (10 Gbps, USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge)
2 x USB-A (5Gb/s)
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 × microSD reader
1 x 3.5mm combo mini jack
1 × power connector
1 × Kensington Nano lock slot
1 × fingerprint sensor
|ON|| Microsoft 365 (30 days)
ExpressVPN (30 days)
LastPass Premium (30 days)
|Dimensions and weight|| 36.02 × 23.4 × 1.79 cm
Appearance and equipment
The package includes the laptop itself, a 45 W power adapter, a network cable and documentation. A standard set for this kind of device, but I can’t help but pay attention to the charging form factor: it’s somehow strange to see a proprietary “brick” at 45 W while competitors are pleasing with much more versatile USB-C solutions at 65 W.
The appearance of the device is a classic modern laptop. The absence of bright design elements allows it to look organic in any environment. Body materials include aluminum and plastic, and the weight is 1.75 kg.
At the bottom there was a place for air vents, rubber feet and a pair of speakers. The Danish company Bang & Olufsen, which specializes in the production of audio and video products, is somehow involved in the sound quality. True, you should not flatter yourself: the sound quality is moderate and depends on the surface on which the laptop is installed (remember that the speakers are directed downwards). In any case, there is enough for everyday video viewing and background music.
The following connectors are located on the ends:
- 1 x USB-C (10 Gbps, USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge)
- 2 x USB-A (5Gb/s)
- 1 x HDMI 2.0
- 1 × microSD reader
- 1 x 3.5mm combo mini jack
- 1 × power connector
- 1 × Kensington Nano lock slot
The set is decent. High-quality USB-C with a bunch of features and a memory card slot are especially pleasing (too often they began to forget about it in modern laptops), and only the number of these same USB-C ports can upset.
The lid opens to ≈140°. This is enough for a “correct” landing at the table, but it may be almost enough if the user wants to do their favorite work , lounging on the couch or something like that.
The screen uses a 15.6″ IPS-matrix with FullHD resolution. Of the dubious advantages, I will note the touch layer: you can control the laptop with the help of touches, but, as for me, there is little sense in this. Firstly, on Windows it is not very convenient , secondly, the prints on the display are aesthetically unpleasant, and thirdly, on a light uniform background, the “grain” characteristic of touch displays is noticeable.
Of the features, it is worth paying attention to the moderate brightness of 250 nits and the claimed color range of 45% NTSC. The latter corresponds to ≈57-62% sRGB, which is quite enough for everything that is not related to professional color work.
Installed display specifications
Keyboard and touchpad
The keyboard includes a full-fledged numeric keypad and has a bright two-level backlight. The plastic touchpad supports gestures and is somewhat off-center to the left.
At first glance, the keyboard looks like a keyboard, but there are several non-obvious points hidden in it:
- Having placed NumPad in a relatively small device, the manufacturer did not leave free space for a comfortable hand position. The left hand often remains on the weight when working with the keys in the left edge. You notice this when working lying down or from your knees. Although, in fairness, it is worth saying that the same situation is observed with analogues (in terms of dimensions and the presence of a digital block)
- The fingerprint scanner is a gold find for laptop building. In the case of the HP Pavilion Laptop 15, it is displayed in a separate area, which is a little less convenient than the option with mounting it in the power button (you have to tap your finger twice instead of once). Although even in this version, unlocking the device is much easier than using the classic password entry.
- The location of the power button raises fears for accidental pressing exactly until the moment when you find out that it does not respond to short presses. Long press is required to turn off.
The Pavilion Laptop 15 comes preloaded with Windows 10 Home, with a free upgrade to version 11. In addition, the device also comes preinstalled with a number of trial versions of programs such as Microsoft 365, McAfee LifeSafe, ExpressVPN (currently) and LastPass Premium.
Performance and Benchmarks
As usual with many manufacturers of PCs and laptops, HP has a bunch of variations of the same device. Very different components can be hidden in the same cases, so let’s clarify that all further tests were carried out on the HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eh1021ur (3E3R9EA) with the following filling:
- Ryzen 7 5700U processor (up to 4.3GHz with Max Boost Clock, 8MB L3 cache, 8 cores, 16 threads), TDP 15W.
- Integrated graphics chip AMD Radeon RX Vega, 512 MB, DDR4.
- 16 GB DDR4 3200 RAM divided into two replaceable 8 GB sticks.
- 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 permanent storage. The disk of the notorious Western Digital is installed (details in the screenshots below).
Component Information HWiNFO64
information about CPU-Z components
SSD Speed Tests*
*All tests in performance mode. Screenshot order:
- off the grid, empty
- offline, empty
- from the network, 93% occupancy
- offline, 93% occupancy
An important feature of the device, of course, is the Ryzen 7 5700U processor, based on the Zen 2 architecture. The letter “U” in the name indicates that it belongs to an energy-efficient series with a reduced heat pack. The claimed TDP is 15W, but in stress tests we have seen an increase of up to 20W – none other than Max Boost Clock in action. The toppings are enough to work in office programs, surf the Internet in a variety of windows, as well as solve amateur-level tasks in photo and video processing (here, however, not the best color reproduction of the display will rather interfere). A good choice for those who do not put extreme tasks in front of a laptop.
As for gaming projects, they will primarily rest on the capabilities of the built-in graphics core. In heavy games, a comfortable framerate, if possible, is achieved at low and medium-low settings, often with a lower resolution. When running on mains, the Gears 5 benchmark at medium settings and FullHD resolution produced an average frame rate of 32 fps. Much less demanding Dota 2 produced about 100-120 fps at low settings and 35-40 fps at maximum. There was no significant drop in fps during offline play, but judging by the graphs, TDP above 15 W is connected only when working from the mains. You can visually evaluate the gameplay in our video review ( link with timecode ).
The economical version of the processor made it possible to get by with one cooler and a pair of heat pipes. The tests showed that the system got close to 100° CPU only in the case of the Cinebench stress test when running on mains. But for a half-hour standalone session of Dota 2 (low graphics, 60 fps, 100% scaling), the temperature was stable around 52 °. As for the noise of the cooler, it can only bother you with the loudness of the work under stressful loads. The nature of the sound is a little “whistling”.
The autonomy of the device fell on the shoulders of a battery with a capacity of 41 Wh. The included power adapter charges it with the following timings: 15 minutes – 28%, 30 – 48%, 60 – 60%, 75 – 95% and about 80-85 minutes it takes up to 100% charge. You can also charge your laptop using USB-C.
Energy-efficient filling allows you to provide about 8 hours of work, despite not the largest battery. Measurements of the duration of battery life showed the following figures:
- 60 minutes YouTube (Wi-Fi, 60% brightness, 1080p) – 13%.
- 60 minutes in the browser + ten minutes of parallel work in Lightroom – 18%.
- 30 minutes Dota (FullHD, low graphics, 100% scaling, 60 fps) – 18%.
The HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eh1021ur (3E3R9EA) is a great tool for anyone looking for a compact ultrabook for office and school use. Of the positive features, I will emphasize once again:
- Intelligent chipset that combines good power and economical power consumption.
- Replaceable RAM and ROM.
- The presence of a digital block (employees of a number of professions will appreciate it).
- The presence of HDMI and USB-C with Display Port and Power Delivery.
Somewhat confusing in this story can be:
- Touch control. If someone in the comments tells the real story of its useful application in laptops that are NOT able to open up to 360 °, I will be grateful. In my opinion, in this design, the touch harms both the display (graininess, noticeable on a light background, prints), and the final cost of the device.
- Color reproduction of 45% NTSC will rightly discourage everyone involved in photography, video, drawing, etc. from this model.
- The power supply a la “brick” looks somewhat archaic, given that the USB-C port supports charging. In our opinion, replacing the proprietary connector with another USB-C port, and the power adapter with an appropriate one, would be a much more modern, versatile and easy-to-use solution.
Fortunately, the manufacturer offers a number of variations, among which at least you can find models without touch controls, and as a maximum, an option that exactly suits your needs.
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