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HP 255 4 Core AMD a 1.8GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

4 AMD a 1.8GHz 4GB Jun 2014
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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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8 Reasons For

A Top Selling Product

The 255 is a popular choice of notebook PC according to sales data from Amazon.

Good Brand

HP is one of the better rated notebook PC manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and HP also has good ratings for its many processor core portable PCs.

Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The HP 255 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other laptops that are a comparable age to the 255.

Other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available which you might want to consider include cheaper portable PCs such as the Pavilion 17-e098nr, or the Pavilion 17 both from HP.

It is worth considering alternative notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard including the HP Pavilion 15-n268ea.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other similar spec laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the 255, the HP 255 has a front camera.

There are a number of other portable PCs with a front camera currently available which you might also want to look at including the Pavilion 17-e098nr, or the Pavilion 17 both from HP which is cheaper.

Other portable PCs which also have a front camera that you might also want to consider include the HP Pavilion 15-n268ea.

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Light

At only 2.2 kilograms, the HP 255 is quite light compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the 255. The lightest many processor core laptop that was released around the same time as the 255 is 430g heavy and the heaviest is 4.8kg.

Other 2.2kg heavy portable PCs currently available which you might want to look at include cheaper notebook PCs such as the HP 255.

If you would consider a portable PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Toshiba C55D (2.4kg), or the HP Pavilion 15-n268ea (2.3kg).

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on many processor core portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Narrow

The average width of comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the 255 is 380mm, and the widths range from 240mm to 430mm. With a width of only 345 millimeters, the HP 255 is one of the narrower similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

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18 Reasons Against

Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of only 1.8 gigahertz, the HP 255 has one of the slower processor clock speeds amongst laptops of this age. Across all the many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the 255 the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 3GHz.

We compared all the other 1.8GHz processor clock speed laptops to this notebook PC and we think the HP 255 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

Portable PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth looking at include the HP 250 (2.16GHz), or the Asus X553 (2.16GHz) which is also cheaper.

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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 typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the 255 have internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average internal memory is 8.4GB. At only 4 gigabytes, the HP 255 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 4GB internal memory portable PCs to this notebook PC and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the Pavilion 17-e098nr, and the 255 both from HP is also worth considering.

If this HP laptop internal memory is too small for you then you might want to look at the Acer Aspire E5 (8GB).

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

The total storage capacity of portable PCs of a similar age and type to the 255 range from 32GB to 2TB, and the average total storage capacity is 710GB. The HP 255 has one of the smaller total storage capacity (only 500 gigabytes) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

We compared all the other 500GB total storage capacity laptops to this laptop and we think the HP Pavilion 17-e098nr which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the HP 255 (1TB), or the Asus X553 (1TB) which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The HP 255 does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other laptops of this type and age also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

There are a number of other laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might also want to consider including the Transformer Book T100, or the X553 both from Asus.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Very Small Processor Cache

With a processor cache of only 2 megabytes, the HP 255 has one of the smaller processor caches amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age. The average processor cache of similar spec laptops that were launched more than two years ago is 4.8MB.

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Only 1x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

The HP 255 has a maximum memory slots of 1x SO-DIMM. That's 50% less memory slots than a 2x SO-DIMM portable PC, which is the most common memory slots.

This notebook PC's memory slots (1x SO-DIMM) is actually the worst memory slots amongst all laptops that are a similar age to the 255.

The best memory slots amongst similar types of notebook PC is 4x SO-DIMM.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of only 41 watt-hours, the HP 255 has one of the smaller battery capacities amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age. The smallest battery capacity of many processor core portable PCs that have been available for more than two years is 30Wh and the biggest is 100Wh.

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Very Low Front Camera Resolution

The average front camera resolution of many processor core portable PCs that are a comparable age to the 255 is 14MP. With a front camera resolution of only 0.3 megapixels, the HP 255 has a quite low front camera resolution compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the 255.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

At only 8 gigabytes, the HP 255 has a quite small maximum internal memory (64-bit) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that came out around the same time as the 255. The maximum internal memory (64-bit) of portable PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 4GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 20GB.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of portable PCs of this age and spec is 18GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB. The HP 255 has one of the smaller maximum internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) amongst many processor core portable PCs of this age.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The HP 255 is a one USB 2.0 port laptop. Most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the 255 have between one and two USB 2.0 ports.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

The hard drive capacity of many processor core portable PCs that have been available for more than two years range from 250GB to 2TB. The hard drive capacity of the HP 255 of only 500 gigabytes is one of the smallest amongst many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Four Battery Cells

The HP 255 is a four battery cell count laptop. Most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been around for more than two years have between two and eight battery cells.

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Quite Slow Hard Drive Speed

Portable PCs that were released around the same time as the 255 have hard drive speeds of between 5,400 RPM and 7,200 RPM. The HP 255 has one of the slowest hard drive speeds (only 5,400 revolutions per minute) amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most commonly supported Bluetooth version on many processor core portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Only Four Processor Threads

The HP 255 is a four processor thread laptop. Most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age have between four and seven processor threads.

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4 Other reasons to consider the HP 255

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this many processor core laptop was released.

Average Screen Size

The HP 255 has a pretty typical screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the 255.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other 15.6" portable PCs and we think the Asus N56VZ which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this many processor core laptop screen size is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the HP Pavilion 17 (17.3") which is also cheaper.

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AMD a Processor Family

The HP 255 has an AMD A processor family which is better than most laptops of a similar age and spec to it. Most notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

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HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time 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.

We compared all the other laptops that have an HDD storage media to this laptop and we think a cheaper portable PC such as the HP Pavilion 17-e098nr or you might consider a higher scoring portable PC such as the Asus N56VZ are also worth considering.

If the storage medium of this HP laptop is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo 11e (SSD).

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Specification

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Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
Aspect Ratio
3D
LED Backlight
Display Surface
Display Number of Colours
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters Supported
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Disc Types Supported
LightScribe
Optical Drive Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Number of Built-In Speakers
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera
Networking
Near Field Communication (NFC)
4G
WWAN
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Keys
Keyboard Layout
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Recovery Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel RealSense Snapshot
Intel® RealSense Technology
Intel RealSense 3D Camera
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Battery
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Number of Battery Cells
Battery Technology
Power
Power Auto-Sensing
AC Adapter Input Voltage
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Security
Password Protection
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Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
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Packaging Data
Warranty Card
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
Operational Conditions
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
Wi-Fi Certified
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Other Features

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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