In the field of computing power, the HP 15-db1002ng laptop is able to leave all competitors behind thanks to the AMD Ryzen processor. And with the equipment here everything is at its best.
With its high-performance, but at the same time low-cost processors, AMD decently shook the desktop market. But in the notebook segment Intel managed to defend its dominant position. Intel had a particular advantage in the field of efficiency. But with the advent of the new mobile architecture for the Ryzen 3000 series processors, AMD also wants to gain a foothold here. This is especially evident in the HP 15-db1002ng model.
We look inside
During our tests, an inexpensive universal laptop managed to show its best qualities, so much so that the 15-inch device took first place in the ranking of laptops costing up to 40,000 rubles. He managed to shine in terms of price and quality.
At the same time, this cannot be said from the side on the laptop. HP has placed top-end hardware in its “low-cost” entry-level device enclosure. Both visually and tactilely the 15-db1002ng gives the impression of a plastic box – neither aluminum nor other expensive materials are visible. In principle, the device turned out to be stable, but during the test we noticed a discrepancy in some joints. In terms of design and in the price range of up to 40,000 rubles, you can find laptops with much better and higher-quality cases.
Ryzen 3000 Series Delivers Superior Performance
The seventh and eighth generation Intel Core processors have so far received the best performance ratings in our ranking of laptops worth up to 500 euros. In the previous leader of the corresponding rating, the Lenovo V130-15IKB laptop, Intel Core i3-7020U and 8 GB of RAM, they provided decent performance when performing multimedia and office tasks. But according to the test results, the HP 15-db1002ng leaves this competitor far behind itself and proclaims itself as a new benchmark in the ranking.
This HP notebook has an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U dual-core processor, which has a base clock frequency of 2.6 GHz, which in Boost mode rises to 3.5 GHz. The processor is supported by an integrated graphics chip Radeon Vega 3. The amount of RAM is 8 GB. Older AMD Ryzen 2000 series mobile processors struggled with performance limitations, and above all, high power consumption. AMD has already managed to cope with this problem.
In all benchmark results, the HP 15-db1002ng has an advantage, especially noticeable in productivity and graphics performance. You will get comparable performance only when using the Intel Core i5-8250U, and devices with such a processor will cost significantly more than 500 euros. AMD is fully recouped at its low prices. At the same time, the Ryzen 3 3200U is even the “slowest” processor of the 3000th line. The built-in SSD also helps to ensure that applications open quickly, and the pace of their work was confident. We rate the performance as “very good” and the device ranks first in the corresponding rating.
Really chic equipment
The second brilliant feature of the HP 15-db1002ng is its outstanding equipment. In the price category of up to 500 euros, it is hardly possible to wish for the best. As a data warehouse, you get a 128-gigabyte SSD in fast M.2 format and a 1-terabyte SATA-HDD. In addition, there is a DVD writer as an optical drive and an SD card reader for SDXC memory cards. Wireless communications are provided through ac-WLAN and Bluetooth 4.2, but there is also a gigabit port for a network cable. You can connect an external monitor to this unit via HDMI. For the cable from the headphones there is a classic audio output, the webcam has an integrated digital microphone.
Three USB Type-A ports are presented as interfaces for transferring data by wire, of which two are compliant with the USB 3.1 Gen1 standard, and one is USB 2.0. USB Type-C is not available here, but on laptops costing less than 500 euros it is extremely rare. We see a reason for criticizing the interfaces in their location on the case: LAN, HDMI and two USB are arranged in a row with an interval of 4 mm from each other. If you insert a USB flash drive into a USB port, then immediately block two adjacent connectors. But ordinary plugs, for example, from the mouse, you can connect side by side. As the operating system installed Windows 10 Home.
Display with good brightness and some imperfections
The 15.6-inch HP 15-db1002ng display we rate as overall good. But even in the category of up to 500 euros you can find copies with much higher quality. In this case, in the end, the TN-LC-panel of the HP laptop shows a good maximum brightness: 262 cd / m2 – this is an excellent indicator. But in fairness it is worth noting that you will achieve such brightness from the device only if it is connected to an outlet. In battery mode, the system automatically switches to the mode when the maximum brightness is limited to 180 cd / m2. This can only be changed in the driver settings.
The resolution of the matte display without the touch input function is Full-HD (1920 × 1080 pixels), that is, the pixel density of the image is adequate. Chess contrast is 149: 1, which is an acceptable average. In the price category of up to 500 euros, as a rule, it is rare to find impressive coverage of the color space, 65 percent of sRGB is the most common case. The HP 15-db1002ng displays 61 percent of the sRGB color space, but you won’t notice much difference. For work with graphics, he, of course, is probably not suitable. But in the end, the LC-panel is normal here, the image quality can be considered balanced.
Get used to the plastic case
The case for HP entry-level devices comes with a standard keyboard and we have come across it quite often. Thus, the feeling of entering text while working on the HP 15-db1002ng is normal, but rather an amateur. The rough surface of the buttons prevents slipping, and the keys are located and good. Freewheeling height is not large, but satisfactory, pressure resistance is also good. But visually, the keyboard does not look very high-quality, like the rest of the case, and when typing, you can hear the tapping of keys.
The “mouse substitute” is good. Your fingers will stick a little to the surface of the touchpad, but in general they do not brake. Separate mouse buttons on board are available. The lower edge of the body, on which the wrists lie, is a little rude. And since there are two plastic elements, there remains a gap and an edging islet. But everything is within the permissible. And under the full load of the system, the fan remains quiet. The display opens easily without holding the bottom. In general, the impression of workmanship remains like a cheap device, but ergonomics are still satisfactory.
Improvements in the AMD Ryzen-3000 line of mobile processors have touched on energy efficiency optimization. The HP 15-db1002ng also benefits from this. Although its battery life is still not impressive, it has become at least better than previous devices with AMD processors. In video playback mode, the battery power. 42 Wh can last 05 hours 37 minutes, and with a simulated workload – 04 hours 02 minutes. This is an acceptable result. Being a 15.6-inch device with a thick inexpensive case, this HP laptop turned out to be somewhat bulky, and with a weight of 2 kg it was also quite heavy. Including therefore the assessment for mobility suffered. In the end, we gave the device a rating of “satisfactory.”
Super price for top performance
Notebook HP 15-db1002ng at the time of testing on sale can be found for about 30 000 rubles. The manufacturer’s recommended price is 35,000 rubles. For the proposed performance of the AMD processor and top-end equipment, this price can be considered very attractive. Despite the inexpensive appearance, you get the best device in our notebook rating for up to 40,000 rubles. Competitors can only offer better displays and longer battery life.
According to the test results, the HP 15-db1002ng has established itself as a new top-end device among laptops costing up to 40,000 rubles. First of all, in the field of computing power, this laptop can leave all competitors behind thanks to the AMD Ryzen processor. And the equipment can hardly be better. The display is good, but mobility is only normal. With all this, HP has placed all the iron in a rather cheap case, which primarily affects ergonomics. But we get a new leader in the rating at a great price.