• Good performance
  • Tactile keyboard
  • Precision touchpad
  • Enough-solid build
  • Type-C port
  • Poor screen colour gamut
  • Display is below-average brighter
  • Keyboard backlit is dim
  • Disappointing results for video conference
  • CPU undervolting is effective in performance increment and temperature reduction
  • Cooling pad is useless
  • Can do
  • Web/Desktop Programming
  • Graphics editing & poor video editing
  • Web browsing
  • Smooth multitasking
  • Cannot do
  • iOS/Mac Programming
  • Gaming
  • Android development with emulators in parallel
  • Smooth video editing
  • Machine learning
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Hello, guys. Today, in this article, I am going to review the HP 15 15s-Eq0500AU laptop in detail. In addition to that, I will also compare it with other laptops that I have reviewed.

Table of Contents

So, let’s get started. But, before I proceed, read out my article on the explanation of laptop specs to get the basic idea on specs. Furthermore, I have received this review unit from New Delhi. And, it has the following specs.

Technical Specs of HP 15 15s-Eq0500AU

HP 15 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.
  • CPU: 2.1GHz 4 Core AMD Ryzen 5-3500U Processor | 3.7GHz Max speed
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
  • RAM: 2400MHz 8GB Single Channel DDR4 | Upgradable to 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD Storage
  • Display: 15.6-inch FHD display | VA & Anti-glare Panel | 217 nits
  • Battery: 41Wh 3 Cell Li-ion battery | Lasted for 6 hours and 14 minutes on YouTube watching.
  • Weight: 3.72 lbs (1.69kg)
  • Laptop dimensions: 35.8 x 24.2 x 1.8 cms
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11ac/a/g/b/n Wi-Fi

The Build Quality and Material

All plastic build of HP 15 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

The HP 15s Eq0500AU laptop has all-plastic build. Despite made of plastic, the build quality is pretty solid and sturdy enough. The edges and corners are rounded, which reflects a bit premium feeling.

Dimensions and Weight

The dimensions of this laptop are 32.8 cms (14.09-inch) in width, 24.2 cms (9.52-inch) in depth, and 1.8 cms (0.7-inch) in height. The weight of this laptop was measured using a propert weight meter. And, it is for

  • Laptop only: 1.69 kg (3.72 lbs)
  • Laptop with charging accessories: 1.724 kg (3.8 lbs)

The purpose of measuring the weight with accessories is to give you an idea about the weight that may need to carry while traveling.

So, this laptop is lighter than Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 (1.8 kg), Asus VivoBook 14 X415JA (1.6 kg) and Lenovo IdeaPad S145 (1.85 kg). But heavier than Mi Notebook 14 Horizon (1.35 kg).

Display Quality and Color Reproduction

Size and Quality

14-inch FHD VA display of HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

The 15.6-inch FHD display has 60Hz refresh rate and VA panel. It's surrounded by 7.5mm side bezels. The display however has not as good viewing angles as of IPS panel. But, it seems okay. It's not better when compared to Asus VivoBook 14 X415JA laptop. But, it's similar to Dell 14 3493 (WVA panel), Lenovo IdeaPad S145 (VA panel), and VivoBook M513 (VA panel).

Color Reproduction Efficiency

Screen colour gamut of HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

As shown in the above image, Spyder 5 PRO has ended up the testing with 59% of SRGB, 41% of AdobeRGB, and 38% of NTSC color gamut results. So, the display is falling on average side in terms of color gamut. It’s okay for students and office-level jobs but not good for professional photo and video editing.

Is the display enough bright?

HP 15s-Eq0500AU display nits at different levels of brightness.

The display nits at 100% brightness level are just 217, which too low. At Thanalysis, we recommend at least 300 nits for the display to properly see the content of screen during sun light.

In addition to that, the IPS display has below an average screen contrast ratio of 1100:1. At Thanalysis, we recommend at least 1000:1 of contrast ratio for the screen.

Screen Flex

When intentionally moved the screen up and down with fingers, I found some flex there. The flex was caused due to the plastic lid, and it was little more than average. But, that wasn’t a problem for me during normal use.

In addition to that, the hinge runs mostly along the base. And, that's what contributed to lower the screen flex. While trying to open the display with one finger, I failed. You must have to put your second hand on the base to open this machine. So, that demonstrates the unevenly distributed weight across the hinge.

Keyboard – Tactile, Flex, Build, and RGB Backlit?

Keyboard Flex and Build Quality

Keyboard flex on the HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

The keyboard is made of plastic and has plastic island. The keys are also of same material. The silver keys have dark grey colour. But, the keys are not easily visible as they are in Asus VivoBook 14 X415JA laptop. At Thanalysis, we recommend the black keys with white fonts on it to make the visibility more easier and faster.

While pushing it down hard using fingers with fair pressure, I found little more flex there. But, I faced no issues during normal use. If you want to go for a laptop with almost no keyboard flex, then go for Dell Inspiron 14 3493.

Backlit

The keyboard has single zonal white backlit. However, the backlit is not able to fully illuminate the keys. Overall, I'm a little bit disappointed with the backlit quality.

Tactile Feedback?

Typing experience consists of many things like tactile feedback, clicky keys, typing noise, shallow feeling for poorly designed keyboard, and many more.

During typing, I found the keys were traveling 1.45 distance down. The keys are giving consistent tactile feedback. In addition to that, I felt the keys a little bigger than average when I have typed on it for the first time. But, over time, I got used to it.

The power button is too thin but placed top of the keyboard. So that, you won't be able to press it accidentally during typing.

Small and Messy 2 Arrow Keys

The keyboard has two arrow keys - Up and Down arrow - which are smaller in size and very closely place. As a result, you may get it pressed accidentally.

But, they aren’t a problem for office use. And, this isn’t a gaming laptop. Hence, you don’t have to consider it important.

Precision Touchpad

The 4.5-inch wide plastic touchpad of HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

This 4.5-inch wider plastic touchpad is smooth and responsive. It is also Windows recognized precision unit. In addition to that, it does click down anywhere. Despite being precision-enabled, it's surprising thing for me that the touchpad is not accurate at tracking zoom gesture.

If you're about to use it for gaming, I recommend buying a dedicated mouse.

Fingerprints on the Smooth Surface

Fingerprints do show up on the smooth matte finish of this laptop. But, you can easily clean it using a micro-fiber cloth. However, because of light silver colour, they aren't directly visible. In addition to that, I found no color change in the interior over the use.

I am telling this because while reviewing the Alienware m15 R2 gaming laptop, I found its white interior slightly yellowish at some part. Also, it was hard to clean. But that’s not the case with this machine.

RAM

HP has equipped an 8GB of Single Channel 2400MHz DDR4 RAM which can also be upgradable to 16GB. So, a quite big amount of RAM for you to make the multitasking better and smoother compared to a 4GB RAM.

Furthermore, Dual channel RAM gives better performance than the Single channel one. Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 has Dual channel 3200MHz DDR4 RAM.

Processor and Graphics

As my review unit was restricted from touching the internals, I was unable to remove the bottom cover. But that didn’t stop me from getting internals’ performance.

AMD Ryzen 5-3500U 4 Core 8 Thread processor and AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU is powering the performance of this laptop. The CPU has a base speed of 2.1GHz which can be boosted to the maximum of 3.7GHz.

Furthermore, this HP 15s Eq0500AU laptop has 512GB of SSD storage. It allows you to read and write large files at very fast speed.

Now, let’s check some of the CPU benchmarks.

Cinebench R20 Score

I have taken 3 runs of Cinebench to show you an average of it. Furthermore, Cinebench is a tool used to measure CPU performance.

Cinebench R20 benchmark scores for HP 15 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

In the Cinebench R20 test, the single core and multi core scores were 369 and 1451, respectively, when tested without a cooling pad. The test with cooling pad raised the CB multi core score just by 1. But, during 0.15v CPU Undervolting, the multi core score has raised to 1471.

So, it clearly indicates that the cooling pad is useless for this laptop in terms of performance increment.

Now, the question is what these scores tell.

First of all, During the testing, Cinebench R20 puts an excessive load on the CPU to execute the tasks. By doing so, it will check machine’s cooling solution also which other tool doesn’t except for 3DMark. So, when the CPU comes under a heavy load, thermal throttling takes place in the processor and it reduces the performance.

For example, If your CPU has max clock speeds of 4.5GHz, then you will reach 4.1GHz max during gaming or stress tests. The reason for not picking up the limit is thermal throttling. So, If the Cinebench R20 score of the laptop is high means the laptop has high powerful CPU with a better thermal management.

Now, let’s check Geekbench benchmarks.

Geekbench 5 Scores

Geekbench 5 single core and multi core scores for HP 15 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

When tested this laptop using Geekbench 5, it has scored 907 for single core and 3241 for multi core.

Now, what does this score tell? It tells the performance of the laptop. The higher the score, the higher the performance. Here, you have to consider the multi core score. Look, Geekbench doesn’t put an excessive load on the CPU like Cinebench R20. And, Geekbench consider mainly productivity tasks like emailing, browsing, multitasking, and etc to evaluate the hardware.

And, such ways cannot give you an idea about the cooling solution. Because tiny tasks doesn’t make much weight on the CPU. Hence, If the laptop has higher Geekbench multi core score means its capability for productivity is much better. But, at the same time, information about thermal throttling and cooling solution will remain unanswered by this tool.

Hence, for gamers and programmers, Geekbench isn’t a tool to evaluate the laptop. It’s better to consider Cinebench here. And, for normal users or office users, this one seems to be getting the job done.

The GB score of this machine reflects average productivity ability.

Average CPU Clock Speed

The CPU clock speed was measured by performing the stress test using AIDA64. The results of an average of 3 runs are in the below image.

Average CPU clock speeds of HP 15 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

The CPU clock speed during stress test at auto fan was changing a bit around 2900MHz. And, the same test with the use of cooling pad raised it to 2912MHz. But, the 0.15v CPU undervolting has increased it to 3223MHz, which is too noticeable.

In addition to that, It’s useless to measure the GPU clock speed. Because it’s integrated on the same silicon board. It’s not for heavy tasks. Hence, it’s better to skip. Furthermore, this HP 15 15s-Eq0500AU machine is neither a gaming machine nor it has even MX series GPU. So, it’s void to conduct the TDP (Thermal power design) test.

As gaming requires more resources, it’s become worthy of measuring the TDP and different ways to reduce it. But that’s not the case with this machine.

Video Editing Performance

The video editing performance of this laptop was tested by two ways.

  • Average of the video export time
  • Multitasking during video export

Average of the video export time

In this test, I have exported the 16 minutes and 13 seconds long video in YouTube 4K H.264 preset using Adobe Premier CC. And I have repeated the same test 4 times further to show you the average result.

Video export benchmarks of HP 15 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

So, during my video export test using Adobe Premier CC, this HP 15 15s-Eq0500AU laptop has exported the video in an average of 30 minutes and 37 seconds. That’s too much.

Multitasking during video export

The motive to conduct this test wasn’t other than to rate the smoothness of this laptop when the CPU is busy with intense work. I have checked the following during the video export, the touchpad, keyboard, and laptop’s response time.

So, During this test, I found this laptop almost laggy. As it has no dedicated NVIDIA graphics, not even of the MX series, the expectation of good performance is useless. Overall, I found it below an average for video editing like Asus VivoBook 14 X415JA, Inspiron 3493, IdeaPad S145, and Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 when compared to Mi Notebook 14 Horizon edition.

Thermal Performance

This test was performed to tell you whether the cooling pad is efficient in temperature reduction with stable or increased performance. For the stress test, I have used the AIDA64 tool. So, the results are in the below image.

Average CPU temperature of HP 15 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

At idle, the CPU was 51 degrees C hot. In a stress test at an auto fan without a cooling pad, the CPU temperature was found at 79 degrees Celsius. With a cooling pad, its temperature was reduced by 1 degree Celsius. And, with 0.15v CPU UV, the temperature was further decreased to 74.6 degrees Celsius. So, that’s the result of an average of 3 runs.

So, the cooling pad has shown no noticeable change in temperature reduction. It's better not to buy it.

Laptop’s Exterior Temperature

At idle at an auto fan, both the palm rest and a keyboard were found pretty cool.

During the stress test, the keyboard was found at mid 42 C. The top of the base was near 45 C. At the same time, Both touchpad and a palm rest found cool. And nearly identical results obtained when used the cooling pad.

Here again, the cooling pad is found unworthy for this laptop.

Fans Noise Level

Fan noise of HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop during idle state and stress test at auto fan.

This HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop has only one fan, like, in other laptops in ₹50,000 price range.

At idle, the fan’s noise was 33.2dB – completely silent, even than other laptops I have tested. During the stress test, it was 49.1dB louder. So, In the conference room, this laptop won’t distract you and the guy sitting next to you.

In addition to that, the gaming laptops have the most noisy fans. If you read my review articles of Dell Alienware m15 R2, Lenovo Legion 7i, MSI GS65 Stealth-004, and Razer Blade Pro 17 gaming laptops, you will find the noise emitted by their fans was reaching 60dB. And, that’s become equal to the noise emitted by washing machine, hair dryer, and electric toothbrush. But, this one isn’t a gaming laptop. Such scenario is not the case with this laptop.

Camera and Microphone

The 720p camera and microphone are located at the top bezel of screen. When tested outdoor, I found both a little bit below-average in quality. I have rated both of them 4/10.

Furthermore, the camera has no support for Windows Hello unlock.

Speakers

The 2 up-firing speakers are located at the top of the keyboard. There are many holes in a long belt. At Thanalysis, we've reviewed many laptops and based on our analysis, we found that top-firing speakers are pretty good compared to bottom or side firing ones.

I have used the Digitech sound level meter. It has measured the 73dB of the sound level while watching the YouTube video at maximum volume. For more detailed information about speakers’ quality, I have done the LatencyMon test. And, the LatencyMon results were just an average.

It's to note that the speaker quality is good but it's not enough-loud.

Ports on the HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop

Left side

Ports on the HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

On the left side of this laptop, there are the following ports from left to right.

  • 1 Power input
  • 2 USB 3.0 Type-A

Right Side

Ports on the very-right of the HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

On the right side of this laptop, there are the following ports from left to right.

  • 1 Full size SD card reader
  • 1 3.5mm Audio/Combo jack
  • 1 USB Type-C
  • 1 HDMI 1.4

Backside

There are air exhausts on the backside of the HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

Air Intake Vents

Air intake vents on the back cover of the HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

The air intake vents are placed on the backside cover directly above the fan. But, I think they are not useful. Thermal tests revealed that even the cooling pad is unable to make any noticeable change in CPU’s temperature.

Battery

Battery life of HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop.

The 41Wh 3-Cell battery lasted for 73 minutes during the continuous stress test. And, during YouTube watching at 50% of screen brightness and background apps disabled, it has lasted for 6 hours and 14 minutes.

Storage

Let me tell you that this Mi Notebook 14 Horizon has a 512GB of PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD storage. I have measured its speed and performance using CrystalDiskMark. CrystalDiskMark is a tool most popular for the measurement of storage's performance.

HP 15s-Eq0500AU laptop's SSD storage speed test results using CrystalDiskMark.

You can see that it's too fast at reading and writing. The reading speed is almost 1541MB/sec and writing speed is almost 748MB/sec.

Furthermore, as this HP laptop has no dedicated graphics card, I have not tested the gaming benchmarks.

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