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HP 255 G1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 263 reviews of HP 255 G1. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the battery and screen. The portability and usability also get good comments, whereas there are some negative opinions about the touchpad and energy efficiency.

price, usability, portability, screen, battery

performance, keyboard, durability, energy, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP 255 G1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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HP 255 G1 H6Q85EA


Really great price, even came with a carry case that retails for ~£20 which was a nice bonus. Ubuntu runs really nicely on the hardware which is great given the pretty low spec processor. The hard drive size and RAM size are also very good for the...

The keyboard is a bit clunky but for the price not much of a complaint.

Oct, 2015

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HP 255 G1 H6Q17EA#ABU


battery life seems okay

screen display goes bright and dark flickering all the time. computer can't perform simple tasks like streaming netflix

Jul, 2015

Consumer review (

HP 255 G1 H6R11EA#ABU


All good

Windows 8 - hopeless. I had Windows 7 loaded and am now happy!

May, 2015

Consumer review (

HP 255 G1 H6Q17EA#ABU


Cheap for what you get. Looks good. Battery is not bad for if you are on the move, or using it for University lectures and the like. Nice to see a laptop without Windows on it for a change.

The touch pad ends to jump up and down the page occasionally when using the two finger scroll function. As would probability be expected when in use like playing sound and video the battery life runs out a little faster than it says it would in the...

Nov, 2014

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HP 255 G1 H6Q17EA#ABU


Made to a price but does what I want it to do perfectly. Love the idea of having an alternative OS to windows and Ubuntu is great!

Keyboard feels a bit flat.

Nov, 2014

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HP 255 G1 H6Q17EA#ABU


Give me a matte screen over a gloss one every time, no reflections! Blacks is black as well. Hand rest comfortable and keys have a nice sprung response, little wobble. Battery is 5 hours from fully charged (and new). Leaving it on suspense will drain...

Minor gripe: Low battery warnings in use are OK but finding no indicator light nor response to the on button gave me a fright first time round when I left the "on" status in suspense mode. Plug in and its live again.

Oct, 2014

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HP 255 G1 H6Q17EA#ABU


Price and great to not be paying for a MS bundle, Worked out of the box.

I immediately upgraded from the ubuntu 12.04 build to 14.04 but the touchpad stoppoed working and no fix is available on the forums. Did a new install of 12.04 and all is fine except the funtion to lock the touchpad with a double-tap is now not...

Oct, 2014

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HP 255 G1 H6Q17EA#ABU


No need to pay the "Windows tax" and fund the retirement costs of WH Gates III. For less than £200 for a brand new 15.6 inch laptop, it is a gift. Very secure-no need for antivirus, anti-malware etc. Tons of FREE software is already installed including...

Processor is not the fastest but the laptop is perfect for everyday computing tasks (email, documents, surfing net, Skype etc). Advice (not really bad points): Best to replace Ubuntu with a faster Linux OS such as Xubuntu or Linux Mint 17 MATE or...

Oct, 2014

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HP 255 G1 H6Q17EA#ABU


Doesn't have Windows, love Ubuntu, it is so easy to set up wireless, printers, everything. Quick start-up and shut down, amazing.

The very smallest niggle, the mouse pad is not smooth and it takes a little while to get used to it.

Oct, 2014

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HP 255 G1 H6Q17EA#ABU


Ubuntu operating system - didn't have to pay for useless Window$. Although quickly replaced with Mint 17 and is running all my Linux stuff perfectly.

Bit heavy but I knew that.

Oct, 2014

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery capacity (Watt hours):41 / 47
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6


Front Camera: Yes


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes


Colour of product:Black / Charcoal
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Black / Charcoal
Product Type:Notebook


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:39.6
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Matt
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No


Discrete graphics adapter: No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon HD 7000 / AMD Radeon HD 8000
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 7310 / AMD Radeon HD 7340 / AMD Radeon HD 8210


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad


Internal Memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:6 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):6
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
4G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 4570
Non-operating shock:240
Non-operating vibration:3.5
Operating altitude:0 - 3050
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85
Operating shock:40
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating vibration:1.043
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60

Optical Drive

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:10
CD write speed:24
Disc types supported:CD, DVD
DVD-R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD-R Double Layer write speed:6
DVD-R read speed:8
DVD-R write speed:8
DVD-RAM read speed:5
DVD-RAM write speed:5
DVD-RW read speed:8
DVD-RW write speed:6
DVD+R Double Layer read speed:8
DVD+R Double Layer write speed:6
DVD+R read speed:8
DVD+R write speed:8
DVD+RW read speed:8
DVD+RW write speed:8
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-ROM

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:HD

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Motherboard chipset:AMD A68M
Processor cache:1
Processor cache type:L2
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:AMD E
Processor frequency:1 / 1.48 / 1.7
Processor Model:E1-1500 / E1-2100 / E2-1800 / E2-2000
Processor threads:2

Processor special features

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: No
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Pro Wireless Display (Pro WiDi) Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel RealSense 3D Camera: No
Intel RealSense Snapshot: No
Intel RealSense Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Unite supported: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel Wireless-AC Technology: No
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): No
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): No
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Pro Wireless Display (Intel® Pro WiDi): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® RealSense Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® Unite™: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No
Intel® Wireless-AC Technology: No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Thunderbolt 3 Technology: No
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology: No


Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes


Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Linux Ubuntu / Windows 7 Professional
Recovery operating system:Windows 8.1 Pro


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 500 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:24.7 / 25.9
Height :2.81 / 3.58
Weight:2.45 / 2.5
Width:37.6 / 37.8