Right now, we find ourselves back into the budget territory. In this review, we’ll be going over the budget-friendly HP 250 G8. This is the 3rd different version of the HP 250 G8 that we’re going over. The previous products came with TN panels which was a huge letdown. With that being said, it was more than expected given the cost-cutting nature of these panels. Likewise, they slashed costs through the material makeup.
While having a TN panel in 2021 does feel weird, you don’t have to. They make an IPS version of this laptop which can be a good option for those that want better colours. If you have the extra funds, you can always spring for it. Regardless, the laptop has a lot of options when it comes to the configurations you can get with it. You’ll find both AMD options and Intel options. You will even find flagship options stemming from Intel’s latest CPU’s including Tiger Lake and Ice Lake.
Likewise, you can get WiFi 6 on board. It’s important to keep in mind that HP is very likely to sell out of the laptop no matter what. However, this model is sure to bring in a lot of interested parties other than those already checking for it.
HP 250 G8 Specs
- Display diagonal: 39.6 cm (15.6″)
- Display resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
- LED backlight: Yes
- Native aspect ratio16:9
- Anti-glare screen: Yes
- Display brightness: 250 cd/m²
- Display diagonal: 39.6 cm/15.6 in
- RGB colour space: NTSC
- Colour gamut: 45%
- Touchscreen: No
- HD type: Full HD
- Panel type: IPS
- Processor manufacturer: Intel
- Processor generation11th gen Intel® Core™ i5
- Processor model: i5-1135G7
- Processor frequency: 2.4 GHz
- Processor boost frequency: 4.2 GHz
- Processor family *Intel® Core™ i5
- Processor cores: 4
- Processor threads: 8
- Processor cache8 MB
- Processor cache type: L3
- Configurable TDP-up frequency: 2.4 GHz
- Configurable TDP-up: 28 W
- Configurable TDP-down: 12 W
- Configurable TDP-down frequency: 0.9 GHz
- Internal memory : 8 GB
- Internal memory type: DDR4-SDRAM
- Memory clock speed: 2666 MHz
- Memory: 1 x 8 GB
- Maximum internal memory: 16 GB
- Total storage capacity: 256 GB
- Storage media: SSD
- Total SSDs capacity: 256 GB
- Number of SSDs installed: 1
- SSD capacity: 256 GB
- SSD Interface: PCI Express, NVMe
- SSD form factor: M.2
- Optical drive: No
- Card reader: Integrated
- Compatible memory cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
- On-board graphics card: Yes
- Card model: Intel® UHD Graphics
- Number of built-in speakers: 2
- Built-in microphone: Yes
- Front camera
- Front camera HD
- Bluetooth: Yes
- Wi-Fi: 6 (802.11ax)
Design and Construction
When it comes to the design and construction, things could be better. The first thing that you’ll notice when you hold it is that it’s made out of entirely plastic. This isn’t ideal. However, it’s not an older design. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about having a dated look. The previous iteration shaved a lot of weight off the unit. Along with the weight, the profile was slimmed down. This iteration took it a step further and shaved it 2mm slimmer to 19.9mm. They even managed to design a body that’s 40 grams lighter. While the plastic look and feel could be better, the actual chassis is very sturdy and doesn’t flex much. This is a good compromise considering the portability it delivers.
The biggest downside comes when you open the laptop. The lid of the laptop is quite flexible. Unfortunately, this is where your TN panel is situated. It can result in fairly significant ghosting in the TN panel. The display is both TN and matte. While the display is surrounded by bezels, they aren’t too thick. They are thin enough that it looks good. The top bezel is where you’ll find an HD camera for video conferencing.
At the base of the laptop, you’ll find a speaker grill. This is located directly above the keyboard. Between both the keyboard and the grill, you’ll find the conveniently located power button near the left side of the base.
The touchpad is not the greatest. Unfortunately, this is an area that you will be using frequently. Not only is the tracking not optimal, but the dedicated buttons for it don’t provide sufficient travel. They offer too much resistance which can make it increasingly difficult to press accurately.
Towards the bottom panel, you’ll find vents. This is where all of the heat gets removed from the unit.
On the very left side of the laptop, you will find an RJ-45 connector. You will also find an HDMI 1.4b connector and even a USB Type-C connector. The laptop also has an audio jack. If you move towards the opposite side, you will find the charging port, an SD card reader, and traditional USB Type-A ports.
HP 250 G8 comes with a TN panel that’s 1080p or Full HD. The model number for the unit is Innolux CMN1526. The screen measures 15.6-inches. As mentioned, it delivers a resolution of 1080p. The screen ratio for the laptop sits at 16:9. The pixel density of the display sits at 142ppi. The screen can be labelled as Retina because of its pixel density when viewed at 60cm or further.
This is one of the areas where this laptop shines. When it comes to gaming response time, TN is better. TN panels naturally have a better response time than IPS panels. The reaction time is tested with the traditional “black to white” and “white to black” methods.
The response time was recorded at 12ms.
PWM (Screen flickering)
PWN or Pulse-width modulation is one of the ways a monitor’s brightness is controlled. Whenever you lower the brightness of your monitor, the light itself isn’t lowered. Rather, it’s turned off and on by the electrical board. It’s not supposed to be noticeable. However, many are sensitive to it. These micro-pulses of light can be harmful to your eyes if you look at them for too long. You can learn more about PWM and its potentially harmful effects in our dedicated article.
HP 250 G8’s TN display backlight utilizes PWM up until it reaches 80 nits of brightness. However, the PWM does have a much higher frequency. Therefore, the display is easy to use for a longer period comfortably.
One of the things that you may be concerned with when it comes to eye health is your exposure to blue light. Our Health-Guard profile helps to reduce PWM and the impact it can have on your eye health. However, it also helps to reduce exposure to harmful Blue light emissions. This helps to keep your eye health optimal while not significantly altering colour reproduction. If you don’t know what Blue Light is, here is a quick explanation. In simple terms, it’s a light emission in a spectrum that can harm your eyes when exposed for longer periods.
While the included TN panel is certainly not something we expected to see in 2021, it’s rather high quality. While it doesn’t have the best contrast ratio and it does suffer from narrow viewing angles, it doesn’t have aggressive PWM and it’s rather quick when it comes to gaming performance due to its fast response times. Because of this, it makes for a good gaming laptop.