A laptop made for audio video editing: HP Notebook 15-db0037ns – AMD A4-9125

As a preamble to this test

Latest release in the range HP, we’ve been running tests onNotebook 15-db0037ns…What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

Notebook 15-db0037ns the right choice for surfing the internet?

Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
It is to respond to this type of need that HP has developed this Notebook 15-db0037ns.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
With a 15.6 inches size, you’re going to have some trouble carrying it around. The manufacturer offers a processor AMD A4-9125; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
With its 256 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. HP comes with this Notebook 15-db0037ns a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 6 hours of tranquility. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.

Notebook 15-db0037ns the right choice for watching movies ?

High quality, the engineers of HP have chosen to make this Notebook 15-db0037ns the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. A quality of image and sound that allows it to achieve an excellent score in this category.
For this model, HP thought big. Large by size, with 15.6 inches and a high resolution of 1600×900. Because of its wide screen, it is perfectly designed for watching movies. The rendering is bright and vivid, and if you take a moment to look at the screen from several angles you will see that there is no distortion of the image or inverted colors.
One of the disadvantages of this size, however, is the overall weight: 1.8 kg that will have to be transported.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
On the sound side, it Notebook 15-db0037ns has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor AMD A4-9125 that is several years old now. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
With AMD Radeon R3, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 3 ports.Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
As for battery life, it Notebook 15-db0037ns can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. 6 hours of battery life is enough for the vast majority of the videos you’ll see. 

Is Notebook 15-db0037ns planned for travelling ?

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Notebook 15-db0037ns to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this Notebook 15-db0037ns of 1.8 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. For 15.6 inches, on the other hand, it allows you to have a clear display when you want to browse the internet or write e-mails.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. The viewing is up to the mark.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor AMD A4-9125; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
The result is a poorer autonomy. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 6 hours.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this Notebook 15-db0037ns will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
When away on business, your laptop will mostly stay at the hotel. Its size does not invite you to carry it everywhere you go. Indeed, because of its size, 15.6 inches, you have there, one of the largest laptops of the moment.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Finally with the Notebook 15-db0037ns, HP deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

Notebook 15-db0037ns the right choice for audio or video editing ?

For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. With this Notebook 15-db0037ns, you can be sure you have the right machine. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, HP has designed an interesting product. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor AMD A4-9125 that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, HP made the choice to put only one SSD. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The Notebook 15-db0037ns has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
For the autonomy part, HP proposes last generation batteries. Indicated for an autonomy of 6 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. However, it’s still a decent average range.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Notebook 15-db0037ns receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
It Notebook 15-db0037ns is consequently well designed for this type of use. Perfectly designed for audio video use. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.

The Notebook 15-db0037ns for online or local games.

It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Our tests have shown that yhis Notebook 15-db0037ns wasn’t designed for video games. Clearly, HP has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
With only 1600×900, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
With its 256 Gb of space, this Notebook 15-db0037ns is on a level playing field with its competitors. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
No 5GHZ network possible in wifi on Notebook 15-db0037ns. Too bad, it could have been interesting.
With a weight 1.8 Kg and a screen size of 15.6 inches, it is a tool in the average of other laptops.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 6 hours.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this Notebook 15-db0037ns one. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.

The Notebook 15-db0037ns for office automation.

Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. Perfectly office oriented, this Notebook 15-db0037ns is efficient.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. In short, an average laptop with 1.8 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
HP chose the matt tile option for thisNotebook 15-db0037ns that does not reflect light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
As far as storage goes, this computer’s in the average. Equipped with a hard drive of 256 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
In short, it Notebook 15-db0037ns is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. The right choice for anyone who wants an efficient computer.

What about the Notebook 15-db0037ns ?

Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The Notebook 15-db0037ns’ is average but will do the job very well.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– travel use
– playing video games
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks