HP Pavilion Gaming 15 Review: A Cheaper Way to an Exciting PC Gaming Experience – CNET

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It's the light green keyboard that really reveals that HP's 15.6-inch Pavilion gaming laptop isn't just a normal mid-sized PC. Sure, there are some pretty big vents in the back, but otherwise the case is pretty tame and completely black, except for a slight green tint on the HP logo on the lid. And if you want, HP swaps green buttons for white ones, and the laptop doesn't stand out at all. At least not until you start playing on it.

To like

  • Good performance for mixed use and games
  • Memory and storage can be easily upgraded
  • Numerous ports / connections, including Wi-Fi 6, SD card slot

I do not like it

  • Apart from the green illuminated keyboard, there are no additional game-oriented functions
  • The display does not become particularly bright

As in the 2018 HP Pavilion gaming modelThe current Pavilion gaming laptop is an affordable, somewhat no-frills PC to play with and content creation as well as office or school work. The performance of the one I tested was great for new and old games, but this is a laptop that comes in a variety of configurations, so the performance depends on what's in it.

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Price as rated

$ 1,250

Display size / resolution

15.6-inch IPS screen with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels

central processor

2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-9750H

memory

16 GB DDR3 SDRAM 2.666 MHz

graphic

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q

camp

256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1 TB hard drive with 7,200 rpm

optical drive

none

Networking

802.11ax Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0

operating system

Windows 10 home page

Prices for the latest version of the laptop with Nvidia's 4 GB GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card start at $ 770 on the HP website. However, I did test a $ 1,250 version with a more powerful 6 GB GTX 1660 Ti. Both run on an Intel Core i7-9750H processor, and in general it's a good deal for what you get in terms of design, specs, and performance, and HP offers some nice upgrade options if you buy straight.

At least initially, to save money, you could use 8 GB of RAM and get by with just a 256 GB SSD to get the rest of the Pavilion Gaming 15 configuration that I tested for $ 900. This gives you the two key components – the Core i7 CPU and the GTX 1660 Ti GPU – for less than $ 1,000. Then you can simply unscrew and pry off the base plate and add more storage and storage space on your own in the future. Modern PC games can be operated with 50 GB or more, so a 256 GB SSD does not go too far.

However, if you need to spend money, you can go the other way and charge it with 32GB of memory and keep the dual drive array that I had. You can also connect the display to a 144 Hz panel for better gaming performance, or to a 4K (instead of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels) display that is aimed at content creators. The basic display is fine for general use, but its color seemed subdued and didn't get particularly bright – a common problem for inexpensive laptops. You can also easily use the HDMI or USB-C ports for an external monitor when creating color-critical content.

The component combination of my laptop has proven to be an excellent performance for everyday tasks and games. I started Battlefield V, set the quality to high and went through some campaigns in full screen mode with 1080p and never dropped below 60 frames per second during the action. The same applies to Far Cry 5, which reached 71 fps in the game's integrated benchmark. Less demanding titles like Fourteen days and older games like Titanfall 2 didn't miss a beat even at the highest detail settings.

However, all of these features affect battery life. Our video streaming test achieved a remarkable 6 hours and 22 minutes, but for general use you'll probably only get about half of it. However, this is common with gaming laptops.

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A bit of a thrill, no frills

In contrast to competing systems from Acer and DellThere are no other game-related extras such as macro buttons and software to control functions such as cooling and energy saving plans or performance data at a glance. To be honest, details of your performance can be seen in the Xbox game bar, which is opened by pressing the Windows and G keys, and the laptop easily managed the cooling itself while playing (in other cases (e.g. yours) You are in a meeting or watching a movie so you have more control.

Ultimately, HP has put together a balanced, relatively thin laptop for gaming, office, and school work that doesn't offer the high price or eye-catching appearance. However, if you're looking for more game-related features, there are plenty of them Gaming laptop options for less than $ 1,000 out there.

Geekbench 4 (multicore)

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

Note:

Longer bars mean better performance

Cinebench R15 CPU (multicore)

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

Note:

Longer bars mean better performance

Battery usage test for streaming video playback (in minutes)

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

Note:

Longer bars mean better performance

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

Note:

Longer bars mean better performance

Far Cry 5 game test (fps)

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

Note:

Longer bars mean better performance

Deus Ex: humanity divided (fps)

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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

Note:

Longer bars mean better performance

system configurations

HP Pavilion Gaming 15-dk0045cl

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-9750H; 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2.667 MHz; 6 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in Max-Q design; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB hard drive

Dell G3 15 3590

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-9300H; 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 2,667 MHz; 4 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650; 1 TB hard drive

Lenovo Legion Y545

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-9750H; 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2.667 MHz; 6 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti; 128 GB SSD + 1 TB hard drive

Dell G5 15 5590

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-9300; 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666 MHz; 4 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB hard drive

Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-9300H; 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 2,667 MHz; 4 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650; 512 GB SSD

Lenovo Legion Y730

Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666 MHz; 4 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti; 2 TB hard drive + 256 GB SSD