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Disappointing display - The HP Pavilion Gaming 15 in Review

HP Pavilion Gaming 15 in review: Inexpensive gaming laptop with good battery life
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 in review: Inexpensive gaming laptop with good battery life
The Pavilion Gaming 15's combination of CPU and GPU is able to display all current PC games smoothly on the 15.6-inch screen. On top of that, it comes with an NVMe SSD, 8 GB of RAM (dual-channel mode) and very good battery life. However, the display is disappointing.
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The Pavilion Gaming 15 series contains 15.6-inch gaming laptops with a focus on good value for a low price. Within HP's lineup, the highest-performance laptops can be found in the Omen series. Our configuration of the test model can be purchased for ~$699. It is powered by a Ryzen 5 3550H APU and a GeForce GTX 1050 GPU.

Both cores are able to run at consistently high speeds. The GPU in particular reaches a performance level that is far beyond the specified core clocks. The laptop does what it was designed for: It is able to smoothly run all of the games in our database. In most cases, the Full HD resolution and medium to high graphics quality settings can be chosen. A few demanding games will require users to lower the resolution and/or quality setttings to keep the frame rates sufficiently high.

Hewlett Packard has wrapped the components up in a well-built plastic chassis. Its rigidity leaves something to be desired, however. Furthermore, the dim Full HD display with poor viewing angles and a low contrast ratio represents a big weakness of the laptop. In this aspect of the Pavilion, the low price of the device shows. Meanwhile, the battery life is surprisingly very good and even better than that of most office laptops.

Much more information and benchmark results can be found in our review of the HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0002ng.

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Sascha Mölck
Editor of the original article: Sascha Mölck - Senior Staff Writer - 776 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
Marius Schell
Translator: Marius Schell - Staff Writer - 258 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.
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Sascha Mölck, 2020-03-27 (Update: 2020-03-24)