HP Pavilion Gaming 15-dk0020ns
Reviews for the HP Pavilion Gaming 15-dk0020ns
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Positive: Big screen; nice display; backlit keys; decent hardware; good connectivity. Negative: Easy getting dirt.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/14/2020
HP has refreshed its Pavilion gaming range with the latest addition to the list, the HP Pavilion Gaming 15. This laptop positioned itself just below the company’s very own OMEN line-ups. Having said that, it was expected that the Pavilion 15 would offer better value for the price than something like an OMEN 15, but sadly, this laptop only comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 to GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPUs, while the RTX 20 series has been reserved for OMEN laptops. In terms of performance, the Gaming Pavilion 15 has been equipped with an Intel Core i7-9750H processor along with a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q GPU, which is more power-efficient than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. With such a combination, this laptop is powerful enough to handle all modern triple-A games, albeit in lower than max configuration, but enough for giving users the punch. The device performs comparatively well in system benchmarks like PCMark, though. With its hexa-core CPU, powerful GPU and dual-channel RAM along with the fast NVMe SSD, it definitely creates a nimble system in combination. This again accounts for an overall improved user experience.
This laptop has obviously been introduced with a redesigned case compared to the ones that HP uses on its other Pavilion laptops. However, it does bear some resemblance to its predecessor with its overall matte, black plastic chassis. The laptop is called Shadow Black by HP, although it has contrasting green areas, including the keyboard. The most striking feature of the built of this device has to be the air outlet at the back. Apart from that, it should be noted that the Pavilion 15 does not have either a maintenance cover nor a removable battery. The entire bottom case has to be removed to access the battery or other internal components. The laptop is overall robust, but the hinges could not prevent the display from teetering while typing, which might be a drawback for some users.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the Pavilion Gaming 15 offers a good selection of ports. It comes with four USB-3.2 ports, including one Type-C Gen-2 USB port that also supports DisplayPort output with an appropriate adapter. In contrast, the remaining three Type-A ports operate on the slightly older Gen-1 standard. There is also an inclusion of one HDMI-2.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combination jack, a Gigabit Ethernet port and also a cable lock slot. The ports have been placed on both sides of the laptop for user convenience. The only drawback has to be the exclusion of a Thunderbolt 3 port, as it allows connecting an external GPU, something considered quite standard among modern gaming laptops. Despite having been introduced as a gaming laptop, there is definitely room for improvement, such as Thunderbolt 3 inclusion.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 Ryzen 5 3550H GTX 1050 is an affordable gaming laptop. The laptop combines hardware like top-notch NVIDIA graphics with mighty AMD processing power, which brings the power for gaming, creating, and multitasking. The HP Pavilion Gaming 15 is available in Shadow Black and acid green colour, which makes the gaming laptop have a bold and standout design. With unique LED lightings and matching accent to the appearance of the casing, this laptop is built to stand out. The laptop measures at 10.12 x 14.17 x 0.93 in (257.05 x 359.92 x 23.62 mm) and weighs at 4.96 lbs (2.25 kgs). The display of the laptop is a 15.6″ diagonal FHD IPS anti-glare micro-edge WLED-backlit, 250 nits, 45% NTSC (1920 x 1080) Full HD resolution and a lightning-quick refresh rate deliver smooth gameplay and lifelike visuals, so gamers see every shot, burnout, and character detail the way it was meant to be seen. Users can game anywhere indoors or out with the Pavilion’s anti-glare panel, outfitted with a non-reflective, low-gloss design for less glare, even in direct sunlight. Under the hood, it has AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processor, 8GB memory, 256GB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050. Users can tap into truly impressive performance with revolutionary AMD Ryzen 5 processors. Featuring innovative new architecture, they deliver elite, multi-threaded processing for gaming, streaming, creativity, VR and more.
To further enhance gaming experience, it has bang & Olufsen audio with HP Dual Speakers and HP Audio Boost for custom-tuned audio and premium audio quality. It is also ready for Windows Mixed Reality, users can just connect a separate Windows Mixed Reality headset and jump into the gaming action. Besides that, the Pavilion’s wide rear corner vent and enlarged air inlets maximize airflow to optimize overall performance and stability, keeping the machine cool during intense marathon sessions. Improved cooling means peak performance and stability during long gaming sessions. As for the battery, it has a 52.5Whr 3-cell lithium-ion battery. Users can power down their device and go from 0 to 50% charge in approximately 45 minutes with HP Fast Charge technology. In conclusion, the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 is an affordable and entry gaming laptop which still allows users to excel at tasks, entertainment, gaming and creation. The processor and discrete graphics processor allow users to use the laptop multi-purpose.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile: Mainstream graphics card based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture and successor to the GeForce GTX 960M. Is manufactured in a 14nm process at Samsung and the technical specifications are very similar to the desktop version.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
i5-9300H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates four processor cores clocked at 2.4 - 4.1 GHz (4 GHz with 4 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
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HP: Founded in 1939, the US company is a major server and printer manufacturer and one of the leading IT companies in the world. Until 2015, the company was called Hewlett-Packard Company. After a split, the computer division was renamed HP Inc.
In 2023, HP had an approximate market share of 22% of global PC sales, making it number 2 after Lenovo.
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