HP is pretty well known for its business laptop line up among their loyal consumers. The Spectre series is considered as the one of the best options to afford every year thanks to its high quality hardware and wonderful features. In term of gaming, not all of everyone knows that they also have of a gaming series. The HP Pavilion gaming series is actually a good option for users to want to have a powerful gaming system, but in affordable price. I actually love its 2017 model as for just under 800 dollars, it can run almost every game in relatively good performance without any issue.
Unfortunately, as the result of its cheap price point they need to make some adjustment into the hardware. I really don’t like its display because it looks bad in my opinion. In 2018, HP finally releases a refresh version for it and now coming with much better stuff. The design is completely refreshed and it also sports of newer hardware configurations. I really want to see how its improvement, so it’s better for us to take a look inside and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Looks
This is the first time HP actually completely redesign of their gaming machine and it looks great. The new chassis features of more modern and aggressive design with nice subtle and sharp edges surrounded the corner. They once again put of black finishing surface, but now featuring of nice green LED glowing logo shown on its lid cover. The build quality is impressive with great plastic reinforced material and covered in matte black finishing. Unfortunately, for some reasons its weight is slightly heavier although it comes with smaller dimension. It’s now weight for 2.30 kg and dimension at 10 x 14.4 x 1 inches.
Another nice improvement seen is located on the bezel. The bezel looks smaller and thinner than before and this is part the reason why its dimension and length are slightly smaller here. Interestingly, I find the lid frame is created from metal and not plastic which should improve the stability and reducing of flex here. Moving slightly down a little bit, you soon notice a full size keyboard with green backlit support. I love its keyboard as it feels comfortable for typing in long term of usage. The overall impression is promising with all of its quality inside.back to menu ↑
Connectivity and Upgrade Options
With its current price point, I am happy to see they put of well completely connectivity although you might miss the Thunderbolt 3 port here. Well, yeah it’s impossible to see of Thunderbolt 3 port in this price tag. But, you should be grateful enough for seeing two USB 3.0 ports and having a single USB type-C port. We also have of HDMI, audio jack 3.5 mm, LAN, Ethernet, and mini display port. All of ports are nicely placed balance between right and port. Unfortunately, some ports placed too nearly and sometimes force me to remove one of them to fit one.
For this review, I decided to get the very basic model equipped with only 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD. There is no SSD storage inside because it just costs for around 800 dollars. It should be nice for having a future hardware upgrade and you really get what you expect here. Inside, there are two DIMM slots available which one of them is free. There is a 2.5 inch HDD slot and M.2 slot for expanding the storage with better option. You can get this configuration and buying the hardware separately for saving more money here since you have no problem here.
|HP Pavilion Gaming 15||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core I5-8300H 8th Gen 2.3 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI 4GB GDDR5|
|Display Size||15.6 Inch IPS FHD|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||1TB 5400 RPM HDD|
As for the gaming purposes only, I recommend you to pick the Core I5 version because it costs you cheaper price. In gaming, you don’t really need a hexa core CPU since almost everything is dependable on the GPU. Yeah, some gaming demand an intensive CPU performance like GTA 5, but the Intel Core I5 8300H processor here is more than powerful enough. It features of four cores CPU with each of them clocked at 2.2 GHz. The performance you are going to receive here is similar to Core I7 7700HQ from the last generation that commonly seen in many laptops last year. However, you might want to have the Core I7 model if decide to do another intensive work than gaming.
Moving into its gaming performance, I manage to get some good experience for running games here. I enjoy playing Fortnite here because it runs pretty good up to 60 FPS in high setting. The game is running smoothly even during some tough situations when you meet some players. An offline game like Shado of the Tomb Raider shows of similar result and getting around 40 FPS in the same setting. You also have the GTX 1060 model if you need to ensure every single game is running up to 60 FPS, but it costs with better price of course.back to menu ↑
I have seen of MSI even now provides of a cheap gaming system with its GP and GF series because they know this market has a huge potential because people nowadays are so interested in E-Sport and not all of them want to spend more than 1000 dollars for getting one device. Going with cheaper price is a great solution for getting a new consumers and raising their popularity. The Pavilion Gaming 15 is good option if you are wondering on what kind of machine you should have here. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.