HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop Budget Friendly Gaming Laptop
The laptop was loaned to us by HP.
If you’re looking for a budget gaming laptop that doesn’t look like your typical gaming laptop, I’m talking Acer Predator type of design, then the 15-inch HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is probably one for you. I’ve been using it for a while now and this is my review.
In general, it has a minimalist design and when you open it up, you notice the display hinge area, it looks slick whilst being functional. the heat dissipation area is there right on top of the dual fans, you have a backlit keyboard with 1.5 mm travel and it’s a joy to type on when work is needed, the WASD buttons have extra demarcation around it for gaming and the trackpad is very responsive even without windows precision driver present. It’s not too heavy at 2.35 KG and even its charger is not bulky for easy travel.
Above the keyboard, you’ll also notice the forward firing speakers fine-tuned by B&O to produce a clean, good midrange sound, but the bass is average as a result.
Around the Pavillion, you have 2 x USB 3.0 ports, a Kensington lock and a Full-size SD card slot on the left side and on the right side, you have a 3.5 mm headphone port, 1 RJ45 Ethernet port, 1 full-size HDMI, a USB 3.0 port and a Non-thunderbolt USB Type C. On top of its lip is also a 720p webcam.
Powering the Pavillion, you get an Intel Core i5-8300H 2.3GHZ 8th Gen processor, 8GB RAM, Windows 10 Home with Windows Hello, 1TB storage, 16GB Intel Optane Memory, and an Nvidia GTX 1050 with 2GB DDR5 dedicated.
Generally, gaming is very decent but can suffer from colour accuracy due to its 1920 x 1080 IPS 60 Hhz display. you can also get a 144Hz version or 4K, but in most use cases, it’s fine for gaming on the go, generally getting decent frame rates on games like Forza and Fortnite. For the battery, I was getting 4 hours usage out of it on average but when gaming it’s better to have it plugged in.
Even with two fans and two heat pipes running across the middle, it gets hot when under heavy load and the fans get loud and noticeable. It’s also very easy to upgrade the basics such as the RAM, the NVME SSDs, and the Hard Drive if you want to swap it for an SSD drive.
For £699, the Pavillion does exactly as advertised and it looks really nice for that price point. If you need something more gamer-centric, perhaps have a look at some of the offerings from Acer.