Review: HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15

The Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15 from HP is the company’s first-ever gaming laptops running AMD processors. Available at a very affordable price point starting at AED 3,299 for a gaming laptop, the HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15 pairs the goodness of AMD’s Ryzen processors with the power of NVidia’s GeForce GTX graphics.

The overall design is quite minimalistic and the build quality is sturdy. The laptop weighs around 2.3 kgs. HP has gone for a matte, black plastic chassis on the Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15. You will also find green elements on the keyboard backlight, the power LED, and the HP logo on the lid.

As you open the lid of the laptop, you come face to face with a 15.6-inch screen that offers a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. You get a screen to body ration of 79%, along with an excellent refresh rate of 144Hz. The display quality is excellent – the images look bright and vibrant with vivid colours, and the viewing angles are quite wide, too.

The anti-glare coating on the display, helps to cut off the reflections which is a blessing, when working outdoors. Just above the display sits the integrated web camera. Just below the display, before the area where the keyboard is laid out is where you will find the B&O speakers. The speaker grille mesh carries on hexagonal patterns, something seen on the company’s OMEN series of gaming laptops.

The keyboard itself is quite comfortable to type on, while the trackpad is large enough. In terms of connectivity, you get good amount of I/O ports. On the right edge, you get the HDMI port, a USB port, a USB Type-C Thunderbolt port, the LAN port with LED indicators, the 3.5mm combo audio jack, an SD card reader, and the storage activity LED indicator. On the left edge, you will find a USB port, and the power port with the power LED indicator.

Under the hood, the HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15 is powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor with Radeon RX Vega 10 graphics, NVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics with Max-Q Design, 16GB RAM, and 512GB of storage. In order to test our the real world performance, we played Watch Dogs and MotoGP 20 on the laptop.

The quality of the graphics was outstanding and the gameplay was butter smooth. We did not encounter any lags or stutters even when switching between multiple open software windows. Online gaming sessions on Fortnite was also an excellent affair.

Whether you are a gamer or a content creator, the Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15 can handle everything you throw at it. For a starting price of AED 3,299 the HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15 is a good buy.

Price: AED 3,299 onwards

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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