We have a new gaming laptop quite cheap to analyze. This is the HP Pavilion Gaming 15, a team we could say, mid-range, with a Core i5 9300H 4-core and Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. It will offer us outstanding performance in Full HD resolution with its 15.6-inch screen and an improved cooling system that works like a charm.
If you are thinking of acquiring gaming equipment with a good performance-price ratio, this could be a great option, so do not miss our Review.
And we thank HP for their trust in us by giving us this laptop for doing our in-depth analysis.
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 technical features
HP usually has extremely simple presentations for its laptops, and this is no exception. We only find a neutral cardboard box in which we see the HP logo in large size and on one side the model of laptops that we are going to analyze.
Inside, the main product is accommodated by four cardboard grips that keep it located in the center of the box to avoid all kinds of blows. In turn, it is inside a basic plastic bag. Right next to it, we have another compartment where the external power supply and the cable are stored.
The bundle only has these elements:
- HP Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop
- 200W external power supply
- European plug cable
One of the strengths that HP laptops almost always have is their design and in this case, the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 does not disappoint at any time. We have before us a laptop with a very compact design thanks to some on tight screen and with the body built in matte black painted aluminum. However, the paint finish allows us to touch it leaving all traces on it, so we intuit that this coating has no anti-fingerprint treatment.
The laptop does not have a Max-Q design if we consider that its thickness is 23.4 mm, instead of 20 mm or less that would ensure the ultra-thin design. The rest of the measures are 36 cm wide and 25.6 cm deep. We are practically in the measures of a 15.6-inch screen like the one that it mounts, although the back area is extended a few centimeters to house the cooling system.
We really liked its sharp design on both the top and sides that gives us the feeling of being even thinner. HP has also opted for a central hinge opening system with a fantastic futuristic aesthetic by leaving the side edges on the fly and with enough separation from the body of the laptop.
This means that we have frames of 28 mm in the lower area, 12 mm in the upper area and 5 mm on the sides. It may not be the laptop with the finest frames, but it makes up for aesthetics. The screen has a good anti-glare finish and thanks to a good aluminum cover its structure is much more rigid than for example those of the HP OMEN range we tested a while ago. This gives us a lot more confidence and has nice exterior detail with the HP logo in polished metal.
In the interior area, we distinguish the webcam located in the upper area of the screen, and a large space above the keyboard to house the speakers and also favor air circulation. The power button is located just above the Esc key, of a keypad in which a numeric pad has been included.
On the sides of the HP Pavilion Gaming 15, specifically in the back, we see that a quite aggressive air expulsion system has been designed. We like this because of the better performance of the cooling system since relatively large finned heatsinks and wide openings are appreciated in both width and length.
And the lower area also stands out for its simplicity, never giving up a grid that opens the laptop side by side so that the two fans suck enough air. This cover also appears to be made of aluminum, and on the grid, we have a fine mesh dust filter. Finally, the legs are quite high so that the equipment does not stay fully attached to the ground.
Ports and connections
Let’s talk now about the different ports that the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 has, which will obviously be located to the left and right of the laptop.
The ports we have on the left side will be the following:
- HDMI 2.0
- USB 3.1 Gen1
- RJ45 Ethernet
- USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C compatible with DisplayPort 1.4
- SD card reader
We have some interesting things to say about some ports. The normal USB Type-A has an HP Sleep and Charge charging function, as does the USB-C 3.1 Gen2. In addition, the latter is also compatible with Power Delivery 3.0 and DP 1.4 for video output up to 4K @ 60 Hz.
Half turn to place on the opposite side, where we see the other ports:
- AC power port type Smart Pin
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
- 3.5 combo jack for audio and microphone
We would have liked that, instead of a single Jack, we would have had the micro and audio separately, for possible analog headphones with double output. Keep in mind that these two USB ports do not have the fast charging function of the previous ones.
About the screen, we do not have much information, since the manufacturer only specifies that it is a panel with 15.6-inch IPS technology and Full HD resolution (1920x1080p). But we can know that it has WLED backlight, we imagine that with blue light filter, and that it works at a frequency of 60 Hz.
This time the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 does not have a proper gaming screen, such as 144 Hz, and we imagine that your response will not be 1 ms, but the typical 5 or 7 IPS panels. In this sense, we would have liked to increase this type of performance of the panel, since the GTX 1660 Ti inside is able to move games without apparent problem to more than 60 FPS.
In any case, the image quality is at a high level, as well as its viewing angles, which are 178o as is usual in IPS. The variation of colors in open angles is phenomenal, and at least in this unit, we have not detected any type of bleeding on the sides.