HP’s new Pavilion Gaming laptops get better cooling and thinner bezels
This article was updated on 12 July 2019 with live photos.
HP’s Pavilion Gaming notebooks are looking more and more like their Omen counterparts. The company’s mainstream gaming series provides a more affordable alternative to the Omen line-up, but they’re no slouch either. The updated models now come with better graphics and an improved design, including redesigned intake and exhaust vents for better cooling and slimmer bezels.
The Pavilion Gaming laptops are cooled by a dual-fan system and feature wide rear corner vents and extra air intakes to help maximize air flow.
Here’s an overview of the specifications on the Pavilion Gaming 15:
- 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display
- Intel Core i7-9750H (2.6GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
- 8GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
- 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB 7,200RPM SATA HDD
- 52.5Wh battery
- 360 x 256 x 23.4mm
The above configuration will cost you S$1,699 and is available to buy on the HP Online Store and Lazada and other authorized retailers.
At 2.25kg and 23.4mm thick, the Pavilion Gaming 15 is not the lightest or most sprightly machine around. However, it tries to make up for that with a wide selection of ports, including one USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C, three USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A, one HDMI 2.0 output, a dedicated Ethernet jack, and a multi-format SD card reader. One of the Type-A ports also supports HP Sleep and Charge, so you can charge your USB peripherals even while the laptop is asleep.
The laptop comes with just a single stick of 8GB RAM however, but the DIMM slots are user-accessible according to HP, so you can pop in a second stick to upgrade to dual-channel memory.
HP also has the Pavilion Gaming 17, a more powerful model with up to a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q. Unsurprisingly, it is also thicker and heavier, measuring 25mm thick and weighing 2.74kg. The battery is the same 52.5Wh unit as on the 15.6-inch model though, but both notebooks do support fast-charging to 50 percent capacity in 45 minutes.
The Pavilion Gaming 17 is available to buy here at S$2,099. You can get it in either Acid Green or Ultra Violet, the same as the Pavilion Gaming 15.