PC gaming is one thing, but the ability to play your games on a laptop, is a whole new level of design. The HP Pavilion gaming laptop brings out the best whether you are working on a document, or playing The Division. It is on the more affordable side of gaming laptops, which makes it ideal for someone who is looking for gaming on the go, or gaming on a portable device with the power of a high-end desktop PC.

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HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop Tech-Specs

CPU 6th generation Intel Core i-6700HQ 2.6 GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 4GB DDR3
RAM 8GB DDR3
Screen 15.6-inch FHD anti-glare WLED (1920×1080)
Storage 1TB 5400 rpm SATA
Optical Drive SuperMulti DVD Burner
Ports 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone, 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x Rj-45, 1 x SD card reader
Connectivity Ethernet LAN, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
Camera HP TrueVision HD Webcam
Speaker B&O Play
Weight 2.32kg
Size 385 x 265 x 28.8mm
Price R23999

HP Pavilion Gamign Laptop Review

In The box

In the box you will find the usual laptop stuff:

o   HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop

o   Charger and Power Brick

o   Instruction Manuals

o   Warranty Card

Design

Like most gaming devices, the HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is black, it then has a lime-green finish on the keys and underneath it on the rubber grips. The keyboard also has backlit keys, which fit into the colour scheme of the device. The entire laptop is coated in a rubber like material to avoid any scratches. Saying that, the rubber tends to get a bit dirty by carrying it from natural oils on your hands. Luckily it’s easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.

The screen is attached to two hinges which open and close the laptop, and when closed, the screen fits flush on the keyboards, eliminating any bulk. Each side of the laptop has one USB 3.0 port. On the one side by the HDMI port, there is a vent where the fan is.

HP Pavilion Gamign Laptop Review

On the inside of the laptop it packs an i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz, which is a bit lower than the highest model on the market now, the 17-6920 2.9GHz. The graphics are powered by a GTX 950M, which again is a cheaper chip set compared to the GTX 960M. Although it is cheaper, it does not mean it lacks power, the GTX 950M is a powerful chipset which is capable of running high-end games on medium to high setting.

HP cut the cost even more by taking out the Solid State Drive (SSD), and putting in a 5400rpm SATA drive. This might mean your load times are a little longer, and your boot time is extended by a minute or so, but it does mean that the device packs a 1TB hard drive rather than small capacity SSD. The increase in load times was barely noticeable for us. The HP Pavilion gaming laptop also has an accelerometer built into it which picks up the gravity of the laptop. This, along with HP 3D DriveGaurd will reduce the risk of damage by parking the hard drive if you drop the laptop.

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The screen is bright and vivid, although it is really nothing to write home about, it did its job. It took some getting used to, being a 15.6-inch, but its viewing angle and brightness was perfect. The most lacklustre part of the laptop had to have been its track pad, which left much to be desired with its awkward click spots and extremely sensitive tracking. Luckily, it is a gaming laptop, so you would plug in an external mouse when playing games.

Performance

As it is a gaming laptop, we ran various benchmarks on the device. Running the Valley benchmark on ultra-setting with everything maxed, resulted in an 11 – 22 FPS, with max FPS hitting 30 on the least graphically intense scenes. The GPU temperature never went over 63-degrees Celsius, which is great. Running the Heaven Benchmark proved to be better than the Valley. FPS went as high as 72 FPS and it was smooth at all times.

  • Unigine Valley Benchmark (Extreme) – FPS -18.1 | Score – 758 | Min FPS – 11.1 | Max FPS -30.9
  • Heaven Benchmark (Extreme) – FPS -41.4 | Score – 1044 | Min FPS – 8.2 | Max FPS -72.0

Playing XCOM 2 on the laptop proved to be a smooth and enjoyable experience with frame rate staying above 30 FPS at all times.

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The sound is great as it packs Bang and Olufsen speakers. They do not match a surround sound system, but for a laptop, the speakers provide clear sound which goes hand-in-hand with the device’s design. Typing on the laptop was also a joy as its backlit and mechanical keys complement each other.

In terms of battery life, you can get about 3 hours of solid gaming in on a full charge and 2 days on standby.

Verdict

The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is the perfect combination of great hardware at an affordable price. The laptop packs the power you need for your high-end games, while being more affordable than other gaming laptops on the market.

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