The Pavilion Gaming Laptop computer is not as aggressive or cutting-edge as HP’s Omen gaming line, although that is kind of the purpose. The PC maker promotes it as a stable, dependable laptop computer for gaming and on a regular basis duties and it undoubtedly lives as much as that. 

You will not discover the newest Nvidia RTX graphics chips inside, and it would not have gaming extras similar to RGB LED keyboard lighting or GPU overclocking. What you do get is snappy multitasking and gaming efficiency and a design that stands out from the run-of-the-mill. It is a 15.6-inch, budget-minded laptop computer that is not too flashy.

Costs begin at $780 on HP’s website with Nvidia’s 2GB GeForce GTX 1050 (£649 within the UK, AU$1,749 in Australia), however I examined a $999 Amazon-exclusive configuration with a stronger 4GB GTX 1050 Ti, which is not presently an possibility direct from HP. Typically talking, it is a whole lot for what you are getting in design, specs and efficiency. However, relying on what you personally need in a $999 gaming laptop computer, it may not be the perfect deal at this second.   

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop computer (15-c0042nr)

Value as reviewed


Show measurement/decision

15.6-inch, 1,920×1,080-pixel show


2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H


16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz


4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti




802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth four.2

Working system

Window 10 Dwelling (64-bit)

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That inexperienced gaming glow

Like Dell’s G collection gaming laptops, this Pavilion is comparatively skinny and lightweight for a budget-minded gaming laptop computer and is extra angular than the remainder of the Pavilion line, particularly on the rear the place the fan vents jut out past the lid’s backside. Past that, there is a refined inexperienced tint to the HP emblem on prime and the acid inexperienced backlit keyboard to assist in giving it a “gaming laptop computer” look.

If you happen to don’t love inexperienced, it is available in white and violet variations, too. The previous could be a pleasant possibility in the event you want your gaming laptop computer to be much less conspicuous in an workplace atmosphere. The inexperienced does look good, although, and it is a good change from all of the purple sometimes used on entry-level gaming laptops. The keys stay straightforward to learn with the backlight off. Even the font selection is fascinating. 

The keyboard is snug to make use of as properly, with sufficient journey to maintain a tough contact typist like me from feeling drained after all-day use. Other than the WASD keys being outlined, there are not any different gaming options to the keyboard and no software program to arrange macros or something like that. The touchpad is suitable for on a regular basis use, if unremarkable. It would not have discrete buttons, which I personally wish to have for video games the place a mouse is not totally needed. 

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One thing’s gotta give

On sub-$1,000 gaming laptops, it isn’t unusual for the show high quality to endure for the lower cost. The total-HD 60Hz panel on this configuration is not any completely different. It is certainly not unhealthy, with good off-angle viewing and distinction, but it surely’s not terribly shiny and the colour gamut and accuracy is not ultimate for content material creation. HP does, nonetheless, provide a 144Hz panel for higher gaming efficiency or a 4K-resolution show aimed toward content material creators.   


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