The HP Pavilion Power 15t offers solid gaming performance and good battery life, but it suffers from a lackluster display and a slow solid-state drive.
Attractive design. Solid graphics. Impressive battery life.
Weak audio system. Dim and full display
HP has always been in the forefront in providing multiple offerings across price segments in the laptop category to fit into the lives of different customers. The HP Pavillion Power 15 comes into the mix to offer professionals and home users a stellar performance and offers a slight nudge to gamers too.
The laptop delivers elegant good looks, impressive battery life and solid performance aided by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated VRAM. Heavy multimedia users and mainstream gamers will find a home in the HP Pavilion which packs more power in a slim chassis while keeping it much affordable.
Important to note for gamers, is the fact that the HP Pavillion is an entry-level gaming laptop that will not come with all the accolades most accomplished gaming laptops come with including a powerful GPU and CPU such as the HP Omen. However, it is a solid all-rounder at this category as an entry level gaming laptop.
The Pavillion 15 attempts to give the laptop an aesthetic uplift by improving its looks and rigidity. It refines the corners and edges making them stronger and sharper with a brushed aluminum base. It however stumbles on the lid in terms of making it more impressive but it succeeds on making the system appear sleeker than its predecessor.
The laptop measures 14.88 x 9.93 x 0.95 inches and weighs in at 4 pounds. It slightly thinner and lighter than the Acer Nitro 5 gaming Laptop which measures 10.47 x 15.35 x 1.05 inches and weighs in at 5.5 pounds. The dimensions and weight of the HP Pavilion are relatively similar to other 15-inch notebooks in this category including the Acer Aspire VX15. Ideally, its weight won’t be much of a problem should you want to pack it in your backpack and move around with it.
The HP Pavilion 15 power boasts of the 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad core processor clocked at 2.8GHz but can run up to 3.8GHz with Turbo Boost Technology. The system combines with 8GB DDR4 SDRAM to offer faster speeds. As such, the system combines the two features to offer a stellar performance with the system capable of handling power demanding tasks seamlessly.
In terms of storage, HP seems to care about space and speed, which is a step towards the right direction. The system is equipped with 1TB 7200RPM serial ATA Hard drive and 128 GB PCle NVMe M.2 Solid-state drive. The massive hard drive space ensures that you can store all your files, favorite games, music, videos and movies while the SSD drive comes in handy to offer fast boot times, speedy loading of programs and snappy responsiveness.
Gaming performance is possible with the HP Pavilion thanks to the inclusion of the Nvida GeForce 1050 GTX GPU with 2GB DDR5 VRAM Memory. The GPU is powerful enough to handle most of the latest titles at a maximum of 1080p settings and frame rate above 30FPS.
Playing games on the HP Pavilion is enjoyable save for the noise from the fans which are always regardless of the power setting or system load. HP stumbles on the fan system as the HP Power is louder than the 15-inch notebooks in the competition. This is quite distracting especially when gaming and putting on headphones could be the best option to help you muffle the fan noise.
Connectivity options in the HP power are standard for everyday use. The system features three USB 3.0 ports, two on the left and one on the right. There is a USB Type C Gen port that is future proof on the right side of the laptop. An HDMI output port is also available for extending the display to large Monitors and HDTVs.
A 3.5mm combo audio port is available and a Kensington Lock to keep your laptop safe. There is an SD reader that comes in handy for photographers to transfer their pictures from their cameras. In the spirit of keeping this system thin and light, HP does not include an optical drive.
Internet connectivity is available through a cabled connection with the RJ 45 port and wireless connection via 802.11ac and Bluetooth connectivity.
The 15.6-inch display boasts of a resolution of 1920 by 1080p with an IPS panel for wide viewing angles. The brightness on this system is at 240 nits whereas its competitors such as the Lenovo Yoga 720 hits 285 nits. As such, trying to read or watch a movie outdoors will be a task in vain as the low brightness includes limited color coverage.
In the sRGB color coverage, the sytem had 60 percent as opposed to the category average of 85 percent. On the bright side, the display can only boast of the high contrast of 1300:1 and low delta E value of 0.7. Otherwise, the display in this laptop is one of its weakest points. For gaming and everyday browsing purposes, however, the colors are sufficient.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The HP Pavilion Power comes with a chiclet sized backlit keyboard which will allow you to type even in dim lit rooms. The center surface of the keyboard is firmer to press with improved tactile feedback thanks to the more rigid chassis on the Pavilion power. There is little clatter when typing on the keyboard with the plastic keys offering a more soft feedback.
The pavilion 15 features a 12.0 by 6.5 cm trackpad with a little flex of the plastic surface if strong pressure is applied using a finger. The Synaptics software is capable of recognizing up to three finger inputs without any problem on this system. The key feedback is however a bit weak and spongy but the cursor control is responsive and the glide is smooth.
HP packs a 70wh battery on the Pavilion power that is larger than its predecessor the pavilion 15t which has a battery capacity of 63Wh. The battery will offer you about 8 hours of real-world WLAN use before automatic shutdown. Recharging the battery from near empty to full capacity will take just under 2 hours. As such, you can plug it as you enjoy your coffee in a Starbucks for it to recharge and catch up with your office emails and friends online.
The HP Pavilion Power 15 is a good-looking gaming laptop with solid gaming and overall performance. The system comes with Intel core i7 processor and Nvida GeForce 1050 GTX that makes it quite eligible for running your everyday tasks and even pushing a bit further to run some games without stuttering. The package includes an impressive battery life of about 8 hours and a comfortable keyboard.
The downside of the Pavillion power ids on its display and sound system. This is not a big deal for a normal laptop, but then being a gaming system, it is worrying. If this is a deal breaker, then considering the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop could be a better option. Overall, the HP Pavilion Power 15 is a decent choice for gamers after s stylish gaming laptop that won’t hit their wallets too hard.