HP Pavilion Gaming 15 in Review: Cheap gaming laptop with good battery life

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At ~$699, the Pavilion Gaming 15 is one of cheaper gaming laptops. Here, the Ryzen 5 3550H APU and the GeForce GTX 1050 GPU allow for a smooth gaming experience. That said, the hardware struggles at higher resolutions or graphics quality settings.

The inexpensive gaming laptop Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0002ng is a well-rounded package from Hewlett Packard.

The plastic case lacks rigidity, even though the build quality is good overall. A maintenance hatch is not available. Instead, the bottom plate has to be removed in order to upgrade or swap out the components (SSD, RAM, second storage drive, Wi-Fi module) – this task can be accomplished relatively easily. The chiclet keyboard (green backlight with two steps) has proven to be well-suited to daily use.

The relatively low price manifests in the quality of the display. The matte Full HD model only offers a low contrast ratio, brightness and narrow viewing angles. The color accuracy is lackluster as well.

By contrast, the very good battery life is a welcome surprise. In our Wi-Fi test, the Pavilion lasts for 8:25 h – more than many office laptops.

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