This one is the HP Pavilion on a gaming laptop. It is a 15-inch, and there’s also a 17-inch model. If you like it large, what’s cool about it? it starts at $750, pretty well configured that’s with a core i7 9750 h6 core CPU with Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics card
This graphic card has a full HD 60 Hertz to spike eight gigs of ram. Well, you can upgrade yourself, and a 256 gig nvme SSD is not bad. We’re going to look at a model that’s a pretty highly configuration model, and that’s around 1229$ dollars with an Nvidia gtx 1660 TI NEX Q inside.
It has 16 gigs of ram, a 256 gig nvme SSD, and a terabyte 7200 RPM drug, so that’s not bad. It’s called entry to mid-level gaming, obviously seven fifties entry.
I call this one mid-level and the design language on it the way. It looks isn’t that bad either. This is called acid green. This will reflect the HP logo on the front and has a green keyboard.
You can also get it for $10 more why you have to pay $10 for this. I don’t know you can get it in white instead if you want to look a little more chill when you take it to the office or wherever else.
We’re going to look at it now, so this is model 15 T. If you’re familiar with HP products, T means Intel CPU. There is a Z version with AMD Ryzen 7 and an NVIDIA GTX 1650 inside.
If you’re rooting for AMD Rison clearly, it’s influenced by the more expensive HP omen lines design language in terms of the hinge, the bevel cuts on the corners, that sort of thing.
It’s not bad looking as a gaming laptop goes. It’s a plastic chassis which you would expect in this price range. Competes with the Dell g5 and g7 and also the Lenovo legion entry and mid-level model.
It’s relatively light at just under five pounds. It’s about two 2 – 2.3 KG. Yeah. It does a battery take a hit to get that light. Yeah, we’ll talk about that a little later.
It’s not an uncommon tactic in the mid-range laptop scene right now to still drop weight by reducing the battery’s size a bit. Resin specs on this are pretty good.
It has Wi-Fi 6 card, AX 200 card with Bluetooth 5 onboard. A single color backlit keyboard, a Microsoft precision tracker that works well, I like it.
It’s easy to open it up and upgrade the internals, and we’ll take you inside in a bit of stereo Bang & Olufsen speakers with HP’s software to customize the audio input and output.
Honestly, the speakers are not loud. I was surprised at how quiet they are. So, yeah, you’re probably gonna want to go for headphones to have an excellent gaming audio experience or multimedia.
Obviously, like all gaming laptops, some of you buy this because you need more horsepower. You’re doing this heavy lifting, be it computational stuff, some modeling work.
You get the idea you know who you are if you’re looking for something with more horsepower. This can do that video editing. If you go for something like video editing, you probably don’t want the base display, which does not have a very wide color gamut.
It’s a matte IPS 60 Hertz Full HD display. It’s not bad-looking per se, and the numbers on it in terms of contrast are pretty good, for example. But yeah, the colors are a little bit on the muted side. You spend $100 more. You can get the hundred forty-four Hertz panel.
One is also a bit brighter and runs 300 or a little bit better nits versus our 276 nits. It has more of your standard 75% of Adobe RGB and full srgb gama. There is also surprisingly a 4k display option non-touch again an anti-glare or matte as HP says. I say surprisingly just because often they make you go at the higher end line.
In this case, this would be the omen line to go and get something like a 4k display. So that would be one to pick if you are doing 4k video editing. Since we have NVIDIA GTX GPUs, not the cutting edge RTX GPUs, heat is a little bit better in control here than we see on a lot of today’s gaming laptops with six-core CPUs.
Benchmarks & Performance
When running benchmarks, it ran cooler than average throughout all our benchmark tests, and we didn’t see cinnamon dropping down all that much a thermal throttling in successive runs.
But when you’re gaming, it’ll still get toasting. Those CPU core temperatures will hit there in the upper 90s, and we’ll do some thermal throttling with the most demanding games out there.
The noise on this is not bad. The fans are always on in a BIOS setting. You can change if you want but honestly, at idle and light work. You’re not going to hear them, and when they’re running full bore for the game. They’re not egregiously loud. You can still hear the meek speakers over the fans.
Surface temperatures on this are quite good. I inhale so actually that it’s some form of plastic, probably abs. So it’s not conductive metal that gets hot, and it’s not SuperDuper thin either.
Yeah, it’s you could game on your lap, although be careful of blocking those vents, which is a no-no with gaming laptops when you’re pushing them hard. The poured story well. It’s usually pretty good for a gaming laptop. So we have three USB ports.
We have a USB C gen two, which is impressive when it’s not Thunderbolt 3 in this price range often. You don’t get Thunderbolt 3. it does support power delivery and DisplayPort, though. so you can use it for the monitor.
If you want, you also know an HDMI 2.0, a headphone jack, and a full-sized SD card slot onboard. So it’s decent, and Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet even the keyboard on this acid green and a hospital.
It feels a little soft to me, and It’s not horrible. It’s not real crisp and springy. I might like a bit more spring. When you have to do work, you’re typing and all that sort of thing.
But it’s not terrible. This is not some RGB light show laptop because, in this price range, you don’t get that sort of thing. The trackpad, as I said, I love Microsoft precision.
So battery, yes, it’s a 52-watt hour of battery that’s pretty small. I mean, you can get a Dell XPS 13 with that much battery in it. So obviously, battery life is not going to be great here. They do that number one, so you have more room for things like a hard drive and reduce weight.
So having at least I was Nvidia Optimus switchable graphics so when you’re doing lightweight work, and streaming video and all that sort of thing use the Intel UHD 630 integrated graphics and save you some juice there.
But the battery life on this is between four and five hours unplugged for regular productivity use. It comes with a 200-watt charger.
Which has HP’s usual kind of curvy chocolate bar style styling, and that’s adequate to keep it charging while you’re pushing it hard. So that’s the HP Pavilion gaming 15 T 2019 into 2020 model until ninth gen CPUs and NVIDIA GTX graphics.
By the way, if you go for that 1660 T, It does support ray-tracing. You’re not going to get ray-tracing as you do on an RTX series card. That level performance, as you can see from the ray tracing benchmark in 3d mark. But it’s better than nothing.
- Quad-core Intel Core i5-9300H 9th Gen Processor
- Windows 10 Home
- 8 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB) | 1 TB 7200 rpm SATA
- 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080), 120Hz, IPS-Level
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (4GB GDDR5 dedicated)
- 1 TB + 256 GB Internal Storage
- Backlight Keyboard (Single-Color, Red)
- Gb LAN 802.11 ax Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth v5.1
- 1 USB 3.1,
- Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gb/s signaling rate, Power Delivery 3.0, DisplayPort 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge),
- 1 USB 3.1,
- Gen 1 Type-A (HP Sleep and Charge),
- 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (Data Transfer Only),
- 1 HDMI; 1 AC smart pin
- 1 RJ-45; 1 headphone/microphone combo
- 2.3 kg
- 1 year Limited warranty (Include 1 Year Global)
So yeah, the starting price on this is 750. you get a lot for your money, and it’s very upgradable if you want to do it yourself after the fact as well. So that’s the selling point in this laptop line.