The 2018 Pavilion Gaming is not as aggressive or forward thinking as the
Omen range at HP, which is actually the goal. The PC manufacturer
sells it as a solid and reliable laptop as well for
video games as daily tasks and it conforms perfectly.
You will not find the latest Nvidia RTX graphics chips and it did not
no gaming oriented options such as RGB LED lighting of the keyboard or
overclocking the GPU. But you have however a multitasking machine and
fun with a design that stands out. It is a laptop of
15.6 inches economical and not too flashy.
On the HP site, the prices of the configurations start at 799 euros with a
Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB Ram, 1TB storage and a card
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics with 2GB of dedicated memory. We have
tested the model equipped with a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at 1.029 euros.
Like Dell's G-Series gaming notebooks, this Pavilion is
relatively thin and light for a small budget machine. The HP logo and the
backlit keyboard are subtly tinged with green to give it a
look "pc of gaming". It's a nice change from all
reds typically used on entry gaming laptops
of range. The keys remain easy to read with the backlight off.
Even the choice of the font is interesting.
The keyboard is also comfortable to use, with enough
travel to avoid fatigue in case of intensive use. Outside
ZQSD keys, there are no other game functions on the keyboard and
no software to configure macros or anything of the kind. The
Touchpad is acceptable for everyday use. He has no buttons
integrated, what we personally like to have for games where a
mouse is not essential.
In general, on gaming laptops under 1,000 euros,
it is not unusual for the quality of the display to be the poor relation. The
Full-HD 60Hz slab of this configuration is no different. She is not
not at all bad, with a good viewing angle and good contrast, but
it is not very bright and the range of colors and accuracy does not
are not ideal for content creation.
If you plan to keep it on a desk most of the time, the
Pavillon has a satisfactory connectivity for your devices. AT
right: the power supply, USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 and USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1,
HDMI output 1.4, Ethernet and a headphone / microphone combo jack. Left: two
USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1 ports with an SD card slot. HP puts in
before the presence of an audio system optimized by Bang & Olufsen but he
there is nothing to excite. You will need external speakers or a
good headphones for movies, music and games.
The Pavilion has risen to the challenge of gaming notebooks at
similar prices. Older games such as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
were playable in high resolution with the GeForce 1050 Ti, but it
had better go into intermediate settings to make them really
pleasant. For the new Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Far Cry 5 titles,
we went on medium / normal so that the gameplay remains fluid. The
Fortnite sessions were quite playable, as was Overwatch,
with a native resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels and very
detailed. Both fans do their best to keep the Pavilion
cool and we hear them working. Better to avoid keeping the
machine on the legs when you use it intensively.
The battery life is also comparable to that of the
competition, with a little over 5 hours to our endurance test, which
means to expect less than that with video games. In
big, if you go out for the day, do not forget the diet.
The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is a simple and practical laptop
for PC games and all common tasks. Other notebooks
This range may seem cheap and not very qualitative, but
is not the case here and its subtle design is more appealing for a
daily use. Game performance is also excellent
for what you pay.
adapted by the editorial staff of CNET France