HP Pavilion Gaming test (2018): our opinion


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.

Design

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.

Performances

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.

Geekbench 4 (multicore)

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop

Note:

Longest bars show best performance

Cinebench R15 CPU (multicore)

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop

Note:

Longest bars show best performance

Playing a streaming video before extinction

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop

Note:

Longest bars show best performance (in minutes)

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop

Note:

Longest bars show best performance

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop

Note:

Longest bars show best performance

In action

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.

Conclusion

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.

Test of

CNET.com

adapted by the editorial staff of CNET France