At first glance, the HP Pavilion 15 looks like a bootleg Razer Blade procured in some shady back alley. The lid is made of a matte plastic with a chalky smooth finish and a dark gray, chrome HP logo.
A mutagen-green and black honeycomb pattern adorns the Pavilion 15's palm rest, gradually transitioning into a solid black that makes up the rest of the keyboard deck. The black, recessed keyboard deck plays up the glowing green keys that scream Razer knockoff. A large speaker grille sits at the top of the deck, and is flanked by the power button and a green Bang & Olufsen logo.
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Weighing 2.295 Kgs and measuring 15.1 x 10.4 x 1.1 inches, the Pavilion 15 is lighter but thicker than the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series (5.9 pounds, 15.1 x 10.4 x 1 inches) and the Lenovo Y700 (5.7 pounds, 15.2 x 10.9 x 1 inches). The Alienware 15 is by far the bulkiest of the bunch, at 6.6 pounds and 15.2 x 10.6 x 1.34 inches.
The Pavilion 15's color accuracy is better than its color-reproduction abilities, hitting 0.71 on a Delta-E test (0 is ideal), which beats the 7.3 average. That score is also enough to defeat Alienware 15's 1.3, but not the Y700 (0.7) or the Inspiron 15 7000 (0.41)
Even though the Pavilion 15 has Bang & Olufsen speakers, the audio has the punch and clarity expected.
The notebook delivers clear, distinct dialogue during Witcher 3, allowing one to hear all the gruffness in Geralt's voice.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Even though HP crammed in a full number pad on the Pavilion 15's deck, the green, backlit keys on the island-style keyboard are nicely sized with good spacing. One will have a comfortable typing experience, quickly hitting 60 words per minute on the 10 FastFingers Typing Test. The keys have a fairly standard 1.3-millimeter key travel and 60 grams of actuation (the force needed to depress a key).
The large, 4.3 x 2.5-inch Synaptics clickpad is accurate and responsive. Performing gestures such as two-finger scroll and three-finger flick is a breeze. But I wish the corners of the pad have feedback and feel like one is pressing on a sponge at times.
When you play a heavy game, one gets to experience HP's CoolSense technology at work. Using the notebook's built-in accelerometer, CoolSense detects when the notebook is on a flat surface or jostling around on your lap and adjusts the fan speed accordingly, helping prevent scorched legs.
The Pavilion 15 has just enough ports to accommodate an external monitor and a few gaming peripherals.
On the right, you'll find a USB 3.0 port, HDMI, a headset jack and a Kensington lock slot. Along the left is a tray-loading DVD burner, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, Ethernet and a power jack.
The Pavilion 15 has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M GPU with 4GB of VRAM. Despite being one of the company's entry-level models, the card can deliver solid frame rates. (When you're not questing or running and gunning, the notebook will switch over to the integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 GPU.)
In addition to being a moderately powerful gaming laptop, the Pavilion 15 is a very capable productivity machine. The notebook's 2.6-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and 8GB of RAM handily streamed an episode of "House of Cards" in Google Chrome with seven open tabs while running a full antivirus scan.
- Intel Corei7 6300HQ 2.6GHz
- 8GB, 1TB
- 4GB NVIDIA GTX 950M
- 15.6", Green backlit keyboard
- Free dos
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