HP offers its most powerful gaming laptops and the most design in its range Omen . These are also his most expensive laptops. For those who want a PC to do everything, including a bit of play, while remaining in a more modest budget, the American manufacturer offers more modest configurations in its Pavilion range. The model tested here will cost around € 900 when it arrives in France, from September 2018.
The Pavilion Gaming Laptop therefore offers a minimal configuration to play occasionally. Equipped with a GTX 1050, it attracts more by its price and its sobriety than by its characteristics. Nevertheless, HP has still treated some aspects of his PC that is pleasant to use if not being more powerful.
PC of the Pavilion range, the Gaming Laptop does not take again the look typed “game” of the Omen. HP has opted for a sober and elegant look, just embellished with prominent air vents that show the presence of a dedicated graphics card.
Small peculiarity of this Pavilion: he puts on his finesse and weight, relatively light for a gaming PC, since it weighs only 1.8 kg for 2.5 cm thick.
The keyboard and trackpad fulfill their contract without shining. The Pavilion has a chiclet keyboard far from unpleasant under the fingers, but whose keys lack a little resistance. The trackpad does not sparks either, but it has the merit of being responsive and offer a built-in click that responds well.
Connectivity side, this notebook has a USB 3.1 Type-C, three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, an RJ45 port and an SD card reader, in addition to the traditional mini-jack port .
In front of the lens of our thermal camera, the HP Pavilion Gaming reveals a controlled heating, although a little elevated for a chassis equipped with a GTX 1050. On the rear grilles, the clear air reaches 55 ° C during our protocol of usual test ( Metro Last Light benchmark for one hour). Nothing alarming, however, the PC manages to manage the breath. At stake, the noise is 45 dB, which is audible, but far from disturbing.
Power consumption side, the Pavilion Gaming is reasonable, consuming 38 watts on the Windows desktop, 90 watts in play and nothing in standby.
The HP Pavilion Gaming is equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS matte screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Its ratio screen / facade is in the average since it is 77%, HP has not really bet on ultra-thin edges.
Under the probe of our laboratory, the Pavilion reveals half-tone results. The contrast of 1,179: 1 is very correct for a matt slab and allows a good vision of shades of gray. The brightness of 247 cd / m² is sufficient indoors, but just outside. The temperature, measured at 6,820 K, is extremely close to the norm (6,500 K). The colors are on the other hand not very faithful, with a delta E which reaches 6.4 (far from the ceiling of 3 beyond which the eye manages to perceive the colorimetric drifts). For example, dark blues are faded on the screen.
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The remanence is measured at 17 ms, which is a bit high for a PC dedicated to the game, but not surprising for the entry level.
The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor backed by 8 GB of RAM. Added to this are 128 GB of SSD and 1 TB of HDD at 5400 rpm. What to use most of the most demanding software. And this is confirmed in our tests:
During our usual test protocol (file compression, audio and video conversion, 3D calculation, photo editing) the PC reached the index of 157 on our scale of values. An excellent rating that places it among the best PCs on the market in this segment.
The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is an entry-level gaming PC and is therefore equipped with a graphics card Nvidia GTX 1050 (4 GB of video memory) that allows you to properly run the latest games of the moment without excelling in this domain.
At stake, the results delivered by the Pavilion Gaming are correct, but far from exceptional. During our usual test protocol (Ultra set games, 1920×1080 px definition, vertical sync off) The Witcher 3 achieves 23 fps and requires some sacrifice to achieve 30 fps. Assassin’s Creed Origins rises to 30 fps, just like Civilization 6 . The table is a little better for Star Wars Battlefront 2 which reaches 35 fps and for Metro Last Light which reaches 46 fps. An extra PC game so that will satisfy the less demanding players.
In terms of pure power, the Pavilion does no miracles, still delivering satisfying results.
MOBILITY / AUTONOMY 2/5
Relatively thin and light for a gaming PC (2.5 cm thick for 2.4 kg), it is easily transported in a bag and its power is reasonable.
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During our usual test (Netflix under Chrome, backlight off, earphones connected, brightness set to 200 cd / m²), it went out after 3:58. A fair score, and classic for a game model, but offers enough autonomy to watch a movie or a few episodes of a series, for example.
With its speakers located between the keyboard and the screen, the HP Pavilion Gaming delivers a sound just correct. Despite a peak of distortion around 6 kHz that gives a little acidic side to highs, the voices are clear and intelligible and listening to music is acceptable. Note the presence of Bang & Olufsen software that applies a treatment that significantly improves the audio rendering. Software activated by default, but extremely well hidden in the bowels of Windows.
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The headphone jack is for its part correct. We measured good values of power and dynamics, which makes it easy to power a monitoring headset a bit greedy, for example.