HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr Review

HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr Review

A solid laptop for an affordable price

 

OUR OPINION

The HP Gaming Pavilion 15 offers stellar performance and battery life at an affordable price.

FOR

  • Affordable
  • Solid gaming and overall performance
  • Runs cool while gaming
  • Great battery life

AGAINST

  • Dim, somewhat dull display when compared to costlier ones

The HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr is an entry-level gaming laptop with either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GPU, with an agile SSD and great battery life, all wrapped up in a striking, fairly portable design.. However, the dim, somewhat dull display does the laptop and gamers a minor disservice. Still, its combination of specs, power and endurance places the laptop as part of the top cheap gaming laptops under ₦400,000.

HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr Price and Configuration Options

The ₦321,000 base model of the HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr has an Intel Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 3GB of VRAM. The ₦365,000 model reviewed here, the 15-dk0046nr, has an Intel Core i7-9750H processor with 12GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM.

Meanwhile, the ₦360,000 model gives you an Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with 6GB of VRAM.

Design

One thing’s for sure – the Pavillion doesn’t look like the typical gaming laptop. Instead of the tired black-and-red motif, the laptop has black with emerald accents. And if you really want to step off the beaten path, you can get the system with purple flourishes. Opening the laptop reveals a green backlit keyboard with some funky polygon-shaped speakers.

 

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The HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr weighs 5 pounds and measures 14.2 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches.

Ports

There is a decent amount of ports on the Pavilion 15.

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On the left side of the laptop is a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, HDMI port, an Ethernet RJ-45 port and an SD media card reader.

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On the right side, you’ll find an additional two USB 3.1 Type A ports and jacks for the headphones and power.

Display

The HP Gaming Pavilion 15’s 15.6-inch, (Full HD) 1920 x1080 screen isn’t the brightest or the most colorful compared to the 4k display, but it delivers great image quality nonetheless, smallest details in pictures and scenes (such as the intense bright green of blaster fire) really pops.

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In terms of brightness, the Pavillion averages 241.2 nits. Additionally, its sRGB gamut percentage was 65.8%

 

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Keyboard and Touchpad

The keys on the HP Gaming Pavilion’s keyboard are snappy and responsive. You can type faster than you normally would with this HP laptop’s keyboard.

The 2.4 x 4.6-inch touchpad delivered firm, springy feedback. Still, Windows 10 gestures works smoothly, no input delays.

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Audio

Regardless of the volume, every sound comes out loud and clear from the laptop’s Bang & Olufsen dual speakers, be it jazz or opera, or any sound at all. The voicings, instrumentations will come out clear, no noice.

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Gaming, Graphics, and VR

The Pavilion 15 packs an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM. At the laptop’s highest graphical settings (1080p with Ultra settings), modern graphical marvels such as “Far Cry New Dawn” and “Hitman” averages out at 54 frames-per-second and 57 fps, respectively.

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On the virtual reality front, this HP gaming laptop averages 5.9 fps on the SteamVR Performance test.. It’s enough to top the 5.3 average.

Performance

Open plenty browser tabs, play YouTube videos on all those tabs, i can assure you that you can still play games smoothly without lagging.

The Pavillion 15 takes as little as 10 minutes and 42 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p.

When it comes to file transfer speed, the HP Gaming Pavilion’s 256GB SSD copied 4.97GB in 14.5 seconds, which is a transfer rate of 351 megabytes per second.

Battery Life

For a gaming laptop, even an entry-level system, the HP Gaming Pavilion 15 has a pretty long battery life. The system lasted 5 hours and 26 minutes on our battery test, which consists of continuous web surfing at 150 nits of brightness.

Bottom Line

Overall, the HP Gaming Pavilion 15-dk0046nr is not to be slept upon, it’s a budget system that equally satisfies your need.

The slightly USA used is available at 250,000 HERE

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