Computer gaming for the masses: We tested the new HP costs much less than we thought

Computer gaming for the masses: We tested the new HP costs much less than we thought

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HP is considered one of the largest manufacturers of computers in the world and the Pavilion notebook series is considered to be the most popular. This year the company presented the latest model in the series, intended for beginners gamers starting with a price tag starting at NIS 4,399. Does the low price tag really affect performance?.

Gaming is a field that has been developing in recent years at a record rate and is estimated at tens of billions of dollars, and there are those who believe that the market is worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Many companies take advantage of the opportunity to attract a new and high-quality audience. HP is one of these companies and one of the largest and most recognized computer manufacturers in the world.

The company’s Pavilion series has always brought a table of computers at an accessible price tag with high hardware and not just for gaming, but also for professional editing. With the new gaming series, the American brand has been working on some major upgrades from last year’s models and has been working on polishing the flaws that caused the computers to fall in the face of the tough competition of Lenovo, Asus and Dell. With a low price tag and not bad hardware at all, we went out to check out the new HP Pavilion 15 gaming pavilion.

Design and Quality Construction

The design of HP gaming computers is probably the first place to see a change from previous models in the series. At first, the entire computer comes in a uniform black color with flattering green touches that gives the computer a slightly more aggressive look than the previous generation. The external design lines of the computer have undergone a significant change as the computer’s corners have become more rounded, similar to Apple’s and other companies’ bottoms, where in the previous generation the finishes were square and the computer looked more like a box. 

These finishes, which may seem meaningless, actually took a turn when they gave him a more sporty design suitable for gaming computers. The computer is built mostly of plastic while the frame around the keyboard is made of metal, which helps maintain the stability and stiffness of the computer and it is worth noting the preservation of the black shade between all the materials. The combination of powerful hardware and a completely new chassis makes the computer thick and large, as befits a gaming computer, but selecting the materials makes the computer stay at a pretty good weight at a total of 2.3 pound

The Screen

The new Pavilion Gaming comes with a 15.6-inch Full-HD screen with an IPS panel with anti-reflection coating. The choice of low resolution compared to 4K or even QHD significantly improves battery life and contributes to high-definition games with high frame rate per second to keep the image smooth and unmovable. On the other hand, the resolution is not the only compromise and also the issue of screen brightness, HP seems to have chosen to save. The screen is very bright but working under sunlight will make it very hard to see it, even with the coating preventing reflection. Maybe because of the same color scheme I feel a little faded, but it is less noticeable thanks to a very successful IPS panel that produces a very sharp image and rich colors compared to other screens in the category.

Keyboard, Mouse and Camera

The mouse pad and keyboard are among the most important features on a laptop: Most of our use concentrates on them. Especially in gaming computers, that the keyboard should be emphasized and include large, clear and bright keys. Fortunately, that’s exactly what we got. The keyboard is very comfortable and is spread throughout the computer so that each key gets its place and feels it in games. The WASD keys are perhaps the most important for gamers and are navigated in the game. W is forward, A navigates to the left and D to the right, highlighted and the keyboard has a green backlight to maintain a uniform line with the design.

We’ll also be able to find dedicated number buttons on the right side so that the keyboard is completely complete – a huge bonus for me. The mouse pad is not surprisingly small enough but it is very convenient to work. However, while many companies are making use of Windows drivers for the platform, HP is left behind with Elan drivers, which may create long-term incompatibilities.

On the positive side, the computer’s camera provides some key features that I personally liked very much, but we will start with the bad part. The picture quality is terrible and in good lighting conditions, the camera produced images that are not sharp, colorless and full of noise. Those who are looking to use a computer to stream content to sites such as YouTube or Twitch will want to spend a few extra bucks on an external camera. What’s the good part, you’re probably wondering. The Pavilion’s camera comes with fully infrared and Windows Hello sensors, so entering the computer has never been simpler. Instead of entering a password or using slow fingerprint sensors, the camera works like the Face ID you find on your iPhone and unlocks your computer by detecting face.

It may be less useful but has really surprised us. The computer camera provides some key features that I personally liked very much, but we will start with the bad part. The picture quality is not good and in good lighting conditions, the camera produced images that are not sharp, colorless and noisy. Those looking to use a computer to stream content to sites such as YouTube or Twitch will want to spend a few hundred bucks on an external camera.

What good part are you wondering? The Pavilion’s camera comes with fully infrared and Windows Hello sensors, so entering the computer has never been simpler. It means bio-metric identification, just like a fingerprint but in a much simpler way. Instead of entering a password or using slow fingerprint sensors, the camera works like the Face ID you find on your iPhone and unlocks your computer by detecting faces.

Classic Portnet computer

The model I received for the review included a full-HD monitor, an Intel i5-8300H processor running at a clock speed of 2.3GHz and 8GB of RAM memory. The processor and memory combined with the NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card make the computer a real powerhouse for novice gamers. True, you will not get an i7 processor or 16 gigabytes of ram memory, which on paper will contribute significantly to the game experience, but that’s enough to run the most popular titles today. It’s not a computer for surfing the web or watching videos. It’s a computer with hardware that’s just waiting for you to take it for a ride on the racetrack and play games with it. But on the other hand, it’s not a computer to run heavy-duty games at very high resolutions. It’s just a classic Fortnight machine.

In games I often had to lower my settings a bit to get between 50 and 60 frames per second, but it was worth it. In the full-HD GTA V game and in high settings I managed to get only 20 frames per second and at Battlefield 1 the situation was even worse with numbers below 20. After I downloaded the settings from Ultra to High and Medium the numbers came closer to 40 frames per second. At Ghost Recon Wildlands I got about 34 frames per second in very high settings.

Along with the combination of the processor and the graphics card, there is a 128-gigabyte SSD and an additional storage capacity for storage. This is the perfect combination, the operating system and the software will work with SSD at high speed, while the other programs and games that require higher storage will work with the mechanical drive. However, the SSD speed could have been higher. At a reading speed I got 1,572 megabytes per second, while typing speed became significantly slower, even than a SSD drive running on a SATA connection, only 440 megabytes per second.

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Disappointing: One hour of gaming on the battery

Relative to the huge size of the computer, it includes a 52.2 watts battery that only lasts two hours of work outside the charger and only one hour of gaming. Therefore, you will want to use the charger whenever you can. It’s not surprising that it’s still a gaming machine, but it’s still something that HP could certainly have improved with the inclusion of a higher-volume battery.

Summary

The new HP computer, the Pavilion 15, manages to maintain the good features of the previous model while improving its flaws. With an i5 processor and 8 gigabytes of RAM memory, it brings to the table great specifications for novice gamers and is especially suited for parents who want to buy their children a powerful computer without damaging the pocket. The graphics card also shows impressive performance and is more than enough for games like Fortnight, even in high settings. Combining the SSD with a hard disk drive makes sure you do not lack space over time. However, the disappointing battery life and the screen that could have been featured with a bit more clarity certainly show the compromises that come with the computer at a price tag of NIS 4,399 and still, in the gaming console for beginners, this is an excellent deal

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