HP Pavilion 15 (i7-6700HQ, GTX 950M) Notebook Review
22 December 2015
Summary: A balanced bundle. With the Pavilion 15-ak003ng, HP offers a well-equipped multimedia notebook in 15.6-inch format. Among other things, there is a quad-core processor, an IPS display and an SSD on board. However, it slightly tarnishes the good overall impression that the warranty is only one year.
Pros: matte IPS display, keyboard with backlight, well equipped, SSD+HDD
Cons: only 12-months warranty, no maintenance hatch
Summary: Price-performance smasher? HP promises that its exceptional multimedia laptop, Pavilion 15, can boast among others, with a Full HD screen and plenty of storage for a price less than 500 Euros (~$568). However, closer inspection shows shortcomings in the 15-inch device.
Pros: appropriate casing quality, decent keyboard, extensive configuration, Full HD resolution, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, good price-performance ratio
Cons: dark, low-contrast screen, slow Fast Ethernet adapter, spongy touchpad keys, very short battery life
Summary: Disappointing screen. HP demands almost 800 Euros (~$893) for its Pavilion 15. The buyer gets a 1 TB hard drive and a matte screen among other things. However, the latter is absolutely unsatisfactory.
Pros: Matte Full HD screen, Plenty of storage, Low temperature development, Gaming suitable
Cons: Dark, low-contrast screen, 12-month warranty only, Fast Ethernet only
Summary: Without stamina. At a first glance, the specs of the HP computer sound interesting. However, it turns out quickly in practice that the built-in hardware is very power-hungry. As a result, the battery life of the notebook is poor.
Pros: matte display, big memory capacity, Nothing.
Cons: low-contrast display, high power consumption, poor battery life, only 1-year warranty, Better battery runtimes.
Summary: Affordable all-rounder. HP demands 500 Euros (~$647) for its all-round Pavilion 15 laptop. The buyer gets a Full HD screen alongside a GeForce 840M GPU, and a Core i5 processor. Can you really go wrong with this device at this price?
Pros: Matte, bright, Full HD screen, Decent application performance, Gaming suitable, Good battery runtimes, The bright Full HD screen.
Cons: Low-contrast, viewing angle dependent screen, 12 month warranty only, Fast-Ethernet only, No maintenance cover, A maintenance cover.
Summary: Apr 8 2013 - HP tried hard to make their Pavilion Sleekbook 15t-b100 an affordable system and did make it under $500. It has a few nice features such as a very thin profile and great keyboard but it is hampered by a below average screen that is frankly very dark.
Summary: To summarize our review, we will conclude that Pavilion 15-p800ng is an all-round laptop for just 599 Euros. The Intel Core i5 processor and GeForce 840M graphics unit are a strong combination for performance devouring programs and applications especially computer games.
Summary: Inexpensive all-around laptop. With the Pavilion 15-n213eg, HP offers a gaming capable 15.6-inch notebook. The buyer will not only get powerful hardware, but also a big storage capacity and 8 GB of RAM for 600 Euros (~$832).
Pros: good system performance, gaming capable, big storage capacity, contrast-rich display, good battery runtimes, relatively low power consumption, the good system and gaming performance and the low energy consumption
Cons: only Fast Ethernet, only 12 month warranty, no VGA out, averagely bright, bluish display, a brighter display with matte surface
Summary: Frugal quad-core. The HP Pavilion 15-050sg is an inexpensive notebook (399 Euros, ~$545) with a quad-core processor and a large hard drive. Thanks to the ULV APU from AMD it should be frugal and offer long battery runtimes. Is the Pavilion 15 a convincing package? Find out in our in-depth review.
Pros: Good battery runtimes, Frugal, Slim chassis, The low energy consumption and the resulting battery runtimes.
Cons: Display is a bit dark and has a blue cast, Only 12 months warranty, No VGA-out, Only Fast-Ethernet, We miss some features that are offered by many similarly priced rivals: a Gigabit-Ethernet port, VGA-out and a two-year warranty.
Summary: Long-lasting and economic. A slim laptop featuring a Haswell processor for 499 Euros (~$671) doesn't sound bad at all. Our test report reveals whether the Pavilion can stand out from the innumerable contenders.
Pros: Good application performance, Decent battery runtimes, Low power consumption, Quiet operation, Slim appearance, The decent application performance and the low power consumption.
Cons: 12 month warranty only, A slightly too dark screen w/ bluish cast, A brighter screen and easier access to the hard drive.