Summary: The size and weight of the Pavilion 15 TouchSmart suggest that it's more intended as a desktop replacement system for use at home or in the office. However, its all-round performance, combined with an attractive screen and optical drive, provide very good value for money, and ensure that the Pavilion 15 TouchSmart will appeal to most users on a tight budget.
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). Our review will reveal whether the notebook can deliver in practice what it promises in theory.
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: The HP Pavilion 15-n207tu is a well-rounded, albeit basic laptop with the bare essentials required to keep a user happy. The device does have a good screen and great audio, not to mention the decent battery life. However, it's underpowered at this price and we've definitely seen better hardware and more features at the same price, including the likes of the Sony Vaio Fit 15E or the Lenovo Ideapad G500s. We'd only recommend this device if you're a die-hard HP fan.
Pros: Great contrast ratio, Good speakers, Decent battery life
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.
Summary: The AMD alternative? A quad-core CPU, Crossfire graphics and plenty of memory - the HP Pavilion 15 offers a lot for less than 500 Euros (~$663). But how competitive is AMD's new platform and does the inexpensive 15-inch notebook offer any surprises?
Pros: Decent input devices, Solid application performance, Good battery runtimes, Very quiet and cool during idle, Low price, It does not always have to be an Intel CPU - AMD's latest products are also attractive products. The A8-5550M should have sufficient performance for most office and multimedia users.
Cons: Glossy case, Slow Ethernet, TN panel with limited viewing angles, Micro stutters, Only 12 months warranty, A DisplayPort and a fast Gbit-Ethernet port would really improve the port equipment of the notebook. Similar to the mediocre display, these are somewhat expected drawbacks for such an inexpensive notebook.
Conclusion: HP set out with a challenge: make a budget notebook that's both thin and light. And that's exactly what the HP Pavilion 15z Sleekbook is: it starts at less than $500, weighs less than 5 pounds and it's relatively slim at 0.83". It's sufficient for web, email, social networking and video playback, but it lacks the horsepower to play anything beyond casual games, it's not a fast number cruncher and I wouldn't suggest it for HD video editing.
Pros: Slim and light for a 15" laptop (especially at this low price), very good Altec Lansing speakers.
Excerpt: The Pavilion 15 TouchSmart cost £700 when HP originally launched it at the end of 2013. But it has recently come down in price and now represents something of a bargain at just £500. (See: What's the best budget laptop?