HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook review: Gaming on a budget

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HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook

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What I like

  • Affordable
  • Great value
  • Commendable graphics performance
  • Good keyboard & trackpad
  • Works great as a work notebook too
  • Decent audio performance

What could be better

  • Display lacks punch
  • Could use with an SSD boost
  • Uninspiring styling, like a conventional notebook
  • Off-centre trackpad
  • Chunky, hefty
  • A DVD drive, really?

HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook

Pricing and availability

The HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook retails at MYR3,499 (incl. GST) and is available at all HP authorised retailers and HP Store online.

Verdict

You can’t deny that the HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook packs incredible value. For less than MYR3,500 you’ll be getting a well-specced mobile gaming rig that will play most of today’s games without complaint.

It’s not too much to look at, and certainly wouldn’t win a beauty contest against the likes of an Alienware or a Predator.

What it does well is delivering you gaming performance on a budget.

It is a shame that it doesn’t come with a SSD drive which I’d gladly trade with the bundled prehistoric DVD optical drive. I guess it’s a slight trade-off for the bucks you save.

The challengers

  • Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming Notebook (i5, 4GB DDR3, 1TB SATA, 4GB DDR5 GTX 960, 15.6″ FHD): MYR3,399
  • ASUS ROG Gl552VX (i7, 4GB, 1TB 5,400RPM, GeForce GTX 950M 2GB, DVD, 15.6″ FHD): MYR3,899
  • Acer Aspire V Nitro (i7, 8GB DDR3, 1TB + 8GB SSHD, GTX 960M, 15.6″ FHD): MYR4,399 RECOMMENDED
  • MSI Prestige PE60 (i7, 4GB, 1TB, GTX 960M 2GB GDDR5, 15.6″ FHD): MYR4,299
  • Lenovo Ideapad Y700 (i7, 4GB DDR4, 500GB 5,400RPM + 128GB SSD), GTX 950M 4GB DDR, 15.6″ FHD): MYR3,599

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You can’t deny that the HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook packs incredible value. For less than MYR3,500 you’ll be getting a well-specced mobile gaming rig that will play most of today’s games without complaint. There are some cut corners, but overall delivers where it matters without burning a hole in your pocket.

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