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HP Pavilion Gaming 16 Laptop Review

With demand for gaming laptops on the rise, it surely is a boon for the consumer to have more options at various price points. The HP Pavilion Gaming 16 is the latest addition to the range. The Pavilion Gaming series mostly consists of affordable laptops with entry-level specifications just enough to run the latest games with ease. This new laptop series comes with certain upgrades over the older models. Apart from the latest Intel 10th Gen processors, the most significant upgrade comes with a 16-inch display. One can also opt for the NVIDIA RTX graphics cards.

From my past experience, I have maintained that HP makes some of the best looking laptops. The Envy and Spectre lineup of notebooks is a perfect illustration of this design prowess. The Pavilion Gaming 16 is no exception — this is one well designed and built laptop. Existing owners of Pavilion Gaming series laptops will not find the design on the Pavilion Gaming 16 new. In fact, compare it to the 2019 models and it seems identical.

One of the highlights on the Pavilion Gaming 16 is its 16.1-inch display. HP says it managed to fit a larger 16.1-inch display in the same 15-inch confines of the previous Pavillion series body. Hence, you get more screen real estate without an increase in size. And surely, nobody ever has complained of a bigger display on a laptop unless it makes it bulky.

On the Pavilion Gaming 16, HP is using a decent IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. In my experience, I found the display to be good enough for both gaming and work. The 45 percent NTSC color support is sub-par when you look at other similarly-priced gaming laptops. If you plan to hook up the laptop to a TV or a monitor for intensive tasks and only need this for basic work, then it becomes justifiable. The max brightness level of 250 nits is good enough for indoor usage but you will have trouble outdoors. The anti-glare coating helps to an extent in reducing reflections.

The updated Pavilion Gaming range gets the 10th-Gen Intel treatment as standard. My unit came equipped with the Core i7-10750H CPU clocked at 2.6GHz. This is accompanied by 16GB DDR4-2933 SDRAM with two additional slots for expansion. The 1TB 7200 RPM SATA HDD and a 256GB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 SSD take care of your storage needs. HP has also added Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti GPU with 6GB memory to take care of the graphics needs. As usual, there’s Windows 10 onboard as the operating system.

These are good specifications for your ordinary gaming requirements and the Pavilion Gaming 16 does perform as intended. In day-to-day tasks, the laptop flies through all mundane tasks with ease. I was using it as my work laptop and on an average day, it had at least 15 tabs on Google Chrome, 2-3 PDF files, and Microsoft Team working simultaneously. The Pavilion Gaming 16 never showed signs of hiccups or stutters. Since this was a no-brainer, let’s talk about its gaming performance.

HP uses a 3-cell 52.5Wh Li-ion battery in the Pavilion Gaming 16 and clubs it with a 200W charger. While HP does not intend this laptop to last for an entire day with a full workload, I am happy to report that it can go up to 4 hours in the balanced power mode. With 14-15 tabs on Chrome, Teams, and Word at a brightness of 50 percent, I got it to last for up to 3.5 hours with no bottlenecks.

The HP Pavilion Gaming 16 is a decent high-performance laptop on the whole, offering a 10th Gen Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti GPU, and a big 16-inch display. Not only can you play the latest titles in medium to high graphics with 60 fps frame rates, but you can use it as a good daily laptop. The keyboard is comfortable for long hours and if you use it carefully, you can get decent battery life too. Not to forget, it looks premium and is built to last.

HP has tried to come with a decent high-performance laptop that has the horsepower to go through video editing and casual gaming. However, there are other laptops for similar prices with a high-refresh-rate quality display and better cooling systems. Hence, the HP Pavilion Gaming 16 is just another decent option in a sea of gaming laptops. Go for it only if you care for HP’s aftersales service and premium build quality.

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