PC gaming on the go used to be a novelty. Gaming laptops used to be big unwieldy beasts that held lots of power but were very impractical to bring around.
Times have changed and there has been an emergence of more affordable PC gaming notebooks that cater to gamers on a budget. The HP Pavilion Gaming notebook is one such device that offers gamers plenty of bang for their buck. Let’s take a look at see how this gaming machine performs.
Design and build
At first glance, the Pavilion Gaming looks very much like your standard work laptop masquerading as a gaming notebook. It certainly looks like it is trying too hard, using neon green hues that are synonymous with competitor brands.
Open up the lid and you will be greeted by a green honeycomb pattern on the palm rest that extends up to the full-sized backlit keyboard that is also green in colour.
While I can forgive the neon green design, I simply can’t overlook that the top lid of the notebook flexed downwards even with minimal pressure. With that in mind, take care not to stack things on top of the Pavilion Gaming.
Still, the one positive outcome from its mostly plastic design is that the notebook feels very light for its size. Weighing in at 2.3kg, I found the notebook to be very portable for a gaming class notebook and no trouble bringing it around.
Along the left side of the notebook, you will find the A/C charging port, Gigabit Ethernet, a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 port, SD card reader as well as a DVD drive thrown in for good measure if you still rely on physical media.
On the right side, you will find the headphone/microphone jack combo, another USB 3.0 port and a full sized HDMI.
There is an exhaust port lining up the right that releases heat generated by the notebook. Most times it doesn’t get too hot but it does get uncomfortably warm when playing games and it is annoying if you are a right hander using a mouse.
The cooling fan is near silent most of the time unless you are playing games, though it can get warm if you place it on your lap.