The comprehensive HP Pavilion series has also included a few GeForce gaming laptops and even Radeon graphics that cater for gamers on tight budgets. These will complement the flagship HP Omen series, which consists of faster, more feature-heavy, and sometimes more useful offerings. The problem with HP Pavilion gaming laptops in the past is that they can often feel like afterthoughts with no real attention to design, cooling, or overall experience. HP would simply hit a dedicated GPU option for the existing Pavilion chassis design and then call it a day.
Standing screen display size: 17.3 Inches
Processor Brand: Intel
Processor Type: Core i7 Family
Memory Technology: DDR4
Computer Memory Type: DDR4 SDRAM
Memory Clock Speed: 2.6 GHz
Hard Disk Description: Flash Memory Solid State
Hard Drive Interface: Solid State
Graphics Chipset Brand: NVIDIA
Graphics Card Description: Dedicated
Graphics RAM Type: GDDR6
- The Pavilion Gaming 17 bucks this phenomenon with a new body that is literally sleeker and heavier than any Pavilion before it. The straight and angular edges and corners contrast with the typical round style of the older Pavilion systems, while the rear corners mimic the “diamond cut” look of the new Spectre x360 15.
- The Pavilion Gaming 17 is a medium-sized console in the narrow-bezel 17.3-inch range. Alternatives such as the Asus TUF FX705 or the MSI GP75 are slightly smaller in footprint, while the Lenovo Legion Y740 is larger but thinner. It’s much thinner and lighter than HP’s predecessor, Omen 17.
- The spring-loaded SD reader provides an acceptable transfer rate. Transferring 1 GB of images from the UHS-II memory card takes about 14 seconds compared to that of the Dell XPS 15. A fully inserted SD card is almost flat against the edge for secure transport.
- There are a few poor points to the structure. Although the base is solid, the lid is more prone to side-to-side twisting and warping down its middle when compared to the Asus TUF FX705 or Razer Blade Pro 17 lids.
- Secondly, the thin horizontal bars across the rear ventilation grids are very flexible and vulnerable to injury.
- Port choices are perfect for a 17.3-inch gaming laptop. Gamers who want Thunderbolt 3 and a dedicated mini DisplayPort will have to settle for HP Omen 17 instead. Although port placement is excellent and more open than the Legion Y740 or Asus Strix GL731, the ports here are very similar to each other and should have been spread out a little wider to prevent clamping cables.
Over the years, the HP Pavilion have learned to keep optimum standards for the series modest in terms of chassis design. Flexible walls, flimsy lids, and cheap-feeling plastics have all become popular in the traditional HP Pavilion.