The HP Pavilion 15 is a reliable, sturdy, stylish laptop that’s available at a reasonable price. It packs a lot of performance under its silver bonnet, while featuring a sharp 1080p display and decent capacity SSD. However, battery life is a letdown for those working on the go.
Design & keyboard – Exceptional looks, rock-solid keyboard, and modest port selection
- Keyboard feels responsive, albeit with questionable layout
- Looks the part, with some sharp and sleek design touches
- Aluminium construction helps it feel sturdy and well built
In HP Pavilion 15 One of the first major things to note about that it does not really look like a mid-range laptop. Because of its sharp edges and cool silver styling, you might be exonerated for thinking it is intended for gamers, just without the RGB glam.
It sports an attractive, understated look, with a modern and pleasingly thin bezel that still manages to hold a 720p webcam for all your video conferencing needs. Build quality is sturdy, comprising mostly of aluminium to ensure this device could withstand a drop.
The Pavilion 15 weighs visibly more than most of its rivals at 1.75kg, yet it’s still just about compact sufficient to sling in a bag and carry around a university campus.
Display – A 1080p display with some nice colours
- 1080p resolution is great for everyday usage
- 16:9 aspect ratio is okay, but a bit outdated
- 250 nits of brightness are not enough for super-bright settings
Pavilion 15’s has selected for an attempted-and-tested Full HD 1080p resolution that’s standard for day-to-day working. The sizable 15.6-inch IPS display represents enough screen real estate for an ideal experience when streaming films or television.
In watching a few different shows on Prime Video and using it for some web browsing, the screen is bright, and colors are nicely vibrant. Viewing angles are also pretty good – although, with a classic 16:9 aspect ratio, I cannot help but feel HP is behind the curve. Most modern Ultrabooks run a 16:10 ratio, which is better suited for website viewing.