Game on a budget with HP's latest Pavilion Gaming PCs

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Apr 11, 2018
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  1. HP Inc. earlier today introduced a new line of gaming-focused PCs designed to “meet the needs of mainstream gamers.”

    The new HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15 features a 15.6-inch display offered in 144Hz 1080p, 60Hz 1080p and 60Hz 4K variants. It’s powered by up to an eighth generation Intel Core i7+ H-series or U-series processor and your choice of an AMD Radeon RX 560X or an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (Max-Q version) GPU.

    The laptop offers plenty of storage configurations across both HDD and SSD although the most interesting option comes with 16GB of Intel Optane storage.

    On the desktop side, HP is introducing two new machines: the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop 690 and 790.

    The 690 can be configured with up to eighth gen Intel Core i7 chips or second gen AMD Ryzen processors, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and your choice of AMD Radeon RX 580 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards. The 790, meanwhile, also supports up to 8th gen Core i7 chips but accommodates more RAM (up to 64GB) and can be outfitted with a GTX 1080 or RX 580.

    HP notes the machines’ ability to be upgraded down the road as they are capable of supporting multiple storage devices and offer additional DIMM slots. The 690 can also hold half-length graphics cards while the larger 790 can accommodate full-length cards.

    The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop starts at $799 and will be available beginning May 27, 2018. The Pavilion Gaming 690 and 790 desktops are set to arrive on April 15 and June 3, respectively, starting at $549 and $649.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,164   +2,637

    WOW ..... I'm shocked. It's been a long time since HP delivered such power at a reasonable price .... not to be morbid but .... what's the catch?
     
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,173   +1,701

    "..starting at $549 and $649."

    Probably 4gb of RAM, a 500gb spinning drive and the weakest GPU.
     
  4. merikafyeah

    merikafyeah TS Booster Posts: 160   +101

    The catch is you're getting a device from Hot Poo.
     
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  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,530   +1,062

    Pretty much... I've had terrible experience with HPs. And the lowest price is for Desktops. But at 800 it will most probably come with a 1050. For a bit more you can get a similarly spec-ed laptop but from a reputable brand :p
     
  6. ManicWeasel

    ManicWeasel TS Rookie

    I used to have an HP laptop. It ran so hot I could have cooked eggs on the bottom, and that was with a cooling tray. Not surprisingly, it cooked itself to death, and yes, I made sure it wasn't choking on dust inside. Shortly after the warranty expired, they had a chance to stand behind their product and they declined. Like a fool, I threw good money after bad and actually paid to have it repaired. Just over a year later it died again the same way. So, for the same reason I'll never buy another Ford, I'll never buy another HP laptop. You decline to make quality products then decline to stand behind them and I'll decline to purchase from you ever again. Seems fair.

    HP= Hot Poo. Sigh, yup. Lived it.
     

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