Pavilion Gaming 17 2019 is part of HP’s newest on-budget gaming show. It was launched in tandem with HP Omen 15/17 2019 which we recently showed you in a detailed analysis. This laptop may be considered an evolution of the Omen budget as it trims down some of the features such as aluminum base and bulky cooling, RGB and big-fat RTX GPU.
In reality, with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, the HP Pavilion Gaming 17 2019 maxes out. Again, if you want RTX graphics cards, you can turn your focus to the Omens, but you can still buy the Pavilion Gaming 17 2019 with a 9th Gen CPU- the choices are Core i5-9300H and Core i7-9750H. You do have the choice of a 60Hz or 144Hz 1080p IPS display and HP can sell it with a 4 K 6 6 IPS.
The Gaming Laptop Pavilion looks just as fine as the Omen lineup of HP. It features the same centered hinge we reviewed in November as the Omen 17, the same quasi-rectangular shape. But where the Omen opted for a brushed metal look inside and outside, the Pavilion goes with a matte-black finish — and a proper HP emblem, instead of the demon-face of Omen.
The Pavilion Gaming Laptop defaults to a regular 1080p IPS monitor with a refresh rate of 60Hz. Not every laptop must have a resolution of 144Hz or 4 K, but it needs to be bright enough to see. The Pavilion Gaming Laptop tops up at 250 nits plugged in, our convenience viewing baseline. However, it dims to 200 unplugged nits, well short of the average, which we use to benchmark batteries.
Don’t expect metrics to set records here. Indeed, we’ve checked the “high-end” Pavilion 15 with a Core i7-9750H, GTX 1660 Ti and 16 GB RAM, but there are quotation marks for a reason. What’s high-end for the Pavilion line, the reliable family sedan of gaming laptops is solidly mid-tier elsewhere.
HP has opted for the popular Intel Core i7-9750H model in both the Omen and Pavilion models, enabling us to do some head-to-head checking. So what do you know? The Pavilion Gaming Laptop is actually a hidden Omen. Below you will see our HandBrake test results, where we use the free tool to encode a 30 GB MKV file down to the preset “Android Tablet.”
The performance difference in real-world testing is even more apparent, where the GTX 1650 fails to run Shadow of Mordor at Ultra — a six-year-old game — while the GTX 1660 Ti breezes past the 100-frame-per-second mark. The Tomb Raider’s rise is less remarkable as the game is more CPU-constrained, but between the GTX 1650 and the GTX 1660 Ti there is still a leap.