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The Bottom Line

The HP Pavilion 15z-ec200 hits most of the gaming-laptop marks for under $800, but its 144Hz screen writes a check that its GPU can't cash.

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Cons

Fair 1080p gaming performance, but 144Hz display is wastedInsufficient 256GB of storageUnimpressive screen và sound

HP Pavilion Gaming máy tính 15z-ec200 Specs

Laptop ClassGaming
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 5600H
Processor Speed3.3 GHz
RAM (as Tested)8 GB
Boot Drive TypeSSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested)256 GB
Screen Size15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution1920 by 1080
Touch ScreenNo
Panel TechnologyIPS
Variable Refresh SupportNone
Screen Refresh Rate144 Hz
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce GTX 1650
Graphics Memory4 GB
Wireless NetworkingBluetooth, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Dimensions (HWD)0.93 by 14.2 by 10.1 inches
Weight4.37 lbs
Operating SystemWindows 10 home
Tested Battery Life (Hours:Minutes)9:05

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When we reviewed the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 in December 2019, we noted that it was on the wrong side of the $1,000 line for budget gaming laptops at $1,249.99. Its successor in the same chassis, the HP Pavilion Gaming máy tính xách tay 15z-ec200, is on the right side at $789.99, even with a faster AMD Ryzen 5 CPU and screen with 144Hz refresh rate for esports gamers (a 60Hz model is even cheaper at $699.99). Unfortunately, it has a slightly slower GPU và its storage is skimpy, so while the 15z-ec200 earns a look from gamers with thin wallets it doesn"t surpass the slightly less expensive Acer Nitro 5 or slightly more expensive (and Editors" Choice award-winning) MSI Bravo 15.

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Unchanged Styling, Rearranged Ports

Both the 60Hz & 144Hz displays are 15.6-inch, non-touch panels with full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) resolution backed by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650. The Pavilion features a six-core, 3.3GHz (4.2GHz turbo) Ryzen 5 5600H processor và 8GB of memory; upgrades lớn 12GB or 16GB are $40 or $80 respectively, while an eight-core Ryzen 7 5800H adds $120. The laptop"s 256GB NVMe solid-state drive is too small khổng lồ hold many of today"s games. You can bolster it with a 1TB hard drive for $90 or replace it with a 512GB or 1TB SSD for $70 or $140 respectively.


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Diagonal cutouts below the display địa chỉ cửa hàng a bit of visual flair when the laptop"s open; the bezels on either side of the screen are slim though the top và bottom borders are larger. As a Pavilion, the 15z-ec200 wears HP"s circular consumer biểu tượng logo rather than the stylized four slashes of upscale business và Spectre models. The keyboard is backlit, but all in green rather than the multiple zones or million RGB colors of fancier gaming rigs; would-be Windows Hello users will be disappointed khổng lồ find neither a fingerprint reader nor face recognition webcam.

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The black plastic Pavilion measures 0.93 by 14.2 by 10.1 inches, roughly matching the Bravo 15 (0.85 by 14.1 by 10 inches) and Dell G3 15 (0.85 by 14.4 by 10 inches). It weighs 4.4 pounds, a few grams more than the MSI (4.1 pounds) but less than the Dell (5.2 pounds). There"s rather a lot of flex if you grasp the screen corners or press the keyboard deck.