New HP Pavilion Gaming PCs designed for the budget gamer


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  • Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15, is a 15.6-inch model that will be available in various configurations. — AFP Relaxnews

In recent years, HP has been bringing gamers its high-end line of Omen gaming computers. However, the brand is targeting a different kind of gamer with a new range.

Not all gamers are willing to invest big bucks in hardware, which is why HP has developed a series of products that offer optimised gaming features such as enhanced graphics options, speed and power but aren't necessarily exclusively for gaming. The range, revealed this week, includes a laptop, two desktops and a display all under the name HP Pavilion Gaming.

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15, is a 15.6-inch model that will be available in various configurations, with prices starting from US$799 (RM3,107). The basic setup includes the 8th-generation Core i5 or i7 processors (H- or U- series) said to “to help get through a variety of tasks before jumping into a favourite game.” The laptops will also come with 8GB of RAM, 1TB disk and 16GB of Optane storage as well as various options for storage in terms of ssd, etc.

Furthermore, gamers can opt for "exceptional graphics performance with available graphics options up to AMD Radeon™ RX 560X or NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with MAX-Q Design”.

As for what it looks like, the Pavilion Gaming Laptop 15 has a slick dark exterior with a brushed aluminum keyboard deck. The backlit keyboard is available in Acid Green, Ghost White, or Ultraviolet colour themes, with colour-matched printed accents on the laptop port labels.

It will be available via HP.com and other retailers on May 9.

As for the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktops 690 and 790, the entry-level, smaller model with 3.5GHz Ryzen 3 processor, Radeon RX550 graphics card, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive will set a gamer back by around US$549 (RM2,135). But that price can go up to US$1,699 (RM6,607) with a 790 model which is configured with a 3.2GHz Core i7 processor, GTX 1070 graphics card, 32GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 2TB spinning disk.

The 690, possibly a design geared towards those with less room to spare, will only fit half-length graphic cards as well as having fewer options for additional storage and memory slots.

The desktops are set to be available in most locations later this month, although some countries may have to wait until June.

Meanwhile the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR11 Display, which will sell for a starting price of US$449 (RM1,746), is to arrive in May.

It'll feature a 32-inch monitor with a 2560x1440 resolution, 600 nits peak brightness, a 75Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync support.

The brand hopes that its new lineup will appeal to those seeking gaming devices that can also meet various PC needs. Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager of consumer personal systems, HP Inc, says, "With HP Pavilion Gaming, casual gamers get the best of both worlds – powerful game play on a boldly designed device that's versatile enough to meet their everyday PC needs.” — AFP Relaxnews

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