The HP Pavilion 15- is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop. It has basic specs by gaming laptop standards, but it is still a very powerful notebook. The “Shadow Black” machine features sharp Full HD resolution and IPS wide viewing angles on its 15.6″ anti-glare screen, the 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8300H quad-core processor, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB lower-mid-range dedicated video card, 8GB of RAM, and a 1-Terabyte hard drive.
Combination of the Core i5-8300H and GeForce GTX 1050Ti ensures smooth gameplays of all popular game titles. But, in some of the hardware-demanding ones you’ll have to dial down graphics settings for complete smoothness. These components are an overkill for the regular day-to-day computing activities, like websurf, work in Office apps, media playback, and similar. But, they are great if you do heavier tasks like video production or professional photography editing.
As for RAM size of 8GB, it is large enough for all computing duties and multitasking under Windows 10, but some RAM-intensive games require more than 8GB for gaming without RAM-related slowdowns. The only major bottleneck of the HP Pavilion 15- is speed of the included hard drive. Its capacity of 1TB is generous, but all HDDs in general are much slower than solid state drive-based storage you can find in pricier gaming laptops. SSDs enable much faster system boot-up times and faster loading of games and other programs.
According to HP, the 15-with its 52.5 WHr battery can provide a battery life of up to 8 hours and 45 minutes with mixed computer usage. It will however last much shorter if you play games off the power grid.