HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk2000) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

There are a few budget gaming laptop series that we would outright recommend and the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 from HP is among them.

Along with the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 and Acer Nitro 5, these are the cheapest available options on the market, that however bring a full gaming package, with comfortable keyboards and decent high refresh rate displays. Today we have the latest Tiger Lake H35 version of the Pavilion Gaming 15, which brings both Turing and Ampere GPU options.

Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk2000).

HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk2000): Full Specs / In-depth Review

4 reasons to BUY the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk2000)

1. Display quality

Starting off with a surprise, it’s rare when a budget gaming device suddenly also sports some Creator qualities to it. The display on the Pavilion Gaming 15 does exactly that by offering a Full HD IPS panel with comfortable viewing angles, a max brightness of 285 nits in the middle of the screen, 273 nits average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 10%. The contrast ratio is also decent – 1260:1.

In terms of color coverage, the panel covers 90% of the sRGB color gamut. It also uses aggressive PWM to adjust brightness, which works at all brightness levels. Our Health-Guard profile fixes the issue entirely, but you shouldn’t have to go out of your way, in order to have a pleasant experience using a laptop.

The display has poor color accuracy with the factory settings, reaching a dE value of 5.1, which goes down to 2.6 after we applied our Design and Gaming profile.

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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.


Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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2. I/O

The laptop has a decent amount of ports with three USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, a single USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, an HDMI 2.0 port, an Ethernet port, an SD card reader, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

3. Input devices

The glorious Black + Green color scheme finds its way to us again, in the face of a great keyboard and touchpad. The former, while having green painted keycaps, also has a green backlight, to compliment the long key travel and clicky feedback. The touchpad has a plastic surface, which is smooth and offers decent responsiveness.

4. Upgradeability

Being a gaming notebook, you get great upgradeability, with the device offering two SODIMM RAM slots, an M.2 PCIe x4 slot, and space for a 2.5-inch SATA drive.

Here is our teardown video, which shows how to access both the memory and storage slots.

1 reason NOT to buy the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk2000)

1. CPU performance

The device that we tested was equipped with a Core i7-11370H, which is a CPU that is capped at 35W, which is a questionable decision. When compared to other gaming laptops with the Tiger Lake H45 architecture, which has 10W of extra headroom and more cores, you can see the wild performance difference.

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