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Inside HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk2000) – disassembly and upgrade options

Although the Pavilion Gaming 15 is not the most powerful laptop out there, it actually brings a decent amount of upgrade options. Also, many people will be happy to see a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay inside.

Check out all HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk2000) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

1. Remove the bottom plate

To open this device, you need to undo 7 Phillips-head screws, holding the bottom panel in place. Then, pry it with a plastic tool and remove it from the chassis.

2. Battery

The battery inside has a capacity of 52.5Wh. It lasted us for 8 hours of Web browsing, or more than 6 hours of video playback. To take the battery out of the device, you need to undo 4 Phillips-head screws. Then, unplug the connector from the motherboard.

3. Memory and storage

Here, we see a classic setup. There are two SODIMM slots for memory upgrades. And for the storage, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot, and a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay. In our case, there is a SATA device present. If you want to switch it for a larger or a faster drive, you need to undo three Phillips-head screws.

4. Cooling system

In terms of cooling, there are two heat pipes, shared between the CPU and the GPU. Additionally, there is one heat pipe for the graphics memory, and one for the voltage regulation.

Check out all HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk2000) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk0000, dk1000, dk2000) in-depth review

HP releases an updated Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop a bit late to make a big impact. But you never know as this series is generally the entry point for gamers on the mobile front. However, looking at the listings of the device, especially those units, equipped with an RTX 3050/RTX 3050 Ti, we see a surprisingly high price.Here is the moment to say that the Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-dk2000) comes with a Tiger Lake H35 processor inside. It is inferior to the H45 counterparts when it comes to gaming, due to the low core count (4 cores and 8 threads). And the RTX 3050 and RTX 3050 Ti are only comin[...]

Pros

  • Adequate price
  • Good keyboard with decent travel, big arrows, and a backlight
  • Decent cooling solution
  • Covers 91% of sRGB (BOE080D)
  • Feature-packed I/O (includes an SD card slot)

Cons

  • Lacks Thunderbolt connectivity
  • Build quality could have been better
  • 35W CPUs are not the best for gaming
  • Uses aggressive PWM fixed by our Health-Guard profile (BOE080D)
  • Slow pixel response time (BOE080D)