The HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000) is an interesting collaboration between AMD and NVIDIA. You can have this device with an AMD processor like the AMD Ryzen 7 3750H or AMD Ryzen 5 3550H. As for the video card, you can go up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q which is a decent mid-range GPU without RTX capabilities but it’s close to the RTX 2060 level of performance.
There are three display options – our sample was configured with a 1080p 144Hz IPS one and it’s superb for gaming, plus it has rich and vivid colors. There is another 1080p IPS panel but with 60Hz which is a good choice too – this one will spare the battery because the blazing-fast screen option drains it really quickly. Lastly, there is a TN option, which you should avoid by any means necessary. If you haven’t already checked our in-depth analysis regarding this device you can find it here.
Here are our Top 5 picks about the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000).
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3 reasons to BUY the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000)
1. Good keyboard
The backlit keyboard is definitely a good one for both typing and gaming. Its keycaps have a long travel and tactile feedback. There is a NumberPad section as well.
2. Runs cool all the time
The efficient AMD Zen+ CPUs have one big advantage and that is the moderate heat dissipation and that’s why our test device was cool and quiet during stress testing. The CPU reached 67°C and the GPU – 68°C. Just keep in mind that the shell isn’t that cool as the internals.
Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.
|AMD Ryzen 7 3750H (35W TDP)||0:02 – 0:10 sec||0:15 – 0:30 sec||10:00 – 15:00 min|
|HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000)||3.73 GHz (B+62%) @ 72°C||3.63 GHz (B+58%) @ 71°C||3.53 GHz (B+53%) @ 67°C|
|ASUS ROG Zephyrus GA502||3.83 GHz (B+67%) @ 75°C||3.77 GHz (B+64%) @ 78°C||2.84 GHz (B+23%) @ 81°C|
|ASUS TUF FX505||3.67 GHz (B+60%) @ 71°C||3.58 GHz (B+56%) @ 70°C||3.38 GHz (B+47%) @ 67°C|
|ASUS TUF FX705||3.72 GHz (B+62%) @ 74°C||3.62 GHz (B+57%) @ 73°C||3.43 GHz (B+49%) @ 70°C|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q||GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min)||GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)|
|HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000)||1511 MHz @ 66°C||1493 MHz @ 68°C|
|ASUS ROG Zephyrus GA502||1396 MHz @ 78°C||1432 MHz @ 81°C|
|HP Pavilion Gaming 15 2019||1400 MHz @ 66°C||1365 MHz @ 71°C|
|HP Pavilion Gaming 17 2019||1334 MHz @ 67°C||1282 MHz @ 75°C|
3. Superb display
The 1080p 144Hz IPS display option (AUO B156HAN08.2 AUO82ED) has comfortable viewing angles, good contrast ratio – 1150:1 (1100:1 after profiling), and it has a 90% sRGB coverage. Additionally, it’s PWM-free, we recorded Fall Time + Rise Time of 9 ms which is a good result (ergo, a fast display), and after applying our “Gaming and Web design” profile the average dE value was just shy of the standard – 2.1, which is still good.
2 reasons not to BUY the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000)
1. Mediocre build quality
The device has an affordable price and it has good hardware inside alongside a great panel. Unfortunately, the build quality is mediocre at its best. The laptop is entirely made of plastic, you can’t open the lid with a single hand and it has a pretty thick profile- 23.5mm.
2. Short battery life
The fast display option can drain the battery really fast – we measured 4 hours of Web browsing and a little bit over 4 hours of watching videos.