• CPU: Intel Core i5-6300HQ
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (4GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 17.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 2000GB HDD
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Weight: 2.85 kg (6.3 lbs)


  • Excellent price/performance ratio
  • Supports M.2 SATA/PCIe NVMe SSDs
  • Good IPS panel with wide sRGB coverage and high contrast ratio
  • No PWM from 25 to 100% screen brightness
  • Excellent deltaE readings with Office/Design work profile installed
  • Good battery life


  • Screen not bright enough
  • A little bit too hefty
  • The center of the keyboard gets warm during heavy workload/gaming
  • Stiff touchpad

HP Pavilion 17 (2016) - Specs

CPU Performance #65
  • Intel Core i5-6440HQ 2.6%
  • Intel Core i7-4702MQ 4.4%
  • Intel Core i5-6300HQ
  • Intel Core i7-7660U 3.8%
  • Intel Core i7-7560U 5%
GPU Performance #57
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M (3GB GDDR5) 0.5%
  • AMD Radeon RX 460M (4GB GDDR5) 1.7%
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (4GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA Quadro M2000M (4GB GDDR5) 0.5%
17.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
panel 1
Samsung SDC3854
Color accuracy 4.8 -> 0.86
2TB HDD, 5400 rpm
M.2 Slot
1x 2280 SATA III (M key)
62Wh, Li-Ion, 6-cell
414 x 279 x 30 mm (16.30" x 10.98" x 1.18")
2.85 kg (6.3 lbs)
Ports and connectivity
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-A 2.0
  • HDMI
  • Card reader SD
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2x2)
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Audio jack 3.5 mm jack
  • Web camera 720p Wide Vision
  • Microphone
  • Speakers 2x Bang & Olufsen
  • Security Lock slot


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DISPLAY: 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080, IPS

Name Samsung SDC3854
Diagonal 17.3"
Pixel density 127.34 ppi
Brightness 262 cd/m2
sRGB 95%
PWM frequency 200 Hz
Panel Type IPS
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Becomes "Retina" from 27 inches (69 cm)
Contrast 1000:1
dE Color Checker 4.8 0.86
PWM Rating 3.2: (undesirable)
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The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, 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 (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Office Work and Web Design

The second profile type is Office Work and Web Design. Business tasks are various, most often related to a set of office-targeted applications. Sometimes, working outside is necessary. In such cases color accuracy is paramount, but so is image clarity, brightness, contrast etc. A piece of text must be legible, graphics and histograms must be clear. All of this is precisely what this profile is for. If you’re doing office work, web design, or simply value color accuracy when browsing the Internet, this is the profile to use!

It’s important to note that not all displays are suited for Web design – our profiles can not compensate for insufficient sRGB coverage (most TN panels have this problem), so you you might want to check our detailed color tests in the respective product reviews we’ve done if you want to use the machine for professional work.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Gaming and Movie Nights

Gaming is among the main driving forces for the fast clip of hardware development. Gamers are well-aware of the fact that a poor image can ruin the entire experience.

The same goes for watching movies. Imagine sitting down for a nice movie after a long day, and barely making out what’s on the screen. The ‘Gaming and movie night’ profile can make a huge difference. We strongly recommend you use it, since it’s gamma curve is specifically tuned to reveal details in the dark sections of the image.

Here’s what this amounts to:

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

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Office work and web design

Office work / Web design

If your field is office work or web design, or you just want your monitor's color set to be as accurate as possible for the Internet color space, this profile will prove to be useful.

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Gaming or movie nights

Gaming or Movie nights

We developed this profile especially for occasions on which you spend a lot of time in front of your monitor with some games or watching movies – it will be easier for you to discern fine nuances in the dark.

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Health protection


This profile reduces the negative impact of pulsation and the blue spectrum, securing your eyes and body. You still get a pitch-perfect color image, albeit slightly warmer.

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HP Pavilion 17 (2016) in-depth review

We continue examining the new HP portfolio and the next device down the line is the monstrous HP Pavilion 17 - an affordable and powerful 17-incher that can challenge other, more expensive 17-inch gaming solutions on the market, although it's not marketed as a gaming laptop. The hardware, however, suggests otherwise so we can easily say that the new beefed-up Pavilion 17 is an excellent multimedia workstation. But that low cost comes at a price you know. Unlike some more expensive rivals,[...]

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CPU Performance: Intel Core i5-6300HQ

Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Performance: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (4GB GDDR5)

Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

Some games you can play on this laptop

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1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

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