HP’s Pavilion Gaming series offer you quite decent gaming capabilities for a great price. Through the past year, this manufacturer has made great improvements to some of its laptops, and the Pavilion Gaming line-up was one of the main beneficiaries of this. The 15-inch version of 2019 was a hell of a great laptop, delivering value and quality, which was its biggest improvement over the last generation.
As of the laptop we’re getting you familiarized today – it is the Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000). This series feature AMD CPUs combined with NVIDIA graphics cards, that max out with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q. Similar to other manufacturers, HP is hopping on the AMD train as well. ASUS is one of its main contenders with its Zephyrus ROG GA502, but if you haven’t checked it already, it is a pretty easy opponent to beat.
Additionally, we are going to take a look at that 15-inch 144Hz IPS display, it has equipped, and how does it affect the battery life of the device. Let’s get straight to the review, shall we?
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HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000) - Specs
What’s in the box?
Inside the box, you’re going to find a 200W power adapter, as well as the mandatory paper manuals.
Design and construction
So yeah, this is not the thinnest gaming laptop out there. It’s profile measures at 23.5mm, but what is more interesting is the weight – 1.98 kg – just shy of the 2kg vantage point. In terms of build quality, unsurprisingly, we are talking about a fully plastic build, that does its fair share of squeaking when you twist its body.
Opening the lid is not a task for a single hand. Not only that but when you open it and test its structural integrity, it twists and bends like a sheet of paper. For real – it is scary to look at it. On the bright side, this doesn’t really have an effect on the display, itself. Upon further examination, you can see that the camera is placed above the screen, while the hinges are placed further apart from each other, then on the Intel-equipped machine.
It is interesting to see that HP has developed an entirely different body design for their AMD laptop. Nevertheless, at the base, we see the good old keyboard that sticks around for several generations. In contrast to the other Pavilion Gamings out there, the font used for the character keys is a lot more standardized than the futuristic, gamer-centric, we’re used to seeing.
As far as the usability goes, there is a rather long key travel, combined with tactile feedback that is not very clicky, but you can feel it well. Additionally, there are the NumberPad keys and a backlight, which is optionally green or white. Our only remark would be the half-sized “Up” and “Down” arrow keys. By the way, above the keyboard deck, you can see the speaker grill that houses Bang & Olufsen units.
Next, there is the touchpad. While its tracking is good, we feel that you need to boost the sensitivity, because the default one is just not high enough. Let’s not forget the clicking mechanism, which is a little bit weird – either you press on the bottom-most part of the touchpad, or you have a really hard time. Literally. Not only that, but the surface seems to not be stable enough. When you lift your finger from it, it makes a sound, like it is wobbling up and down.
On the bottom plate, you are going to see a sizeable ventilation grill. Hot air is exhausted from around the hinge cover but manages to slide its way beneath it, instead of going straight up to the screen.
On the left side, you will only see the power plug, mounted weirdly on the edge, and a USB Type-A 2.0 port. Switch to the other side, and you’ll find an HDMI connector, a USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, an RJ-45 connector, a USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 1) port, a headphone jack, and an SD card reader.
Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance
All you need to do to access the internals of this notebook is to remove the bottom panel. It is held in place by 7 Phillips-head screws. After that, gently make your way around the edges with a plastic pry tool and you will be able to lift it off the chassis.
Its cooling is made out of two similarly sized thick heat pipes, which cool down both the CPU and the GPU. Additionally, there are two fans, blowing cool air towards the rather long heat sink. This setup is seen on the Acer Nitro 5, Helios 300 and Triton 300 from 2019.
Memory-wise the laptop features two RAM SODIMM slots that fit up to 32GB of DDR4 memory in total. On the storage side, there is the M.2 PCIe x4 slot and a 2.5″ SATA drive bay.
Lastly, there is the 52.5Wh battery pack, which should power this notebook, when a charger is not plugged.
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000) has 144 Hz Full HD panel – AUO B156HAN08.2 (AUO82ED). Its diagonal is 15.6″ (39.62 cm), and the resolution 1920 х 1080 pixels. The screen ratio is 16:9, and we are looking at a pixel density of – 142 ppi, and a pitch of 0.18 х 0.18 mm. The screen turns into Retina when viewed at distance equal to or greater than 60cm (24″) (from this distance one’s eye stops differentiating the separate pixels, and it is normal for looking at a laptop).
Its viewing angles are comfortable. We offer images at 45° to evaluate image quality.
The measured maximum brightness of 316 nits in the middle of the screen and also 316 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of only 4%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen is 7210K – colder than the optimal for the sRGB standard of 6500K. The average color temperature through the grey scale before profiling is 7120K.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective. In other words, the leakage of light from the light source.
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work. The contrast ratio is good – 1150:1 (1100:1 after profiling).
To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.
Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.
Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.
The yellow dotted line shows HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000)’s color gamut coverage.
Its display covers 90% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.
Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.
We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.
Below you can compare the scores of HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000) with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).
The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.
The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.
Response time (Gaming capabilities)
We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.
We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 9 ms.
PWM (Screen flickering)
Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.
Thankfully, HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000)’s display doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness. The lack of flickering makes the laptop comfortable for long periods of use.
Blue light emissions
Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000)’s display has an IPS panel with a Full HD resolution and its usual perks – wide viewing angles and good contrast ratio. Additionally, it covers 90% of sRGB and its backlight lacks PWM. However, the reason it is put inside of this notebook is its 144Hz refresh rate and response time, which is among the fastest on the market.
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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.
THealth-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.
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000) produces a loud sound with good quality with its Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers. Its low tones have some deviations in clarity, while the mids and highs are clear.
All of the drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-pavilion-gaming-15-ec0000-laptop-pc-series/29322788
Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. There is a 52.5Wh battery onboard.
It lasts for only 4 hours during Web browsing and 4 hours and 20 minutes when watching a video.
In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.
For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.
Only AMD processors for this one – Ryzen 5 3550H and Ryzen 7 3750H.
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)
In addition to the integrated Vega 8 and Vega 10 graphics cards, there are the GTX 1050 with 3GB of GDDR5 memory, as well as the GTX1650 with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM and the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
|Far Cry 5||Full HD, Normal (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q||77 fps||73 fps||69 fps|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)||Full HD, Medium (Check settings)||Full HD, Very High (Check settings)||Full HD, MAX (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q||96 fps||57 fps||37 fps|
|Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Very High (Check settings)||Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q||70 fps||65 fps||58 fps|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)||Full HD, Medium (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Highest (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q||66 fps||66 fps||43 fps|
Temperatures and comfort
Max CPU load
In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.
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|
The Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000) maintained high clock speeds with rather low temperatures across the entire test. It is great to see that you can extract the maximum of the performance, without sacrificing the GPU.
|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|
Both the coolest device and the highest frequency we’ve seen on a GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q-equipped laptop – impressive!
While the laptop remained relatively cool on the inside, the keyboard did heat up to around 50C.
It is obvious that the Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000) is a budget machine. The main thing that gives it away is the build quality. While the model looks quite modern with its narrow bezels, and it is good to see that HP has gone for a redesign, rather than copy-pasting the Intel-based version, the plastic found all around the chassis has little structural integrity.
It produces funny sounds when you twist it, but what is more worrying is the situation with the lid, as its behavior is similar to that of a piece of paper. Additionally, its touchpad is a little wobbly and you can especially feel that when you depress its buttons. On the bright side, HP has done a good job to retain the keyboard, as it is very comfortable for typing and pretty good for gaming (unless you play racing or football games).
Another thing, bringing mixed feelings in us is the I/O. Yes, you get pretty much everything port, you’ll need on a daily basis, but there is only one “high-speed” USB Type-A port, while the Type-C one has no Thunderbolt support. However, on the bright side, we see an SD card reader, while inside you’ll find an M.2 PCIe x4 slot and two RAM SODIMMs, supporting up to 32GB of DDR4 memory in total. Not in the last place, the speakers pack quite the punch.
Also, battery life is not your best friend, either. We only got around 4 hours of Web browsing and 20 minutes more during video playback. We suspect the biggest reason for that to be the 144Hz screen.
Speaking of which… HP Pavilion Gaming 15 (15-ec0000)’s display has an IPS panel with a Full HD resolution and its usual perks – wide viewing angles and good contrast ratio. Additionally, it covers 90% of sRGB and its backlight lacks PWM. However, the reason it is put inside of this notebook is its 144Hz refresh rate and response time, which is among the fastest on the market.
Honestly, this is the biggest selling point on this device. As the AMD chipset is a clear bottleneck even in the mid-tier gaming world. At least, the notebook performed better than the flawed ASUS ROG Zephyrus GA502.
- Good keyboard with decent travel
- Relatively cool
- 144Hz panel with fast reaction times and 90% of sRGB coverage (BOE NV156FHM-N4K)
- Doesn’t use PWM to adjust screen brightness (BOE NV156FHM-N4K)
- PCIe x4 drive support and up to 32GB of memory
- Has an SD card reader
- No Thunderbolt support
- Even the Ryzen 7 3750H is a bottleneck for the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q
- Not the greatest build quality
- Its touchpad is wanky
- Poor battery life
You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-pavilion-gaming-15-15-ec0000/