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HP Pavilion 15 (2021) review

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The Pavilion line has been HP’s consumer mid-range brand, and this 15 inch model fits right in. It’s an ultrabook laptop with a lot to offer. This model is packed with high-spec hardware. It has 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, a touch-screen 15.3 inch FHD display, and an AMD Ryzen 7 processor. This laptop is a strong contender to be on our top laptops list.

It is able to rock those components for the most part, achieving results that, although not as impressive as the high-end Intel 11th-gen mobile processors, really are creditable.

The contents are all packed into a beautiful and attractive case. It is slim enough to look expensive, but it has plenty of ports that will make it fully functional, no matter what else you have in store.

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The keyboard is large and comfortable to use, as well as a trackpad that was big enough to hold all our typing needs. This keyboard is great for everyday desktop work. It can be used to edit photos, browse the web, or simply to ‘work’ in front of a movie.


We’re still looking at a laptop for $849 (PS850, about AU$1,000). HP isn’t known for being able to do miracles, but it does have the ability to run a lot of things. Although corners have been taken, they have been carefully chosen and will likely be features that you can live with.

The keyboard backlight is absent, and the case is entirely made of plastic. There’s also nothing in the way of discrete graphics, so the HP Pavilion 15 is forced to rely on the marginally-better-than-average integrated processor in the Ryzen SoC, something which will likely put off those looking at this as a full-on entertainment laptop or those with specific use cases for creative work.

The HP Pavilion 15 is a great choice if you are happy with its limitations. The price is right, it fits in perfectly next to the Lenovo Thinkbook 15. It doesn’t feel compromised, at least not until you launch a game or spend too much time off-grid. And it doesn’t appear compromised. This is the HP Pavilion 15, if your limits are comparable to its limits, it’s a winner.

  • HP Pavilion 15 on Amazon for US$577.28

HP Pavilion 15: Prices and Availability

Spec Sheet

Here’s the HP Pavilion 15-eh0014na configuration that was sent to TechRadar to be reviewed:

CPUAMD Ryzen7 4700U (2.0GHz base clock, upto 4.1GHz max boost clock; 8 MB L3 cache; 8 cores).

Graphics –AMD Radeon graphics (7-core, 1600MHz).

RAM: 16GB DDR4 (3200MHz)

Screen:15.6 inch, 1920×1080 IPS with touch screen

Storage:512GB SSD

Ports1 USB Type C (10Gbps power delivery, DisplayPort 1.1.4, HP Sleep and Charge), 2x USB Typ-A (5Gbps), 1x HDMI 2.0 and 1x combo Jack

Connectivity:Realtek RTTL8822CE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) WiFi and Bluetooth combo

Camera:HP Wide Vision, 720p camera

Weight: 3.9 pounds (1.75kg)

Size 14.17 x 9.2 inches x 0.07 inches (36x 23.4x 1.8cm; W x D. x H).

The HP Pavilion 15-eh0014na, also known as the HP Pavilion 15cl, is the bigger brother to the HP Pavilion 15 and commands the most expensive HP mid-range products. It’s not cheap, though. The US version can be purchased for $849.99 while the UK HP store sells it for PS850. The eh0065AU is the Australian version. This omits the touchscreen and swaps out the 512GB SSD with a 1TB model; it costs AU$2,199 more.

You can reduce the price of the Pavilion line by lowering your expectations. If you are looking for a mid-range machine you might be able to go with 8GB RAM, though we recommend sticking with 16GB if possible.

This is a much better deal than HP’s premium Envy series. However, the Pavilion lacks discrete graphics so it can only do slightly more at work and doesn’t have as many home applications as the Envy.

A better comparison would be the Acer Swift3. It packs hardware at a fairly similar level (although slightly less powerful), and touches the same ground in price. Although it is lighter and smaller than the Swift3, we believe it fits into the same market.

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HP Pavilion 15: Design

It is difficult to define the Ultrabook category. This laptop is a slimmest of all ultrabooks. The HP Pavilion 15- (2021), is a great value for money, and HP has taken care to trim down the price.

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For example, the screen is quite thin, though made slightly bulkier by the black protective rim around its edges. It’s also far stiffer than you would expect from a plastic-cased laptop. Because it doesn’t have a glass front, it’s evident that it’s well-braced.

Although this makes the touchscreen more expensive than a similar experience on a panel of glass, it’s an easy concession that can be made to reach a reasonable price. The base is also slim and elegant, with clever angles to conceal its somewhat bulbous belly.

This brings us to the Ultrabook meaning. We’d call it ‘any thin or light laptop’. The emphasis is on the actual thinness/lightness, not the implied. Although it’s close, the HP Pavilion 15 does not really fit this criteria. We’ve seen larger machines and heavier ones, but the HP Pavilion 15 doesn’t fit into either of those niches. It is not as one-handy as the LG Gram and it isn’t as thin or light like the MacBook Air. It is subtly dense in its unique way.

We would guess that HP might have had some difficulty fitting the Ryzen 7 internals into their chassis. The base has a slight bump. We weren’t sure if it was due to our long stares at it, but a straight edge on the rear section shows that it is slightly bowed. It’s not something we will deduct points for but it is an aesthetic speedbump.

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It may seem crammed, but it’s not well designed. The port provision is adequate, but not excessive. There are two USB Type-A sockets on each side, one multi-function Type C connector on the left, and full-size HDMI output.

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It features a full-width, tenkey layout that is easy to learn. There’s also minimal flex and decent key travel. However, it may be difficult to use in low light as there’s no backlighting. It’s flanked by a reasonably-sized multitouch trackpad that has a convincing click and a wrist rest with a fingerprint reader.

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HP Pavilion 15: Performance


Here’s how the HP Pavilion 2015-eh0014na performed in our suite of benchmark tests.

3DMark – Sky Diver:10.443; Fire Strike2,792 and Time Spy1,080

Cinebench CPU: 2,883 points

GeekBench 5: 1,095 (single-core); 4,722 (multi-core)

PCMark 10, Home Test:5,095 Points

Battery Life: 6 hours and 33 minutes

Battery Life (techradar film test):6 Hours and 15 Minutes

The laptop market is a tricky one. AMD and Intel are still at loggerheads and they’re now playing a game called leapfrog. While the Ryzen 4000-series CPU was, until a few months back, the crown jewel of laptop chip chips, Intel’s 11th generation processors have outsold it.

Given that this machine doesn’t match the benchmark scores of its competitor in certain departments, it would seem that it is not as good as its counterpart. But that’s far from true. It is still a great mobile processor. This, along with its fast storage and ample RAM supply, gives it a snappy feel that allows it to keep up with daily desktop tasks. This laptop isn’t a less expensive one.

It can’t offer any gaming performance, however. The integrated Radeon Graphics solution is what you need here. It scores benchmark results around the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M card, which was first introduced in 2015. You can handle esports titles if they are a bit lower, but anything else will cause problems. Things feel slick on the desktop, however. It isn’t convinced of its gaming potential so penalizing it for not having a discrete graphic solution wouldn’t make sense.

The package is sufficient to provide enough power and cooling without any compromises. The fans don’t get too hot, even when we were really pushing the SoC with benchmarks. They were manageable when they did. The solid B&O tuned sound system was able to drown them out. Although we don’t like the down-firing speakers, it works well.

Although the screen is good, it’s not spectacular. The screen measures 1,920×1,080. This gives it enough pixel density to not appear grainy. However, this makes it difficult to use if there is a window behind. Although we have seen larger fingerprint magnets in the touchscreen, it will be useful to keep a microfiber cloth handy if you are regularly poking at this panel.

Battery life

Battery Life for HP Pavilion 15

It’s clear that the HP Pavilion 15’s battery performance is disappointing. We expected this heavy-duty battery to last at most a day. However, it’s so small that you would have to work hard to get eight hours from it. The movie didn’t last beyond six hours, but the battery test by PCMark was able to go half an hour longer.

It’s not terrible – some gaming laptops have a tendency to give up on their batteries after a few hours. But it is an additional indication that HP might have outgrown the HP Pavilion 15’s chassis or cut a corner too much. It can happily charge quickly, reaching half its capacity in just half an hour.

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It’s a good deal if…

A laptop that is perfect for work is essential

It’s beautifully designed, and packs a lot of power. It’s great if you have a tight budget.

A strong screen is essential

Although the reflective coating makes it not ideal for all situations, the HP Pavilion 15’s screen is good and consistent, with excellent viewing angles and a touch screen that works well.

You are on a budget

This laptop is not cheap, but it does offer a lot – lots of storage, heaps of RAM and a large screen, all in a price that is almost unbelievable.

It’s not worth the risk if…

3D printing is what you want to do

Although the integrated graphics aren’t ineffective, they aren’t at the level required by modern discrete graphics solutions. They are probably sufficient for most purposes, but not enough to handle games and other 3D-intensive work.

You want something that will keep on truckin’

The battery life of the HP Pavilion 15 was disappointing. Although it’s not terrible, we would have expected a bit more from the HP Pavilion 15, especially given its weight. …

A light laptop is what you want

Although it looks small, it is actually quite large and heavy. You should look elsewhere if you are looking for something that you can hold in one hand.

Also, consider…

Dell XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13, a 13-inch thin laptop that is also lightweight and easy to use, offers Windows compatibility and great style.

View our Dell EXPS 13 review

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Read our Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2021), review

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