Expert review of the HP Pavilion G15-cx0830nd
The plastic casing feels solid and the aluminum inside is a definite plus. This way, the keyboard doesn't dent when you type. The Pavilion G15 is on the heavier and thicker side, but it makes up for this with great specifications and a great price. With a fast 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 video card, gaming goes smoothly and demanding tasks like video editing don't cause any stuttering either.
|Look and feel||8.4||Subtle design for a gaming laptop, but slightly heavy and thick. Easy to get greasy fingerprints on the casing.|
|User-friendliness||7.8||Beautiful keyboard, types nicely. Trackpad reacts well too.|
|Screen, sound, and battery||7.5||Screen is nice and bright, battery life is slightly disappointing.|
|Speed||8.5||An 8th gen i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and PCIe SSD: this laptop is fast enough for demanding tasks.|
|Particularities||8.0||A price like this combined with specifications like these are a rare find among laptops.|
Look and feel
When you slide the HP Pavilion G15-cx0830nd from its box, your eyes are drawn to the shiny silver HP logo on the black casing right away. When you place the laptop on the table in front of you, a second thing stands out right away as well. Namely that wherever you touch the laptop, you leave behind greasy fingerprints. When you open the laptop, you see a beautiful silver edge around the trackpad. The keys also have white edges, which gives the laptop a chic look when the keyboard is backlit. Aside from that, the Pavilion G15 is slightly on the heavier and thicker side.
The casing of this laptop is made almost entirely from plastic. Only the inside is aluminum. The aluminum ensures that the keyboard doesn't dent while you're typing. Aside from that, all of the plastic panels do dent when you put pressure on them. That is why it's advisable to be careful with this laptop. The hinge feels solid and keeps the screen upright in all of the different positions.
Keyboard and touchpad
The white edges around the keys give the keyboard a beautiful design. The keyboard also types comfortably. The Pavilion G15 doesn't have programmable or mechanical keys, which is something hardcore gamers might miss. Do you play a game every now and then and generally use the laptop for photo editing and writing reports, like me? Then this isn't an issue. The trackpad reacts well, though the left and right mouse button do feel slightly fragile when you press them.
With 3 standard USB-A ports, 1 USB-C port, 1 HDMI and 1 Ethernet port, you can connect all of your peripherals to the HP Pavilion G15-cx0830nd without difficulties. It also has an SD card reader, so you can easily transfer photos from your digital camera to the laptop. I find that the only con is that most connectors are on the right. Since my mouse is also connected on this side, I personally prefer to have more connectors on the left, so they don't get in each other's way.
Screen, sound, and battery
Screen and speakers
The screen has a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution, which looks very good. The anti-glare layer reduces the reflections. These layers often make a screen duller, but that's not the case with this laptop. The colors still look vivid. The speakers have been configured by B&O PLAY, so the sound quality is a bit better than that of standard speakers. The brightness and volume are suitable for watching series and movies. But if you really want to enjoy your music, I'd still recommend external speakers.
I tested the battery by playing a video with 4K quality at the highest settings on YouTube. After an hour and 15 minutes, there was only 50% battery left. That means working with demanding software for a day or a whole day of gaming aren't really an option. You'll always have to put the adapter in your bag when you're bringing your laptop on the go.
The 256GB PCIe SSD boots the laptop in less than 10 seconds. Other programs also start up in just a few seconds. I went to work in Adobe Premiere Pro to edit a video. There wasn't any stuttering and rendering went quickly as well. Even if I opened 10 tabs in my browser at the same time, the laptop didn't slow down.
Playing games like Fortnite at the highest settings isn't an issue for this laptop. The FPS continuously remains above 60, so you're not bothered by stuttering images. Editing videos in Adobe Premiere Pro goes smoothly and they render quickly as well. As far as I noticed, the HP didn't struggle at all while I worked on demanding tasks. In addition, the 2 fans ensure that the laptop always stays cool and hardly makes any noise.
An Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, 1TB HDD, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 video card. This laptop has it all, and for a very good price as well. Whether you like to game, edit videos and photos, or just want to browse the internet and watch series, the HP Pavilion G15-cx0830nd does it effortlessly and won't disappoint.