First a warning: This is not a gaming laptop. Yes you can game on it, sort of, but if you’re eyeing up the back to school deals that are starting to surface with gaming in mind, then you probably want to hold off for a laptop that packs some serious polygon pushing silicon. This ain’t it.
What this HP Pavilion machine is however, is a decent deal that features the latest 10th gen Intel architecture. You’re looking at an Intel Core i7 1065G7 (that’s a 10nm Ice Lake chip ladies and gentlemen), with 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, and the kind of weird and wonderful storage subsystem that you can only get from an Intel machine—512GB Intel SSD and 32GB of Intel Optane memory.
All good so far. The chassis is a bit uninspiring, but it will get the job done. Where some of you will probably turn away is when it comes to the screen. The 15.6-inch display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 (yeah, I’ve checked, it’s still definitely 2020), but you can drop an extra $130 on it to jump up to a 1080p IPS panel.
If you’re in the market for torturing yourself, then