HP introduces a new line of entry-level gaming PCs

HP has been increasing its Omen line in recent years to serve the high-end gaming community, and is now leaning towards more casual players with its new Pavilion Gaming line. At the launch, the line includes two desktop computers, a laptop and a screen, and HP says it is intended for people interested in games, but not necessarily buy your PC just to play.

The Pavilion Gaming The laptop comes in one size, a 15.6-inch model, but will be offered in a variety of configurations, reaching only $ 799. All will have Core i5 or i7 eighth generation processors (either U or H), 8 GB of RAM and some combination of 1TB hard disk and solid state storage. They will be offered with a Radeon RX 560X, a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or, at the top end, a GTX 1060 Max-Q. It can also be configured with 16 GB of Optane memory.



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The laptop still has a different "game" feel, with an angular design and keyboard letters with a futuristic style. Naturally, it can also shine: there is an option for backlighting of white, green or purple keyboard, with matching accent colors on the laptop. It can be configured with a 1080p 60Hz screen, a 1080p 144Hz screen or a 4K 60Hz screen. In general, you are still seeing some relatively solid specifications, even if you are missing the highest levels of performance.

Then there are the two Pavilion Gaming desktops, the 690 and the 790. The 690 is a smaller unit, intended for people with limited space, and is less flexible because of that. It only adapts to medium-length graphics cards and offers fewer storage devices and memory slots. The smallest model starts at $ 549 and the largest begins at $ 749, and both can be specified up. The 790, for example, supports up to 64 GB of RAM.



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And finally, there's the HDR Pavilion Gaming 32 screen, which is a 32 inch sorta -HDR screen. I say "sorta" because a different definition of HDR is coming out than the one used by 4K TVs. It still has the widest color gamut of 4K HDR TVs, but it does not become as bright and offers less contrast because of that. The screen has a resolution of 2560 x 1440, a refresh rate of 75Hz and support for AMD's FreeSync. It will sell for $ 449.

It is assumed that the Pavilion Gaming line will be launched in May and June. In addition to gaming products, HP is also upgrading its Pavilion standard desktops and laptops with new colors and, in some cases, eighth generation processors.