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All Of HP's New Pavilion PCs

HP updated its mainstream Pavilion lineup at a Back-To-School product showcase in New York City. Although it makes little sense to dive into the back-to-school season when the current school year has yet to conclude, HP’s new offerings give consumers something to look forward to this autumn with new laptops, x360s, desktops and all-in-one (AIO) PCs.

The Clamshells Cometh (In Many Colors)

HP’s classic Pavilion “clamshell” notebooks have been updated to include the latest 6th generation (Skylake) processors from Intel, and 15.6-inch models can also feature 7th generation AMD A-series processors. In addition, the new Pavilion laptops offer moderately powerful graphics subsystem options--up to an Nvidia GTX 960M dedicated GPU or AMD Radeon R7 graphics.

The company claimed the 14- and 15.6-inch models are 11-22 percent thinner and lighter than their predecessors, and every size of the HP Pavilion notebook comes in five new colors including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Dragonfly Blue, Cardinal Red or Sport Purple, in addition to the previously available Blizzard White or Onyx Black.

HP Pavilion Notebook14”15.6”17.3”
Processor OptionsUp to 6th Generation Intel Core i7Up to 6th Generation Intel Core i7Up to 7th Generation AMD A12-9700PUp to 6th Generation Intel Core i7
MemoryUp to 16 GBUp to 16 GBUp to 16 GB
Single Storage OptionsUp to 512 GB M.2 SATA SSDUp to 2 TB HDDUp to 512 GB M.2 SATA SSDUp to 2 TB HDDUp to 512 GB M.2 SATA SSDUp to 2 TB HDD
Dual Storage Options(Select Models)Up to 128 GB M.2 SATA SSDUp to 2 TB HDDUp to 128 GB M.2 SATA SSDUp to 2 TB HDDUp to 128 GB M.2 SATA SSDUp to 2 TB HDD
Graphics OptionsIntel HD GraphicsNvidia GeForce 940MXIntel HD GraphicsNvidia GeForce 940MXNvidia GeForce GTX 950MNvidia GeForce GTX 960MAMD Radeon R7 GraphicsIntel HD GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 960M
Display OptionsHD (1366x768)FHD (1920x1080)HD (1366x768)FHD (1920x1080)FHD (1920x1080)4K (3840x2160)
TouchscreenOptionalOptionalOptional
Networking Options802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi802.11 ac Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi802.11 ac Wi-Fi802.11 ac Wi-Fi (2x2)802.11 ac Wi-Fi (2x2)
PortsHDMI x1USB 3.0 x2USB 2.0 x 1SD Card ReaderMic-In/Headphone Out Combo JackHDMI x1USB 3.0 x2USB 2.0 x 1SD Card ReaderMic-In/Headphone Out Combo JackHDMI x1USB 3.0 x2USB 2.0 x 1SD Card ReaderMic-In/Headphone Out Combo Jack
Estimate Battery Life10 Hours9.5 Hours10 Hours
Weight3.3 lbs.4.26 – 4.62 lbs.6.28 lbs.
Thickness19.5 mm22.5 – 24.5 mm29.9 mm
Starting Price$539.99$579.99$899.99

The Pavilion series of laptops keep it simple with single storage options, which includes up to a 512 GB M.2 SATA SSD or 2 TB HDD. It also features a dual storage option consisting of a 128 GB M.2 SATA SSD and up to a 2 TB HDD on select models.

The 14-inch model has a discrete GPU option in the form of an Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics module, but the 15.6-inch Pavilion laptop has even more dedicated graphics choices, including a GTX 950M or GTX 960M. The 15.6-inch model is also the only size that offers AMD Radeon R7 graphics when equipped with an AMD 7th generation processor. The 17.3-inch Pavilion laptop offers only an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M if you want a dedicated graphics card.

The HP Pavilion notebooks start at just $539.99 for the 14-inch version, with the 15.6-inch model starting at $579.99 and the HP Power Pavilion 17.3-inch model costing $899.99 at entry level.

A Bigger, Better (And More Colorful) HP Pavilion x360

The Pavilion lineup also received a refresh to its x360 offerings, with updated versions of the 11.6- and 13.3-inch models shedding some weight and becoming even thinner than before. There’s also a new 15.6-inch x360 with an optional Nvidia GeForce 930M graphics card.

HP Pavilion x36011.6”13.3”15.6”
Processor OptionsIntel Celeron, Pentium, Core i3 ProcessorsIntel Core i3, i5 ProcessorsIntel Pentium, Core i3, i5 and i7 Processors
MemoryUp to 8 GBUp to 16 GBUp to 8 GB
Storage OptionsUp to 512 GB SSD Up to 1 TB HDDUp to 512 GB SSDUp to 1 TB HDDUp to 512 GB SSDUp to 1 TB HDD
Graphics OptionsIntel HD GraphicsIntel HD GraphicsIntel HD GraphicsNvidia GeForce 930M
Display OptionsHD (1366 x768) IPSHD (1366x768) IPSFHD (1920x1080) IPSHD (1366x768) IPSFHD (1920x1080) IPS
TouchscreenYesYesYes
Networking Options802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi802.11 ac Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi802.11 ac Wi-Fi802.11 ac Wi-Fi (2x2)802.11 ac Wi-Fi (2x2)
PortsHDMI x1USB 3.0 x2USB 2.0 x 1SD Card ReaderMic-In/Headphone Out Combo JackHDMI x1USB 3.0 x2USB 2.0 x 1SD Card ReaderMic-In/Headphone Out Combo JackHDMI x1USB 3.0 x2USB 2.0 x 1SD Card ReaderMic-In/Headphone Out Combo Jack
Estimated Battery Life10 Hours9 Hours9.25 Hours
Dimensions (L x W x H)12.05 x 8.19 x 0.76 inches12.85 x 8.74 x 0.78 inches15.04 x 9.84 x 0.94 inches
Weight2.93 lbs.3.48 lbs.5.07 lbs.
Starting Price$379.99$479.99$579.99

The 15.6-inch x360 is new to the lineup, and it’s the largest Pavilion x360 HP has ever offered. It takes after the recently announced HP Envy x360 notebook with its screen size and functionality, but the Pavilion x360 laptops stay in the mainstream market segment’s price point by excluding some costly configuration options that are featured in the Envy-series counterparts, such as Intel Iris Graphics, high-capacity PCIe SSDs and 4K screen options. The Pavilion-series x360 notebooks also lack AMD processor options for the time being.

We found it odd that the 15.6-inch model was not as generous with its maximum memory capacity as the 13.3-inch version, which can feature up to 16 GB of RAM. The 15.6-inch edition is limited to just 8 GB of RAM, but it’s also the only Pavilion x360 that can sport an Nvidia GeForce 930M dedicated GPU, offering graphics horsepower that the smaller x360s cannot. The tradeoff for an optional discrete graphics card appears to be a lower memory capacity. The 15.6-inch model is also the only version of the Pavilion x360 that can sport up to an Intel Core i7 processor.

The HP Pavilion x360 laptops come in the same five aforementioned colors of the Pavilion clamshells, including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Dragonfly Blue, Cardinal Red and Sport Purple.

A Cutting-Edge (To-Edge) Pavilion AIO

HP also revealed its new Pavilion All-In-One (AIO) PC, which is available in 23.8- and 27-inch models. The 23.8-inch model can optionally feature a new micro-edge display, which reduces the border width by 75 percent compared to other edge-to-edge AIOs.

HP Pavilion AIO23.8”23.8” Micro-Edge27”
Processor OptionsIntel Pentium Up to 6th Generation Intel Core i7Up to 7th Generation AMD A10Up to 6th Generation Intel Core i7Intel Pentium Up to 6th Generation Intel Core i7Up to 7th Generation AMD A10
MemoryUp to 16 GBUp to 16 GBUp to 16 GB
StorageUp to 3 TB HDDUp to 1 TB Hybrid SSHDUp to 1 TB HDDUp to 1 TB Hybrid SSHDUp to 3 TB HDDUp to 1 TB Hybrid SSHD
Graphics OptionsIntel HD GraphicsNvidia GT 930AAMD Radeon GraphicsIntel HD GraphicsNvidia GT 930AIntel HD GraphicsNvidia GT 930AAMD Radeon Graphics
Display OptionsFHD (1920x1080) IPS Flush GlassQHD (3840x2160) IPS Flush GlassFHD (1920x1080) Micro-Edge DisplayFHD (1920x1080) IPS Flush GlassQHD (3840x2160) IPS Flush Glass
TouchscreenOptionalNot AvailableOptional
Networking Options802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
PortsHDMI x1USB 3.0 x1 (Type-C)USB 3.0 x2 (Type-A)USB 2.0 x23-in-1 Card ReaderMic-in/Headphone Out Combo JackLAN PortHDMI x1USB 3.0 x1 (Type-C)USB 3.0 x2 (Type-A)USB 2.0 x23-in-1 Card ReaderMic-in/Headphone Out Combo JackLAN PortHDMI x1USB 3.0 x1 (Type-C)USB 3.0 x2 (Type-A)USB 2.0 x23-in-1 Card ReaderMic-in/Headphone Out Combo JackLAN Port
Starting Price$699.99$749.99$999.99

The 23.8- and 27-inch models both support the latest 6th generation (Skylake) Intel processors or 7th generation AMD APUs, but the micro-edge display version can accommodate only Intel CPUs. The micro-edge display also prohibits the addition of a touchscreen. However, it does sport a privacy camera, which can pop up out of the chassis when it’s in use, or be retracted to hide and disable the camera and microphone for an added sense of privacy.

Another interesting engineering choice is the lack of any pure SSD options, with the Pavilion AIO PCs offering up to 3 TB mechanical hard drives or up to 1 TB hybrid SSHDs. The absence of an M.2 SSD or even a non-hybrid 2.5-inch SATA SSD is disappointing, although many users purchasing an AIO machine are generally less concerned with storage speed than its functionality. However, 3 TB HDD is plenty of space for pictures and movies, and non-enthusiast users are unlikely to be dissuaded by the storage configuration of the Pavilion AIOs.

All of the Pavilion AIOs come in Turbo Silver (if Natural Silver isn’t enough for you), and HP doesn’t offer additional assorted colors like the other Pavilion devices. The new HP Pavilion AIOs start at $699.99 for the 23.8-inch model, $749.99 for the 23.8-inch edition with the micro-edge display, and $999.99 for the 27-inch version.

Smaller (And More Colorful) Pavilion Desktops

HP claimed its new Pavilion desktop systems are now 30 percent smaller than previous generations, and they feature the latest Intel Celeron and Core-series processors (up to an i7) and AMD’s newest 7th generation processors, up to an A12 processor with Radeon R7 graphics.

ProductHP Pavilion Desktop
Processor OptionsIntel CeleronUp to 6th Generation Intel Core i7Up to 7th Generation AMD A12
MemoryUp to 16 GB
Storage OptionsUp to 3 TB HDD
Graphics OptionsIntel HD GraphicsNvidia GT 730Nvidia GTX 750 tiAMD Radeon R7 Graphics
Networking OptionsGigabit LAN802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
PortsUSB 3.0 x2USB 2.0 x43-in-1 Card ReaderMic-In/Headphone Out Combo Jack (Front)Line-In, Line-Out, Mic-In (Rear)LAN Port
Display OutputHDMI x1VGA x1
Dimensions (L x W x H)14.88 x 6.42 x 14.33 inches
Weight12.57 lbs.
Starting Price$449.99

The new Pavilion desktops don’t offer an SSD of any kind, which wouldn’t likely be an issue for consumers interested in the entry-level performance of an HP Pavilion desktop system. These PCs are designed for home and office productivity and multi-tasking, but the new Pavilion desktops could also be ideal for those with light gaming aspirations by offering up to an Nvidia GTX 750 Ti and AMD Radeon R7 graphics.

Not much has changed with the Pavilion desktop aside from the smaller chassis and updated processors, but a back-to-school lineup update (at least, this one) wouldn’t be complete without more color options. The new Pavilion desktops come in Natural Silver, Blizzard White and Twinkle Black and start at only $499.99.

HP certainly seems to offer plenty of variety in its new consumer Pavilion lineup, with both a range of performance in the featured components, and if nothing else, colors. The new HP Pavilion lineup starts trickling to market in mid-May, starting with the x360s and 15.6- and 17.3-inch clamshell laptops, followed by the desktops and 14-inch Pavilion laptop in June, and the AIO PCs in July.

Derek Forrest is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom’s Hardware and Tom’s IT Pro. Follow Derek Forrest on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, RSS, Twitter and YouTube.

  • memadmax
    Garbage...
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  • darcotech
    +1
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  • firefoxx04
    Back to school? Apple probably has a 90% market share at my University. Students want small and good looking. As much as I dislike apple, they got it right.
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  • Valantar
    Desktops with "7th generation AMD A12" CPUs? Did HP just spoil AMD's Bristol Ridge dekstop launch? Or are these laptop CPUs stuffed into a desktop chassis?


    Also, I'm disappointed with the lack of wattages listed at least for larger laptops. I assume that means they're all U-series 15/17W units?
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  • Wisecracker
    Need more AMD Bristol Ridge A12-9700P . . . . STAT !!

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  • AndyWiryaPeaceful
    why cram number keys into 15" notebooks? It makes the entire notebook goes to the right just because the touchpad needs to be at the center
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  • koss64
    Back to school? Apple probably has a 90% market share at my University. Students want small and good looking. As much as I dislike apple, they got it right.
    Parents also want affordable and Apple definitely doesn't fit that bill.The desktops especially are a worthwhile investment for school,decent amount of power for the price.
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  • thuckabay
    Not enough memory capacity. Every new machine should be expandable / purchasable with 32GB to 64GB of memory, preferably ECC memory. 16GB just won't cut it today for power users.
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  • 10tacle
    Interesting to see that HP ditched the 1600x900 resolution display on their 17.3" Pavilions. I have one and it was junk (original i3 G7 with 4GB RAM). The cooling fan lasted not even two years and I had to replace it myself out of warranty. Then the WD 500GB hard drive crapped out.

    I decided to rebuild it with a new i5 CPU and upgraded the memory to 8GB and installed a new SSD. Then when upgrading from the original Win7 to Win10, the WiFi stopped working. It was a Realtek issue that HP somehow missed the boat on in Win10 upgrading. Total PITA. I would not recommend HP to anyone. The only reason it's a decent laptop now is because I essentially refurbished it myself.
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  • captaincharisma
    friends don't let friends buy HP products
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