HP refreshes Pavilion consumer PC lineup

Everyone's doing a little spring cleaning lately, and HP is no exception. The company is refreshing its entire consumer-oriented Pavilion series of PCs, with all-new desktops, all-in-ones, laptops, and convertibles. The focus for the new line seems to be on saving space and establishing a coherent design. The new Pavilions stay the course for the most part, but these machines have a few new features worth mentioning.

The new Pavilion laptops come in 14" and 15.6" models with a focus on size and weight reduction. HP says these are thinner and lighter than its previous generation of notebook. There are also two beefier models in 15.6" and 17.3" screen sizes that HP bills "for creating and consuming media." The company doesn't specify which models have which options, but the new laptop series includes at least some models with discrete GeForce graphics chips—a GTX 940MX, a GTX 950M, or a GTX 960M. Storage options include hard drives as large as 2TB and SSDs as large as 512GB.

HP's previous 11.6" and 13.3" x360 convertible offerings are now joined by a 15.6" model. All of them are, again, lighter and thinner than HP's previous generation. The two larger x360 units have optional backlit keyboards and 1080p IPS displays available. Judging by HP's press release, it seems solid-state storage is standard on the new x360s, although buyers can also add a 1TB hard drive to the mix. Both the new laptop and x360 ranges include models with a wide range of Intel processors, from Celerons to Core i7s, along with APUs from AMD's new 7th-generation "Bristol Ridge" series.

The refreshed Pavilion desktop range is joined by a new series of Pavilion all-in-ones that come in two sizes: 23.8" and 27". HP offers a new "micro-edge" option on both models that reduces the bezel width by 75% versus its standard "edge to edge" design. The IPS displays in these machines come in 1080p or 2560×1440 resolutions. Unusually, HP offers a 1TB SSHD as an option. Meanwhile, the company's more traditional desktops get refreshed with some of the latest hardware, a small selection of colors, and little else. Like their mobile cousins, the Pavilion all-in-ones and the desktop series offer a range of Intel processor options, from Celerons to Core i7, as well as Bristol Ridge APUs.

HP says the new Pavilion line will debut in the US throughout May and June.

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    • anotherengineer
    • 4 years ago

    One thing I didn’t see is wired LAN, for some reason most if not all Pavilions only have a 10/100 LAN. I really hope these new models come with a gigabit LAN.

      • UberGerbil
      • 4 years ago

      No sign of it on the x360 product page, and the port is conspicuously absent from the shots of the sides. The larger and thicker regular Pavilions have the port, but it’s merely labelled “RJ-45” as if the marketers asked the engineers what it was and didn’t understand the answer. But at least it’s available in purple.

      So who knows. Of course, there are two USB 3.0 ports so an adapter (for ~$30) is always an option.

    • just brew it!
    • 4 years ago

    A refurb HP business laptop is probably a much better value than any of their consumer stuff. HP’s consumer laptops have been pretty dismal these past few years. Let’s hope they can get back on track.

      • localhostrulez
      • 4 years ago

      I think some of their older consumer laptops were actually worse – I remember their stuff around 2007-2008 overheating, and feeling like crap. Although they continue to screw around with borderless touchpads on the cheap consumer models, to the detriment of usability and absolutely no gain whatsoever.

    • UnfriendlyFire
    • 4 years ago

    “HP says these are thinner and lighter than its previous generation of notebook.”

    What’s the build quality? I could make a laptop really thin by replacing the entire case with a thin sheet of aluminum foil.

    Of course the motherboard would break as soon as someone presses a bit too hard on it, but it’s still thin!

    • anotherengineer
    • 4 years ago

    Also, I wonder if the motherboards for these new laptops for AMD chips will be wired in dual-channel mode or crippled single channel mode (for APU’s that support dual-channel)??

    • UberGerbil
    • 4 years ago

    In other news, HP is still making consumer PCs.

      • Thresher
      • 4 years ago

      Thank goodness. At least they are making a half-hearted effort to make premium looking computers.

      The mid range and below selection of laptops is rather depressing. All of them are plasticky clones of each other.

      • oldog
      • 4 years ago

      hp split in two in November 2015. HP Inc. which sells printers and computers and HP Enterprises which concentrates on servers and the like.

      It will be interesting to see if the new HP Inc. can start to sell better consumer hardware than the old HP. Dell’s XPS 13s was a real step forward after Dell went private. It remains to be seen if HP can follow suit.

    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    Again, nobody is asking for thinner and lighter. Those people looking for ultraportables made the move to 10″ tablets a long time ago and the rest of us still using something with a full-sized keyboard also carry around a laptop bag with the power brick, power cord, and other junk like a mouse/mat/adapters. Shaving half a pound off a laptop makes almost no difference to the overall package weight, but it’ll hurt battery capacity and performance of the cooling solution.

    What people actually want is:

    [list<][*<]A good screen [/*<][*<]A good keyboard [/*<][*<]Practical ports (at least one full-sized USB and maybe an HDMI) [/*<][*<]All-day battery[/*<][/list<] Thinner and lighter compromises all these things, which isn't helped by the obvious TN panels in the base specs.

      • DrCR
      • 4 years ago

      And a good touchpad.

        • Thresher
        • 4 years ago

        For the love of God, yes. Why are PC trackpads so crappy? I don’t want to shill for Apple, but their trackpads are the best available.

      • UberGerbil
      • 4 years ago

      The images on the HP webpage show three USB ports (two 3.0 and one 2.0), all full-size, plus an HDMI port and SD card slot. Not clear if that’s just one laptop model and the others vary, or what. Weird to not see a Type C at this point, but until the rest of the world is on that bandwagon it certainly ticks that box for you. Battery life and keyboard/screen quality await actual hands-on tests, of course. And touchpad quality, which –ominously– isn’t even mentioned. I mean, everyone is pushing their grubby fingers around the screen now anyway, right?

        • Chrispy_
        • 4 years ago

        You had me at [i<]grubby fingers[/i<].

      • GatoRat
      • 4 years ago

      Not just reducing the power brick weight, but what about making the power connector robust? Then there are the awful fans…

    • Generic
    • 4 years ago

    The new AIO with razor thin bezel is very handsome. Keep it up HP. 🙂

    • anotherengineer
    • 4 years ago

    But will all the Laptops/notebooks have an IPS option?

      • RAGEPRO
      • 4 years ago

      Yes, the press release says:[quote<]Edge to edge HD or FHD IPS displays with optional touch for a more interactive experience on the PC depending on model. [/quote<]

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