HP has teamed up with AMD to bring its Ryzen CPUs to HP Pavilion Gaming Laptops, and in a sleek package too. We’re here to talk about why you should think about the HP Pavilion Gaming when you’re scouting for a gaming laptop. Before we get into the nuts and bolts, let’s talk about one of the most important things about any laptop: the form factor.

HP has managed to cram some impressive hardware inside an otherwise unassuming body. The HP Pavilion Gaming EC is sleek, looks great, and is surprisingly light. And it doesn’t skimp on IO either. It features a whole host of USB ports alongside a headphone jack and an HDMI out. All of this wrapped up in a body featuring a 15.6-inch 1080p WLED-backlit display is quite cool. The HP Pavilion Gaming features a screen-to-body ratio of 82.29%.

Where laptops often mess up in walking the fine line between portability and performance is battery. The HP Pavilion Gaming-EC is equipped with a 3-cell cylindrical lithium ion polymer battery rated at 52.5 Whr, which will be more than enough to carry you through a couple of hours of heavy gaming. Also heavy gaming need not necessarily add weight to the laptop as this device weighs just 2.19 Kg.

Speaking of which, we’d be remiss to mention heavy gaming without talking about what’s powering the HP Pavilion Gaming EC. The brains of the operation in AMD’s 4-core Ryzen 5 3550H clocked at 2.1GHz. If that number sounds low to you, don’t worry, since the CPU also has a max boost clock of up to 3.7GHz, along with a 6MB cache. Coupled with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GFX, the HP Pavilion Gaming EC is definitely a workhorse.

High-resolution video game textures aren’t really a problem either, since the HP Pavilion Gaming EC comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM out of the box and two extra SODIMM slots. This gets a thumbs up for upgradeability, since you can add some extra sticks of RAM and go all the way up to 32GB. And storing all these games isn’t really a problem either, since you’re getting a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive right out of the box, alongside a 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD.

The HP Pavilion Gaming EC hits a striking balance between power and portability, with some great horsepower to play just about any video game out there, be it Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or Rocket League. You can rest assured that the HP Pavilion Gaming EC can handle any number of pixels thrown at it.

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