Standard laptop for gaming
Overall User Rating (4.6 Out of 5 based on 36 ratings)
Overall: Got this beauty as soon as the 5th Generation Intel "Broadwell" processors went public and this model is a complete bargain at the price!
The 5th Gen i3 has improved battery performance as well as a better integrated GPU, HD5500. But that's still in the background thanks to the dedicated 2GB DDR3 GT830M Nvidia GPU. To put the performance to test, I fired up Skyrim! For comparison, on my old Lenovo with 4th Gen i3, 8GB RAM and GT820M 2GB DDR3, Skyrim auto-loaded on Medium graphics settings, but on this Pavillion, even with only 4GB RAM it auto-loaded on High settings and that's quite a treat to watch and play as well! There was absolutely no lag whatsoever! That says a lot about the horsepower of this laptop.
Sound is pumped out by beatstudio speakers which are definitely better than most laptops, but nothing really that great to show-off about.
Looks-wise, it's definitely an eye-turner thanks to the all-white body and silver-colored frame. The screen has a black bezel to give a good contrast.
The keyboard is well spaced and again white keys mean scope for a lot of dirt so a silicon cover is recommended. One thing I noticed is lack of a light/indicator on the Numeric Keypad, so there's no way of knowing if NumLock is actually on or not without typing first.
The touchpad will take some time to get used to but it has all the multi-touch features of Win 8.1. There's a lot of bundled software included so that's your call on whether to use/delete. The backpack provided is of high quality and is a great add-on.
Battery life came out to about 3 hours with medium use, so that's pretty decent considering the screen-size.
Definitely the laptop to go to if you're looking at the Rs40,000 range.