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This article was published on April 13, 2018

HP’s new PCs are made for gamers on a budget

HP’s new PCs are made for gamers on a budget
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Just a few days after Dell revealed its new budget oriented-gaming laptops, HP is announcing a similar line of its own. While they won’t knock your socks off regarding total specifications, they provide a solid spec sheet for their price point.

Omen is HP’s brand aimed specifically at gamers, but these new products fall under the mainstream Pavilion series, with a price to match. The simply-named Pavilion Gaming Laptop starts at $799, and offers the following at that price:

  • A 8th gen, quad-core i5 processor
  • A Radean 560X
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 1TB Hard drive with 16GB Optane storage
  • 15.6-inch 1080p display with pretty thin bezels
  • 1x USB-C 3.0, 2x USB A 3.0, 1x HDMI, and Ethernet
  • Headphone jack (because we all know this will disappear some day)
  • RGB lighting because L33T

That’s a solid setup for eight benjamins; the 560X should be roughly equivalent to an Nvidia 1050, so that should be enough to play most games at decent settings and 1080p. For $1019, you can bump things up to an Nvidia 1060 Max-Q, a 144hz 1080p panel, and a Core i7 Processor, which is a great budget setup for FPS players or others who value frame rates over resolution (although a 4K option is available too). The only real disappointment is the lack of a Thunderbolt port and that RAM seems to be limited to 8GB, which seems pretty bizarre for a gaming laptop in 2018.

HP has two gaming desktops on the way too. The ‘690’ model costs just $549 and sports an AMD Ryzen 3, 8GB of RAM, and a Radeon RX550, thought it can be configured up to an RX 580 or Nvidia 1060. All this is packed into a small tower for people who want to save space. It’s still user-expandable but it only accepts half-length video cards

The 790 model, meanwhile, starts at $749 and includes an Nvidia 1050, 8 GB of RAM, and Core i5 processor. It can be spec’d up to 64 GB RAM and an Nvidia 1080. This one’s a larger tower for those who want full expandability. Lastly, HP is also introducing a QHD, HDR monitor for gamers that will cost $449.

The 690 desktop goes on sale April 15, the Laptop on May 9, the monitor on May 11, and the 790 on June 3. Got all that? If any of these tickle your fancy, you can read more on HP’s website at the source link below.