The HP Pavilion Gaming line offers entry-level desktop and laptop PCs

HP has been ramping up its Omen line over the past two years to serve the high-end gaming community, and is now rocking more casual gamers with its new Pavilion Gaming line. At launch, the line includes two desktop computers, a laptop, and a monitor, and HP says it’s all for people who are into gaming, but don’t necessarily buy their PC just to play games.

The Pavilion Gaming Laptop comes in one 15.6-inch size, but it will be offered in a number of configurations, priced as low as $799. They will all have 8th generation Core i5 or i7 processors (either U or H series), 8GB of RAM, a choice of 1TB hard drives and solid state storage. It will be offered with a Radeon RX 560X, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, or at the higher end GTX 1060 Max-Q. It can also be configured with 16GB Optane memory.

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The laptop still has a distinct “gameplay” style, with an angular design and futuristic-style keyboard lettering. Of course, it can glow, too — there’s an option to backlight the keyboard white, green, or purple, matching accent colors on the laptop itself. It can be configured with a 1080p 60Hz display, a 1080p 144Hz display, or a 4K 60Hz display. Overall, you’re still looking for some relatively powerful specs, even if you miss out on top performance.

Then there are the two Pavilion Gaming desktops, the 690 and the 790. The 690 is a smaller unit, meant for people with space constraints, and it’s less flexible because of that. Fits only half-length graphics cards and offers fewer storage devices and memory slots. The smaller model starts at $549 and the larger model starts at $749, both of which can be selected higher. 790, for example, supports up to 64 GB of RAM.

HP Pavilion Gaming 790 . Desktop Computer

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Finally, there’s the Pavilion Gaming 32 HDR Monitor, 32″ verstaHDR display. I say “sorta” because it comes from a different definition of HDR than the one used by 4K TVs. It still has a wider color gamut than 4K HDR TVs, but it doesn’t get the same brightness and provides lower contrast because of it. The screen has a resolution of 2560 x 1440, a refresh rate of 75 Hz, and it supports AMD’s FreeSync technology. It will retail for $449.

The Pavilion Gaming line is supposed to launch in May and June. In addition to gaming products, HP also updates standard Pavilion laptops and desktops with new colors and, in some cases, 8th generation processors.

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