When you are on the market for a gaming laptop, you can easily find models that belong to the higher end of the spectrum, with extremely powerful processors, latest cutting-edge graphics, amazing display, excellent sound, and more such gaming capabilities. But, the catch here is that these devices will be priced according to their specifications and features, which means you will be required to have your pockets full and spend a couple of thousand dollars for the same. Some of the laptop ranges that belong to this category include ASUS ROG, MSI Stealth, Lenovo Legion, and of course, HP’s Omen range of laptops.
What about those gamers with a limited budget? Well, some leading brands, including HP, have an effective solution for them as well. With their Pavilion Gaming range, HP brings to customers some reasonably priced options for those gaming enthusiasts who are bargain hunters looking for devices that deliver good performance, come with decent specs and are affordable too.
Collectively known as the HP Pavilion 15 series gaming laptops, the 15-cx0056wm is designed to act a device capable for performing everyday tasks as well as deliver good gaming performance.
In-Depth Review of HP Pavilion 15-cx0056wm
The HP Pavilion 15-cx0056wm certainly looks like a gaming rig in terms of design. However, it has to be mentioned that the design is not overwhelming or overdone like it usually is in many gaming laptop models. The overall design of the laptop looks different from that of its predecessor and is not a lot better. The sharp edges and other design patterns, like the fan vents at the bottom end of the rear, gives it an aggressive look, typical of a gaming device. The lime green accents on the device look equally stylish and edgy, and the same color is used as the keyboard’s backlight as well, giving it a gamer-centric look. Overall, the design is a perfect combination of boldness and subtlety and will let you make a statement wherever you go.
Weighing 4.8 pounds and at a thickness of 1 inch, this HP Pavilion gaming laptop is relatively lighter, especially when compared to other models in the segment that tend to be bulky and heavy. Hence, carrying this machine around wouldn’t be much of an issue. When it comes to the build, though the chassis is made mainly from plastic, the keyboard panel is built from metal, which enhances the durability and stability of the unit, and as expected, HP delivers yet another well-built machine.
The HP Pavilion 15-cx0056wm gaming laptop comes with a 15.6-inch diagonal full HD IPS anti-glare micro-edge WLED-backlit display. Apparently, having a display with 1080p resolution is always a plus for a gaming laptop, and along with the IPS anti-glare panel, you get to enjoy much better display quality in any machine. However, it is a given that gaming laptops in the sub-$1000 category always suffer when it comes to displaying quality due to the lower price, and the same is the case with this model as well. While the screen delivers accurate and crisp visuals in terms of color, and the contrast and off-angle views are really decent as well, it fails to impress in terms of brightness.
The narrow bezel display eliminates distractions and improves your overall gaming experience, and the device comes equipped with a webcam, the quality of which is typical of any gaming laptop in this price range.
This particular HP Pavilion 15 model gaming laptop is powered by 8th generation Intel Mobil Quad-Core 15-8300H processor, which has the ability to reach up to 4 GHz. With this processor, the device becomes a moderately powerful machine when it comes to gaming. As a result, you will be able to enjoy many of your favorite games without much concern. However, in terms of memory, you only get an 8 GB RAM with this model, along with 1 TB HDD. The 8 GB system memory is certainly not sufficient for extensive gaming and can be troublesome at times, especially with game loading times and overall performance. Also, the inclusion of an i5 processor instead of an i7 processor brings down performance further, but for what you pay, this is a decent configuration.
When it comes to cooling, the machine does a pretty good job in remaining cool even during gameplay, and much better during regular tasks. However, fans are quite noisy.
The HP Pavilion 15-cx0056wm gaming laptop has the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card with a dedicated memory of 4 GB, which is known to be more powerful and faster than the previous GTX 1050 version. As a result, you will be able to experience smooth gameplay in almost all the games you choose to play. However, since this is still a lower version of NVIDIA’s graphics, you may have to dial down your games’ settings at times, especially with the more powerful and hardware-demanding ones, to enjoy the same smoothness.
The HP Pavilion 15 laptop has just enough ports and slots to enable you to use an external monitor and some peripherals that you may need. There is 1 headphone/microphone combo slot, 1 HDMI 2.0 port, 1 RJ-45, 3 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports for data transfer, SD media reader, and 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port for data transfer up to 5 Gb/s. For a wireless connection, you can use the 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5 for Bluetooth connectivity, with which you can connect the device with other devices for file sharing and transfer.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The full-size island-style keyboard on the HP Pavilion 15-cx0056wm is backlit in green and has a numeric keypad. The illumination of the keys, different from the usual red backlight you often find in gaming laptops, makes viewing in dim lighting or entirely dark conditions easy. The keys come in good size and have good spacing as well, making the keyboard comfortable to use. In addition, enough travel of the keyboard also prevents your fingers from getting tired after extended hours of gaming. The WASD keys on this keyboard are only outlined and not separated in any other way like in many other laptops, and this can make it hard for some when it comes to finding their home position.
The touchpad is fairly responsive and accurate and will be ideal for everyday use. While its response to gestures is acceptable, the corners, howbeit, tend to be relatively less responsive. Also, the lack of physical left- and right-click buttons can limit your possibilities when playing games that don’t always require a mouse.
The HP Pavilion 15-cx0056wm delivers audio through its front-firing dual speakers, with tuning done by B & O Play, known to offer great sound quality. In addition, HP Audio Boost balances clarity and loudness in your audio, optimizing your experience based on the content you use, from games to movies to music. Despite the use of these technologies, the speakers on this gaming laptop tend to score less than its competitors, mainly due to the distortion you are likely to hear on the highs. Therefore, in order to get the best audio output from the device and immersive gaming experience, you may have to use a good set of external speakers or a good quality headset.
The laptop requires a 3-cell, Li-ion polymer battery for its operation. In general, when you look at the actual battery life of most gaming laptops, you would see the number not surpassing 4 hours in most cases. However, with the HP Pavilion 15-cx0056wm, the battery power endures just over 5 hours, which happens to be longer than many of its rivals, putting it in front. Of course, during gameplay, the number will reduce, which is expected. But, this is a solid number for other usual tasks, such as video streaming, etc.
The HP Pavilion 15-cx0056wm gaming laptop is one of the very few devices that will make you believe that getting a decent gaming rig for under $1000 is possible. The laptop, straightaway, is a device you can trust when it comes to overall performance, but there are some areas where you will be required to compromise. One such aspect is the need to play your games in low or medium settings to achieve smooth gameplay. Its low system memory and dull display are other areas of concern. However, the machine is well-built and carries a subtle design, which makes it suitable for everyday use as well. On the whole, the laptop has its highs and lows but is a reasonable offering at an affordable price point.
- Subtle yet gamer-centric design, perfect for everyday use as well.
- Strong overall performance.
- Well-built machine.
- Good battery life.
- Properly designed keyboard.
- The display lacks brightness.
- Slow transfer speeds.
- The touchpad is less responsive in some areas.
- Low system memory.