|CPU||I5-6200U Skylake, 2C/4T, 2.3-2.8GHZ|
|GPU||GT 940M 2GB|
|Screen||1080p, eDP, IPS|
|Weight||5.07 lbs (~2.3 kg)|
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This is the new HP Pavilion 15T with Skylake CPU. Let’s start with talking about the gaming performance of this machine. The gaming performance of the new 15T with the GT 940M upgrade should be on par with other systems with a GT 940M GPU, which means low-midrange performance capabilities at 768p and low performance on 1080p.
The 15T also has 2xUSB 3.0 ports (no USB 3.1 or Type-C). The basic version comes with the usual lousy 720p display and no backlit keyboard, but for $20 you can get the IPS version and for another $30, you can get the backlit keyboard. I think the IPS display for $20 is a good upgrade and although games will run way slower on 1080p, everything will look better including text. For games, you can just go with lower resolution (but it will be a bit blurred). That’s all you can do with a GT 940M.
The basic version comes with an I5-6200U which is the new basic I5-U model, 2C/4T, 2.3-2.8GHZ, which is good and there is no need to upgrade to the I7 version which will cost more and give nothing in return, in practice.
The new Skylake I5-6200U offers no performance advantage over the previous generations I5-5200U/I5-5300U for gamers, but it does come with the newer HD520 integrated GPU. The new HD520 also won’t offer higher performance than previous generation integrated GPU, but it does offer some additional features, like full decode capabilities for H.265/HEVC which is the codec that will be used more and more for 4K in the very near future.
Why is this deal is good for $500?
- For such a price, the competitors don’t have an IPS
- The new integrated GPU has full H.265 decoding capabilities
- Not the worst keyboard, judging by the HP Envy 15Z keyboard tests (link) and better than the E5-573G, its main competitor.
- Audio quality should be acceptable
At around $470-$500, the Acer E5-573G with 1TB SSHD (not HDD), 8GB RAM and a TN 1080p panel. The keyboard is low quality and the display is mediocre at best. Sound quality is also far worse. The Pavilion 15T is better in these area. Since those are harder to replace then RAM and HDD, I’d say the 15T has an edge.
This is the configuration including all, changes/upgrades in bold. Goes for $550. Backlit keyboard is $30 so you can remove it, but it is useful sometimes.
- 6th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6200U Dual Core Processor + NVIDIA GeForce 940M 2GB Discrete Graphics
- 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
- SuperMulti DVD burner
- 15.6-inch diagonal Full HD WLED-backlit IPS Display (1920×1080)
- Backlit Keyboard
- 4-cell 41WHr Lithium-ion Battery
- 802.11b/g/n WLAN [1×1]
- HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Dual Digital Microphone (natural silver)
- Security Software Trial
- Natural silver
- No Additional Office Software
- HP Laptop
- Windows 10 Home 64
- 6GB DDR3L – 2 DIMM
- HP Pavilion – 15t Laptop