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HP Pavilion 15-eg0025nr Review

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8.1 Total Score
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The HP Pavilion 15-eg0025nr is a sleek, portable workstation, with a fantastic price to performance ratio, and one that easily competes with the MacBook Pro for creative work

PROS
  • Excellent performance for the price
  • Sleek design
  • Well suited for office work
CONS
  • Sub-average display

The HP Pavilion 15-eg0025nr is the latest portable laptop for the typical office user who needs a carry-along workstation. While marketed more toward the office crowd, any professional or college student who wants portability, class, and performance without spending a fortune will find a lot to love about this laptop.

The 11th-Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU makes the HP 15-eg0025nr a powerful multitasker, but if you’re planning on going all in on browser tabs or processing large spreadsheets at once, the 16GB RAM that comes with this configuration will see you squeeze the most out of this HP Pavilion 15.

HP Pavilion 15-eg0025nr Specs

  • Laptop Class: Students, Business
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-1165G7
  • RAM: 16 GB RAM
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • Battery Life: Upto 8 hours
  • Weight: 3.86 pounds
  • Dimensions: ‎14.18 x 9.21 x 0.7 inches

Design

The HP 15-eg0025nr is just a replica of last year’s HP Pavilion 15-eg0021nr, only that the 2021 model comes with Windows 11 Pro, while the former comes with Windows 10 Pro, but it also supports an upgrade to Microsoft’s latest desktop OS.

The Pavilion 15 rocks a minimalist gray chassis and an easy-to-open lid that might make many creatives mistake it for another professional notebook, but the stylized Chrome HP logo on the top are visible enough to give the game away. Nevertheless, the chassis is sleek and feels luxurious, marking it for a professional laptop.

HP Pavilion 15-eg0025nr SCREEN

For portability, the Pavilion 15-eg0025nr is a very compact laptop. Still, as with most 15-inch laptops, it doesn’t carry a small profile – measuring 14.18 x 9.21 x 0.70 inches, 3.86 pounds – with a full-size chiclet keyboard, number pad, and a 15.6-inch display with thin bezels.

In terms of ports, the right-side holds a single USB Type-C port (with Type-C display support), USB 2.0 Type-A, HDMI, and a microSD slot. The left side has a single USB 2.0 Type-A and a charging port. Wireless connectivity comes via Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.

HP Pavilion 15 display – Is it good for photo editing?

The HP Pavilion 15’s display is not the strongest when it comes to photo editing. It features a full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) an integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics card, but it still doesn’t cut for reliable photo work or digital art. All it does is let you watch and process data on a bright screen, with wide color gamut coverage at 250 nits brightness.

If you’re after a laptop for any kind of photo work, you’re better off with one that rocks a dedicated graphics card and better screen brightness. In any case, if your laptop of choice can’t give you at least 300 nits of maximum brightness in 2021, you should seriously reconsider it. For that, you can consider something like the HP Envy 13 or the Razer Blade Stealth 13.

HP Pavilion 15-eg0025nr lid

Keyboard & Touchpad

The Pavilion 15-eg0025nr has an excellent keyboard that’s easy to type on. The keys have friendly key travel – not Lenovo ThinkPad T490 good, but they still feel comfortable than most laptops at this price range. They have underlighting, which means you can work away late at night without straining.

Another thing to note about this keyboard is that the power switch is located on the top-right of the keyboard, rather than being a button or switch on the side of the chassis. Again, the keycaps feel similar to those on the HP Envy 13, but there’s room for a number pad here since the HP Pavilion is bigger.

The trackpad is a bit complex to use out of the box, but once you adjust the sensitivity level up in settings, you’d be able to use it easily. Having reviewed the Asus ZenBook 14, which has the slickest trackpad, I feel that all other trackpads are not the best for me.

HP Pavilion 15-eg0025nr ports

HP 15-eg0025nr performance – What is the HP Pavilion like for daily PC use?

The HP Pavilion 15 is magnificent for daily PC office work. Performance is one of the compelling features, especially the model we’re reviewing with an 11th generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, 16 GB RAM, and 512GB SSD of storage. That right there is a vital feature set for a non-gaming laptop, designed for office or schoolwork.

As we mentioned before, this isn’t a gaming laptop. Still, the overlap between hardware used by professional creatives and gamers makes it for a distinction without much difference, except for the graphics card option. With the Pavilion 15, you can only run basic games, but it’s one of the best you can get around on other office tasks.

With that in mind, you’re sure that this might not be your next gaming laptop; it isn’t the Acer Predator Helios 300 or the ASUS TUF Gaming A15. But if you’re looking for a work computer that will turn around and deliver some quality on day-to-day use, you can’t go wrong here.

Battery Life

The HP Pavilion 15 offers good battery life – around 6 hours 32 minutes off the mains is excellent, with the display’s brightness maxed at 150 nits. HP’s official spec sheet says over 8 hours, but that is in my experience. The figure only makes sense if you’re not doing much on the laptop.

Bottom line

The new HP Pavilion 15-eg0025nr packs solid processing power at a reasonable price, and this is especially true when you’re not spending more for the latest 11th generation Core i7-1165G7 processor. It stands out as one of the few powerful workstations you can nab without paying a premium. Also, the sleek chassis and compact design make it a perfect companion for toting around on daily travel or to college.

However, suppose you need something portable for gaming and complex media editing. In that case, we’d recommend the Razer Blade Stealth 13, which also features a newer Intel Core i7-1165G7 quad-core processor and a dedicated GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics card.

That said, if all you need is a sleek looking, powerful and reasonably priced laptop that can be tweaked for performance, the HP Pavilion 15-eg0025nr is an excellent choice.

OUR PICK

Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook Gaming Laptop: Intel Core i7-1165G7 4 Core, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, 13.3" 1080p 120Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, CNC Aluminum, Chroma RGB, Thunderbolt 4

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HP Pavilion 15-eg0025nr Review
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