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HP Pavilion 15 review

A decent general-purpose laptop with solid battery life.

Our Verdict

If you're looking for a straightforward laptop on a tight budget, the Pavilion 15 does more than its pricing might suggest. You won't be playing the latest games on it, and anything that is too processor-intensive is going to take a while, but it's not a bad little machine at all.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Brilliant battery life
  • Large hard drive
  • Low price
  • Pleasing styling
  • Full-sized keyboard

Against

  • Unimpressive screen
  • Single-channel memory
  • Flimsy construction
  • Rattling optical drive
  • Poor core performance
Ratings in depth
HP Pavilion 15 e036sa
HP Pavilion 15 e036sa
HP Pavilion 15 e036sa
HP Pavilion 15 e036sa
HP Pavilion 15 e036sa

The management behind HP may have hit the headlines a few times in the last few years, but the fact that it is releasing budget laptops once again, under recognisable names, does go some way to showing that it means business once again. Business in an area that it understands and that end users can potentially benefit from.

The HP Pavilion 15 is a straight up proposition - it's a budget machine designed for everyday computing - that most straightforward of offerings. There is a little bit of a problem here though, as the market for such generic machines is awash with everything from tablets (of all guises) through to Chromebooks and netbooks (which are set to make a comeback), with a big healthy chunk of budget laptops, just like this, jostling for position as well.

The benefits that the likes of the HP Pavilion 15 and the likes of the recently reviewed Lenovo G505 offer over the alternatives is the fact that they run Windows 8 and therefore you can use all the applications that you are used to. And unlike something like HP's own Pavilion 14 Chromebook or any of the Windows RT tablets, you're not limited to a tiny subset of apps either, here you can run everything from MS Office through to Photoshop and other high-end tools.

HP Pavilion 15 review

This is budget orientated laptop from the ground up though, and as such sacrifices have had to be made. It certainly isn't a single machine that will answer every single one of your computer needs. Even so, if you're looking for a general machine for the home, then there's nothing wrong with such a goal in the first place.

HP Pavilion 15 review

Before we get on to the details of the specification, it's worth working out what you need from a general purpose machine like this in the first. What do you need more than anything else? Do you want to be able to play games? To take the machine with you on a commute? Playback HD video? Render movies or 3D scenes? Edit your photographs? Simply surf a bit? Work out what is most important and then you'll be able to see whether a budget system has what you need.

HP Pavilion 15 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 8330
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyPavilion 15-e000
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelA4-5000
ColourFlyer Red
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeA-Series
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.35 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, EPEAT Silver, WEEE, REACH
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelA76M FCH
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.98 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Country of OriginChina
Height31.8 mm
Width379 mm
Depth246 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series15-e000
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product Model15-e036sa
Product NamePavilion 15-e036sa Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePavilion
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberE6B65EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Proven to get it done. In a big way. The HP Pavilion 15 is a tried-and-true notebook. A thoroughly tested, totally reliable PC that's perfect for everyday computing.

Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Pavilion 15-e036sa Notebook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited Warranty1 Year