the HP Pavilion Power 15-cb035nf is a 15-inch laptop with a versatile vocation and sober and elegant design. Offered without Windows or other preinstalled OS, it is based on a solid Kaby Lake i5 Quad Core supported by 8 GB of RAM and a 1.2 TB fast hybrid storage solution (SSD NVMe 256 GB). Its contrasting matte black hull of white also hides a GTX 1050 Ti Pascal as well as a beautiful Full HD IPS screen, without forgetting the presence of a USB Type-C connection, a backlit keyboard and a generous autonomy .
HP Pavilion Power 15-cb035nf Specifications
|Slab||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS (1920×1080, anti-glare / matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-7300HQ Kaby Lake (2.5 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Storage space||256GB 1TB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD at 7200 RPM|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB dedicated GDDR5, Intel HD 630 and Optimus|
|Audio system||2 speakers Bang & Olufsen Audio Boost|
|webcam||Yes, HD WideVision with microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac (2×2) Gigabit Ethernet|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Card reader||Yes, SD / MMC|
|Video output (s)||HDMI|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||3 USB 3.1 (Gen1) 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1)|
|Operating system||FreeDOS 2.0|
|Drums||Li-Ion 4 cells 70Whr|
|Dimensions (mm)||378 x 252.2 x 24.1|
|Weight||2.21 Kg (with battery)|
|Other||White backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi touch touchpad|
|software||HP Apps, Dropbox|
Behind an aesthetic tinged with matte black, the hull of the Pavilion Power 15-cb035nf resumes the structure of the Pavilion 15-cc with its original hinge system that raises the base when opening the lid. The black look “Shadow” is intentionally more racy but avoids the flashy details of gaming machines. Instead, the PC plays on discrete finishes to stand out: the lid is smooth and matte, the frame of the screen sports fine diagonal stripes while the turn of the keyboard is embellished with a brushed effect that does not lack elegance. Namely that the cover and the inside of the base are made of aluminum for more robustness. In addition, HP dressed chiclet keys with white outlines on the height,
Thanks to a wide battery (70 Whr), the PC slightly exceeds 7 hours in Internet browsing with active Wifi, it is a good result for its category.
Remember that this PC is provided under FreeDos 2.0 , a utility that does not fully exploit its capabilities. It will therefore be necessary to install a complete operating system such as Linux or Windows to enjoy a perfectly functional environment.
HP boosts performance on its Pavilion Power 15-cb035nf, and that goes first through the hybrid storage solution. This includes a 256 GB fast dedicated SSD (NVMe PCIe) and a 1 TB hard drive running at 7200 rpm (compared to 5400 rpm usually). The first will host the operating system and all programs and games while the second will take care of archiving all your toy library. This gives you a particularly responsive operation with reduced response times compared to a solution with a single hard drive, while enjoying a very generous capacity.
A robust base consisting of a Quad Core i5 Kaby Lake and 8 GB of RAM also answers the call. It does well in the face of all the common tasks (Web browsing, Office work …) and also faces programs exploiting the multi-core architecture (video editing, photo retouching, light 3D), all with a nice ease in multitasking .
To establish its gamer destination, the HP Pavilion Power 15-cb035nf opts for the dedicated graphics card GTX 1050 Ti Pascal in its version with 4 GB GDDR5 dedicated . This one is able to measure itself to intensive players and to ensure honorable frequencies in Full HD on the totality of the titles of the market. Assimilated to a GTX 970M, it meets some limits in “Ultra” level in the most demanding opuses. In addition, it is not part of the cards that support virtual reality unlike the GTX 1060 and beyond.
Now legion at HP on their mid / high-end PCs, the full HD IPS matte display is a pleasure to see. You enjoy a consistent image with rich colors regardless of your position in front of the screen and a high display density with Full HD (1920 x 1080 px). This definition allows you to fully enjoy your High Definition content and to modulate the positioning of windows without losing legibility. In addition, the antireflection treatment plays a decisive role if you are installed in a very bright environment, was a barrier to glare.
Finally, the connectivity may seem a little limited for a PC game but it is correct for any other use. There is a valuable USB Type-C port (up to 5 Gbps, DP 1.2, HP Boost), an HDMI output, an SD card reader and three other USB 3.1 ports. The connectivity modules are always favored with the presence of a Gigabit Ethernet port and recent Wifi AC and Bluetooth 4.2 modules.