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HP announces new Thin & Light Pavilion laptops with bold colors and a budget price

HP is gearing up for summer time and back to school later this fall with numerous new additions and revamps to their budget-friendly Pavilion lineup. Pavilion is below the premium priced Spectre models, but where their price is lower, they gain from the Spectre design aesthetics.

One of HP's more exciting series in the HP Pavilion Thin & Light series, which as you can imagine makes these devices more heavily focused on weight.

The Pavilion Thin & Light series comes in five new colors and two different screen sizes including:

  • 14-inch
  • 15.6-inch

Updated for 2016 this year's models are 11-22 percent thinner and lighter than the previous edition. Weight starts at 3.3 lbs and goes up to 4.26 lbs

  • Up to 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor10 options with optional NVIDIAGeForce® 940MX or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M or NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M graphics or 7th generation AMD A12-9700P Quad-Core processor11 with optional Radeon R7 Graphics on select models.
  • Up to 16GB of memory and up to 512GB SSD9 or up to 2TB9 for single storage options or dual storage options with up to 2TB9 HDD and 128GB SSD9 on select models.
  • Optical disk drive for select Pavilion models.
  • Edge to edge HD8 or FHD4 IPS displays with optional touch for a more interactive experience on the PC depending on the model.
  • All models support HP Fast Charge with up to 90% charge in 90 minutes when the device is powered off

For those who need even more power HP is also offering 15.6" and 17.3" Pavilion models with starting weights at 4.62lbs and 6.28lbs and24.5mm and 29.9mm thin profiles, respectively with beefier specs including Intel RealSense for Windows Hello and 4K displays.

The laptops come in various colors including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Dragonfly Blue, Cardinal Red, Sport Purple, Blizzard White and Onyx Black with the new threaded design element on the keyboard for added depth and style.

Pricing for the laptops are as follows:

  • The 14" Pavilion Notebook starts at $539.99
  • The 15.6" Pavilion Notebook starts at $579.99
  • The 17.3" Pavilion Notebook starts at $899.99

You can grab these new HP Pavilion laptops starting in mid-May.

Why we like 'em

Putting aside the PR and spec mumbo jumbo these are some excellent looking laptops. Not only do you get some wild colors, but HP lets you choose whatever specs you want according to your price range. A choice is good, and HP delivers there.

Even though Pavilion is for those on a budget you can tell that HP is now trickling down features from their high-end line to the mid-range, and that is pretty awesome.

The weirdest part is how these Pavilions feel like aluminum but are polycarbonate, which makes them robust and resilient. Neat stuff.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Looking good, one could call them the Lumia laptops
  • Lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Is a 500$ a budget price
  • It shouldn't be. Not these days. Posted via the WC App for Android on my Ell Gee Gee Four
  • My 15.6" pavilion cost AUD899
    So in USD, that's around 600-699 dollars Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I would say it is more of a conditioning for our minds to change our expections about what the premium could mean :)
  • Depends on the budget, right? lol ;p Ugh, I'm at boring lol =p
    Windows 10 RULZZ yer FACE!!!
  • For a laptop, yes.
  • I love the blue and black models. I'll be watching out for the 15.6" model. Windows Central for Windows 10-Nokia Lumia 830
  • Nice looking stuff!!
  • The hinges don't go well with the design. Just my opinion though!
    Hybrid Drive available on Pavillion series. That's something good. The blue backlight looks cool too.
  • Those hinges don't look nice. Just my opinion though. The hybrid drive is a pretty cool feature and blue backlight looks nice.
  • Are these recent photos? If so, I wonder why they are not using their new logo.
  • New logo is only meant for premium products.
  • Those colored lines on the palm rest reminds me of cheap chinese packaging for headphones. Posted from WC for W10 running on my 930.
  • Elite x3 Elite x3 Elite x3
  • I hope these function as decent gaming laptops.
  • Coming to India? Bcz I'm gonna buy one of those! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You didn't note what ports it has..... USB type C hope. I've been hangng out for a 14" with usb type c for months.
  • 90% charge in 90 minutes is considered "fast"??