The HP Pavilion Gaming 16 knows that sometimes a 15-inch laptop is a little too small, and a 17-inch laptop can be a lot too big. As its name suggests, the Pavilion Gaming 16 splits the difference, building itself around the uncommon 16.1-inch diagonal screen size.
Announced Tuesday and available immediately for a starting price of $800, HP said the Pavilion Gaming 16 isn’t much bigger than the typical 15-inch laptop. However, that extra inch of diagonal display offers up to 7 percent more screen real estate than a typical 15-inch laptop.
It’s a pretty nice screen, too. The IPS panel offers up to 144Hz refresh rates and up to 300 nits of brightness.
The right side of the HP Pavilion Gaming 16 laptop features a 5Gbps USB-A, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, SD Card reader, analog headset jack, and USB-C port.
Laptops with 16.1-inch screens are rare but not unheard of. Apple recently introduced the MacBook Pro with a 16-inch panel, but Origin PC beat Apple to the screen size by months with its Evo-16SRemove non-product link.
Why 16? HP officials said they wanted to appeals to someone who wants more screen real estate without the bulk of 17.3-inch laptops.
The Pavilion 16 isn’t entirely focused on gamers, either. HP thinks it has more appeal to someone looking for a larger screen for content creation. Inside the laptop you have options for quad-core Core i5 CPUs up to a six-core Core i7. GPU options range from GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to GeForce RTX 2060.
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