HP Pavilion Gaming 15-dk2002TX Review: Cheap Gaming Laptop With RTX 30 Series GPU

Technology

After reviewing the line up for high-end gaming laptops from HP, this time we have an affordable gaming laptop from HP, namely the HP Pavilion Gaming 15-dk2002TX.

This laptop comes with an Intel Core 11th Gen H35 series processor, and is equipped with a GeForce RTX30 series graphics card from Nvidia. This laptop comes with the cheapest price for the class of specifications offered.

Basic Specifications
Processor: Intel Core i5-11300H

Tiger Lake H35
10nm SuperFin
35W TDP rating
4-Core/8-Thread
Base Clock 3.1 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 4.4 GHz
8 MB Intel Smart Cache
IGP: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Still active on this laptop
Xe Architecture
80 Execution Units
RAM: 8GB DDR-4 3200 MHz

Single Channel
There is still one SODIMM slot available to upgrade RAM to Dual Channel

Equipped with a heatsink that covers the surface of the SSD
There is one 2.5-inch SATA storage slot if users feel the need to upgrade storage
Discrete GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU

2048 CUDA Cores
4GB GDDR6
Base Clock 1237MHz
Boost Clock 1500 MHz
Graphics Power Limit at 60W
Connectivity: Intel WiFi AX201

WiFi AX/WiFi 6
Supports MU-MIMO
Bluetooth v5.2
Operating System: Windows 11 Home

Design
The HP Pavilion Gaming 15-dk2002TX laptop carries a clamshell form factor, with a design that is still similar to the Pavilion Gaming laptop that we reviewed previously.

The HP logo on the back of the screen and the Pavilion identity behind the hinge. The material used is Polycarbonate, with Shadow Black color and Acid Green accents.

The laptop weighs 2.06 kg with a 480 gram charger adapter, so the total is around 2.54 kg. This is fairly light for the weight of a gaming laptop. In terms of dimensions, this laptop is 36 cm long, 25.6 cm wide, and 2.34 cm thick.

Turning to the screen, this laptop uses an IPS panel with a size of 15.6 inches Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). The screen brightness level is 250 nits and has a refresh rate of 144Hz, which of course already meets the criteria of today’s gaming laptops.

The color coverage is 45% NTSC, and the laptop screen has an Anti Glare coating. This makes it comfortable to use without the interference of light reflections.

The screen frame looks thin, with the right and left bezels around 4mm. The top frame is a little thick at 8mm, of course because there’s a 720p 30fps camera on the top frame

In the audio aspect, this laptop uses Dual Stereo Speakers by Bang and Olufsen, which are located in the grill area above the keyboard. There is B&O Audio software to set Audio presets. The sound quality is okay, not jarring but loud enough

1x HDMI
1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
1x Ethernet
Supports HP Sleep and Charge features
Supports display output with DisplayPort 1.4 . protocol
1x SD Card Reader
Right

1x Audio Jack Combo
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
1x DC-IN
For the keyboard, the design and layout are the same as the previous Pavilion Gaming laptops. The keyboard is equipped with a numpad key on the right. Black keyboard color with Acid Green accents. There is also an Acid Green Backlit keyboard, with 2 brightness levels.

The touchpad is also the same as the previous Pavilion Gaming, where the size feels wide, making it feel satisfied when used. It’s located in the center to the spacebar, but slightly wider to the right.

This laptop certainly has an active cooling system, namely with 2 large heatpipes, 2 small heatpipes and 2 fans. There is a heatplate that covers the entire CPU, GPU, VRM and VRAM area.

Air circulation is the intake from below and the exhaust towards the back/direction of the keyboard screen. This makes the user comfortable when using the mouse because it is not blown by hot air from the cooling system.