HP Pavilion 15-p220nr Review

June 9, 2015
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HP Pavilion 15-p220nr looks like a powerful notebook, or what do you think about specifications like Core i5 processor, 6GB memory and 750GB hard drive? At a glance, there’s nothing that looks really bad about it, but often a closer examination will reveal something else. So what was the case this time? Read on to find out.


Intel Core i5-5200U is the processor of HP Pavilion 15-p220nr. It’s quite a new release, having been launched just some months ago in the beginning of 2015. It boasts a dual-core design, 2.2GHz clock speed and 2.7GHz turbo frequency. Benchmark tests grade it high enough, for example the popular CPU Mark gives it 3500 points. Older version of the processor, the i5-4200U, reaches around 3200 points so there’s indeed some increase in performance. However, the chips with U suffix are not the most powerful ones, rather they’re power efficient, thus contributing to better battery life. You can still run most applications on i5-5200U, it makes a great processor for an everyday computer.

HP Pavilion 15-p220nr comes with 6GB DDR3L SDRAM. It’s installed on 2GB and 4GB chips, so both memory slots on the system are taken. You should be able to upgrade the RAM up to 16GB if you want. If it makes sense is another question, 6GB will take you far, believe me.

The laptop contains a mechanical hard drive, so a lot of storage at the expense of performance is guaranteed. You can put 750GB worth of data there, which is equal to about 150 DVDs. In my opinion, that’s a lot. But the speed of this drive (5400RPM) is nothing to brag about, it’s considerably slower than solid-state drives. Of course swapping the hard drive for an SSD is possible but it will cost you some extra.

Display and graphics

HP Pavilion 15-p220nr seems to have very basic display. Its diagonal is 15.6 inches and resolution is 1366×768. It does its job fine but I doubt the screen offers particularly great picture. It also supports touch, meaning you’re free to explore Windows 8.1 (64-bit) as you wish.

This notebook works for gaming if you don’t mind low details and resolution. The integrated graphics engine, Intel HD 5500, can play most titles but only with little eye candy on. To give you an example, GTA V runs at ~20FPS on medium and 1024×768. Battlefield 4 should work similarly or little faster than that. Lighter titles, like Dirt 3, Sims 4 and Diablo 3, can be played on higher settings without sacrificing frame rates too much.


HP Pavilion 15-p220nr has three USB ports. Appropriate for this price, two of them are USB 3.0 while one is USB 2.0. HDMI output is located on the left, making it possible to use this laptop through HD television or desktop monitor.

To get Internet access, the notebook offers 802.11b/g/n WiFi card and 10/100Mbps LAN port with RJ-45 connector. The system also supports Bluetooth 4.0.

On the right hand side there’s a DVD burner. Therefore, you don’t have to get an external drive for this laptop. SD card reader is available as well so you can transfer data between the system and some portable devices.

As usually, the computer features HD webcam and digital microphone that can be used for video chats on programs like Skype.

Are there other things to keep in mind?

HP Pavilion 15-p220nr weighs 5.62 pounds which is bit on the heavy side for a 15.6″ laptop. It has a 4-cell 41Whr battery that’s good for a maximum of 6 hours. I don’t think you get all the six, but ~4 hours should be attainable.

Sad news for some, the keyboard in this model is not backlit. However, product images reveal a dedicated numpad is installed on the right.

Summing it up

If a simple Celeron or even Pentium notebook can’t satisfy you, HP Pavilion 15-p220nr might be right choice. It can definitely run most programs and games you throw at it, provided that with games you don’t keep too high settings and resolution. The thing comes with a basic yet useful 15.6″ touchscreen and if you’re tech savvy, you can increase system performance a lot by installing a solid-state drive. The HP is still not too expensive laptop, making it very suitable for home and office users who don’t want to deal with lagging computers and freezing Windows. If that sounds good to you this HP should not let you down.

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