HP Pavilion 15-dk0068wm Gaming Laptop (15.6″ FHD, Intel Core i5-9300H, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

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The HP Pavilion 15-dk0068wm is a gaming laptop with a 15.6-inch Full HD display, the Intel Core i5-9300H processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB video card, 8GB of system memory (RAM), and a 256GB solid state drive (SSD). It will be a very popular notebook model this holiday season, because it is a part of Walmart’s Black Friday offer. It wears a Black Friday price tag of $499, which is a very low price for a gaming laptop.

Overall, the HP Pavilion 15-dk0068wm is an entry-level gaming notebook with decent specs. The 15.6″ FHD screen offers a greater picture sharpness than HD displays found on the mainstream budget laptops. The display is based on IPS technology, meaning wide viewing angles, and sports anti-glare coating. The notebook’s product page on Walmart says the display has a “fast refresh rate”, but there’s no info exact refresh rate there or on HP.com. UDPATE: The screen has a 144 Hz refresh rate according to the Q&A section on the laptop’s product page on Walmart. But, some users report the refresh rate is 60 Hz, so it’s best to contact Walmart directly about that.

Inside its “Shadow Black” chassis with “Acid Green” accents and keyboard backlight, the 5-pound HP Pavilion 15-dk0068wm packs good gaming notebook components, although they are not on the high-end of the spectrum. As the most important part for gaming performance, the laptop features the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB video card, released in 2017. It is a lower-mid-range video card on today’s market. It is capable of running all of the latest AAA game titles, but in many of them you’ll need to dial down graphics details and resolution in order to get smooth gameplays. The GeForce GTX 1050 is paired with a higher-end 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H processor with four cores. It is powerful enough to fully support modern PC gaming. It’s also a good solution for other heavy PC tasks like audio / video production. On the other hand, the provided RAM size of 8GB is a bare minimum today for serious gaming. It’s large enough for the most of the popular games, but some newer titles require more than 8GB for the best gaming experience. Furthermore, the included single 8GB RAM stick runs in single channel mode, as opposed to dual channel (2 x 4GB). Depending on a game, dual-channel RAM can noticeably increase gaming performance. Also, the laptop’s 256GB solid state drive is on the small side, considering that many game installations require a lot of storage space. They oftentimes require more than 50GB, so you can easily run out of storage space.

HP has included a 52.5 WHr battery in the Pavilion 15-dk0068wm. It is a mid-range capacity in the gaming laptop category. HP estimates the battery life can last “up to 8 hours and 30 minutes” with mixed usage, “up to 8 hours” for video playback, and “up to 5 hours and 30 minutes” for “wireless streaming” (probably video streaming).

Specifications of the HP Pavilion 15-dk0068wm

Here's the specs sheet of the HP Pavilion 15-dk0068wm. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand HP
Laptop type Standard laptop (non-convertible)

Gaming laptop
Screen size 15.6-inch
Screen resolution 1920x1080 pixels Full HD (very good sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

Anti-glare coating
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-9300H 9th Gen (powerful CPU designed for heavy tasks)
Graphics (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB dedicated video card (able to run all games, but may not be smooth on high detail settings in heavy games)
System memory (RAM) size 8GB (comfortable multi-tasking)
Data storage 256GB SSD (decent capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Backlit keyboard with numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with physical buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front

HD 720p (standard laptop webcam resolution)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC
Ethernet network port Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB-C

3 x USB 3.1
Video ports 1 x HDMI

Video out via USB-C
Media card reader Yes (SD card reader)
Battery 52.5 WHr
Weight 5 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 14.2"
Depth 10.1"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year
Year of release 2019

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Written by Dan on November 14, 2019

User reviews and Q&A on the HP Pavilion 15-dk0068wm

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Current rating: 4.33 out of 5 stars

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    This is a pretty great laptop for the price. It handles games very well. Apex you will have to turn down the setting to medium for smooth gameplay. Fortnight you can max the settings out. But most of your games like Outer Worlds for example runs perfect on mid settings. The bottom is really easy to remove for upgrades. It can support 32gb of ram. (2×16) DDr4 SODIMM 2666mhz to be exact. Which I will be installing soon. It has a M.2 nvme SSD, which I’ll be upgrading to Samsung’s 1tb nvme. It also has a caddy already for a traditional SATA hdd. I’ll be adding a 2tb ssd in that slot as well. For now I added a 500gb hdd I had laying around for a temporary boost in storage. Overall, I’m very happy with this laptop. I do have pictures of the underside motherboard if anyone needs them.

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    • Edd

      Hello Nick. can you send me some pictures from the underside motherboard? Thanks in advance

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    • Jesse

      Hi Nick, Can you tell if there is an extra HDD/SSD slot available to put in a second drive?

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    • Dan

      Jesse, according to the maintenance manual linked from the 15-dk0068wm support page on HP.com the laptop has a 2.5″ hard drive / solid state drive bay inside. Here’s the manual with a picture of the bay on page 37: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c06377664

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    • Jesse

      Thank you!

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  2. Justin Smiddy

    i just bought this laptop tonight, im not much of a pc gamer but i need need a new laptop so i can work on my websites and to continue working on my ebooks. I want to know if i got a good deal with 500 since i will just be using the web and relying on the speed? Also i may do some streaming because i do game on console so i could use a capture card?

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    • josh

      It’s definitely competent for general use like web and word processing. I’m actually thinking of picking one up for doing Photoshop and light 3D work on the road.

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    • Dan Z

      It’s probably the best deal this Black Friday. The laptop provides good display and computing component specs, comparable to pricey $1000+ gaming laptops. Except the video card, which is a mid-range model. But if you don’t play heavy AAA games a lot, that doesn’t matter. The main potential downside could be the battery life, which ins’t great on high performance laptops like the 15-dk0068wm. Also, the built-in 256GB SSD isn’t very capacious, so if you store a lot of large files like videos you could run out of disk space quickly.

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    • Smelabi

      Can I get 5 hours battery life on this? (i.e. surfing the web and video streaming)

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  3. josh

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    • Reginald Jackson

      The hp spec’s say integrated graphics card. Not GTX 1050, can someone confirm?

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    • Dan

      Hi, the laptop does have Intel integrated graphics, which is a part of the Intel Core i5-9300H processor, but there’s also the GTX 1050 which is not listed on the specs sheet of the laptop on the HP site. I don’t work at HP, but I can tell it’s certainly an omission on their part. The 15-dk0068wm you can find on Walmart clearly includes the GTX 1050. It’s in the specs of the laptop on the Walmart site and user reviews of the laptop confirm the GTX 1050 is included.

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  4. Danny

    Does anybody know model number of the motherboard and if so does it support m.2?

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  5. AFFAN AAKHUNJI

    Information i want to know about this product:-

    # Can i add internal Hard Drive (HDD) of 1TB in this laptop? If yes…Which HDD? & its price?

    # Can i increase the Solid State Drive (SDD) capacity upto 512GB….. which is currently 256GB only? If yes its price?

    # Can i increase the RAM of this laptop which is currently 8GB…..my requirement is total 16GB RAM? if yes.. Which RAM? the price of 8GB RAM?

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    • Nick

      It has two ddr4 slots, you can put a max of 32gb (16×2) it has an M.2 ssd in it stock. It does have a hdd amount inside all you need is a drive to install. It’s really easy to pop the back off which is surprising for hp laptops. I have a pic of the internals if you need.

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    • Phil

      Can you please send me a picture of the internals as well?

      Also I would like to upgrade to a 1060ti , I’ve never done a GPU upgrade on a laptop but is there a power supply that I would need to update to it?

      I will be upgrading the ram to 16gb (8×2) ram and putting in a 1tb evo ssd (M2) that I have from my last laptop.

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  6. Christopher Kim

    Do you know what the maximum refresh rate for this laptop? I am wondering if this has a max refresh rate of 60fps or 144fps because I am considering either this or the ryzen 5 3550h version of this. Thank you

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    • Dan Z

      Unfortunately, I still can’t find info on the display’s refresh rate for the 15-dk0068wm. The only thing I found on the notebook’s product page on Walmart is that the display has a “fast refresh rate”. But there’s no word on exact refresh rate anywhere. Based on the specs of the Pavilion Gaming 15 series the 15-dk0068wm belongs to, the refresh rate can be either 60Hz or 144Hz. What I’ll do is to monitor the notebook’s page on Walmart and see if anybody will post the refresh rate in the product reviews or Q&A. I have already asked the question in their Q&A. There are already a few reviews on this model, but no info on refresh rate yet.

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    • Jason

      I have this laptop and the refresh rate is 60Hz

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    • Orlando

      The refresh rate is of 144Hz

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    • sharon

      Is this gaming laptop good for a 12 year old that plays fortnite?

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    • Dan Z

      Yes, it is. There are faster & pricier gaming laptops on the market, but for playing Fortnite this model is optimal and can easily run the game.

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    • Dan Z

      According to the Q & A section on Walmart it has a 144 Hz refresh rate, although this info is still missing in the specs sheets of the laptop.

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  7. Mike

    Dan,
    I’m not a gamer. I just need a new laptop. It will mainly be used for internet, office, etc. Basic stuff. Maybe flash games. Some work stuff, but that will be in Office. Is this a good deal for me? The price seems great.
    Thanks,
    Mike

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    • Dan Z

      Yes, it is great for the basic stuff, because of its sharp Full HD screen with IPS wide viewing angles and above average performance. But, the battery life won’t be as good as on the common non-gaming laptops, because gaming laptops like the 15-dk0068wm generally have power-hungry internal components.

      So, this model is excellent, but it is probably an overkill considering the light tasks you mentioned. You can take a look at more Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals if you want to find a more optimal laptop with a longer battery life (for example models with the Intel Core U-series power efficient processors and graphics). Link: https://laptoping.com/black-friday-cyber-monday-and-other-windows-laptop-and-tablet-deals.html

      But again, for $499 you can find only a few other laptop models with a Full HD IPS screen.

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  8. Jim T

    Hi, do you know if the RAM is expandable to say, 16GB? Also, is there only 1 slot or 2 for RAM?

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    • Dan Z

      Hi, they haven’t specifically listed in the specs that the 15-dk0068wm has 2 RAM slots, but I’m 99% sure it does have 2 slots, since other models from the Pavilion 15-dk00 series have two RAM slots. The specs of the 15-dk0068wm only state that the laptop comes with a single 1 x 8GB RAM stick, so you should be able to add another 8GB for a total of 16GB.

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    • Josh

      Rated for up to 32gb (2x 16gb) according to HP specs PDF.

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Navidad

    Hey Dan!

    I hope you are doing fine. I came across your post since there is not much info about this model dk0068wm HP, and I was wondering if you could tell us if there is a SATA HDD slot I could use to install a second hard drive. It is my understanding that the 256 GB SSD rides on the M.2 form factor. It would really help to know if you can install a second hard drive on it since that would sweeten the deal up

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    • Dan Z

      Hi, I can’t find info on the 2.5″ HDD / SSD bay in the particular 15-dk0068wm configuration. But, since other laptops from the HP Pavilion 15-dk00 series do have a 2.5″ SATA bay, I can safely assume the 15-dk0068wm also has one. After all, it would be pretty much weird for a gaming laptop to lack a standard HDD / SSD bay.

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    • Orlando David Urbaez Galva

      I’m sure it has the slot, but does it not include an hdd espérate from the ssd?

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    • Jim Sekola

      “After all, it would be pretty much weird for a gaming laptop to lack a standard HDD / SSD bay”. We are talking of a walmart spec laptop so it could be possible.

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    • Jim Sekola

      Well, I just talked to a Kitti at HP and she said there is no place to add a HDD, but there should be 2 slots for RAM.

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    • Paul Kaz

      Kitty, like Pishnal that I talked to, knows about as much about what they’re supposed to support as I know about Uranus. I know its there, like they know that it’s a laptop. Then again, sometimes they don’t even know its a laptop.

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    • Jim Sekola

      Well, I haven,t removed the bottom to see what’s up. I should have checked it out myself after communicating with HP. True I thought it odd that there would be no provision for a HDD, but then I figured being a wal-mart HP it could be that way. Thanx for waking me up. LOL!

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