The HP Pavilion 15t (15t-ab100) is among the most popular laptop series by Hewlett-Packard. The 15.6-incher offers a great flexibility in terms of component choices and casing colors.
Besides with the standard 1366×768 pixel count, the display on the HP Pavilion 15t / 15t-ab100 model for 2015 is optionally available with the Full HD 1920×1080 resolution. Touchscreen is optional (available on the “15t Touch” model with otherwise same hardware), while IPS display technology is missing.
Processor options include the 6th Generation Intel Core U-series i5-6200U and i7-6500U “Skylake” with the Intel HD 520 integrated graphics. Optionally, you can get the HP Pavilion 15t with the Nvidia GeForce GT 940M 2GB dedicated video card, which offers smoother gaming experience than the HD 520, but it is still a lower-mid-range GPU. The 940M performs similar to the 840M we reviewed recently.
The notebook can be configured with either 6GB, 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB of RAM and a 1TB or 2TB hard drive. Optionally, you can select a hybrid version of the 1TB HDD for a snappier performance. A built-in DVD optical drive is included.
The keyboard sports isle-style keys and has a dedicated numeric pad. Backlight is an optional feature. The keyboard is accompanied by a large trackpad with integrated “mouse” buttons.
HP’s 15t has stereo speakers, a 720p webcam, Wi-Fi wireless and Ethernet LAN networking port, three USB connectors, HDMI video out, a multi-format media card reader, and optional Bluetooth.
The notebook ships with a 4-cell 41WHr lithium-ion battery. HP hasn’t provided info on battery life, but given the battery has a mediocre capacity, one can’t expect more than 5 hours of run time on a charge.
Customer can choose between various colors of the lid, sides and the bottom. Available colors are dark gray, blue, red, purple, and white. In our opinion, the white version is the best looking one. It comes with color-matching white keyboard keys instead of black and the palm-rest is sliver-ish instead of gray.
The laptop weighs 5.1 and 5.5 pounds without touchscreen and with it, respectively. It is 1″ thick. Dimensions and weight are usual for a 15.6-incher.
The same machine is available with AMD’s processors too. These are sold under the Pavilion 15z model name. If you want a bigger 17.3-inch display with everything else being the same, you can check out the Pavilion 17t.
Specifications of the HP Pavilion 15t (15t-ab100) 2015
Here's the specs sheet of the HP Pavilion 15t (15t-ab100) 2015. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.
This is by far the most popular laptop screen size. It provides a lot of screen real estate, while avoiding bulkiness of the 17.3" laptops.
1366x768 pixels HD
This is an entry-level screen resolution, oftentimes found on budget laptops. It doesn't deliver picture sharpness and space on the screen like the Full HD or higher resolution laptop displays do.
1920x1080 pixels Full HD
Full HD is the most common laptop screen resolution today. It provides a good image sharpness and a decent amount of space on the display for the user interface and programs. However, it isn't as good as the top-tier 4K Ultra HD.
This laptop optionally comes with a touchscreen. It depends on the configuration of the laptop.
Other display specs
Displays based on the old TN technology lack wide viewing angles you can find on IPS screens. The colors may look washed out or inverted at certain viewing angles.
6GB RAM is enough for moderate multitasking. However, at least 8GB is recommended for flawless multitasking in everyday computing in 2022.
The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2022. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.
12GB is greater than the recommended minimum of 8GB and enables very comfortable multitasking during everyday tasks. However, many games and professional software may require 16GB or more.
16GB and greater RAM sizes are recommended for heavy multitasking, gaming, and specialized programs that require a lot of RAM.
1000GB (1TB) HDD
1TB is an excellent storage capacity, but HDD is a slow type of storage.
2000GB (2TB) HDD
2TB is a huge storage capacity, but HDD is a slow type of storage.
DVD optical drive
Backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad
Non-backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad
Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface
Speakers and audio
Front-facing web camera
The 802.11AC is the previous-generation wireless networking standard. It's also known as Wi-Fi 5. 802.11AC is succeeded by 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 with data transfer speed and multi-device connectivity improvements.
802.11N is an old Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the 802.11AC and the latest 802.11AX with improved data transfer speeds and connectivity. 802.11N is rarely used in modern laptops.
Ethernet network port
This laptop has an Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
This laptop optionally comes with a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Mobile broadband (4G LTE)
2 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0
Three full-size Type A USB ports.
Video output ports
1 x HDMI
HDMI is a widely used digital video output port. You can find HDMI-in ports on most computer monitors and TVs.
Media card reader
SD card reader
The laptop has a slot for full-size SD memory cards, used in many digital cameras.
"Up to 7 hours and 30 minutes" of battery life
4-cell 41WHr Li-Ion
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition. Windows 10 Home users are eligible for a free upgrade to the latest Windows 11 Home.