HP Pavilion 15t 3BC70AV_1 (2018) 15.6″ Notebook, 8th Gen Intel Core, Optional Touch

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The HP Pavilion 15t 3BC70AV_1 is a typical mid-range 15.6-inch laptop PC. This is a configurable Pavilion 15t model for 2018.

Starting at around $550, the aluminum-topped 15t 3BC70AV_1 offers either an entry-level HD 1366-by-768-pixel TN screen or a sharper Full HD 1920-by-1080 panel with IPS wide viewing angles. On the latter variant, there’s a touch-screen option as well. The laptop optionally provides keyboard backlight and is available with either “mineral silver” or “sapphire blue” display lid.

At the time of this writing, the 3BC70AV_1 is available only with the mid-tier yet powerful 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U processor. It is an excellent chip for home and office duties. With its quad-core design, the CPU is also suitable for heavier duties like video editing. The notebook comes with up to 16GB of RAM via dual RAM slots, and a 1-Terabyte hard drive as the basic storage option. When configuring the laptop, the 1TB HDD storage can be expanded using an additional much faster solid state drive with 128GB or 256GB capacity or enhanced using Intel Optane 16GB memory which makes HDD storage run faster. As for gaming and graphics processing, customers can choose either the basic Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics or faster but still entry-level AMD Radeon 530 2GB dedicated video card. Furthermore, the 4.7-pound HP Pavilion 15t 3BC70AV_1 features a built-in DVD writer optical drive and a 41 WHr battery. That’s a medium battery capacity in the 15.6″ notebook category. Nevertheless, HP claims the battery can last up to 9 hours on this model.

The 3BC70AV_1 also provides an IR camera option for face recognition for easier system log-ins.

Specifications of the HP Pavilion 15t 3BC70AV_1 (2018)

Here's the specs sheet of the HP Pavilion 15t 3BC70AV_1 (2018). For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand HP
Laptop type Standard non-convertible laptop
Screen size 15.6-inch (most popular laptop screen size)
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)

1920x1080 pixels Full HD (very good sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes (optional)
Other display specs IPS type (wide viewing angles)

TN type (narrower viewing angles than IPS type)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-8250U 8th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)
Graphics (GPU) AMD Radeon 530 2GB dedicated video card (for light gaming, but with improved smoothness)

Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics of 8th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (for light multi-tasking)

8GB (for comfortable multi-tasking)

12GB (for very comfortable multi-tasking)

16GB (for heavy multi-tasking)
Data storage 1000GB (1TB) HDD (excellent capacity, but slow type of storage)

1000GB (1TB) HDD + 128GB SSD (excellent capacity; slow but with small fast SSD portion)

1000GB (1TB) HDD + 256GB SSD (excellent capacity; slow but with decently large fast SSD portion)
DVD optical drive DVD writer (optional)
Keyboard, input Backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad

Non-backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front-facing web camera

HD 720p (standard laptop webcam resolution)

Full HD 1080p (high laptop webcam resolution)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC (previous-generation Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the latest 802.11AX)
Ethernet network port Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
USB ports 1 x USB-C (compact type of USB port)

2 x USB 3.1 (standard full-size USB ports)
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader SD card reader
Other features Intel Optane memory (speeds up hard drive storage) (optional)

Windows Hello face recognition sign-in (optional)
Battery 41 Whr capacity
Weight 4.7 pounds
Height 0.9"
Width 14.8"
Depth 9.6"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)

Windows 10 Pro (Windows with added business-oriented features)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on July 23, 2018

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