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Updated January 16, 2024·

When deciding between the HP Pavilion 15 and the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14", consider your priorities. The HP Pavilion 15 offers a larger screen but has a lower-quality TN panel and lower resolution than the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14". The Lenovo features a higher-quality IPS panel at full HD resolution, providing better color and viewing angles, which can be important for media consumption and multitasking. If portability is important, the lighter and more compact Lenovo might be the better choice. On the other hand, if storage and touchscreen capability are more critical, the HP has a larger storage capacity and a touchscreen. The HP Pavilion is slightly heavier and thicker, influencing portability and comfort. Both laptops have the same processor, but the Lenovo's battery life is longer, thus better for on-the-go use without frequent charging. Choose the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" for a more portable and better display experience or the HP Pavilion 15 for larger storage and a touchscreen benefit. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the HP Pavilion 15
  • Good for general use
Advantages of the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14"
  • Very good portability
  • Very good battery life

Key differences

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Screen Quality

5.3
Pavilion 15
IdeaPad 3 14"
6.4
15.6in
SIZE
14.0in
1366 x 768
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
220.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
313.0 nits
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" has a better screen than the HP Pavilion 15 for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, and content creation.

Battery

3.0 Hours
Pavilion 15
IdeaPad 3 14"
10.0 Hours
The HP Pavilion 15 has 3 hours of battery life. The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" has 10 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
Pavilion 15
IdeaPad 3 14"
Very Good
15.6in
SIZE
14.0in
3.7 lbs
WEIGHT
3.1 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.7in
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" has very good portability, while the HP Pavilion 15 has good portability.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.0
Pavilion 15
IdeaPad 3 14"
6.9
1366 x 768
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
220.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
313.0 nits
3.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
10.0 Hours
6.2/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.5/10
7.7/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
8.2/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers HP Pavilion 15 to be good for general use, while the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" is only fair.

Gaming and AI

6.2
Pavilion 15
IdeaPad 3 14"
6.0
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
1366 x 768
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
No
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
8.7/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
9.5/10
The HP Pavilion 15 and Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Engineering and Design

6.6
Pavilion 15
IdeaPad 3 14"
6.2
4.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
2.4/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The HP Pavilion 15 and Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" are both only fair for engineering and design.

Content Creation

7.1
Pavilion 15
IdeaPad 3 14"
7.0
4.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
1366 x 768
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
TN
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The HP Pavilion 15 and Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" are both good for content creation.

Software Development

6.7
Pavilion 15
IdeaPad 3 14"
6.9
4.1/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1366 x 768
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
6.2/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
6.5/10
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" and HP Pavilion 15 are both only fair for software development.

Build Quality

6.2
Pavilion 15
IdeaPad 3 14"
6.5
The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" and HP Pavilion 15 both have only fair build quality.

Cost

$416
Pavilion 15
IdeaPad 3 14"
$435
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The HP Pavilion 15 has a price of $416 and the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" costs $435.

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How the HP Pavilion 15 and the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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HP Pavilion 15Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14"
HP Pavilion 15Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14"

GENERAL

Price
$416
$435
Release Date
August 1, 2020October 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14.1'' x 9.5'' x 0.71''12.8'' x 8.5'' x 0.78''
Weight
3.75 lbs3.1 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i3-1115G4AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
Graphics
UHD Xe G4 Vega 7
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
44

BATTERY

Battery Life
3 Hours10 Hours
Battery Capacity
51 Wh45 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"14"
Display Technology
TNIPS
Resolution
1366 x 7681920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz60Hz
Display Brightness
220 nits313 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
6.3/106.5/10
Portability Score
7.8/108.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoNo
Fan Noise Score
8.8/109.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
N/AWhite
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
6.3/106.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
6.5/106/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoYes
Backlit Keyboard
NoYes
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
22
USB-C ports
11
USB-C Charging
NoNo
Display Outputs
11
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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HP Pavilion 15

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Alex Cox | August 2022
"The HP Pavilion 15 carries a fair amount of power and a sharp display in its handsome slimline shell. It's not perfect, but it's a hard worker. This is wonderfully designed and totes a heck of a lot of desktop power, with the added benefit of a decent webcam and a full-sized keyboard. If you're getting down to business on a budget, it's a great fit."

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14"

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Marvin Gollor | February 2023
"The low-priced IdeaPad 3 14 delivers on core functionality. Lenovo's IdeaPad 3 14 meets all the basic requirements for an inexpensive office laptop. The matte IPS display is bright enough, the performance is high for the class, and the input devices are rock solid. In addition, the mostly quiet operation including the useful performance modes, cool surface temperatures, easy maintainability as well as expandable working and mass storage all contribute to the IdeaPad 3 14's value proposition."

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About HP

HP, also known as Hewlett-Packard, is an American technology company that develops personal computers and computer peripherals. In the laptop industry, HP is known for its entry level Essential series laptops, its mid-range Pavilion, Envy, and Victus series, and high-end Omen and Spectre series, in addition to its business-oriented EliteBook, ProBook, and Dragonfly series laptops. HP laptops generally undercut other mainstream competitors in terms of price, placing itself as the value-oriented mainstream brand.

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a Chinese technology company, and one of the largest personal computer vendor. They are well known for a variety of technology products, including laptops. Their consumer series include their entry level IdeaPad and LOQ series and mid-to-high-end Yoga and Legion series. On the business-oriented side, their series include their entry-level ThinkBook series and mid-to-high-end ThinkPad series. Lenovo laptops offer strong performance for reasonable prices, and are often on sale.

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