The new design does away with the rounded edges and corners of previous Pavilion 15 notebooks in favor of a sharper and smoother look. The matte aluminum-like surfaces give a much classier impression that feels close to the Envy series. It's a good attempt at emulating what HP's more expensive laptops have to offer without necessarily using the same unibody materials. Many of the bright color options commonly associated with older Pavilion laptops, however, are nowhere to be found on this latest iteration.
As for rigidity, the system is quite strong around the base with no creaking and only minimal warping on the palm rests and keyboard. The lid is also stronger than before, though it's still susceptible to warping when pushing down its center. The weakest characteristic of the new design is indubitably its hinges. The display opens to a maximum of only 130 degrees and the bottom of the lid will lift the base at a slight angle that HP claims will improve cooling and typing posture. The main issue is that teetering is amplified and the hinges never feel very stiff as a result.