HP Pavilion Aero 13 Review

In this article, I give you my HP Pavilion Aero 13 review with specs included. Those who follow HP know that the Pavilion is one of their most affordable lines of laptops. Above it is the Envy and then the Spectre. So, we don’t expect a lot from a Pavilion usually but HP is really starting to get what we want.

This is a 13.3-inch ultrabook with a 16 by 10 aspect ratio display. You can get a Full HD plus or QHD plus for those who want something a little bit more premium. It’s under a kilogram (under 2.2 pounds).

This has a magnesium-aluminum casing. This is the kind of stuff you usually only see on a really premium product. And, it’s AMD Ryzen Zen 3 exclusive.

All that sounds really nice but, if it’s a thousand or fifteen hundred dollars I would expect all that good stuff anyway. Well, here’s the kicker, this one starts at seven hundred and fifty dollars. That’s why I’m excited honestly.

For that base price ($750) you get a Ryzen 5 5600U CPU, 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD, and a full HD plus display. My unit, which is configured higher, has a Ryzen 7 5800U with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD, full HD plus display, and is around $980.

Now, keep in mind that this MSRP price is at the release date and HP tends to have a lot of sales so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re going to see this available for less money.

If you want to add that upgrade to the QHD plus display that’s about 120 dollars more.

Something only HP does is the colors. They have four colors. They’re very nice colors. I have a natural silver, as they always call a light silver color. There is rose gold, which is kind of pinkish, and then there is gold, which is more like subtle champagne.

Anyway, if you want anything other than natural silver you’re gonna pay around ten dollars more. Not the end of the world.

Let’s look at HP Pavilion Aero 13 performance. It is Ryzen so expect good performance, better than Tiger Lakes ultrabook CPUs, certainly.

The only thing I want to change is the M.2 NVMe SSD which is upgradable, is performing okay, it’s not class-leading. But then, this is not in the thousand dollars plus price range where we expect class-leading speeds from SSDs. It’s decent enough. It’s certainly not going to feel slow to you, but there’s that.

In terms of thermals on this, it’s fine. It’s an ultrabook, it’s Ryzen, it runs fairly cool even if you’re pushing it on the hard side. And the fan is not loud by any means, which again is typical of most ultrabooks.

I expect to see good performance from HP Pavilion Aero 13. Plenty enough for Office, occasional Photoshop, video editing, the endless zoom calls, all those things that I do with my laptops. And, it does that fine, does all that without getting too hot.

As a nod to its less expensiveness (and I think this seems to be a shortage of wi-fi cards), we have Realtek Wi-Fi 6 with Bluetooth 5.2. You don’t get Intel which some people prefer for performance reasons. I didn’t have any problems with the wi-fi on this but there’s that. Looking for wherever concessions might be to make this so affordable.

Casing rigidity is good. It’s magnesium and aluminum together. Magnesium is very light, not nearly as rigid, but I’m not feeling a lot of flex on this, it feels fairly solid.

The keyboard on this is fine. It’s short-travel, like all laptops today are, ultrabooks particularly, but it feels nice and crisp and there’s a good spring to it. Maybe not quite as cushy as I would like, mostly to do with the key travel, but it’s pretty pleasant to type on.

If you want white backlighting that’s an extra $10. And we have a large precision trackpad that behaves perfectly well on board. And there’s a fingerprint scanner on the wrist rest area as well. So, good to see biometrics in the more affordable line from HP.

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