HP Pavilion Aero 13 Review

i’m actually really pleased with this this is the hp pavilion aero so for those who follow hp you know the pavilion is one of their most affordable lines of laptops above it since 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 i like this when manufacturers start doing that so this is a 13.3 inch ultrabook with a 16 by 10 aspect ratio display you can get in 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 is a magnesium aluminum casing this is the kind of stuff you usually only see on a really premium product right and it’s amd ryzen zen 3 exclusive schwing we’re going to look at it now so all that sounds really nice right and you’re saying well if it’s a thousand fifteen hundred dollars i expect all that good stuff and i would hope so well here’s the kicker this one starts at seven hundred and fifty dollars so that’s why i’m excited honestly and for that base price taking in horizon 5 5600 ucp 8 gigs of ram and a 256 gig ssd and a full hd plus display our unit which is configured more higher and it’s a ryzen 7 5800u with 16 gigs of ram and a 512 gig ssd still the full hd plus display is around 980 now keep in mind this just came out 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 in the coming months or from retailers or having sales and 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 we have art natural silver as they always call a light silver color there is a rose gold which is uh well rose gold kind of pinkish and then there is a gold which is more like a subtle champagne anyway if you want anything other than natural silver you’re gonna pay ten dollars more not the end of the world i just think it’s kind of like really gonna average out the costs among all the colors guess not performance on this it is ryzen so expect good performance better than tiger lakes ultrabook cpu certainly the only place we give it a slight thing is the n.2 nvme ssd which is upgradable is okay performance it’s not class leading but then this is not in the thousand dollar 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 we expect to see good performance plenty enough for office your occasional photoshop your hobby video editing the endless zoom calls all those things that we do with our laptops does that fine does that without getting too hot as a nod to its less expensiveness and also i think this seems to be a shortage of wi-fi cards right now we have real tech wi-fi six 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 ultra books 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 back lighting 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 now for the display options they’re both ips and matte and non-touch if you’re on the touchscreen you’re not going to get that here and also the display does not tilt very far back on this so keep that in mind for those who like to put your laptop low on your knees and you need more tilt the display quality on this is good the white point’s a little weird but the display overall is set up well so you wouldn’t even realize it it’s low blue light so it’s easy on the eyes and hp claims whether you go with the full hd plus or the qhd plus display that you’re gonna get 400 nits we actually measured considerably above it 471 nits wow you can see the metrics on screen right now it’s a nice looking screen certainly for this price class and for a pavilion they’ve they’ve come up in the world connectivity is pretty much average for the class you’re not relegated to only usbc but you do have a usbc port that supports charging though because there’s only one usbc port you probably want to use it for more important things like displays and hubs it comes with a 45 watt barrel pin charger so you’re not using that up you have two usb a ports which have the drop down jaw style openings on them because it’s too thin otherwise to fit usb a ports and an hdmi 2.0 b port and of course a headphone jack no sd card slot here speakers on this are adequate it’s a small thin and light laptop it sounds like a small thin and light laptop thank god for the headphone jack so how about battery life again ryzen does well with battery life typically speaking especially in the ultrabook segment we have a 43 watt hour battery on board and hp claims about 10 hours of streaming time with this and in average use with the brightness set to 150 nits doing some streaming some zoom office work that sort of thing i was getting eight to nine hours on a charge without even trying if i was being a little more careful with my multitasking and everything else that i was doing i you could probably get longer than that not bad 43 watt hours an okay capacity battery again not class leading like some more expensive laptops which have 56 watt hour batteries but it’s fine it does come with a 45 watt charger you don’t get a 65 watt charger for a little bit faster charging to take the bottom cover off you must have patience and a little bit of care because you have to remove the rubber strips yonder rubber strips front and back here and then there’s a layer of adhesive underneath and it’s pretty thick so the reason you have to remove that is you can actually get to the phillips head screws so all the screws are the same size except for one here that’s smaller so just remember that when you put it back together and then there is some tenacious clips so work your way from the back edge here and this cover will eventually lift off you don’t see that every day that’s interesting there’s a little foam and here are the internals with again a sort of like felt tape usually you don’t see this either you see mylar reflective heat tape or whatever but this is the processor right here on the heatsink and most likely i would say these are the ram modules soldered on because ram is soldered on board here single fan solution the wi-fi card is socketed and upgradable so should you not like the real tech card you could actually upgrade that after the fact and the m2 ssd is under this heat shield standard 2280 m2 ssd speakers flanking the battery as per typical laptop design and there is the battery itself so there it is the hp pavilion aero 13 it is one nice looking laptop good quality build rising inside yeah that 16 by 10 aspect ratio display and a fairly friendly price tag certainly well under a thousand dollars for the starting price not bad

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HP Pavilion Aero 13