HP Pavilion Aero 13 Review – Smart Buy
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 dont 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, its 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 its amd ryzen zen 3 exclusive schwing were going to look at it now. So all that sounds really nice right and youre saying well. If its a thousand fifteen hundred dollars, i expect all that good stuff and i would hope so well heres the kicker. This one starts at seven hundred and fifty dollars so thats. Why im 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 its 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 wouldnt be surprised if youre 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 thats about 120 dollars, more something only hp does is the colors. They have four colors theyre, 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, youre gon na pay ten dollars more, not the end of the world. I just think its kind of like really gon na 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, its not class leading, but then this is not in the thousand dollar plus price range, where we expect class leading speeds from ssds its decent enough. Its certainly not going to feel slow to you but theres that, in terms of thermals on this, its fine, its an ultrabook its ryzen, it runs fairly cool, even if youre 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 dont get intel, which some people prefer for performance Reasons i didnt have any problems with the wi fi on this, but theres that looking for wherever concessions might be to make this so affordable. Casing rigidity is good. Its magnesium and aluminum together. Magnesium is very light not nearly as rigid but im, not feeling a lot of flex on this. It feels fairly solid. The keyboard on this is fine. Its short travel, like all laptops today, are ultra books, particularly, but it feels nice and crisp and theres a good spring to it, maybe not quite as cushy as i would like, mostly to do with the key travel but its pretty pleasant to type on. If you want white back lighting thats an extra 10 and we have a large precision trackpad that behaves perfectly well on board and theres 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, theyre both ips and matte, and non touch if youre on the touchscreen youre 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 points a little weird, but the display overall is set up. Well, so you wouldnt even realize it its low blue light, so its easy on the eyes and hp claims, whether you go with the full hd plus or the qhd plus display that youre gon na get 400 nits. We actually measured considerably above it, 471 nits wow. You can see the metrics on screen right now, its a nice looking screen, certainly for this price class and for a pavilion theyve theyve come up in the world. Connectivity is pretty much average for the class youre not relegated to only usbc, but you do have a usbc port that supports charging, though, because theres 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 youre, not using that up. You have two usb a ports which have the drop down jaw style, openings on them, because its 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. Its 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 its fine, it does come with a 45 watt charger. You dont 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 theres a layer of adhesive underneath and its 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, thats 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 dont see that every day, thats interesting theres a little foam and here are the internals with again a sort of like felt tape. Usually you dont 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. Im lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech videos and hit the notification bell.