HP Pavilion Aero 13 : Review
- 1.1 PROS
- 1.2 CONS
- 1.3 HP Pavilion Aero 13: Price and Availability
- 1.4 HP’s Pavilion Aero 13: Style
- 1.5 HP’s Pavilion Aero 13: Keyboard And hardware
- 1.6 HP’s Pavilion Aero 13: Screen
This HP Pavilion Aero 13 is one of the best-balanced mid-range ultrabooks you can buy now. It does almost everything right. What you get is a 13-inch laptop that weighs less than 1 kilogram and is well-made. It has good inputs, uncompromised IO, a nice matte screen, and a good balance of hardware for daily use, light work, and gaming. On the other hand, this laptop still has some signs that it was made on a budget, but the short battery life is the only thing that could make me not want to buy it.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 Specifications
|Display Size||13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 5800U|
|Memory||16GB 3200MHz (onboard)|
|Graphics||512MB AMD Radeon Graphics|
|OS||Windows 10 Home (21H1)|
|Ports||USB-C (10Gbps), USB-A (x2, 5Gbps), HDMI 2.0 out; AC in, combo headphone jack|
|Network||Realtek 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2|
- Even though it’s small and weighs less than 1 kg, it’s built very well.
- The screen is a balanced IPS 16:10 matte
- Good IO and inputs
- Easy to use and able to do more than one thing
- With daily use and heavy loads, the fan is quiet, and the heat sinks are good.
- Prices are fair for what it is.
- There is no IR camera or touchscreen.
- Not the most powerful way to use Ryzen.
- The 43 Wh battery doesn’t have much sound and has a short runtime.
HP Pavilion Aero 13: Price and Availability
As of the beginning of September 2021, only HP’s website is the only place to buy the new Pavilion Aero 13. Other stores like Amazon and Best Buy, which sell a lot of HP PCs, are likely to follow suit in the coming months. Starting at $750, HP is selling the Pavilion Aero 13 for only $670. This version comes with a Ryzen 5 5600 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
It is natural silver in colour and has a WUXGA (1920×1200) display that is not touch-sensitive and doesn’t have backlit keys. At its most expensive, the Pavilion Aero 13 costs a very reasonable $1,040. It comes with a more powerful Ryzen 7 5800U processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, backlit keys, a higher resolution WQXGA (2560×1600), a non-touch display, and in warm gold, ceramic white, or pale rose gold colours. Our review unit costs $910 and has a Ryzen 7 5800U, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, a 1920×1200 display, and a natural silver colour. The keyboard does not light up.
HP’s Pavilion Aero 13: Style
The HP Pavilion Aero 13 may look sleek and thin, but that doesn’t come close to how it feels. This lovely thing weighs a mere 2.2 pounds, which makes it feel like a piece of paper in my hands. It goes well with the simple aluminum hood with the shiny HP logo in the middle. When I opened her, I saw a neat, small keyboard deck with a glass touchpad and a fingerprint reader right next to it. At the same time, the thin curves of the screen’s bezels greeted me. With dimensions of 11.7 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches and a weight of 2.2 pounds, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is much lighter than its competitors.
HP’s Pavilion Aero 13: Keyboard And hardware
The light is bright enough and pretty even, and the only place where light peeks out is from under the top row of F-keys. HP Pavilion Aero 13 also made sure to add a physical Caps Lock indicator and made it so that you can turn on the brightness by swiping your fingers over the touchpad, just like on high-end devices. I’m also happy with how it feels to type. This 13-inch laptop is small, but HP gave it a full-size keyboard with good spacing and feedback, as well as an extra column of keys on the right side for Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down. It took me a while to get used to the half-size up and down arrows next to the full-size left and right arrows, but I can get used to them.
HP’s Pavilion Aero 13: Screen
Here, HP Pavilion Aero 13 only has one screen option for the Pavilion Aero 13: a 13-inch 16:10 matte screen that doesn’t touch. This is a good-quality screen by today’s standards. We measured a maximum brightness of 450+ nits, which means you can use this computer in bright light if you want to. It also has great black and contrast for this class. Color coverage is about 100% sRGB, which is more than enough for everyday use.
The Bottom Line
People who care most about portability, performance, a comfortable keyboard, and a nice screen should get the HP Pavilion Aero 13. Who am I kidding? The Aero 13 is a great ultraportable all-around computer. Well, except that it has a small deck and doesn’t have a slot for a microSD card. You could also choose something like the Asus Zenbook 13 OLED, which is the same price as the Aero 13 but has a longer battery life and a more colorful screen. But it can’t compare to how light the Aero 13 is. If this is important to you, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is a great ultraportable computer that won’t break the bank. If you use one of our HP coupon codes, you can get an even better price.
HP Pavilion Aero 13: Sound
The HP Pavilion Aero 13’s bottom-firing Bang & Olufsen speakers aren’t powerful, but they’re balanced and only have a few scratchy notes. GAYLE’s “abcdefu” opened with sweet vocals and brilliant guitar, but both were too mild and lacked power.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 battery
On our battery test, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 browsed the web via Wi-Fi at 150 nits for 10 hours and 27 minutes. While 10+ hours on a single charge is remarkable, the ZenBook 13 lasted a ludicrous 15 hours in the same test.