With HP’s consumer laptops, the general rule is that Pavilions are less expensive, Envys are midrange, and Spectres are more expensive. The Pavilion Aero 13 offers many characteristics, such a 16:10 screen, a 10-hour battery life, and an astonishingly light chassis, that are generally seen on premium Windows devices, making it far prettier (and a little more expensive) than your typical budget laptop.
I’ve been having memories of my evaluation of the Envy x360 13 from last summer while using this gadget. It felt far more Spectre-like than Envy-like, and many of the better Spectre elements seemed to have seeped down, I commented. It appears that this also took place. This Pavilion is priced similarly to an Envy, with variants starting at $749.99 ($999.99 as tested). It also feels similar to an Envy. The first premium Pavilion appears to have been introduced by HP, and it’s shockingly excellent.
Pricing and configuration choices for the HP Pavilion Aero 13
Check out the $749 entry-level model if you’re looking for a less expensive option. It comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600U CPU, 8GB of Memory, and a 256GB SSD. Meanwhile, a more powerful variant with the same CPU and Memory as our review device is available for $1,099 MSRP. However, the SSD has been replaced with a 1TB drive, and the display’s resolution has been raised to 2560 x 1600 pixels.
Review of the HP Pavilion Aero 13 Design
The HP Pavilion Aero 13 may appear svelte and slim, but that doesn’t even come close to how it feels. At a weight of just 2.2 pounds, this beauty feels like mere paper weight in my hands. It complements the sleek aluminum hood, which has a glossy HP logo stamped in the middle.
When you opened her up, you saw a tidy, small keyboard deck with a fingerprint reader right next to it and a smooth glass touchpad on the bottom. The display’s oh-so-thin curves on the bezels welcomed me at the same time.
Review of the HP Pavilion Aero 13: Ports
The HP Pavilion Aero 13 has an astounding number of ports for such a small laptop.
The HDMI port, one drop-jaw USB Type-A port, one USB Type-C port, and a headphone jack are all located on the left, while the power jack and one drop-jaw USB Type-A port are located on the left side.
Review of the HP Pavilion Aero 13: Display
The 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1200 display on the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is shockingly beautiful for the price because of its vivid and brilliant surface.
I was amazed by the Aero 13’s screen’s handling of the contrast during night scenes when I watched the Shang-Chi promo from Marvel. The images in the heartfelt scene between Shawn and his father were so vivid and perfectly clear that even in the dead of night, I could readily make out the lines on the father’s face. The crystal clarity and sharp glitter of the water droplets as they floated around Shawn in the room was beautiful.
Review of the keyboard and touchpad for the HP Pavilion Aero 13
Although its small deck may require some getting used to, the Aero 13 boasts one of the most comfortable keyboards I’ve ever used.
On the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I only managed 48 words per minute, which is less than my 53 word per minute average. The keys are well-spaced, clicky, and snappy despite this. The little deck is the only actual obstacle you must overcome. You’ll be OK if you’re used to using a 13-inch laptop. Give yourself time if you’re downsizing.
Here, HP offers the Pavilion Aero 13, a 13-inch 16:10 matte option without touch that has a panel of average quality by today’s standards.
With a maximum brightness of 450+ nits, this computer has great blacks and contrast for its class and can be used comfortably in bright light if you wish to. 100% of the sRGB color space is covered, making it ideal for everyday usage.
Hardware and functionality
Our example is a mid-spec HP Pavillion Aero 13 computer with 16 GB of DDR4 memory and 512 GB of PCIe x4 SSD storage, powered by an AMD Cezanne Ryzen 5 5600U processor.
This system is equipped with the more cost-effective Ryzen 5 5600U processor and is based on the AMD Ryzen Cezanne architecture. Its 6C/12T processor outperforms the Ryzen 5 5500U in terms of IPC and performance because it is based on the Zen3 Cezanne architecture.
There are other 8C/16T Ryzen 7 5800U combinations available, but as you’ll see in the section below, HP only used a moderate power profile of about 15W of sustained power in this laptop. That’s rather restricting even for the Ryzen 5 5600U, but considerably more so for the 5800U, particularly under heavy combined loads where the power limit only has an impact on the frequencies of the CPU and iGPU. Soon, we’ll go into more detail.
Moreover, the CPUs are paired with DDR4-3200 MHz memory rather than the newer and more efficient LPDDR4x, which can sometimes have a negative impact on speed and efficiency. As the RAM is built-in and cannot be upgraded, I chose a configuration with 16 GB of memory. The timings are shown in the ZenTimmings printscreen above and correspond to the memory’s newer SR type.
This Aero 13 performs practically all of the right things and is one of the best-balanced mid-tier ultrabooks you can now get for about 700 USD/EUR. So, hopefully you can, as there seems to be a shortage of this in some places and great demand for it in others.