Design aside, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 draws power from the AMD Ryzen 5000 series paired with the AMD Radeon graphics. The end product is both sleek and powerful. I’ve been using the new HP Pavilion laptop for a while now and exploring all it has to offer. I’ve discussed the pros and cons in this detailed review.
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
- GPU: AMD Radeon graphics
- Screen: 13.3-inch IPS WUXGA
- Memory: 16GB LPDDR4x
- Storage: 512GB
- Battery: 43WHr
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 11
HP Pavilion Aero 13 design: ultra-light and compact
One of the features I loved about the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is the design. The laptop has a magnesium frame, which makes it light and weighs less than 1 kg. The device discussed here is the Pale Rose Gold model, which gives an elegant finish. Plus, its compact construction means you can slip it into your carrying case for hassle-free portability. In addition, there is a fingerprint sensor for security.
That said, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 lacks a number of factors. First, it does not include a touchscreen display. It also does not have a 360 hinge design for a tab mode. The speakers are also placed at the back of the laptop, which absorbs sound when placed on the bed. Plus, there’s no camera shutter for enhanced privacy, a feature I’ve usually found on Lenovo laptops.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 Display: Maximum Screen Space
Moving on, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 sports a 13.3-inch IPS LCD display with a WUXGA resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The laptop also offers a micro-edge anti-glare display with 400 nits of peak brightness with 100 percent sRGB support. This makes the HP Pavilion Aero 13 an ideal laptop for all kinds of activities, including watching movies and gaming.
I liked the ultra-thin bezel design of the HP Pavilion Aero 13, which offers maximum screen space. I’ve used a few other laptops with small 13-inch displays. But with this HP laptop, the micro-edge display provides the best viewing experience. I’ve used the laptop both indoors and outdoors – and found it suitable for all environments.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 Performance: Benchmark Review
Design and display aside, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is a powerful laptop with its under-the-hood specs. The laptop draws power from the AMD Ryzen 5 5600U paired with the AMD Radeon Graphics and comes with 16GB of RAM with 512GB of storage.
The AMD Ryzen 5000 series is powerful and can handle all kinds of laptop tasks seamlessly. I ran some benchmarks to determine the power and performance. First, the HP Pavilion Aero scored 13 5188 and 1369 in multi-core and single-core tests respectively on the Geekbench. It also scored 3207 and 500 in multi-core and single-core tests, respectively, in the CPU-Z benchmark test.
The Cinebench R23 test showed 6054 points in multi-core and 1356 points in single-core tests. In addition, I ran the PC Mark 10 and the 3D Mark benchmarks to determine the GPU performance of the HP Pavilion Aero 13. The PC Mark 10 score showed a total of 5320 points, with 9065 points for essentials, 8821 points for productivity and 5110 points for digital content creation.
The 3D Mark tests showed 1155 points for the GPU. The overall result of these benchmarks shows that the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is a powerful processor, especially in terms of CPU. The GPU scores are good, but not great for heavy gaming. Digital tasks such as photo editing and video editing can be done, but users may prefer a system with even more powerful graphics.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 Real-life performance: ideal for everyday use
Benchmarks aside, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is a performance laptop for routine, everyday tasks. I used the laptop for a wide variety of activities, such as working on document files, attending video conferences, editing, casual gaming, and watching movies. There was hardly any lag or glitches with the laptop while doing one or more tasks at once.
The laptop’s audio is developed by Bang & Olufsen, which produces crystal clear audio reproduction. However, it would have been even better if the speakers were placed on top as the sound is easily absorbed when placed on a bed or soft pillows. All in all, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is a laptop that delivers a lot of energy in a compact housing, allowing you to get the best out of both design and performance.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 battery: good for normal tasks
One of the most important aspects of a laptop is the battery. And HP has done a good job with the Pavilion Aero 13 laptop. First of all, it should be noted that this is an ultra-slim device, which means that there is not much room for a large battery. The laptop comes with a 43Wh Li-ion polymer battery, supported by a 65W smart AC power adapter.
I found that the laptop takes over an hour to fully charge and a little longer if you have apps running in the background. Once fully charged, the laptop can last for a long time without the need for extra fuel. I was able to watch four one-hour episodes on Netflix on a single charge. It will last longer if you use the laptop for casual tasks like browsing or working on a document file; drains faster if you use it for gaming.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 Verdict: A Worthy Consideration
Note that the HP Pavilion Aero 13 starts from Rs. 68,999 which makes it a good deal to get for a laptop under Rs. 70K. If this is your budget, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is worth considering. Yes, it lacks features like a touchscreen, which is now available on even lower-priced laptops.
But you get a super-powerful processor, an ultra-slim design and all the benefits of an HP device. If you’re looking for a laptop that you carry around a lot, I’d recommend the HP Pavilion Aero, because it’s light and powerful, while also being affordable.