HP Pavilion Aero 13 Specifications and Price – Now if you’ve been following my channel lately you know a lot of the laptops. That have been coming in for review have had a high price tag they’re expensive out of the budget for a lot of the segment of the audience.
But that’s going to change today because what arrived in the studio is the hp pavilion aero 13. Not only does this have a premium display it’s a 16 to 10 aspect ratio display that has a qhd plus display option.
But it also has the AMD ryzen 5800u under the hood that’s a zen 3 AMD ryzen chip and it also has 16 gigabytes of ram and it has a magnesium alloy chassis all-metal body and is really premium but the best part about this is it doesn’t break the bank with a starting price of 749 this might be the best value laptop to come out this year so far.
HP Pavilion Aero 13
And the timing is very good as we’re getting ready to go back to school hey everybody it’s Andrew and this is the hp pavilion arrow 13 here for 2021 coming up
Specs & Pricing
Now as we take a look at the specs in the interest of transparency and full disclosure I’m not being paid by hp I’m not being sponsored by HP all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own hp is not getting copy approval.
That means they’re seeing this video for the first time just like you now this review unit is on loan from hp and once this review is done.
I’ll be sending it back pricing for the aero 13 starts price at $ 749.99 for those interested I’ll leave a link in the description below for more information and where you can buy one it comes in four different colors natural silver warm gold ceramic white and pale rose gold.
We have the natural silver here today and with specs and pricing out of the way let’s find out what you get inside the box let’s open it up once again you get that eco-friendly packaging inside you to get some warranty information and documentation along with a 45-watt power adapter
That has a barrel pin connector along with the extension cord holding the unit for the first time and the first thing that comes to mind when I hold it is how thin and light it is at around one kilogram or about 2.2 pounds this thing is portable easy to take with you on the go and folks this is not plastic this is a magnesium alloy chassis it’s magnesium alloy on the top-bottom keyboard deck I like this especially at a 749 starting price, not something we see every day.
Ports & Connections
All right let’s check out the port selection on the left side you get one hdmi 2.0 port a USB port a USB-C port and a 3.5-millimeter headset jack
Moving over to the right side is a second USB port and your power port for the barrel pin connector ac adapter. The one port that stands out to me that’s missing is there’s no set or micro sd card slot something to keep in mind and of course, there’s no thunderbolt port as this is running an AMD ryzen processor.
And for those wondering yes you can charge this laptop with that USB c port nice now as far as what’s user upgradeable hp actually has a really nice video on how to get inside this laptop so I actually I’m really happy I don’t have to do it myself and ruin those rubber strips so you can see for yourself how to do it.
I’ll leave a link for that video in the description below but as far as what’s user-upgradeable the ram is soldered into the motherboard you won’t be able to upgrade that and you’re looking at ddr4 3200 ram running in dual channel mode.
That means you’re going to get better performance out of it but again I don’t see any way for you to upgrade it as they’re saying it is onboard meaning it’s soldered in now as far as the SSD that is user upgradable although the 512-gigabyte mvme ssd that they do include with this laptop gives you some pretty decent reads and writes as you can see from the results.
And it’s also good to know that the wireless card is also upgradable we get wi-fi six along with a Bluetooth 5.2 combo here and it is working well both are working as expected.
And another real surprise here is the display on just how good it is now there are two options when it comes to the display a 13.3 inch full HD plus option or a 13.3-inch wq VGA option which is a resolution of 2560 by 1600.
Now I do have the full HD plus option with a resolution of 1920 by 1200 these are IPS displays these are matte displays that mean you don’t get any unnecessary glare or reflections and so far super impressed with this display really deep blacks, really vibrant colors.
you also get some good white points excellent contrast, and you also get good coverage of the color gamut you’re looking at 98 srgb 75 adobe RGB 76 of the DCI p3 wide color gamut and 69 ntsc so what does this mean this means this is a pretty decent choice.
If you want to do color grading lightroom photoshop or video editing and it’s a pretty color-accurate display as well with a 0.98 delta e score which is very good.
And hp claims that this display can get as bright as 400 nits i actually measured even higher 405 and that means this is going to be great for both indoor and outdoor scenarios especially with the fact that this is not a glossy display.
So you don’t get any unnecessary glare or reflections that are very good and for only 30 dollars more you can upgrade it to the higher resolution 2k plus display and i would actually do that if you want that higher resolution although you might take a little bit of a hit in battery life so that’s up to you but only 30 dollar premium that is a very intriguing choice that’s for sure.
Webcam & Fingerprint Scanner
So this is the front-facing camera on the brand new hp pavilion arrow 13 a mid-tier 13-inch laptop. That really uh really has surprised me how nice this is in terms of the specs really has a nice processor the Ryzen 7 5800u with integrated Radeon graphics of the VGA 8 graphics it’s got a nice full HD plus display it’s a 16 to 10 aspect ratio really blown away with this nice magnesium alloy chassis.
This is a surprise because you don’t normally expect this in this tier of laptop now does have a webcam it’s not a windows hello webcam and I don’t see a shutter switch anywhere.
So keep that in mind but it does have a fingerprint scanner located below the keyboard for you to log in with windows, hello but I’m curious to know what you think about it let me know in the comment section below what do you think about the video quality what do you think about the audio quality of the internal mics I am curious to know and
Keyboard & Touchpad
They know some of you out there are wondering yes you can open the lid with one finger now once you look at that keyboard you’ll notice that edge-to-edge layout and I actually like it so far the keyboard has actually been pretty good.
Good tactile feedback good key travel very comfortable to type on for extended periods of time now my review unit, unfortunately, doesn’t have a backlight on the keyboard but there is a 20 option to get that backlight I definitely recommend it if you want to get work done in a dark room or a dimly lit environment and it has a precision touchpad that’s actually working pretty well I haven’t had any issues with it scrolling has been good and so has the gestures
CPU, GPU & Initial Benchmarks
Now let’s talk about performance and this has the ryzen 7 5800u processor a zen 3 based processor from AMD of course with 16 gigabytes of ram.
And I got to say performance has been very good as you can see from the numbers although I noticed the difference in performance when you plug it in versus when it is unplugged as you can see from the geekbench.
Here as an example, it did a much better multi-core and single-core score when it’s plugged in as opposed to when it’s not plugged in so there is a disparity in performance under those two different scenarios so something to keep in mind and I’ll talk more about this in the upcoming full review so stay tuned.
And another area where I was pleasantly surprised was in the audio it has bottom facing speakers and they’re banging Olufsen tuned. And I gotta say they fill up a small room pretty nicely gets pretty loud and there is even a hint of bass, not something we normally see on a mid-tier laptop such as this but really pleasantly surprised actually audio has been pretty good
Processor & Cons
All right folks so far so good the hp pavilion aero 13 has surpassed any of my expectations especially with a very affordable 749 starting price and it is available now again.
I will leave a link in the description below where you can buy it because I think this is going to be in the running for one of the best value laptops of the year and with the back-to-school season.
Here this is a great choice for the student going back to school I’ll have more on that in just a little bit but I will be doing my full review on this as I put it through its paces over the next week or so and I will bring you that full review so stays tuned for That make sure you subscribe to the channel make sure you hit that notification bell you don’t want to miss it.