HP Pavilion Aero 13 review (2022): Our full review – Laptops – Frandroid

The ultra-mobile experience without spending €2,000: that’s the promise of the HP Pavilion Aero 13. But is it working? Find out in our test.

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Premium computers are there to innovate, yes, but also to make buyers dream. However, for the vast majority of us, we’ll have to settle on a more modest PC once it’s time to get a credit card. That is why many manufacturers have a premium range, and an accessible range. At HP, the Pavilion Aero 13 is: the most portable for those who can’t push the Spectra. Which does not mean that it is without the slightest benefit.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)technical card

Model HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)
Screen Size

13.3 inches

identification

2560 x 1600 pixels

Display Technology

LCD screen

touch screen

no

Processor (CPU)

AMD Ryzen 5 5600U

Graphics chip (GPU)

AMD Radeon

RAM memory)

16 GB

internal memory

512 GB

Wi-Fi Standard

Wi-Fi 6 (axe)

Bluetooth version

5.2

operating system (OS)

Microsoft Windows 11

Dimensions

209 x 16.9 x 297 mm

repairability index?

5.7 / 10

price

569 EUR

product sheet

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)design

It’s not in terms of design that the HP Pavilion Aero 13 really surprises you. Particularly commensurate with its weight, because at 951 grams on the scales, it is hardly felt in a bag as in the hands. For the rest, it’s a little… common. Not to mention the prototype, it stands out as a reference design for the most anticipated classic portable game on the market.

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Perhaps it’s its light gray casing made of recycled plastic that gives that impression of a deja vu, or even the good old HP logo that’s been in use for generations now. Some features stand out symmetrically, such as its back in the shape of a hollow crescent that is positioned parallel to the front of the device. But from such a small touch, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 can only be described as a “classic”.

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keyboard and touchpad

The backlit keyboard offered by HP is standard again. There are large, silent, but slightly soft keys on the back which confirms that we are on a good quality PC…but not quite as excellent. However, we hit it without a hitch, and the hotkeys on the right side of it are noticeable. We would have liked the Enter key to be full, but the US format falls to us here again. The touchpad, made of plastic, is slippery enough to use without difficulty, but the larger surface would have been appreciated.

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Note that the fingerprint reader is built right here into the casing in a small square space below the direction arrows. This works great with Windows Hello.

connectors

It’s always a little surprising, but it feels tangible: The HP Pavilion Aero 13’s USB A ports have a small flap to lower to connect its peripherals. We can count on the HDMI port, USB A port, and USB C port on the right. On the left, there is a power connector and a USB A port.

Decent connectivity, although an additional USB C port would be welcome in 2022.

Webcam and audio

720p webcam…what it is. The 720p HD webcam is in all laptops that haven’t made a fuss at this point for a long time.

The volume level, positioning of the speakers at the bottom of the device makes it very easy to block them just by placing the computer on your legs. Again, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 doesn’t make much effort to stand out: if the highs are crystal clear, giving well-defined sounds, the mids lack a lot of definition and the bass is absent. The competition is always tougher in this field, but this model isn’t really part of the new wave.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)Monitor

The HP Pavilion Aero 13 is equipped with a 13.3-inch 8-bit IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, that is, with a ratio of 16:10, limited to a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The screen has an anti-reflective coating and is not touch sensitive.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 . display

Visually, the chipboard is very pleasing to the eye. But below our probe, the measurements we made with DisplayCal paint a different picture. We can see a maximum brightness of 350 cd/m² in the SDR, although there is a very good contrast of 1555:1. The panel covers 121.2% of sRGB, 83.5% of Adobe RGB and 85.8% of DCI P3. While the average color temperature at 6,275 K isn’t too bad, the Delta E20’s measurement at 4.54 white points and an average of 5.63 isn’t entirely satisfactory.

All in all, it’s a decent monitor for the average user, but we can’t recommend it to anyone looking to work on graphic productions. However, the maximum brightness should be greater, to ensure satisfactory readability in direct sunlight.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)Programming

Simply Windows 11. The manufacturer HP puts virtually no effort into any software suite that would allow to more deeply regulate the behavior of the HP Pavilion Aero 13, which can be considered a plus for anyone who does not want to add to the tools already built into the operating system.

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Which does not mean that there are no additives. In addition to the eternal McAfee, there are ads for ExpressVPN, Booking, Dropbox and all those fun guys who will need to uninstall as soon as you unlock your PC. In the computer segment, which remains expensive though, this heap of Pre-installed apps makes you angry.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)performance

The HP Pavilion Aero 13 is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600U processor, a hexa-core processor and 12 threads drilled into 7nm TSMC capable of boosting up to 4.2GHz. The SoC integrates a Radeon RX Vega 7 GPU paired with 16GB of DDR4 3200MHz RAM and a 512GB NvMe PCIe Gen3 SSD.

General Standards

In Cinebench R23, we find 6757 points in multiple cores and 1376 points in single cores. This is exactly the performance expected from the 5600U, which is more or less between the eleventh generation Intel Core i7 and the twelfth generation in terms of power. We can also note that it is able to bypass the Core i7-1260P when not integrated at full power, as is the case with the Galaxy Book 2 Pro. The result 5494 on PC Mark 10 This stands out, sitting above both the Galaxy Book 2 Pro and Zenbook 14 UX3402Z.

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On the storage side, the built-in Samsung SSD shackles what’s expected of PCIe Gen3 storage. However, the Gen4 is now installed fine, and we would have liked to take advantage of this very portable device.

Cooling and Noise

The most interesting thing about all this enhanced power is that the HP Pavilion Aero 13 remains extremely quiet even at the most advanced usage settings. When you hear about her fans, it’s just a slight background noise that isn’t really noticeable.

All this as a bonus for maintaining temperatures up to 38 ° C, which is very impressive. AMD chips have a real advantage in this area.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)independence

The HP Pavilion Aero 13 is equipped with a 43Whr lithium-ion polymer battery. The latter may seem very young, but this is without relying on the ability of AMD processors to guarantee a certain life of their product.

Thus, in the PCMark 10 autonomy test, the PC simply lasted 10 hours on a full battery in mixed use, from 100 to 4%, which is pretty good for ultra-fast mobile devices of its kind. Champions of this type like the Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED can add another 2/3 hours to it, but it provides a full day of use without forcing it.

Autonomy HP Pavilion Aero 13

If your computer has a classic 65W charger power port, you can use any standard USB-C power supply charger to charge your computer. So we almost would have preferred that he remove that power supply port for a second USB-C port.

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HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)Price and availability

The HP Pavilion Aero 13 is sold at the official price of 999 euros, in our test configuration. It’s currently available in France and can be found for less than €600 on Darty.

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