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HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2023): The Thinnest and Lightest HP Laptop Ever

October 28, 2023
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I think the HP Pavilion Aero 13 ($839 as reviewed) is the best ultraportable laptop for anyone wanting to spend less than $1,000 on a device.

This is due to the HP Pavilion Aero 13’s affordable, powerful AMD Ryzen 7 CPU, vibrant 13.3-inch display, click-friendly keyboard, and extremely light chassis. The lack of a microSD card port and the compact keyboard deck, however, might not be to everyone’s taste.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Display

Thanks to its vivid and brilliant panel, the 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1200 HP Pavilion Aero 13 display is unexpectedly beautiful for the price.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Display

The way the Aero 13’s screen handled contrast in nighttime scenes amazed me while I watched the teaser for Marvel’s Shang-Chi movie. The images in the heartwarming moment between Shawn and his father were clear and vibrant enough for me to be able to see the father’s wrinkles in the dark. Furthermore, the brightness and sharp glitter of the water droplets around Shawn in the room is breathtaking. 

The Aero 13 is more vivid than usual, as measured by our colorimeter, which registered 119.5% of the sRGB color spectrum. Generally speaking, we want our screens to show at least 100% sRGB. The Aero 13 outperformed the ThinkPad X13 and XPS 13 OLED, which came in behind at 102.1% and 117.3%, respectively. Nonetheless, 132% of the sRGB color spectrum can be seen on the Zenbook 13’s OLED screen.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Design

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Design

The HP Pavilion Aero 13 may have a svelte and elegant appearance, but that pales in comparison to how it feels. With its weight of a mere 2.2 pounds, this gem feels like a paperweight in my hands. It looks good with the simple metal hood that has the shiny HP logo engraved in the middle.

When I opened her up, I saw a clean, little keyboard deck with a fingerprint reader next to the smooth glass touchpad on the bottom. In the meanwhile, the display’s bezels welcomed me with their very tiny curves.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Audio

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Audio

The bottom-firing Bang & Olufsen speakers on the HP Pavilion Aero 13 aren’t very powerful, but they’re quite balanced, and during my use of the device, I only occasionally heard some harsh tones.

The B&O audio control program that comes with the laptop helps to alter the sound quality, but it doesn’t significantly improve audio performance. For audiophiles, there is a comprehensive EQ with settings for Music, Movies, and Voice.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Ports

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Ports

The power jack and one drop-jaw USB Type-A port are located on the left side, while the HDMI port, one USB Type-A port, one USB Type-C port, and a headphone jack are located on the left.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Performance

The one we reviewed sample, the HP Pavilion Aero 13, has an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U CPU and 16GB of RAM, as mentioned above. I threw 36 Google Chrome tabs and three 1080p YouTube videos at it, and it didn’t even flinch.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Performance

The Aero 13 received a strong 5,876 total performance score on Geekbench 5.4, which is good considering its price. It even outperformed the ThinkPad X13 with a Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U (4,935) and the XPS 13 OLED with an Intel Core i7-1185G7 (5,420). But the Aero 13 was defeated by the Ryzen 7 5700U CPU (6,411) of the Zenbook 13.

Our HandBrake benchmark test revealed that the Aero 13 required 9 minutes and 5 seconds to convert a 4K movie to 1080p. That beats the time of the XPS 13 OLED in the same test (18:12), but it is not as fast as the ZenBook 13 OLED, which finishes in under nine minutes (8:22).

We gave the Aero 13 the chore of transferring 25GB of multimedia files to gauge how quickly it transfers things around. The Aero 13’s 512GB SSD has a transfer rate of 503 megabytes per second, which is slower than the 512GB SSDs in the ZenBook 13 (873 MBps), Dell XPS 13 (742 MBps), and ThinkPad X13 (747 MBps) notebooks.

Conclusion

The HP Pavilion Aero 13 is the smallest and lightest HP laptop ever, priced at $839. It features an affordable AMD Ryzen 7 CPU, a vibrant 13.3-inch display, a click-friendly keyboard, and a lightweight chassis. The display is impressive, with a vivid 119.5% sRGB color spectrum, outperforming the ThinkPad X13 and XPS 13 OLED. The Aero 13’s design is elegant, with a simple metal hood with the HP logo engraved in the middle. The keyboard deck is clean and features a fingerprint reader.

FAQ

Is HP Pavilion Aero 13 worth it?

The Pavilion Aero 13 is all about affordability, high-quality display, and powerful processing at a reasonable cost. For tourists and students in particular, the significant weight reductions over the previous model alone make it worthwhile to consider.

Is HP Aero 13 upgradable?

In that model series, RAM upgrades are not possible. The onboard memory on motherboards is configurable to be either 8 or 16 GB.

Why is HP Pavilion so popular?

The HP Pavilion series of computers is renowned for its affordability, portability, and speed. The HP Pavilion meets the demands of a diverse variety of users, including gamers, creatives, travelers, and students. This is the best part of all.