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

The ultra-portable experience without spending 2000 euros: that’s the promise of the HP Pavilion Aero 13. But is it successful? 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 for a more modest PC once it comes time to use the credit card. That is why many manufacturers have a premium range, and an accessible range. At HP, the Pavilion Aero 13 is it: the more affordable ultraportable for those who can’t push Spectra. Which doesn’t mean it’s devoid of the slightest interest.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)Technical paper

Fashion model HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)
Screen size

13.3 inch

Definition

2560 x 1600 pixels

Display technology

LCD

touch screen

No

Processor (CPU)

AMD Ryzen 5 5600U

Graphics chip (GPU)

AMD Radeon

Memory (RAM)

16GB

Internal memory

512GB

Wi-Fi standard

Wifi 6 (ax)

Bluetooth version

5.2

Operating System (OS)

Microsoft Windows 11

Dimensions

209 x 16.9 x 297mm

recoverability index?

5.7/10

Price

569 €

Product sheet

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)Design

It’s not in terms of design that the HP Pavilion Aero 13 will really surprise you. It’s mostly down to its weight, as at 951 grams on the scale, it’s barely felt in a bag as it is in the hands. For the rest it’s a bit… ordinary. Not to mention a prototype, it stands out as a reference design for the most classic ultraportable expected on the market.

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It could be its light gray recycled plastic shell that gives this impression of déja vu, or even the good old HP logo that has been used for generations. However, some features stand out, such as the back which is formed in a hollow crescent moon and whose shape is placed parallel to the front of the device. But from that small detail, the HP Pavilion Aero 13 can only be described as “classic”.

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Keyboard and touchpad

The backlit keyboard from HP is again standard. There are large and quiet keys, but a little soft on the back that emphasize that we are on a good quality PC… but not quite premium. Still, we hit it without a hitch, and the keyboard shortcuts on the right are noticeable. We would have liked the Enter key to be whole, but the American format falls back on us here. The touchpad, made of plastic, is smooth enough to use without any problems, but a larger surface area would have been appreciated.

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Note that the fingerprint reader is integrated directly into the case here in a small square space at the bottom of the directional arrows. This one works fine for Windows Hello.

connectors

Always a bit surprising, but noticeable: the USB A ports of the HP Pavilion Aero 13 have a small flap to lower to connect peripherals. We can count on an HDMI port, a USB A port and a USB C port on the right side. On the left is a power connector and a second USB A port.

Decent connectivity, although an extra USB-C port would have been welcome in 2022.

webcam and audio

The 720p webcam is… what it is. An ultra-basic 720p webcam like the one found in all laptops that haven’t bothered at this point for a long time.

Audio level, due to the placement of the speakers at the bottom of the device, they are very easy to block once the computer is on your feet. The HP Pavilion Aero 13 again doesn’t make much effort to stand out: if the highs are quite clear and deliver well-defined voices, the mids lack a lot of definition and the bass is absent. The competition is always tougher in this area, but this model is not really part of the new wave.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)Screen

The HP Pavilion Aero 13 is equipped with a 13.3-inch 8-bit IPS LCD panel in 2560 x 1600 pixel definition, ie a 16:10 ratio, and 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 record is a feast for the eyes. But under our probe, our measurements with DisplayCal paint a different picture. We see a maximum brightness of 350 cd / m² in SDR, but for a very good contrast of 1555:1. The panel takes up 121.2% of the sRGB space, 83.5% of Adobe RGB and 85.8% of the DCI P3. While the average color temperature of 6275K isn’t too bad, the Delta E20 measured with a white point of 4.54 and an average of 5.63 isn’t exactly satisfactory.

Overall, it’s a decent screen for the average user, but we can’t recommend it to anyone looking to work on graphical productions. However, the maximum brightness should be greater to ensure good readability in direct sunlight.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)Software

Just Windows 11. The manufacturer HP does not really bother for a software suite that would allow to more deeply regulate the behavior of the HP Pavilion Aero 13, which can be considered a positive point for anyone who does not want to add to the already integrated tools in the operating system.

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Which does not mean that there are no additions. In addition to the eternal McAfee, there are commercials for ExpressVPN, Booking, Dropbox and all these merry men that should be removed as soon as the PC is opened. In the segment to which the PC belongs, which nevertheless remains expensive, this hope is bloatware makes you grumpy.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)Performance

The HP Pavilion Aero 13 is equipped with the AMD Ryzen 5 5600U, a 6-core processor and 12 threads engraved in 7nm TSMC with a boost up to 4.2 GHz. This SoC integrates a GPU Radeon RX Vega 7. It is paired with 16 GB DDR4 RAM at 3200 MHz and a 512 GB NvMe PCIe Gen3 SSD.

General Benchmarks

On Cinebench R23 we find a score of 6757 points in multi core and 1376 points in single core. This is exactly the performance expected from the 5600U, which is roughly between the 11th generation Intel Core i7 and the 12th generation in terms of power. We can also find that it can overtake the Core i7-1260P when it is not integrated at full power, as is the case with the Galaxy Book 2 Pro. ‘s score 5494 on PC Mark 10 highlights this, where it sits above both the Galaxy Book 2 Pro and the Zenbook 14 UX3402Z.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 Storage

On the storage side, the integrated Samsung SSD is in the shackles of what is expected of PCIe Gen3 storage. However, the Gen4 is now well installed and we would have liked to see this ultraportable take advantage of this.

Cooling and sound

The most interesting thing about all this developed power is that the HP Pavilion Aero 13 remains very quiet even in more advanced usage settings. When you hear the fans, it’s just a little background noise that’s not really noticeable.

All this as a bonus to have the temperature rise to 38°C, which is very impressive. AMD chips have a big advantage in this area.

HP Pavilion Aero 13 (2022)Autonomy

The HP Pavilion Aero 13 is equipped with a 43Wh Li-ion Polymer battery. The latter may seem quite small, but that is without counting on the ability of AMD processors to ensure a certain lifespan for their product.

So on our PCMark 10 autonomy test, the PC lasted just 10 hours on all batteries in mixed use, from 100 to 4%, which is very good for such an ultraportable. Champions of the genre like the Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED can add 2/3 more hours to it, but it does offer a full day of use without forcing it.

Autonomy HP Pavilion Aero 13

If your PC has a classic power port for a 65W charger, you can use any standard USB-C charger from Power Delivery to charge your PC. We almost would have preferred that he removed this power 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 in our test configuration for the official price of 999 euros. It is currently available in France and can be found for less than 600 euros on Darty.

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