In almost every way, the 2021 Pavilion 13 outperforms previous generations. If you want to maximize performance, display quality, and portability without breaking the bank, the new Pavilion is a strong contender and is an exceptionally light Laptop.
Only HP is selling the new Pavilion Aero 13 directly through the HP website as of early September 2021. Other retailers, such as Amazon and Best Buy, are likely to follow suit in the coming months, as both are significant HP PC distributors.
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The Pavilion Aero 13 is priced at Rs. 79,999, but HP currently has it on sale for $670. That model comes with a Ryzen 5 5600 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, is natural silver in color and has a WUXGA (1920×1200) non-touch display with no backlit keys.
When fully loaded, the Pavilion Aero 13 costs a very manageable Rs. 94,999. It features a more powerful Ryzen 7 5800U processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, backlit keys, a higher resolution WQXGA (2560×1600), a non-touch display, and is available in warm gold, ceramic white, or pale rose gold.
As the Pavilion branding suggests, the Pavilion Aero 13 is a mid-range budget clamshell laptop (ENVY and Spectre are budget premium and prosumer premium HP brands). It comes with Windows 10 Home, but it will be ready for the Windows 11 update on October 5th (and likely to get the update right away due to it being so new).
The Aero 13 is incredibly light thanks to its all-metal chassis. HP specifies “less than 1 kg (2.2 lbs),” and our model weighs exactly 2.09 pounds (0.95kg). That is incredibly light for any laptop at any price point, and it distinguishes the Aero 13 from the competition.
This review unit’s chassis is natural silver — it looks traditional and works fine. Warm gold, pale rose gold, and my personal favourite, ceramic white, are available for an additional cost.
The 13.3-inch display also has a taller 16:10 aspect ratio rather than the older and narrower 16:9. As a result of this decision, the Aero 13 has “micro bezels” on all four sides, resulting in a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent, making it look very modern and aesthetically pleasing. There are two display options: “Full HD” at 1920×1200 and “2K” at 2560×1600. Both are matte (anti-glare) and non-touch, with a brightness of 400 nits.
Despite its low price, the IPS display is excellent. HP claims 400 nits of brightness, but I measured 413 nits — ideal. Color accuracy is also excellent, with 100 percent sRGB, 79 percent AdobeRGB, and 84 percent DCI-P3, which is comparable to or better than premium Ultrabooks. The display is a little cool (bluer), but it still looks great. It is rewarding to calibrate a colorimeter properly.
The battery life is also very good. With the brightness set to 150 nits, the Aero 13 got around 10 hours and 30 minutes on PCMark 10’s Modern Office battery rundown test. That’s still many hours slower than devices like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano, which hit 13 hours but is still in the middle of the pack for 2021. According to our generated Windows battery report, real-world battery life is closer to seven or possibly eight hours with brightness set higher.
While the laptop can get hot when working, the fans do an excellent job of keeping the Aero 13 cool. They’re also reasonably quiet for the price, and they’re above average. The laptop itself lifts slightly in the back to allow for more airflow – it’s a fantastic design that I wish more laptops used because it also helps with more angled typing. HP also vents hot air in the back near the display (away from your hands), which is a design we’ve seen in higher-end laptops and is great to see here.
The Pavilion Aero 13 doesn’t have many flaws. The majority of our review unit’s complaints are resolved by selecting a more appropriate configuration when ordering from HP.
The AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU, on the other hand, is a weak point. While the Ryzen CPU is extremely fast, the graphics (and gaming) are mediocre. This effect can be seen when testing overall system performance with the GPU enabled, such as in 3Dmark Night Raid or Time Spy, where the Aero 13 ranks near the bottom. For everyday use, these results are insignificant because the laptop is still capable of handling work and media. Still, those expecting the Pavilion Aero 13 to be a gaming laptop will be disappointed as it is not what it looks like.
The keyboard deck includes a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello, making logging into Windows a breeze. It’s a decent read that can be a little slow at times, but it gets the job done. While infrared (IR) sensors are preferred, fingerprint sensors make sense at this price, but I wouldn’t mind a better one as well.
The HP Pavilion Aero 13 is a great laptop for the money. If you’re looking for a high-end PC that has a broad feature set, great CPU speed, and outstanding build quality, this is As a result of its remarkable brightness and colour gamut, the new 16:10 display with its small bezel (for this price).