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HP Pavilion 14 Laptop Review: A stylish all-rounder with a bright display

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Alex Alderson), 01/20/2020

A dominant fan. With the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng, HP is selling a 1,000-Euro (~$1,109) multimedia laptop based on Intel's brand-new Ice Lake architecture. As it turned out in our test, the 14-incher has several unnecessary quirks.

Compact all-round 13- and 14-inch laptops are enjoying increasing popularity, not least thanks to their ever-increasing availability. The cutting-edge Pavilion 14-ce3040ng fits this category and aims to offer an ideal compromise between mobility and performance.

For this purpose, HP has equipped the device with a power-saving processor from Intel's Ice Lake generation. Specifically, we find the quad-core Core i7-1065G7 with Iris Plus Graphics G7 onboard, while an NVIDIA GPU takes care of graphics tasks. The GeForce MX250 is an entry-level chip that NVIDIA has designed for casual gaming at low resolutions and graphics levels.

To justify a purchase price of 1,000 Euros (~$1,109), HP has equipped the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng with 16 GB of DDR4-3200 single-channel RAM and a 1 TB M.2 PCIe SSD. One of the biggest highlights of the 14-inch device is its low weight. At 1.55 kg, the Pavilion 14 can be carried around comfortably, while being 18 mm at its thickest point makes the all-rounder very thin too.

HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX250 - 4096 MB, Core: 1519 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 441.87, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, SO-DIMM DDR4-3200, Single Channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AUO543D, IPS, Full-HD, 60 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel 495 (Ice Lake-U PCH-LP Premium)
Storage
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02, 1024 GB 
, M.2 NVMe-SSD
Soundcard
Intel Ice Point-LP PCH - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: SD,SDHC,SDXC
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 327 x 226 ( = 0.71 x 12.87 x 8.9 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 65-watt power supply, Quick Start Guide, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.55 kg ( = 54.67 oz / 3.42 pounds), Power Supply: 222 g ( = 7.83 oz / 0.49 pounds)
Price
1000 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Competitors include other multimedia laptops equipped with a GeForce MX250 GPU. We shall compare the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng with other laptops, including 15-inch ones, like the Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL, Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L and ASUS VivoBook S15 S532F. We have included an overview of the ce3040ng and our comparison devices in the table below.

RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
79%01/2020HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
1065G7, GeForce MX250
1.6 kg18 mm14"1920x1080
85%07/2019Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
8265U, GeForce MX250
1.4 kg15.9 mm14"1920x1080
84%04/2019Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
8565U, GeForce MX250
1.8 kg17.95 mm15.6"1920x1080
83%07/2019Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
8565U, GeForce MX250
1.8 kg18 mm15.6"1920x1080

Since HP has not made many external changes except for minor details like the removal of the fingerprint reader and a redesigned webcam, we shall not cover the case, connectivity or input devices in this review. Please see our review of its Core i7-8550U and GeForce MX150-powered predecessor for our thoughts on these areas.

HP Pavilion 14
HP Pavilion 14
HP Pavilion 14
HP Pavilion 14

Device comparison

363.4 mm / 14.3 inch 243.5 mm / 9.59 inch 17.95 mm / 0.707 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs357.2 mm / 14.1 inch 230.3 mm / 9.07 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs327 mm / 12.9 inch 226 mm / 8.9 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.6 kg3.42 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.4 kg3.11 lbs
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82.9 MB/s ∼100% +159%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
69.1 MB/s ∼83% +116%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 190, n=190)
59.3 MB/s ∼72% +85%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II)
33.3 MB/s ∼40% +4%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
32 MB/s ∼39%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89.9 MB/s ∼100% +172%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
81.8 MB/s ∼91% +148%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.2 - 253, n=187)
75.2 MB/s ∼84% +128%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II)
35.6 MB/s ∼40% +8%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
33 MB/s ∼37%

Display

If you exclude the modest response times of 29.6 ms black-to-white and 60.8 ms grey-to-grey, then the Pavilion 14 has a decent display. In contrast to its predecessor, which had a poorly lit panel, our current review unit can boast of having a pleasantly bright display.

359
cd/m²
378
cd/m²
359
cd/m²
375
cd/m²
395
cd/m²
376
cd/m²
378
cd/m²
382
cd/m²
377
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AUO543D
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 395 cd/m² Average: 375.4 cd/m² Minimum: 28 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 395 cd/m²
Contrast: 1519:1 (Black: 0.26 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.92 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 0.91
ΔE Greyscale 6.69 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
98% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 63% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.78
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
AUO543D, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
NV140FHM-N48, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
BOE NV156FHM-N48, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
LG Philips LP156WFC-SPD1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
14%
8%
39%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
60.8 (29.2, 31.6)
39.6 (21.6, 18)
35%
45 (23, 22)
26%
24.8 (12.8, 12)
59%
Response Time Black / White *
29.6 (13.2, 16.4)
32 (18, 14)
-8%
33 (18, 15)
-11%
24 (14, 10)
19%
PWM Frequency
352.1 (99)
250 (90)
Screen
-55%
-50%
-69%
Brightness middle
395
316
-20%
278
-30%
262.3
-34%
Brightness
375
301
-20%
271
-28%
250
-33%
Brightness Distribution
91
88
-3%
89
-2%
89
-2%
Black Level *
0.26
0.28
-8%
0.26
-0%
0.43
-65%
Contrast
1519
1129
-26%
1069
-30%
610
-60%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.92
5.3
10%
4.73
20%
5.81
2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.79
18.5
-89%
8.38
14%
14.7
-50%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.91
4.8
-427%
5.17
-468%
5.36
-489%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.69
2.4
64%
2.59
61%
2.8
58%
Gamma
2.78 79%
2.05 107%
2.38 92%
2.15 102%
CCT
7596 86%
6644 98%
6160 106%
7016 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63
37.6
-40%
36
-43%
35.2
-44%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98
58.3
-41%
58
-41%
55.6
-43%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-21% / -44%
-21% / -41%
-15% / -52%

* ... smaller is better

An average of 375 cd/m² is an excellent value for a multimedia laptop at this price, especially considering that our comparison devices only manage 250 to 301 cd/m². The high peak brightness ensures that the display remains readable outdoors even in direct sunlight. In combination with its low black value of 0.26 cd/m², the 60 Hz panel achieves a first-class contrast ratio of around 1,500:1. Correspondingly, colours are separated well from each other.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Colour saturation
CalMAN: Colour saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Colour saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Colour saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)

With 98% coverage of sRGB and 63% of AdobeRGB, the Pavilion 14 is reasonably colour accurate even in view of our comparison devices. It also has stable viewing angles, which is typical of an IPS panel.

98% sRGB colour-space coverage
98% sRGB colour-space coverage
63% AdobeRGB colour-space coverage
63% AdobeRGB colour-space coverage

HP could improve the colour accuracy in other areas, though. CalMAN shows that the Pavilion 14 deviates quite widely from the ideal DeltaE range of below 3, although additional calibration eliminated these issues. You can download our calibrated ICC file from the link in the box above our display comparison table, for reference. It is difficult to prevent the backlight from bleeding, though. This behaviour occurs quite frequently too, according to online reviews. The top-left of our review unit's display was badly affected in this regard, to the extent that it was particularly disturbing in darker scenes.

A look at the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng's display
A look at the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng's display
Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.2 ms rise
↘ 16.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
60.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 29.2 ms rise
↘ 31.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 95 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 13621 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Performance

As mentioned, the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng is an all-rounder that, apart from its graphics performance, could be considered a mid-range laptop. The 14-inch device is compact and powerful enough for multiple uses on-the-go. It should cut a fine figure in any environment too thanks to its stylish design.

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CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
HWiNFO
GPU-Z
AS SSD Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark
LatencyMon

Processor

With its Ice Lake architecture Intel has, in its power-saving processors anyway, replaced its Whiskey Lake generation. The Core i7-1065G7 built into the Pavilion 14 is a 10 nm chip capable of Hyper-Threading among other features, meaning that it can execute up to eight threads simultaneously. The CPU also contains 8 MB of L3 cache and has a 15 W thermal design power (TDP). By comparison, Intel's "classic" performance CPUs, like the Core i7-9750H, have 45 W TDPs.

CPU performance during a Cinebench R15 Single 64Bit benchmark
CPU performance during a Cinebench R15 Single 64Bit benchmark
CPU performance during a Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit benchmark
CPU performance during a Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit benchmark
GPU performance during a UNIGINE Heaven benchmark
GPU performance during a UNIGINE Heaven benchmark

The clock speed of the Core i7-1065G7 has plenty of scope. While its base value of 1.3 GHz is rather poor, its peak of 3.9 GHz is very respectable. According to Cinebench R15, the CPU can only fully utilise its Turbo Boost in single-core tasks. By contrast, the CPU drops from 3.5 GHz to a mediocre and somewhat disappointing 2.4 GHz after just one run of CB R15 Multi 64Bit. Our review unit then kept its CPU at around 2.4 GHz for the remainder of our looped multi-core benchmark, though.

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HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø625 (592.25-691)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø548 (543.22-613.69)
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø470 (467.49-492.88)
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø502 (489.9-680.49)

Despite the limited use of its turbo, the Pavilion 14 overtakes older Core i7-8565U-powered laptops in synthetic benchmarks as our benchmark tables show.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
190 Points ∼100%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
Intel Core i7-8565U
168 Points ∼88% -12%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U
165 Points ∼87% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
152 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36 - 201, n=390)
130 Points ∼68% -32%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
691 Points ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
600 (min: 548.41, max: 619.74) Points ∼87% -13%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
Intel Core i7-8565U
507 Points ∼73% -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (72.4 - 1550, n=407)
507 Points ∼73% -27%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U
493 Points ∼71% -29%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
474 Points ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
401 Points ∼85% -15%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U
390 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Multimedia
  (62.6 - 481, n=32)
381 Points ∼80% -20%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average of class Multimedia
  (148 - 3422, n=33)
1717 Points ∼100% +11%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1543 Points ∼90%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Intel Core i5-8265U
1367 Points ∼80% -11%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U
1035 Points ∼60% -33%
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
691 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
190 Points
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System Performance

The 14-incher also set itself apart from our comparison devices in system performance benchmarks. There is a thin spread between the devices in PCMark 10, though. Moreover, you will hardly notice any performance differences in practice. Thanks to its SSD, Windows 10 Home 64-bit boots quickly and responds fairly quickly for long periods.

PCMark 10 - Score
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
GeForce MX250, 1065G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
4289 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
GeForce MX250, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4236 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
GeForce MX250, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4192 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
GeForce MX250, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
4148 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1144 - 5500, n=120)
4041 Points ∼94% -6%

Storage Devices

The performance of the built-in SSD meets our expectations for a 1,000-Euro (~$1,109) multimedia laptop. The 1 TB SSD in our review unit is a Toshiba XG6 drive that sprints easily past our comparison devices, although this is mostly because of its higher capacity. While it has strong read speeds, the write speeds of our review unit's SSD are particularly impressive.

HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-22%
-39%
-36%
Write 4K
181.6
157.6
-13%
130.1
-28%
149.9
-17%
Read 4K
57.41
46.39
-19%
27.64
-52%
46.13
-20%
Write Seq
1982
1214
-39%
1438
-27%
969.9
-51%
Read Seq
1899
1295
-32%
1319
-31%
1085
-43%
Write 4K Q32T1
509.4
370.7
-27%
323.3
-37%
460.8
-10%
Read 4K Q32T1
544.7
461.1
-15%
359.9
-34%
410.3
-25%
Write Seq Q32T1
3072
1887.9
-39%
1454
-53%
662.4
-78%
Read Seq Q32T1
3281
3540.2
8%
1740
-47%
1728
-47%
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3281 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3072 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 544.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 509.4 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1899 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1982 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 57.41 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 181.6 MB/s

Graphics Card

In terms of a dedicated graphics card, HP has chosen to equip the Pavilion 14 with a low-end GPU to match its intended use as a mobile device. NVIDIA bases the GeForce MX250 on its Pascal architecture, while also including 384 shader units. Our review unit comes with the 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM edition, whereas most GeForce MX250-powered competitors only have the 2 GB version. Even the 4 GB version has limited uses though because of its low raw power.

3DMark 11 Performance
4850 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1223 points
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In order to check the clock speed behaviour of the Pavilion 14's 14 nm chip, we ran The Witcher 3 for approximately 60 minutes at 1920x1080 and maximum details. The GPU averaged 1,683 MHz during this test, which is fairly good for a GeForce MX250. This is especially true considering that the card has a 1,519 MHz base clock.

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HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng GeForce MX250, 1065G7, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02: Ø11.2 (7-15)

Nevertheless, the GPU performance of our review unit usually ranks behind its opponents in synthetic benchmarks. The Pavilion 14 finished bottom in our Fire Strike 3DMark 11 and 13 comparison tables, for example. Incidentally, the device supports NVIDIA Optimus, meaning that it can switch between GPUs to reduce power consumption and improve battery life.

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Multimedia
  (142 - 4734, n=77)
1606 Points ∼100% +45%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
1111 Points ∼69% +1%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
1105 Points ∼69%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
1090 Points ∼68% -1%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
3720 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
3705 Points ∼100% +3%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
3616 Points ∼97% +1%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
3580 Points ∼96%
Average of class Multimedia
  (337 - 16100, n=431)
2991 Points ∼80% -16%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
4942 Points ∼100% +7%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
4756 Points ∼96% +3%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
4633 Points ∼94% 0%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
4614 Points ∼93%
Average of class Multimedia
  (352 - 20837, n=656)
3120 Points ∼63% -32%

Gaming Performance

Notwithstanding that it occasionally generates significantly higher frame rates than the integrated Iris Plus Graphics G7, modern games often overwhelm the DirectX 12-capable GeForce MX250. Most titles only run smoothly in 1080p at medium graphics, if at all. In many cases, you must turn down the graphics and even the resolution to achieve playable and stable frame rates. Only undemanding or older titles like FIFA 20 and Prey can be played at higher graphics levels in 1080p.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.8 - 117, n=119)
30.7 fps ∼100% +63%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
GeForce MX250, 8565U
20.4 fps ∼66% +9%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
GeForce MX250, 8265U
19.8 fps ∼64% +5%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
GeForce MX250, 8565U
19.1 fps ∼62% +2%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
GeForce MX250, 1065G7
18.8 (min: 15) fps ∼61%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.2 - 206, n=116)
47.3 fps ∼100% +41%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
GeForce MX250, 8565U
37.9 fps ∼80% +13%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
GeForce MX250, 8565U
36.8 fps ∼78% +10%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
GeForce MX250, 8265U
34.5 fps ∼73% +3%
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
GeForce MX250, 1065G7
33.5 (min: 26) fps ∼71%

If you like playing current games, then we would recommend considering a laptop with at least a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Better still, a GeForce GTX 1650 would be more capable, but both will reach their limits much later than a GeForce MX250 would. Laptops with these GPUs are not necessarily more expensive than the Pavilion 14, either.

low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 56.4 33.5 18.8 10.9 fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 118 53.9 32.1 27 fps
Prey (2017) 108 46.2 36.4 30.1 fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017) 64 27 19 15 fps
ELEX (2017) 53.9 25.4 20.6 15.6 fps
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017) 79.1 25.4 21.8 18.7 fps
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018) 50.7 21.9 18.7 12.7 fps
The Crew 2 (2018) 43.9 20.2 19.5 16.5 fps
Control (2019) 41 14 10.1 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 52.9 20.7 13.4 10.2 fps
FIFA 20 (2019) 120 82.4 76.8 62.5 fps
Ghost Recon Breakpoint (2019) 36 19 17 12 fps
GRID 2019 (2019) 65.2 25.2 20.3 11.8 fps
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 (2019) 41.7 23.3 19.4 15.9 fps
Need for Speed Heat (2019) 41.1 20.2 18.4 15.3 fps
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order (2019) 29.4 22.5 18.1 fps
Red Dead Redemption 2 (2019) 20.9 15.2 9.8 6.2 fps

Emissions

Fan Noise

In our eyes, the biggest weakness of the Pavilion 14 is its fan control. The device often behaves as quiet as a mouse when idling. However, the fan occasionally spins up to 36 dB(A), and seemingly for no reason. The pitch is generally quite unpleasant too. Additionally, innocuous tasks like starting programs and installing programs cause the fan to spin up towards 40 dB(A), which is also annoying.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.234.534.132.632.733.62537.543.643.735.836.837.43130.133.53330.129.231.34034.335.432.435.132.835.35039.1323338.627.940.66338.538.140.134.529.438.18035.633.7283427.23510040.228.125.427.725.240.812530.829.126.527.726.83216031.53329.734.22832.220028.727.225.427.623.828.625029.925.124.526.521.730.731528.825.722.322.920.428.640033.425.823.121.119.333.55003325.322.320.719.132.463033.12622.620.817.533.78003426.523.51816.934.110003527.724.417.717.335.2125036.929.326.219.418.436.8160038.930.626.918.217.138.9200039.531.728.617.816.839.7250040.333271816.840.231504128.122.917.916.940.54000392420.717.91739500033.822.419.518.217.333.763003220.418.417.81732800027.11918.318.116.727.11000024.518.618.21816.724.11250023.218.618.218.116.722.51600022.51918.31816.620SPL49.340.336.531.529.749.3N6.53.22.41.71.36.5median 33.1median 26median 23.1median 18.2median 17.3median 33.5Delta4.23.13.232.14.4hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng

Even under load, the 14-inch laptop is noticeably louder than our comparison devices. Our review unit peaked at between 47 and 49 dB(A) during our tests, which is loud enough to need to have headphones to hand as we have learned from real high-end laptops. In short, the fan behaviour of our review unit disappointed across the board. HP should urgently tune the fan curve to not scare off buyers.

Noise Level

Idle
31 / 36 / 41 dB(A)
Load
49 / 49 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30 dB(A)
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
1065G7, GeForce MX250
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
8265U, GeForce MX250
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
8565U, GeForce MX250
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
8565U, GeForce MX250
Average of class Multimedia
 
Noise
20%
13%
16%
11%
off / environment *
30
29.3
2%
29.9
-0%
28
7%
31.2 (22 - 304, n=194)
-4%
Idle Minimum *
31
29.3
5%
29.9
4%
28
10%
31.1 (27.8 - 40.1, n=995)
-0%
Idle Average *
36
29.3
19%
29.9
17%
28
22%
31.9 (27.8 - 42.2, n=997)
11%
Idle Maximum *
41
29.3
29%
29.9
27%
30
27%
32.6 (27.8 - 47, n=997)
20%
Load Average *
49
34.4
30%
41.7
15%
41.4
16%
36.5 (28.9 - 51.8, n=997)
26%
Witcher 3 ultra *
47
34.4
27%
41.5
12%
Load Maximum *
49
34.9
29%
41.7
15%
41.5
15%
41.9 (32.5 - 62.7, n=997)
14%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Surface temperatures are much less spectacular. Our review unit peaked at 47 °C during our tests, both on the top and bottom of its chassis. These temperatures occurred after a 60-minute stress test with FurMark and Prime95, and are acceptable in our opinion. Conversely, surface temperatures remain pleasantly cool at idle and do not exceed 30 °C.

System information while playing The Witcher 3
System information while playing The Witcher 3
System information during a FurMark and Prime95 stress test
System information during a FurMark and Prime95 stress test
Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load

Internal components do not overheat, either. While the GeForce MX250 settles at around 74 °C during 3D tasks, the Core i7-1065G7 maintains a good 70 °C during The Witcher 3 and 80 °C under full load.

Max. Load
 42 °C
108 F
47 °C
117 F
46 °C
115 F
 
 32 °C
90 F
45 °C
113 F
46 °C
115 F
 
 27 °C
81 F
31 °C
88 F
32 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 47 °C = 117 F
Average: 38.7 °C = 102 F
46 °C
115 F
47 °C
117 F
38 °C
100 F
42 °C
108 F
39 °C
102 F
29 °C
84 F
28 °C
82 F
26 °C
79 F
25 °C
77 F
Maximum: 47 °C = 117 F
Average: 35.6 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  45 °C = 113 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.7 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 47 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 47 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 38.6 °C / 101 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32 °C / 89.6 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (-3 °C / -5.4 F).
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
1065G7, GeForce MX250
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
8265U, GeForce MX250
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
8565U, GeForce MX250
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
8565U, GeForce MX250
Average of class Multimedia
 
Heat
5%
-15%
-6%
-6%
Maximum Upper Side *
47
41.8
11%
53.7
-14%
45.4
3%
41.8 (27.2 - 71, n=953)
11%
Maximum Bottom *
47
43.3
8%
56
-19%
40.8
13%
45.1 (28.5 - 82, n=953)
4%
Idle Upper Side *
25
25.1
-0%
28.4
-14%
29.6
-18%
29.6 (21.1 - 40.2, n=805)
-18%
Idle Bottom *
26
25.4
2%
28.9
-11%
31.2
-20%
30.9 (21.5 - 44.4, n=805)
-19%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.730.82536.835.53129.229.74032.836.65027.939.56329.437.38027.235.610025.232.512526.832.51602834.620023.842.725021.75631520.461.440019.367.350019.170.163017.572.580016.967.7100017.369.1125018.472.4160017.176.7200016.873.5250016.872315016.973.240001775.7500017.375.163001773800016.766.61000016.770.11250016.767.91600016.655.3SPL29.785N1.363.7median 17.3median 69.1Delta2.19.432.63028.626.626.826.527.828.124.32823.225.223.52523.232.22135.120.641.121.150.720.653.120.453.620.558.919.861.419.560.318.85718.462.117.561.217.362.516.85716.257.115.956.215.66015.655.115.449.215.241.915.243.61538.714.742.329.370.51.226.6median 17.5median 55.12.48.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Pavilion 14-ce3040ngLenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 48% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 32% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 61% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 10.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | reduced highs - on average 5.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 58% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 42% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management

Power Consumption

Thanks to the mixture of NVIDIA Optimus technology and energy-efficient hardware, the Pavilion 14 uses little power. Our review unit consumed between 4 and 10 W when idling idle consumption, which is on par with most of our comparison devices. The same applies to power consumption under load, where the Pavilion 14 consumes between 58 and 64 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.7 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 7 / 10 Watt
Load midlight 62 / 64 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
1065G7, GeForce MX250
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
8265U, GeForce MX250
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
8565U, GeForce MX250
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
8565U, GeForce MX250
Average of class Multimedia
 
Power Consumption
12%
1%
-25%
-86%
Idle Minimum *
4
2.74
31%
4.4
-10%
6
-50%
11.4 (2.1 - 101, n=952)
-185%
Idle Average *
7
5.64
19%
6.9
1%
10.3
-47%
16 (3 - 122, n=952)
-129%
Idle Maximum *
10
8.4
16%
9.9
1%
10.5
-5%
19.5 (4.6 - 181, n=952)
-95%
Load Average *
62
61.3
1%
55
11%
69.1
-11%
60 (18.5 - 164, n=931)
3%
Load Maximum *
64
69.4
-8%
63.4
1%
88
-38%
78.1 (20.1 - 329, n=936)
-22%
Witcher 3 ultra *
58
49.2
15%
57.8
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Pavilion 14 should have relatively good battery life, but it falls short of its potential because of its comparatively small 41 Wh battery. The Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL and Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G surpass 6 hours of internet browsing at medium brightness with runtimes of 6:54 hours and 8:25 hours, respectively. The situation is similar in the Battery Eater tool. Instead of 13 to 21.5 hours, the Pavilion 14 "only" manages 11.5 hours, which is still a decent result. Under sustained load, our review unit checks out after an hour.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 34min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 08min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 9min
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng
1065G7, GeForce MX250, 41 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14IWL
8265U, GeForce MX250, 48 Wh
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
8565U, GeForce MX250, 48 Wh
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
8565U, GeForce MX250, 42 Wh
Average of class Multimedia
 
Battery Runtime
49%
31%
1%
-5%
Reader / Idle
694
1281
85%
773
11%
655
-6%
415 (73 - 2085, n=902)
-40%
WiFi v1.3
368
505
37%
414
13%
306
-17%
368 (96 - 942, n=270)
0%
Load
69
87
26%
117
70%
86
25%
85.7 (32 - 238, n=906)
24%
H.264
495
388
366 (114 - 1053, n=111)

Pros

+ high-quality impression (materials, build quality)
+ contrast-rich and bright display
+ compact dimensions
+ lightweight
+ stylish design

Cons

- somewhat meagre connectivity
- the keyboard could be better
- backlight bleeding
- annoying fan noise

Verdict

HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng laptop review. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de.
HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng laptop review. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de.

At first glance, the Pavilion 14-ce3040ng gives off a pretty good impression.

The stylish design, which is partly made of aluminium, impressed us for being lightweight and compact. This makes the device particularly well suited for frequent use on-the-go.

Its bright and contrast-rich display is another selling point and sets the 14-incher apart from the competition. On the other hand, its input devices, connectivity and battery life are only good enough for the middle of the pack.

HP has made a decisive mistake with the fan curve, though. The fan reaches 40 dB(A) even when idling and almost 50 dB(A) under load. In its current state, we would recommend that you look elsewhere unless you are not put off by loud and irritating fans.

HP Pavilion 14-ce3040ng - 01/20/2020 v7
Florian Glaser

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
73%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
52 / 80 → 65%
Weight
68 / 20-72 → 93%
Battery
70 / 95 → 73%
Display
84%
Games Performance
62 / 90 → 69%
Application Performance
90 / 90 → 100%
Temperature
87%
Noise
64 / 95 → 67%
Audio
75%
Average
73%
79%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Florian Glaser, 2020-01-20 (Update: 2020-01-20)
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