HP's best Pavilion laptop yet with AMD Ryzen and 16:10 display is now shipping starting at $749 USD
The Pavilion Aero 13 is a full-fledged redesign of the series that elevates it closer to what the Envy or Spectre series has to offer. A fully loaded AMD configuration comes in at under $1000 USD but with faster multi-thread performance than most Core i7 models.
HP Pavilion laptops are typically seen as bottom-of-the-barrel products, but many of the later models are actually quite good with certain features inspired by the pricier Envy and Spectre series. The latest model is the Pavilion Aero 13 which is a head-to-toe makeover of previous generation models for an even better user experience.
The first major change on the Pavilion Aero 13 is its new 16:10 display aspect ratio whereas previous models were all 16:9. This means that the display is slightly taller without needing to increase the size of the overall chassis. Secondly, the system runs on the newest AMD Ryzen CPUs ranging from the Zen 2 Ryzen 5 5600U up to the Zen 3 Ryzen 7 5800U. These processors are as fast as sometimes even faster than the latest 11th gen Tiger Lake-U solutions from Intel.
Downsides include the lack of Thunderbolt support which likely isn't going to bother most users in this price range. Expect our full review on the Pavilion Aero 13 in the days ahead.
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