On Tuesday, HP launched a brand new line of light-weight shopper laptops referred to as the Pavilion Aero 13.
The latest addition to HP’s inexpensive home-targeted lineup sports activities a robust AMD Ryzen 5000 sequence CPU and a 2.5k decision show at a 16:10 side ratio (2560×1600) and 400 nits of brightness. It weighs lower than 1 kg (2.2 lb).
AMD will get an opportunity to shine
Many of the concrete specs for the Aero 13 lineup are nonetheless lacking—all we all know except for the show specs and weight is that the Aero 13 begins at $749, and its most CPU spec is Ryzen 7 5800. We’re nonetheless ready for particulars on what CPU might be in that $749 system, in addition to how a lot RAM and storage to anticipate.
Considerably unusually for cheap laptop computer strains, the Pavilion Aero 13 is an AMD-only system. In keeping with HP’s preliminary press launch, there might be no Intel choices on both the upper or decrease finish of the road.
AMD Senior Vice President Saeid Moshkelani, commenting on AMD’s collaboration with HP to provide the Aero 13, mentioned that “the HP Pavilion Aero 13 is an AMD-exclusive, powered by our extremely environment friendly AMD ‘Zen 3’ core structure to ship spectacular efficiency and battery life.”
That is in sharp distinction to most rivals within the “small and low-cost, however good” laptop computer area, akin to 2020 editions of Acer’s Swift 3—a reasonable laptop computer that supplied a blazing-fast Ryzen 7 4700U, however solely in choose and steadily difficult-to-find configurations. The vast majority of Swift 3 laptops we have seen on the market provide a lot much less compelling Intel CPUs.
We sit up for the AMD exclusivity on the Aero 13 giving customers a neater time to seek out what they need—and giving AMD a greater likelihood to get customers’ consideration.
Attractiveness, mild weight, Home windows 11 compatibility
Aero 13 would be the first Pavilion laptop computer to characteristic a full magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis and four-sided slim bezel. Will probably be supplied in 4 colours—Pale Rose Gold, Heat Gold, Ceramic White, and Pure Silver—with a sustainability-focused design. HP is utilizing post-consumer recycled and ocean-bound plastics, in addition to water-based paint (lowering VOC emissions). The Aero can be a part of HP Planet Partners—a program designed to streamline and uplift resale, recycling, and reuse efforts.
That top-end chassis, which is analogous to the one present in LG’s ultra-lightweight Gram lineup, contributes to the Aero 13’s startlingly low <1 kg (2.1 lb) projected weight. By comparability, the 2020 Dell XPS 13 and 2019 HP Elite Dragonfly we examined each weighed about 1.2 kg (2.5 lb).
The Aero 13’s show can be a standout within the cheap laptop computer world—HP solely lists a single spec, at 400 nits of brightness (daylight shiny), with 16:10 side ratio, one hundred pc sRGB palette, and 2560×1600 decision. Mixed with the newer, thinner bezels providing a 90 % screen-to-body ratio, we anticipate this laptop computer to look loads higher-end than its price ticket would counsel. HP would not specify the GPU instantly, however we broadly anticipate this lineup to run on Radeon-integrated GPUs solely.
We additionally know that the Aero 13 will provide Wi-Fi 6 networking—although we do not know which chipset—and that it’ll provide “as much as 10.5 hours of battery life,” though the latter statistic is meaningless with out context. (OEMs sometimes assume vital quantities of idle and even suspended time in battery-life estimates.)
HP expects the Aero 13 to be upgradeable to Home windows 11 later this yr—not precisely a shock in a 2021-era laptop computer however good to see as an specific call-out nonetheless.
The underside line
There’s nonetheless loads we do not learn about Pavilion Aero 13—what its lower-end Ryzen CPU might be, how will probably be priced in higher-end configurations, how a lot RAM and storage it’ll provide, and the way its battery will carry out in the actual world, to call a number of points—however we already know sufficient to be enthusiastic about testing one after they turn out to be out there.
The brand new mannequin’s all-Ryzen lineup ought to cut back shopper confusion considerably, and the worth tag will put high-end options akin to its excessive mild weight and shiny, high-res show in attain of customers with funds constraints.
Pavilion Aero 13 laptops are anticipated to be out there from HP’s website in July and from “choose US retailers” later within the fall.