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HP Pavilion Plus Laptop computer (14-inch) Evaluation: Finances OLED Magnificence


The 14-inch HP Pavilion Plus is a uncommon instance of a laptop computer the place you are really getting greater than you are paying for. The Plus, because the identify implies, is a bit further in comparison with the common Pavilion laptops. On this case, you get options corresponding to a physique made from recycled aluminum, a 5-megapixel webcam, sturdy Intel Core i7 processing efficiency in our benchmark exams (even outpacing the newest MacBook Air in a few exams), and it is topped off with a stupendous OLED show. 

The OLED show, whereas nice for productiveness and leisure, hurts battery life some, sadly. And you will in all probability wish to take away a lot of the preinstalled software program HP has packed in. However in any other case, the HP Pavilion Plus 14 is an incredible worth. 

Like

  • Glorious efficiency, show for its worth
  • 5-megapixel webcam
  • Engaging all-metal physique

Do not Like

  • OLED show hurts battery life
  • Some software program bloat
  • No digicam shutter, mic mute

Pavilion is HP’s budget-friendly midrange line; not fairly as full-featured as its Envy PCs however a notch above its entry-level fashions referred to as merely HP Laptops. The Pavilion Plus combines some higher-end {hardware}, together with an possibility for entry-level discrete graphics and some options you will not discover on a daily Pavilion, for instance, a 720p HD digicam in comparison with the Plus’ 1080p webcam. 

You will not discover a 2.8K OLED show as an possibility on the common Pavilion laptops, both. In comparison with the standard LCD you’d discover on a Pavilion and different sub-$1,000 laptops, an OLED show has the next distinction ratio, sharper textual content, extra vivid colours and a large shade gamut masking 100% DCI-P3 shade area. The configuration I examined additionally got here with a high-performance Twelfth-gen Core i7 processor and 16GB of reminiscence, coming in at a daily worth of $1,000. Nevertheless, it is usually on sale; it is at the moment solely $800. Within the UK, the Pavilion Plus begins at £799 and in Australia it is AU$1,599.

HP Pavilion Plus Laptop computer 14-eh0097nr

Worth as reviewed $1,000
Show dimension/decision 14-inch 2,880×1,800 show
CPU 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-12700H
Reminiscence 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM (onboard)
Graphics 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD
Networking 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) wi-fi, Bluetooth 5.2
Connections USB Kind-C (10Gbps, x2), USB-A (5Gbps, x2), HDMI 2.1, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot
Working system Home windows 11 Professional
HP Pavilion Plus 14 Laptop close up of ports on the right side of the laptop.

The Pavilion Plus has port assortment, though I want HP had cut up up the USB-C ports for extra versatile charging. 


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For its worth, the Pavilion Plus 14 turned out nice efficiency each basically use and on our benchmark exams (the outcomes of these are on the finish of this evaluate). This is a wonderful decide for college and workplace work, leisure and gaming at low graphics settings or, higher but, cloud gaming. The HP really outperformed the MacBook Air M2 on a number of benchmarks.

In the event you’re contemplating this HP for content material creation, you may wish to configure the Pavilion Plus 14 with its non-obligatory Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050 discrete graphics. It is an entry-level chip however it’ll velocity up rendering occasions in comparison with the built-in graphics in my evaluate laptop computer. And it would not even add an excessive amount of to the value. Graphics efficiency is the place it falls quick in comparison with the Air together with battery life, and by so much. 

HP Pavilion Plus 14 Laptop open, faced right and showing the entire left side of the laptop

The Pavilion Plus 14 is slim and weighs 3.1 kilos (1.4 kilograms).


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OLED shows may look nice however they’re typically energy drains. The Pavilion Plus solely reached 4 hours, 40 minutes on our streaming video check with the show brightness set to 50% and audio performed by way of earbuds with quantity set to 50%. There are issues you are able to do to assist corresponding to preserve your brightness as little as doable and use Home windows’ darkish mode. Even basically use with some energy administration, I averaged about 6 hours of use earlier than I wanted to plug in. The optimistic right here is the HP prices shortly, getting again as much as 50% cost in half-hour. 

The remainder is admittedly fairly nice for its worth, with simply a few nitpicks. The webcam is approach higher than what you’ll’ve discovered at this worth a few years in the past. The image is sharp and detailed and, if you do not have sufficient mild, HP’s Enhanced Lighting app turns a part of your show into a hoop mild. HP additionally has one other app, Duet, that lets you use a pill as a secondary show wirelessly. 

Nevertheless, for each Enhanced Lighting and Duet app, there’s one thing you may probably wish to take away like ExpressVPN, McAfee Private Safety, WildTangent Video games and Reserving.com. Sure, it is how HP is ready to preserve the value low, however anticipate to take care of pop-ups and different annoyances till you uninstall all the things you don’t need. 

Keyboard of the HP Pavilion Plus 14 Laptop sitting on a wooden table.

The backlit keyboard and touchpad are serviceable and there is a fingerprint reader for quicker unlocking. 


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There’s just one different quibble and that is the absence of kill-switches for the digicam and mics. Possibly these are reserved for the higher-end Envy and Spectre traces; you may undoubtedly discover them on these fashions. That is comprehensible, however with the high-res webcam, it additionally is sensible to incorporate them on the Plus mannequin. As a substitute, HP put a shortcut button to seek for emojis, GIFs and symbols. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Once more, pretty minor points within the grand scheme of issues with solely the battery life being a possible deal-breaker. That does not preserve it from being a discount, although. Additionally, it seems from HP’s service video for the Pavilion Plus 14 that each one however the reminiscence is serviceable as a result of it is soldered on. 

HP Pavilion Plus 14 Laptop closed  showing the rear hinge and Pavilion branding laid on a gray microfiber chair.

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If you need one thing with higher battery life, that additionally occurs to be smaller, lighter and a very good worth, contemplate HP’s Pavilion Aero 13. There isn’t any OLED possibility however it’ll run for greater than 10 hours and it solely weighs 2 kilos. In case your coronary heart is ready on getting an OLED, each Asus’ smaller Zenbook S 13 OLED and the 14-inch Acer Swift 3 OLED are value contemplating. They each have higher battery life but additionally value extra. 

The evaluate course of for laptops, desktops, tablets and different computer-like units consists of two elements: efficiency testing underneath managed situations within the CNET Labs and in depth hands-on use by our professional reviewers. This contains evaluating a tool’s aesthetics, ergonomics and options. A closing evaluate verdict is a mixture of each these goal and subjective judgments. 

The checklist of benchmarking software program we use adjustments over time because the units we check evolve. Crucial core exams we’re at the moment operating on each appropriate laptop embrace: Primate Labs Geekbench 5, Cinebench R23, PCMark 10 and 3DMark Fireplace Strike Extremely

A extra detailed description of every benchmark and the way we use it may be present in our How We Take a look at Computer systems web page. 

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

HP Pavilion Plus Laptop computer 14

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2022)

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED (UM5302TA)

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 14

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Cinebench R23 CPU (multicore)

HP Pavilion Plus Laptop computer 14

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED (UM5302TA)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2022)

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 14

Word:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Wild Life Excessive

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2022)

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 14

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED (UM5302TA)

HP Pavilion Plus Laptop computer 14

Word:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

PCMark 10 Professional Version

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED (UM5302TA)

HP Pavilion Plus Laptop computer 14

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 14

Word:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Streaming video playback battery drain check (minutes)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2022)

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED (UM5302TA)

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 14

HP Pavilion Plus Laptop computer 14

Word:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

System Configurations

HP Pavilion Plus Laptop computer 14 Home windows 11 Professional; 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-12700H; 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 256GB SSD
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED Home windows 11 Professional; 2.7GHz AMD Ryzen 7 6800U; 16GB DDR5 6,400MHz; 512MB AMD Radeon Graphics; 1TB SSD
HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 14 Home windows 11 Residence; 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-1255U; 16GB DDR4 4,266MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 1TB SSD
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, M2, 2022) MacOS Monterey 12.4; Apple M2 8-core chip; 8GB RAM; Apple 10-core GPU; 256GB SSD
Acer Swift 3 OLED Home windows 11 Residence; 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-12700H; 16GB DDR5 4,800MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 1TB SSD
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