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HP Pavilion 14 (2022) Review: Build Your Own Budget Laptop


The HP Pavilion 14 is a funds laptop computer that appears and performs above its worth. At 3.2 kilos (1.4 kilograms), the laptop computer can simply be a every day carry for college or work. It may be a superb residence workplace laptop computer that may be simply related to a monitor, keyboard and mouse at a desk, but additionally has a display screen that is comfortably massive sufficient for full-time use. It is only a stable on a regular basis laptop computer with a clear design. 

The 14-inch laptop computer is obtainable preconfigured or could be custom-made with costs beginning at $650. HP gives quite a lot of choices together with AMD and Intel processors, discrete graphics and even a alternative of 4 physique colours. It provides you loads of room to discover a stability between your funds and efficiency wants. However even maxed out, the Pavilion 14 is $1,340. And that is earlier than any reductions to sweeten the deal. (Learn on for extra pricing particulars, together with worldwide costs.)

Like

  • Many configuration choices together with discrete graphics
  • Enticing, light-weight design with a superb port assortment

Do not Like

  • Flex in keyboard deck, lid
  • Battery life may disappoint

The preconfigured mannequin I examined is generally $800, which is not dangerous for a 14-inch 1080p laptop computer with a Twelfth-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 16GB of reminiscence and a 256GB SSD. However on the time of this evaluation, this mix is simply $550. The HP Pavilion 14 can also be obtainable within the UK and Australia with AMD processors with costs beginning at £630 and AU$1,499 — these are marked down additionally, to £400 and AU$1,199.

It is common for sure fashions and configurations to cycle on and off sale. So in case you can afford to attend for a reduction, it is undoubtedly value it as a result of it may be important. For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, HP even has reductions on the Intel and AMD customizable variations — a rarity — so you may select the precise specs you need. 

HP Pavilion 14 (2022)

Worth as reviewed $800
Show measurement/decision 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 show
CPU 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-1235U
Reminiscence 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM
Graphics 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD
Ports USB-C (10Gbps), USB-A (x2, 5Gbps), HDMI 2.1, combo audio jack
Networking MediaTek Wi-Fi 6 MT7921 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.2 combo
Working system Home windows 11 House

The element selections embody two AMD processors and three Intel chips as much as a Core i7-1255U. With the Intel mannequin, you may add an entry-level 2GB Nvidia GeForce MX550 graphics processor for low-res gaming and easy content material creation. The Pavilion 14 will also be arrange with 8GB, 12GB or 16GB of reminiscence and as much as a 1TB solid-state drive. What’s good is neither the reminiscence nor storage is soldered onto the motherboard, and it is simple sufficient to get contained in the laptop computer so you may probably add extra RAM or a bigger, quicker SSD later in case you begin with a inexpensive construct. 

The laptop computer’s energy adapter makes use of a barrel connector, however you may as well use the USB-C port for charging.


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HP additionally gives a alternative of three shows. All of them are full HD (1,920×1,080 pixels). My evaluation laptop computer had the bottom show, which, like the remainder of the configuration, is okay for normal use. It is not particularly vivid — it is rated at 250 nits — and the shiny coating is not perfect in case you usually work close to vivid home windows or lights. From this show, you may step as much as a touchscreen. The highest choice has a rated brightness of 400 nits and a 100% sRGB colour vary, making it your best option in case you’ll be enhancing pictures or movies or need higher colour basically. 

HP Pavilion 14 laptop keyboard.

The Pavilion 14 has a snug backlit keyboard. 


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One of many few issues that may’t be upgraded is the webcam. It is a 720p HD digital camera that was normal earlier than everybody began spending extra time on video calls and it actually requires loads of gentle for an honest image. It might be good if an improve to HP’s 5-megapixel webcam have been obtainable. HP does embody its Enhanced Lighting app that turns a part of your show into a hoop gentle that can assist you look a bit higher on digital camera. 

If the webcam is necessary to you, take into account the Pavilion 14 Plus. It is a bit costlier however provides the 5-megapixel webcam for sharper, extra detailed movies, a second USB-C port and a microSD card slot, a fingerprint reader, higher-performance processors and graphics and an OLED show choice. 

HP Pavilion 14 laptop open and showing the lid with an HP logo and facing to the left on a wood table with a black curtain behind it.

The Pavilion 14 has a metallic lid and the physique is constructed from metallic and plastics together with recycled ocean-bound plastic.


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Total, HP put collectively a stable budget-friendly laptop computer with the Pavilion 14. There are a few comparatively minor shortcomings. Battery life is not nice. It hit 6 hours, 51 minutes on our streaming video rundown take a look at with the show at 50% brightness and quantity by means of earbuds at 50%. Additionally, there’s flex within the lid and keyboard deck. It is notably noticeable within the heart of the keyboard and once you press on the touchpad. It simply makes this nice-looking laptop computer really feel cheaper. 

In any other case, given its worth, the HP Pavilion 14 is a extremely likable laptop computer. If longer battery life is necessary and you do not thoughts going smaller, strongly take into account the Pavilion Aero 13. It is additionally effectively priced and lasted for greater than 10 hours in our checks, plus it solely weighs 2 kilos. Exterior of HP, take into account the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i. This two-in-one is barely costlier however outperformed the Pavilion 14, has longer battery life and has options like a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port, an SD card reader, a 1080p webcam with a privateness shutter and a fingerprint reader. 

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

The checklist of benchmarking software program we use modifications over time because the gadgets we take a look at evolve. Crucial core checks we’re at present operating on each suitable pc embody: Primate Labs Geekbench 5, Cinebench R23, PCMark 10 and 3DMark Hearth Strike Extremely

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

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

Dell Inspiron 14 7420 2-in-1

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Cinebench R23 CPU (multicore)

Dell Inspiron 14 7420 2-in-1

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

PCMark 10 Professional Version

Dell Inspiron 14 7420 2-in-1

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Wild Life Excessive Limitless

Dell Inspiron 14 7420 2-in-1

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Streaming video playback battery drain take a look at (minutes)

Dell Inspiron 14 7420 2-in-1

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

System Configurations

HP Pavilion 14 Home windows 11 House; 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-1235U; 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 256GB SSD
HP Laptop computer 17 Home windows 11 House; 2.3GHz AMD Ryzen 5625U; 8GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM; 512GB Intergrated AMD Radeon Graphics; 256GB SSD
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i Home windows 11 House; 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-1235U; 16GB DDR4 4,266MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 512GB SSD
Dell Inspiron 14 7420 2-in-1 Home windows 11 House; 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-1255U; 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 512GB SSD
Acer Aspire 5 A515-57 Home windows 11 House; 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-1235U; 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 512GB SSD

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