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HP Pavilion Plus Laptop (14-inch) Review: Budget OLED Beauty


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 additional in comparison with the common Pavilion laptops. On this case, you get options resembling a physique made from recycled aluminum, a 5-megapixel webcam, robust Intel Core i7 processing efficiency in our benchmark checks (even outpacing the newest MacBook Air in a few checks), 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 may most likely 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

  • Wonderful efficiency, show for its value
  • 5-megapixel webcam
  • Enticing all-metal physique

Do not Like

  • OLED show hurts battery life
  • Some software program bloat
  • No digital camera 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 known 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 digital camera 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 everyday 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 colour gamut overlaying 100% DCI-P3 colour house. 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 value of $1,000. Nonetheless, it is often on sale; it is at present 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 Sort-C (10Gbps, x2), USB-A (5Gbps, x2), HDMI 2.1, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card slot
Working system Home windows 11 Professional

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


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For its value, the Pavilion Plus 14 turned out nice efficiency each normally use and on our benchmark checks (the outcomes of these are on the finish of this evaluation). This is a wonderful choose for varsity 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 will 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 evaluation 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 rather a lot. 

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 would possibly look nice however they’re typically energy drains. The Pavilion Plus solely reached 4 hours, 40 minutes on our streaming video take a look at with the show brightness set to 50% and audio performed by earbuds with quantity set to 50%. There are issues you are able to do to assist resembling preserve your brightness as little as doable and use Home windows’ darkish mode. Even normally 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 rapidly, getting again as much as 50% cost in half-hour. 

The remainder is absolutely fairly nice for its value, with simply a few nitpicks. The webcam is manner higher than what you’d’ve discovered at this value 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 means that you can use a pill as a secondary show wirelessly. 

Nonetheless, for each Enhanced Lighting and Duet app, there’s one thing you will seemingly 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 count on to cope with pop-ups and different annoyances till you uninstall every little thing you do not 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 digital camera and mics. Possibly these are reserved for the higher-end Envy and Spectre traces; you will 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 an alternative, 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 cut price, 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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In order for you one thing with higher battery life, that additionally occurs to be smaller, lighter and a very good worth, think about 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 about on getting an OLED, each Asus’ smaller Zenbook S 13 OLED and the 14-inch Acer Swift 3 OLED are price contemplating. They each have higher battery life but additionally value extra. 

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

The record of benchmarking software program we use modifications over time because the units we take a look at evolve. An important core checks we’re at present working 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)

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

Observe:

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

Observe:

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

Observe:

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

Observe:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Streaming video playback battery drain take a look at (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

Observe:

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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