HP Pavilion Aero 13 specs
Price: $625 (starting); $815 (as reviewed)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
GPU: AMD Radeon
Storage: 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD
Display: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1200-pixel (16:10)
Size: 11.7 x 8.2 x 0.67 inches
Weight: 2.2 pounds
“I’m looking for an inexpensive Windows laptop for doing basic tasks, but it needs to last more than a few years. What should I get?” It’s a reasonable question, and one I get
all the time. My answer is usually the HP Envy 13. It costs less than $1,000 yet acts like a premium notebook.
While I stand by that answer, those looking to save even more money (specced to your liking, the Envy 13 can get dangerously close to a grand) should go with the HP Pavilion Aero 13. Yes, another HP — at this rate, the company is close to owning the “sub-$1K” Windows market.
It may not feel as premium as its pricier relatives, but the Pavilion Aero 13 is every bit as capable. Armed with AMD Ryzen chips, the Aero can compete in a performance battle against notebooks costing twice as much. But isn’t just about the raw power Accompanying its capable engine is a bright and vivid 13.3-inch display, strong battery life, and a selection of ports you don’t typically see nowadays. There are compromises, as is the case with any mainstream laptop, but they hardly seem worth mentioning given everything the Aero 13 brings at this price.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 price and configurations
Searching for a sub-$1,000 laptop with decent specs can seem futile, but the Pavilion Aero might help you along your journey. At $629 for a config with a 1920 x 1200-pixel LCD display, an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, the base Aero 13 should satisfy most consumers.
Power users on a budget should upgrade to the $799 model we reviewed, which flaunts an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
HP Pavilion Aero 13 design
The adage “You get what you pay for” comes to mind as I gaze uninterestedly at the anonymous styling of the Pavilion Aero 13. Compared to the
, the Aero seems like the little brother who gets out-of-fashion hand-me-downs while his sibling flaunts the latest clothing. It starts with the logo. On the lid, you’ll find the meek, circular HP branding — not the most aggressive slanty one on Spectre laptops. Spectre
I could stop there because the Aero isn’t even vanilla; it’s the unflavored greek yogurt of laptops. Alas, it is my job to describe the nondescript. And with that, the Aero is a modestly sized 13-inch clamshell laptop made of a single-colored magnesium alloy. If you want some flavoring, you can swap the silver coating on our review unit with either gold or rose gold (a worthy $15 upcharge).
Keeping pricing in mind, I should praise the slim (but plastic) bezels surrounding the Aero 13’s display, and I prefer these color-matched keys to whatever Apple was thinking with the