Many people nowadays are buying beef gaming laptops to meet both their work and gaming needs. However, there is still a special attraction about a slim, lightweight, durable laptop that does not break your bank account. This is where the HP Pavilion 13 comes with its lightweight, slim design and so expensive price tag. But is it really worth the money or would you be better off buying options? In the full review of HP Pavilion 13 below you will find the answer to this question with many more.
HP Pavilion 13 Price in India: 71,999
HP Pavilion 13 Specifications: 13.3-inch 1080p IPS LCD display 11th General Intel Core i5-1135G7 Processor | Intel Xris Xe GPU | 16GB DDR4 RAM 512GB NVMe SSD
Design and build
The HP Pavilion 13 is not really different in terms of design. Silver metal body and black bezel on the border of the display, the laptop feels nothing out of the ordinary. However, that soft look helps you blend in when you’re sitting in a cafe working on your laptop.
The chassis feels stiff in the hand, but there is a small flex in the keyboard area and in the upper id. Although the keyboard flex is manageable, the flexing leadership worries me a little. The edges of the laptop are blunt, which helps when typing for a long time. Also, the USB port, which is quite intelligent for saving contract space.
HP needs to work to distribute the weight for this laptop, as it’s not that great. The laptop could not be opened with one hand, which in my opinion is a missed opportunity.
The hinge feels stiff when using the device. However, the hinge feels a little pressure at the end of the fat, which makes me think the hinge will break.
The laptop comes with an integrated fingerprint sensor, which is a great feature for most. However, I was disappointed with its effectiveness, because it was lagging behind and something was wrong.
Overall, the build quality for the price seems decent and the laptop feels like it could easily last for a few years users. However, I would recommend that you take some care of the laptop and not use it as a rough one.
Keyboard and trackpad
For people like me, the keyboard of a laptop is one of the most important aspects. We need a lot of typing for work stress and a comfortable keyboard makes the job much less tedious.
The keyboard of the HP Pavilion 13 was quite satisfactory and the original ride was good. Typing on the keyboard for a long time was quite comfortable and the key travel was just right. Due to the 13.3-inch display, the keyboard was a bit narrow and there is no dedicated keypad. However, after getting used to the gap, typing is quite easy.
The keyboard has a few dedicated buttons, which is quite simple. If the buttons were customizable I would appreciate it.
The trackpad glass feels quite stiff and the clicks are satisfactory. The trackpad was quite fast, reliable and accurate during my testing. The DPI of the trackpad is not as high as I like, but you can always increase the sensitivity.
The HP Pavilion 13 has a 13.3-inch IPS LCD display, which is decent. The display works like any other IPS LCD whose sub-50,000 will work on laptops. I expected that the laptop would have at least one LED display for a laptop worth more than Rs 70,000.
The IPS LCD was bright enough and detailed. I don’t have the right equipment to measure the color accuracy of the display, however, I think the colors were quite accurate.
While gaming, I missed the high refresh rate of my gaming laptop. However, if you’re just looking for a laptop to get you through your work, the 60Hz display won’t cause you any problems.
Clarity is somewhat inconvenient under direct sunlight, which has made it a bit difficult to work on the porch of my house on a pleasant day.
Overall, the display panel is one that will get you through the workday. At this price, I would expect an LED display.
The HP Pavilion 13 is powered by the latest 11th General Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with 16GB of RAM and an integrated Intel Xris Xe GPU. While it may be jargon for many of you, it’s music to the ears for a technology idiot. The only addition I can ask for here is a good graphics card and that’s it. Note that the RAM is soldered to the board and cannot be removed or expanded.
The laptop was able to easily complete all the basic tasks I had left behind. I didn’t stutter, despite the three-digit openness of the Chrome tab inside the single window. So if you have only basic work under work pressure, this will be a perfect laptop for you.
Now towards more demanding work, gaming on laptops is a big one if it is due to not having a dedicated graphics card. Basic games like CS: GO work perfectly fine, but many of the newer claimed titles weren’t playable, many didn’t even open. Editing basic video in Adobe Premiere Pro was fun and easy, taking about 14 minutes to render a full 5 minute HD video. However, the machine struggles a lot when editing heavy load renders.
Android Studio has done a good job, the laptop is able to easily handle app development and testing.
The laptop works quite well under the pressure of work when the GPU is not heavy. There is some thermal throttling under the increased work pressure but this was expected due to the thinner and lighter profile.
For the battery, the device has a 43Whr battery, which is decent enough. During daily use, including typing, browsing the internet, and watching a few YouTube videos, the device was able to give me about 7 to 8 hours of battery life. The laptop lasts about six hours under heavy work pressure.
The laptop comes with a 65W charging brick, which fills the entire battery in about 3 hours.
The HP Pavilion 13 is priced at Rs 71,990 and is capable of captivating the laptop for that price. It punched his weight and won a few. The only elements that hold me back are the soft design and the IPS LCD display. In addition to these flaws, the laptop is quite good for the price, good performance, battery, speakers and much more. It will easily manage you for a few years without any major problems.
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