Review HP Pavilion Aero 13 With Zen 3 Ryzen 5800U – Less than 1KG

hey everybody it’s lon seidman we’re taking a look today at a pretty cool little laptop from hp this is the pavilion aero 13. it’s got a nice display here it is super lightweight and it’s powered by a new amd ryzen processor we’re going to take a closer look at this laptop and what it’s all about in just a second but i do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that this is on loan from hp so we’re done with this it goes back to them all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own no one is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approve what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what this laptop is all about now the price point on this starts at around 749 dollars and goes up from there there are a lot of different configurable options on this one the review loaner that we have in here probably retails for around a thousand dollars as configured and i think it’s actually a pretty fair price for the performance that you’ll see out of it in a few minutes now all of the different models have a 13 inch display this is running at 1920 by 1200 by default and that is a 16 by 10 aspect ratio display what that means is that you’ve got a little bit more vertical real estate on this than you would out of a standard 1080p laptop so when you’re browsing the web and doing things like that you have a little bit more room for text it’s very good for productivity as well the display goes up to 400 nits runs at 60 hertz and covers 100 percent of srgb so this might be useful for video editing and photo editing as well now they do have a 2560 by 1600 display option for this laptop that of course costs more money i don’t think it’s worth it i think this looks really nice at the 1920×1200 resolution at this size and i think you’ll be fine going with the lower cost display option on this model now this version of the laptop has a ryzen 5800u processor on board you can also get a slightly less expensive 5600u version of it the 5800u chip has more processor cores it has eight versus six on the other one and those extra cores will give you better

performance for computationally intensive tasks like video editing audio editing gaming and that sort of thing if you’re more of a casual user i think you’ll be fine with the 5600 but if you want to do anything beyond casual it doesn’t hurt to have the extra bump in processing performance this model has 16 gigabytes of ram on board it’s in dual channel configuration and it’s running at 3200 megahertz you cannot though upgrade the ram so whatever ram you pick at the beginning is what you’ll have for life my recommendation is go with the 16 it’ll give you the most longevity out of the system as software gets more complex and more memory hungry and these will work with windows 11 when it comes out so it meets all of the security requirements for that the solid state drive on this one is 512 gigabytes it isn’t nvme and is replaceable if you want to take the computer apart to get in there so you can at least upgrade the storage but not the ram now it’s really surprised by how light this is it comes in at just under a kilogram or 2.2 pounds so if you’re looking for something really lightweight this will definitely fit the bill and it doesn’t feel cheap either it’s got a nice magnesium aluminum alloy here so it stays rigid it doesn’t flex at all it’s got a very nice firm feel to it yet it just weighs practically nothing so i was really happy with that overall build quality the display doesn’t go back too far it just goes to about here what you will see though is that it will angle the keyboard up the lower the display gets the displays by the way are not touch screens though so you will have to use the trackpad here speaking of which let’s take a look at the keyboard and trackpad on this one kind of your standard hp layout the one they sent me does not have a backlit

keyboard but that is an option that you can select when you’re looking for it so be sure to get the one with the backlit keyboard if you want that the keys feel nice they are decently spaced a little springier than i typically like but you can get used to it all in a very efficient use of space here you’ve got a fingerprint reader and then you’ve got a fairly functional trackpad here it tracks pretty accurately you can click it all the way here at the top and still register clicks so overall a decent input and output package although again those keys are a little bit springier than i would like now as for ports we’ve got a bunch of them on this one even though it is thin on the left hand side we’ve got an hdmi output a full size one this is a 2.0 output so it can do 4k at 60 hertz this is a usb a port a full sized one and to get it into the case here because it does kind of taper down they have a little door on it to get your usb stuff connected it’s not hard to work with we’ve seen this design on other hp machines as well now this is a usb type c port this will support video out it will also support data and power so this is a full service port but this is not usb4 nor is it thunderbolt so just be aware of that if you have thunderbolt devices to connect but it’s still a full functional usbc port headphone microphone jack is over here you’ve got two speakers on this one they’re the usual bang olufsens from hp they kind of angle downward they sound okay but if you want a fuller range of sound you’ll definitely want to connect up headphones either through that headphone jack or over bluetooth you got another speaker over here for good stereo separation you’ve got another usb port here with its little door and this is the barrel connector for power so you can plug in power into this port and leave that

usbc available or if you have a docking station you can get both going over the usbc port if you want so you do have a choice as to how to power the laptop and speaking of power there is a 45 watt power adapter in the box with this one doesn’t draw all that much so any one of those usb docking stations out there should be more than adequate to power this thing fully now for battery life you’re looking at about eight to ten hours depending on what you’re doing with it so if you are doing the basics like watching a movie or doing some web browsing and word processing i think you’ll be on the longer side of that 8 to 10 hour estimate just make sure you keep that display brightness down to maximize the longevity of the battery but if you’re doing something more processor intensive like playing games or doing video editing or something along those lines that will certainly eat into the battery life a lot faster so you’ll want to keep your power supply nearby for that now there is a webcam here at the top there is no shutter mechanism on it so you’ll have to put something over it if you do want to block it it runs at 720p nothing spectacular but it’s good enough for doing your zoom calls and web conferencing and of course the processor on board here is more than adequate to handle all of the popular conferencing software that’s out there it’s got some decent microphones built in so you shouldn’t have any problem doing your calls on this device all right let’s take a look now and see how it performs we’ll begin with some web

browsing now i have the laptop connected to my wi-fi 6 network so we’ve got a nice fast connection here but the machine itself is very fast and as you can see it renders in everything very quickly and responsively so between the wi-fi radio and the super fast amd processor on here i think you’ll have a good experience doing the basics and a little bit earlier we checked out youtube running with a 1080p 60 frames per second video and we had a couple of drop frames right when it started out that usually happens but after that everything ran smoothly and at the full frame rate so if you’re looking to watch twitch videos or youtube videos at higher frame rates you should have a good experience there and of course it will do very well with netflix and amazon prime video and all the other services out there too and on the speedometer test we got a score of 181 running google chrome and you can see that puts this right up there with the latest and greatest from intel as well at least on this benchmark now what i want to do is take a look at some fun stuff we ran a bunch of games on this a little bit earlier during a live stream and i was very pleased with what we saw there so let’s have a look so we’re going to start with red dead redemption 2 here this is running at 720p at the absolute lowest settings and we were able to maintain a steady 30 frames per second it would occasionally dip below that a little bit into like the 28-27 territory but by and large it was relatively smooth and playable not 60 but playable on a laptop that weighs two pounds not bad at all we did notice the screen stretched itself out a

little bit here some of the other games did have some aspect ratio settings that prevented that from occurring because remember this is running at a 16 by 10 versus a 16 by 9 aspect ratio next up here is do maternal this was a game that we were able to run at the proper aspect ratio which is why you’ve got the little letterboxing there top and bottom this is running at 1080p believe it or not at ultra nightmare settings and we were getting between 25 and 30 frames per second out of this game with occasional dips in performance when we went to the outdoor areas 720p i think you could maybe get into the 60 frames per second territory with the right settings so really good performance here on another current aaa title next up is one of my favorites no man’s sky this one we ran at 1080p at the standard settings and like a lot of the other games we’ve been looking at we were at pretty much a 30 frames per second frame rate this game varies quite a bit depending on where you are because it does incorporate space travel along with planetary exploration so if i jump ahead here a little bit in the video you can see what it looks like on the surface of a planet so it was a little below 30 sometimes on the planet but generally it was a 30 frames per second experience at 1080p all good stuff last one here is forza horizon 4 from my game pass account and this was the benchmark that we were running 1080p at medium settings and we were able to maintain 30 frames per second here as well running at that frame rate so it’s really a good

performer we didn’t see a lot of thermal throttling or lag or anything else it seemed to run at the consistent frame rate that you see here once everything got up and running and there is the conclusion of that benchmark test where it was able to maintain an average of about 33 frames per second so all in the new ryzen processor on this one the 5800u performs exceptionally well on this thin and light laptop and that’s not something you could do a couple of years ago now it looks like this can run a good chunk of the currently available games at or above 30 frames per second depending on the game and what kind of horsepower it requires now this thing will not be a triple a game player forever but for now at least with the games that we ran on it you’re able to get playable frame rates either at 1080 or 720p and on the 3dmark time spy benchmark test we got a score of 1171 and this is where we have to get into the weeds a little bit because you’re going to see on the list here another recent ryzen computer this hp 15z ef 2000 that came in at around the same score with a processor that’s actually running with a prior generation architecture and i’ve got to put this slide up just to show you what i’m talking about here so right now amd is offering a lot of different laptop processors some are running with their older zen 2 architecture and some are running with the new zen3 so the 5800u and this one has the zen 3 along with the 5600 u on the lower

cost option but there’s a lot of other laptops out there running with the zen 2 architecture even though these chips are also brand new and on this machine at least we’re not seeing much of a difference between what i’ve seen on the zen 2 laptops versus this one from the current generation of chips that doesn’t mean that zen 3 is slower than zen 2 or the same as n2 but i think it’s all in how you configure these machines to take advantage of the processor so i think there’s more potential in the chip than this laptop is able to get out of it based on the power that it is consuming and likely some challenges related to cooling a thin and light laptop so if you just bought one of those 5700u laptops know that this one at least with the 5800u isn’t performing all that much differently at least on the benchmarks that we ran and the game performance should be pretty close as well but i’m sure we will see laptops that better tune for this chip that might deliver better performance but right now it’s about even based on what i have seen so far and on the 3d mark stress test we got a score of 96.2 percent and you can see what temperature the processor was running at at the conclusion of that test now that is just below a passing score 97 is passing i have a feeling if we ran that test a couple more times we might see some that get up to 97 and some that get slightly below it what it does tell me is that it’s able to cool itself off efficiently and like i mentioned

earlier we didn’t see a lot of thermal throttling going on or any really when we were playing the games as we were testing things out so i think it’s going to be a very consistent performer now it does of course have an active cooling system with a fan it draws air in through the bottom so you’re going to want to keep that bottom clear and it exhausts it out from the back of the keyboard deck here the fan is surprisingly quiet it really doesn’t get that loud even when it’s running one of these benchmarks that really stresses all aspects of the processor so i was very pleased with how quiet it is typically when it’s sitting here on the desk doing web browsing and some of the basics you won’t hear the fan at all but it was good to see that it was able to maintain a consistent level of performance without an obnoxious running fan but i do think they probably compromised a little bit on the potential of the 5800u on board to get to that balance of fan noise and performance consistency now we also took a look at linux and i’ve got some bad news here now it looks okay right it’s got video detected properly everything seems to be snappy and running as you would expect but unfortunately it’s got one of those real tech wi-fi things on board and it was not able to detect the wi-fi so you’ll have to find some other way to get your wireless connected audio and everything else worked just great but

the wi-fi was not detected so you will have to jump through some hoops to get linux running on it if you’re able to do that and find the right drivers i think you’ll have a good experience with linux with this but out of the box it did not detect the wi-fi but overall as a windows machine i like this one quite a bit it is super lightweight as you saw it performs great even playing some aaa games i love the display and how they were able to cram as much display in as they could into this form factor and i think for the price point here this is a very good value and something that i am comfortable recommending that’s going to do it for now until next time this is lon seidman thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by supporters including gold level supporters chris allegretta tom albrecht jim callagher hot sauce and video games and brian parker if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to lawn dot tv support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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