The HP Pavilion 14 is a budget laptop that looks and performs above its price. At 3.2 pounds (1.4 kilograms), the laptop can easily be a daily carry for school or work. It could also be a good home office laptop that can be easily connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse at a desk, but also has a screen that's comfortably large enough for full-time use. It's just a solid everyday laptop with a clean design.
The 14-inch laptop isor with prices starting at $650. HP offers a variety of options including AMD and Intel processors, discrete graphics and even a choice of four body colors. It gives you a lot of room to find a balance between your budget and performance needs. But even maxed out, the Pavilion 14 is $1,340. And that's before any discounts to sweeten the deal. (Read on for more pricing details, including international prices.)
- Many configuration options including discrete graphics
- Attractive, lightweight design with a good port assortment
- Flex in keyboard deck, lid
- Battery life might disappoint
The preconfigured model I tested is normally $800, which isn't bad for a 14-inch 1080p laptop with a 12th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 16GB of memory and a 256GB SSD. But at the time of this review,. The HP Pavilion 14 is also available in the UK and Australia with AMD processors with prices and -- those are marked down also, to £400 and AU$1,199.
It's not unusual for certain models and configurations to cycle on and off sale. So if you can afford to wait for a discount, it's definitely worth it because it can be significant. HP will alsoand customizable versions on occasion, so you can choose the exact specs you want.
HP Pavilion 14 (2022)
|Price as reviewed||$800|
|Display size/resolution||14-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display|
|CPU||1.3GHz Intel Core i5-1235U|
|Memory||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 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.2 combo|
|Operating system||Windows 11 Home|
The component choices include two AMD processors and three Intel chips up to a Core i7-1255U. With the Intel model, you can add an entry-level 2GB Nvidia GeForce MX550 graphics processor for low-res gaming and simple content creation. The Pavilion 14 can also be set up with 8GB, 12GB or 16GB of memory and up to a 1TB solid-state drive. What's nice is neither the memory nor storage is soldered onto the motherboard, and it's easy enough to get inside the laptop so you can potentially add more RAM or a larger, faster SSD later if you start with a less expensive build.
HP also offers a choice of three displays. All of them are full HD (1,920x1,080 pixels). My review laptop had the base display, which, like the rest of the configuration, is fine for general use. It's not especially bright -- it's rated at 250 nits -- and the glossy coating isn't ideal if you regularly work near bright windows or lights. From this display, you can step up to a touchscreen. The top option has a rated brightness of 400 nits and a 100% sRGB color range, making it the best choice if you'll be editing photos or videos or want better color in general.
One of the few things that can't be upgraded is the webcam. It's a 720p HD camera that was standard before everyone started spending more time on video calls and it really requires plenty of light for a decent picture. It would be nice if an upgrade to HP's 5-megapixel webcam were available. HP does include its Enhanced Lighting app that turns part of your display into a ring light to help you look a little better on camera.
If the webcam is important to you, consider. It's a little more expensive but adds the 5-megapixel webcam for sharper, more detailed videos, a second USB-C port and a microSD card slot, a fingerprint reader, higher-performance processors and graphics and an OLED display option.
Overall, HP put together a solid budget-friendly laptop with the Pavilion 14. There are a couple of relatively minor shortcomings. Battery life isn't great. It hit 6 hours, 51 minutes on our streaming video rundown test with the display at 50% brightness and volume through earbuds at 50%. Also, there is flex in the lid and keyboard deck. It's particularly noticeable in the center of the keyboard and when you press on the touchpad. It just makes this nice-looking laptop feel cheaper.
Otherwise, given its price, the HP Pavilion 14 is a highly likable laptop. If longer battery life is important and you don't mind going smaller, strongly consider. It's and lasted for more than 10 hours in our tests, plus it only weighs 2 pounds. Outside of HP, consider the . This two-in-one is slightly more expensive but outperformed the Pavilion 14, has longer battery life and has features like a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port, an SD card reader, a 1080p webcam with a privacy shutter and a fingerprint reader.
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|HP Pavilion 14||Windows 11 Home; 1.3GHz Intel Core i5-1235U; 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 256GB SSD|
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