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HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine

The upgraded HP Pavilion has received modern hardware and a set of features

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HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop is The Powerful Thinnest Machine to date. The prefix “Plus” in the title is not tied to the dimensions of the new model. The upgraded HP Pavilion has received modern hardware and a set of features that are often exclusive to the more expensive Envy or Specter series laptops. Did you have to cut other features of the Pavilion Plus 14 for this?

"HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine"
HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine

The HP Pavilion the powerful thinnest machine is an advanced version of the standard Pavilion 14. This model received high-performance processors of the Intel Core-H series and an OLED screen with a 16:10 format. The standard Pavilion 14, for comparison, is based on Core-U and carries a standard IPS display.

Our test unit has a Core i7-12700H processor with Iris Xe integrated graphics, a 16:10 90Hz 1800p OLED screen, and costs just $850. In the table below we have given other configurations of this model. Competitors of the Pavilion Plus 14 are mid-range 14-inch ultrabooks from other manufacturers: Asus VivoBook Pro 14, Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro, and MSI Modern 14.

"HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine"
HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine

Design and Features

HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine inherited the aluminum body from the Pavilion 14 even though the hardware has been changed – probably to reduce the final cost. If HP decided on a complete redesign of the model, then in terms of quality and level it would already begin to compete with more expensive representatives of the Envy series, which the manufacturer would naturally like to avoid. However, the Pavilion Plus 14 still has some minor differences: the laptop has become somewhat thinner visually due to the changed shape of the tray, while the actual case thickness has decreased by 0.7 mm.

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"HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine"
HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine

The base of the case turned out to be solid and only minimally deformable. The lid with a plastic screen frame is much more flexible and flexes a lot. The build quality and body materials are similar to the Vivobook and IdeaPad series models.

Compared to the HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine, the hull has decreased in width but has increased in length due to the transition to a 16:10 ratio. The weight of the device remained the same – 1.4 kg.

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Equipment

The range of ports is almost the same as the standard Pavilion 14, and there is only one noticeable change: HP got rid of the proprietary power connector in favor of USB Type-C. Probably in the near future, all models of the Pavilion series will switch to charging via USB Type-C.

"HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine"
HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine

The location of the ports is not the most convenient, as many connectors are located on the right side, and devices connected to them can interfere with the use of the mouse.

Thunderbolt, unfortunately, is missing – HP probably decided to leave it as a distinctive feature of the more expensive Envy and Specter models.

"HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine"
HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine

Card Reader

The card reader accepts only microSD cards, has a spring-loaded locking mechanism, and provides a speed of about 80 MB / s. The speed is normal considering the price of the laptop, and HP’s more expensive laptops like the Specter x360 14 are up to 3x faster.

Webcam

The model has a 5 MP webcam, while most laptops have 1 MP cameras. Due to this, the image of the Pavilion Plus 14 is clearer and of higher quality. The webcam shutter is missing, as is the optional IR camera required for Windows Hello.

Display

The Pavilion Plus 14 gets Samsung’s 1800p OLED screen, the same one we’ve seen on the Vivobook Pro 14. The picture quality of the two models should be pretty much the same. However, we should point out that HP doesn’t have the extra OLED features that Asus did: blue light filter, flicker-free, anti-burn-in, and easy color profile switching. Otherwise, the screen is exactly the same and it is very difficult to return to 60Hz IPS after it.

"HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine"
HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine

It is important to note that this OLED screen uses PWM at all brightness levels (including 100%) at a frequency of 357 Hz. For OLED screens, the presence of PWM is one of the features, and pulsations at a constant frequency are typical for models with a refresh rate of more than 60 Hz.

The DCI-P3 color gamut is 100%. Most IPS displays in the same price range offer maximum full sRGB coverage, such as the  Yoga Slim 7i Pro 14. However, there is a catch here – the Pavilion’s OLED screen is not factory calibrated, probably to reduce the final cost.

Due to the deep blacks, the OLED screen provides better readability than IPS outdoors even at the same brightness. At the same time, the glossy finish of the OLED screen produces strong reflections in most situations. The maximum brightness is above average and comparable to the Asus Vivobook Pro 14 or Yoga Slim 7i Pro 14.

CPU

Multi-threaded performance is 20% below the Core i7-12700H in our database. The Dell XPS 17 9720  based on the Core i7-12700H outperforms the tested HP by 40-45% in multi-threaded performance, even taking into account the decrease in long-term load. The lag is so significant that the i7-12700H has come close to the Core i5-1240P, which is now only 10-15% slower. Given the dimensions of the model, the performance is more than good, but still, the manufacturer could squeeze more out of this iron.

As mentioned in the introduction, the laptop is available in Core i5-1240P and Core i7-1255U configurations. The version with the i7 U-series is also equipped with a discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050 graphics card – the multi-threaded performance of such a processor will be about ~ 40% lower than that of the tested Core i7-12700H. Unfortunately, Nvidia is not available in Core-P and Core-H configurations – probably due to insufficient cooling efficiency.

With a long-term high load (multi-threaded test in CineBench R15), performance is reduced by 10%.

"HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine"
HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop The Powerful Thinnest Machine

Video Card

Graphics card performance is slightly lower than expected. The frame rate is a couple of frames below the  Iris Xe norm (96 blocks) in our database. Such integrated graphics are capable of running old or undemanding games, but they have already been significantly surpassed by the Radeon 680M.

The RTX 2050 version should be 150-180% faster than Iris Xe.

Quite a strange phenomenon: even after many iterations, the 3DMark score is unstable with the Balanced and Performance profiles. However, the difference is really noticeable in games, as can also be seen in the power consumption measurements in the stress test section below.

 

HP Pavilion Plus 14 eh0097nr

CPU

Intel Core i7-12700H 14 x 1.7 – 4.7 GHz, 60 W PL2 / Short Burst, 45 W PL1 / Sustained, Alder Lake-P

Graphics adapter

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Video: 1400 MHz, Memory: 2667 MHz, DDR4, 30.0.101.1960

RAM

16 GB, DDR4-3200, 19-19-19-43, Soldered

Display

14.00 in. 16:10, 2880 x 1800 pix. 243 ppi, Samsung SDC4170, OLED, glossy: yes, 90 Hz

Motherboard

Intel Alder Lake-P PCH

Data storage

SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3GX013N, 256 GB

Sound card

Intel Alder Lake-P PCH – cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)

Interfaces

4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset, Card Reader: MicroSD

Communications

Realtek Semiconductor RTL8852AE (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0

Dimensions

thickness x width x depth (mm): 18.3 x 313.4 x 224.3

Battery

51 Wh lithium polymer, 3-cell

Operating system

Microsoft Windows 11 Home

Camera

Front camera: 1440p30
main camera: 5 MP

Additionally

Speakers: Stereo, B&O, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, HP Command Center, Omen Gaming Hub, my HP, HP Palette, 12 Months Warranty guarantees in Europe

The weight

1.35 kg, power adapter: 427 g

Price

1000USD

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