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HP’s Pavilion line of laptops are typically known more for their budget price tags than for premium specs or features. But sometimes the company offers a model that bucks the trend.
That certainly seems to be the case with the new HP Pavilion Plus 14 inch laptop, which is a notebook with an all-metal chassis, support for NVIDIA graphics, and support for up to a high-res OLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate.. The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is also the thinnest HP Pavilion notebook to date. It will be available this week for $799 and up.
The 3.1 pound notebook measures 12.34″ x 8.83″ x 0.72″ at its thickest point and 0.65″ at its thinnest. HP offers two display panel options:
- 14 inch, 2280 x 1800 pixel, OLED, 90 Hz, 500 nits
- 14 inch, 2240 x 1400 pixel, IPS LCD, 60 Hz, 300 nits
There are stereo speaker with B&O audio, a 5MP webcam, dual microphones, and optional support for a fingerprint reader. A backlit keyboard is optional, and a Precision Touchpad is standard.
Ports include two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps) ports, two USB Type-A (5 Gbps), an HDMI 2.1 port, headset jack, and microSD card reader. The lack of Thunderbolt ports might be one of the few features that make it clear this notebook is part of the Pavilion family rather than the more premium Envy or Spectre lineups.
Under the hood the laptop is available with up to 16GB of DDR4-3200 memory (soldered to the mainboard and not user upgradeable), and up to 1TB of PCIe Gen 3 NVMe storage or 512GB of PCIe Gen 4 NVMe storage (this should be user upgradeable).
HP offers up to WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 wireless options, NVIDIA GeForce MX550 and RTX 2050 discrete graphics options, and five different processor options:
- Intel Core i7-12700H (45W, 14-cores, 20-threads)
- Intel Core i5-12500H (45W, 12-cores, 16-threads)
- Intel Core i5-1240P (28W, 12-cores, 16-threads)
- Intel Core i7-1255U (15W, 10-cores, 12-threads)
- Intel Core i5-1235U (15W, 10-cores, 12-threads)
It’s interesting to see PC makers offering processor options ranging from 15 to 45 watt chips in the same chassis, but this doesn’t seem to be unique to HP. Multiple companies have taken a similar approach with Intel’s 12th-gen Core processors, for better or worse, since it takes an enhanced cooling system to dissipate heat from higher-power processors in order to prevent throttling.
HP does note that while all models have dual heat pipes and an active cooling system, some models have a dual fan solution that includes fans that the company says are 36% larger than the previous-gen and bring an 84% increase in air flow.
Models with more power-hungry components will ship with a 90W USB-C power adapter, while lower-power configurations will come with a 65W USB-C adapter. All models feature the same 51 Wh battery.
I’m starting to get worried about being able to avoid having OLED screens in laptops. I know they’ve gotten better about burn in but it still appears that you can’t count on a laptop to last more than 4 years (depending on usage) before it starts to become an embarrassment (not useless, an embarrassment).
I might even go as far as to call OLED in a laptop planned obsolescence.
I’ve wondered about the longevity of OLEDs myself as these things are starting to pop up everywhere. That said, if they can last 5 years of daily use … that’s probably good enough for most people.