HP Pavilion Plus 14
“The HP Pavilion Plus 14 offers great performance and an OLED display for under $1,000.”
- Excellent productivity performance
- Solid battery life
- Good keyboard and touchpad
- Spectacular OLED display
- Strong value if purchased at Costco
- Lid is a little flexible
- No discrete GPU option
- Audio quality is poor
The new HP Pavilion Plus 14 is one such option. This isn’t a brand-new design, as I reviewed the previous Intel generation last year and found it to be a compelling laptop for the price. This time I’m reviewing the AMD version, which offers some advantages and disadvantages compared to the Intel model. It’s even more affordable, if you buy from the right place, and the 2023 Pavilion Plus 14 is a strong competitor against a growing field of laptops.
|HP Pavilion Plus 14 2023|
|Dimensions||12.63 inches x 8.94 inches x 0.69-0.74 inches|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 7540U
AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
|Graphics||AMD Radeon M780 Graphics|
|Display||14.0-inch 16:10 WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) IPS
14.0-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) IPS
14.0-inch 16:10 2.8K (2,880 x 1,800) OLED, 120Hz
|Ports||2 x USB-C
1 x USB-A
1 x HDMI 2.1
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3|
|Webcam||5MP with infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello facial recognition|
|Operating system||Windows 11|
The AMD version of the Pavilion Plus 14 starts at $850 for a Ryzen 5 7540U CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 14.0-inch WUXGA IPS display. All models are limited to integrated AMD Radeon 780M graphics, with no discrete graphics offering. At the high end, which is my review unit, you’ll spend $1,230 on HP’s web store for a Ryzen 7 7840U, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a 14.0-inch OLED panel. However, the sameconfiguration is available at Costco for just $900, which is a very attractive price. Note that those without a Costco membership will spend an additional 5%, making the price $945.
That Costco price is about $100 less than a similarly configured Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (although with just 512GB of storage), which uses Intel H-series CPUs. This laptop will provide an interesting comparison as we run through the review.
The Pavilion Plus 14’s design remains mostly unchanged from the previous generation. It’s a tiny bit thicker and heavier than before, but not enough that you would notice. The Zenbook 14X OLED is thinner at 0.67 inches versus 0.74 inches for the HP, but heavier at 3.44 pounds versus 3.19 pounds. Even though the Zenbook has a larger 14.5-inch display, it’s smaller in width and depth thanks to thinner bezels (more below). The Pavilion Plus 14’s construction remains all-aluminum, and the lid is a lot more flexible than I remember on the previous generation. The chassis is solid, though, making the laptop’s build quality good, but not great for a midrange machine. The Asus Zenbook 14X, which will be mentioned often in this review, was more rigid overall.
Aesthetically, the Pavilion Plus 14 is yet another minimalist design with simple lines, a subdued chrome HP logo on the lid, and a slight edge below the keyboard adding a little bit of flair. It’s available in three colors, Natural Silver (my review unit), Tranquil Pink, and Moonlight Blue. It’s an attractive laptop overall. The display bezels are thin along the sides, but rather large on the top and bottom, and they’re plastic. That detracts from a modern and quality feel.
The keyboard has large keycaps with bold lettering and plenty of spacing. The switches were light, with a nice firm click and a comfortable bottoming action in my testing. However, they weren’t as snappy and responsive as those on some better keyboards, like HP’s Spectre line. I didn’t find it as precise for longer typing sessions. The touchpad is large and comfortable, with firm and quiet clicks. The Pavilion Plus 14 can’t be purchased with a touch display, if that’s important to you.
There are plenty of ports, including some for legacy devices. The biggest limitation is there’s no Thunderbolt 4 support due to the AMD chipset. Wireless connectivity is up to date.
Finally, the webcam is a high-resolution 5MP version that provides excellent video. There’s an infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello facial recognition support that worked quickly and reliably.
My Pavilion Plus 14 review unit was equipped with the Ryzen 7 7840U, a 28-watt CPU with eight cores and 16 threads running at up to 5.1GHz. In most of our CPU-intensive benchmarks, the processor did well against the Intel Core i7-13700H, another popular choice for manufacturers that want a little extra horsepower. The Intel chip runs at 45 watts and has 14 cores (six Performance and eight Efficient) and 20 threads, running at up to 5.0GHz. The new model is also faster than the previous generation with the Core i7-12700H.
HP didn’t provide its Command Center utility to enable different performance modes, so I tested in just the default balanced mode. The Pavilion Plus 14 provides plenty of performance for demanding productivity workflows, and light creators will find it speedy enough as well. The integrated Radeon 780M Graphics are a bit faster than Intel’s Iris Xe, but not enough to make gaming a reasonable proposition.
|Geekbench 5 (single / multi)||Handbrake (seconds)||Cinebench R23 (single / multi)||PCMark 10 Complete|
|HP Pavilion Plus 14 2023
(Ryzen 7 7840U)
|Bal: 1,819 / 9,655
|Bal: 1,721 / 12,234
|HP Pavilion Plus 14
|Bal: 1,462 / 8,531
Perf: 1,472 / 8,531
|Bal: 1,523 / 8,358
Perf: 1,716 / 10,915
|Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (Core i7-13700H)||Bal: 1,848 / 11,157 Perf: 1,852 / 11,160||Bal: 84
|Bal: 1,819 / 11,066 Perf: 1,826 / 12,795||6,020|
|Asus Zenbook 14 OLED (Ryzen 5 7530U)||Bal: 1,457 / 7,527 Perf: 1,458 / 8,207||Bal: 123
|Bal: 1,457 / 7,527 Perf: 1,458 / 8,207||5,817|
|Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 (Core i7-1360P)||Bal: 1,843 / 8,814 Perf: 1,835 / 10,008||Bal: 122
|Bal: 1,846 / 8,779 Perf: 1,906 / 9,849||6,102|
|Apple MacBook Air M2 (M2)||Bal: 1,925 / 8,973 Perf: N/A||Bal: 151
|Bal: 1,600 / 7,938 Perf: N/A||N/A|
AMD CPUs are typically efficient, and the Ryzen 7 7840U runs at 28 watts versus the 45 watts of many of its competitors. My review unit had a 68 watt-hour battery, not the 51 watt-hour version in some configurations (be careful when ordering), which is plenty for a 14-inch laptop. So, I was expecting the Pavilion Plus 14 to demonstrate superior battery life.
It did, but not by much. It lasted about an hour longer than the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED in our suite of battery tests, which is less than I expected. Even so, battery life was a little above average and promises good longevity. Note that battery life on the previous generation was poor, making this model a significant upgrade if battery life matters to you.
You likely won’t get a full day of battery life if your tasks are at all demanding, but with a lighter workflow, you might make it that long. Of course, the Apple MacBook Air M2 remains the battery life champion.
|Web browsing||Video||PCMark 10 Applications|
|HP Pavilion Plus 14 2023
(Ryzen 7 7840U)
|9 hours, 2 minutes||11 hours, 58 minutes||12 hours, 0 minutes|
| HP Pavilion Plus 14
|4 hours, 29 minutes||7 hours, 29 minutes||5 hours, 48 minutes|
|Asus Zenbook 14X OLED
|8 hours, 2 minutes||N/A||10 hours, 49 minutes|
|Asus Zenbook 14 OLED
(Ryzen 5 7530U)
|12 hours, 13 minutes||17 hours, 19 minutes||14 hours, 23 minutes|
|Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8
|7 hours, 41 minutes||13 hours, 25 minutes||9 hours, 40 minutes|
|Apple MacBook Air M2
|17 hours, 59 minutes||21 hours, 9 minutes||N/A|
Just kidding. There’s nothing “ho-hum” about getting a great OLED display at these prices. The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED has OLED for less, but not by all that much. This is, as usual, a spectacular display that looks awesome out of the box. Colors are dynamic, blacks are inky, and all content – including high dynamic range (HDR) video – looks great. The Pavilion Plus 14 also supports IMAX Enhanced, which provides several benefits such as special aspect ratios on supported content (mostly available from Disney+).
According to my colorimeter, this OLED panel is as good as the average. It’s bright at 412 nits, and it has wide colors at 100% of sRGB, 95% of AdobeRGB, and 100% of DCI-P3. Colors are also incredibly accurate, at a DeltaE of 0.64 (less than 1.0 can’t be distinguished by the human eye). Blacks are perfect, and the contrast is incredibly deep. The new panel runs at up to 120Hz, dynamically switched, and that’s better than the previous generation’s 90Hz.
You’ll love this display for productivity work, creativity, and consuming media. OLED remains a significant upgrade from IPS panels, and it’s cheaper than ever to buy.
Audio quality wasn’t as great. Two downward-firing speakers demonstrated a ton of distortion at high volume levels, and by the time you turned the speakers down low enough to get rid of the distortion, they were too quiet. Mids and highs were OK, but the bass was nonexistent. You’ll definitely want a pair of headphones or an external Bluetooth speaker for anything other than system sounds.
I was almost done writing this review when HP sent me a link to buy my review configuration for just $900 at Costco (for members). I was going to give it a lower rating and a lesser review at the HP.com price of $1,230, so I had to scramble to update the review accordingly.
At the Costco price, even for non-members, the 2023 Pavilion Plus 14 is another great value. You get excellent performance, a good enough build, and a gorgeous OLED display for under $1,000. The Asus Zenbook 14X OLED and Zenbook 14 OLED both still remain strong competitors, but you should absolutely consider the Pavilion Plus 14 before making your buying decision.