This HP laptop almost does it all for under $1,000

A front angle view of the HP Pavilion Plus 14 2023 shows the display and keyboard.

hp pavilion plus 14

MSRP $900.00

“The HP Pavilion Plus 14 offers great performance and an OLED display for under $1,000.”

Pros

  • excellent productivity performance

  • solid battery life

  • good keyboard and touchpad

  • Great OLED display

  • Strong value if buying at Costco

Shortcoming

  • the lid is a little flexible

  • No separate GPU option

  • audio quality is bad

Laptops under $1,000 usually have some major problems. But recently, the number of options has been increasing, whether it’s the ZenBook 14 OLED or the MacBook Air M1.

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 an attractive 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 is a strong competitor against the growing field of 14-inch laptops.

Specifications and configuration

hp pavilion plus 14 2023
DIMENSIONS12.63 inches x 8.94 inches x 0.69-0.74 inches
weight3.19 pounds
processorAMD Ryzen 5 7540U
amd ryzen 7 7840u
GRAPHICSAMD Radeon M780 Graphics
to hit16 GB
Display14.0-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
storage512gb ssd
1TB SSD
touchNo
ports2 x USB-C
1 x USB-A
1 x HDMI 2.1
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
wirelessWi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3
webcamWindows 11 Hello 5MP with infrared camera for facial recognition
Operating Systemwindows 11
Battery51 watt-hours
68 watt-hours
price$850+

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 offered. 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 same Pavilion Plus 14 The configuration is available at Costco for only $900, which is a very attractive price. Note that those without a Costco membership will spend an additional 5%, bringing the price to $945.

The Costco price is about $100 less than the similarly configured Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (though with only 512GB of storage), which uses an Intel H-series CPU. This laptop will provide an interesting comparison as we review it.

A mostly unchanged design that’s just fine

Front view of the HP Pavilion Plus 14 2023, showing the display and keyboard.
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The design of the Pavilion Plus 14 remains mostly unchanged from the previous generation. It’s a little thicker and heavier than before, but not so much that you’ll 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 has less width and depth due to thin bezels (more details below). The Pavilion Plus 14’s construction is made entirely of aluminum, and the lid is much more flexible than the previous generation. However, the chassis is solid, 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 rugged overall.

Aesthetically, the Pavilion Plus 14 is a more minimalist design with simple lines, a light chrome HP logo on the lid, and adding a bit of edge below the keyboard. It is available in three colours, Natural Silver (my review unit), Tranquil Pink and Moonlight Blue. Overall this is an attractive laptop. The display bezels are thin at the edges, but larger at the top and bottom, and they’re plastic. This deprives of a modern and quality experience.

Top-down view of the HP Pavilion Plus 14 2023, showing the keyboard and touchpad.
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The keyboard has large keycaps with bold letters and ample spacing. The switches were light in my testing, with a nice firm click and comfortable bottoming action. However, they weren’t as fast and responsive as some of the better keyboards, like HP’s Specter line. I didn’t find it to be as accurate for long typing sessions. The touchpad is large and comfortable, with a strong and quiet click. The Pavilion Plus 14 can’t be purchased with a touch display, if that’s important to you.

There are plenty of ports, some of which are even for older devices. The biggest drawback is that there is 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 delivers excellent video. Windows 11 Hello has an infrared camera with facial recognition support that works fast and reliably.

competitive productivity performance

Rear view of the HP Pavilion Plus 14 2023, showing the lid and logo.
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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 our most CPU-intensive benchmarks, the processor performed well against the Intel Core i7-13700H, another popular choice for manufacturers who want a little extra horsepower. The Intel chip runs at 45 watts and has 14 cores (six performance and eight efficient) and 20 threads, clocked at up to 5.0GHz. The new model is also faster than the previous generation with a Core i7-12700H.

HP doesn’t provide its own Command Center utility for enabling different performance modes, so I only tested in the default balanced mode. The Pavilion Plus 14 offers plenty of performance for demanding productivity workflows, and lighting creators will find it plenty fast too. The integrated Radeon 780M graphics are slightly 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 full
hp pavilion plus 14 2023
(Ryzen 7 7840U)
Child: 1,819/9,655
Complete: N/A
Child: 84
Complete: N/A
Hair: 1,721 / 12,234
Complete: N/A
6,804
hp pavilion plus 14
(Core i7-12700H)
Hair: 1,462 / 8,531
Complete: 1,472 / 8,531
hair: 104
Complete: 102
Hair: 1,523 / 8,358
Complete: 1,716/10,915
N/A
Asus ZenBook 14X OLED (Core i7-13700H)Hair: 1,848 / 11,157 Full: 1,852 / 11,160Child: 84
Complete: 82
Hair: 1,819 / 11,066 Full: 1,826 / 12,7956,020
Asus ZenBook 14 OLED (Ryzen 5 7530U)Hair: 1,457 / 7,527 Full: 1,458 / 8,207hair: 123
Complete: 121
Hair: 1,457 / 7,527 Full: 1,458 / 8,2075,817
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 (Core i7-1360P)Hair: 1,843 / 8,814 Full: 1,835 / 10,008Child: 122
Complete: 101
Hair: 1,846 / 8,779 Full: 1,906 / 9,8496,102
Apple MacBook Air M2 (M2)Hair: 1,925 / 8,973 Total: N/Ahair: 151
Complete: N/A
Hair: 1,600 / 7,938 Total: N/AN/A

AMD CPUs are generally efficient, and the Ryzen 7 7840U runs at 28 watts compared to 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 exhibit better battery life.

Side view of the HP Pavilion Plus 14 2023 showing the lid and ports.
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It happened, but not too much. In our battery tests it lasted about an hour longer than the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED, which is less than I expected. Still, battery life was slightly above average and promises good longevity. Note that the previous generation had poor battery life, so if battery life matters to you this model is a significant upgrade.

If your tasks are demanding at all, you probably won’t get a full day of battery life, but with light workflows, you can make it last that long. Of course, the Apple MacBook Air M2 remains the battery life champion.

Web browsingVideopcmark 10 application
hp pavilion plus 14 2023
(Ryzen 7 7840U)
9 hours, 2 minutes11 hours 58 minutes12 hours, 0 minutes
hp pavilion plus 14
(Core i7-12700H)
4 hours 29 minutes7 hours 29 minutes5 hours 48 minutes
Asus ZenBook 14X OLED
(Core i7-13700H)
8 hours, 2 minutesN/A10 hours 49 minutes
Asus ZenBook 14 OLED
(Ryzen 5 7530U)
12 hours, 13 minutes17 hours, 19 minutes14 hours 23 minutes
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8
(Core i7-1360P)
7 hours 41 minutes13 hours 25 minutes9 hours 40 minutes
Apple MacBook Air M2
(Apple M2)
17 hours, 59 minutes21 hours, 9 minutesN/A

OLED is great, ho-hum

The front view of the HP Pavilion Plus 14 2023 shows the display.
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Just kidding. There’s nothing “ho-hum” about getting a great OLED display at these prices. The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED has OLED at a lower price, but not by much. This is, as always, a great display that looks great out of the box. Colors are dynamic, blacks are deep, and all content – ​​including high dynamic range (HDR) video – looks great. Pavilion Plus 14 also supports IMAX Enhanced, which offers several benefits such as special aspect ratios on supported content (mostly available from Disney+).

According to my colorimeter this OLED panel is about as good as average. It’s bright at 412 nits, and has detailed colors at 100% sRGB, 95% AdobeRGB, and 100% DCI-P3. The colors are also incredibly accurate, at a deltaE of 0.64 (less than 1.0 cannot be detected by the human eye). Blacks are perfect, and contrast is incredibly deep. The new panel runs up to 120Hz, switching dynamically, and that’s an improvement over the previous generation’s 90Hz.

You’ll love this display for productivity work, creativity, and consumer media. OLED remains a significant upgrade from IPS panels, and it’s cheaper than ever to buy.

The audio quality was not that great. The two downward-firing speakers displayed a lot of distortion at high volume levels, and by the time you turned the speakers down far enough to get rid of the distortion, they were very quiet. The mids and highs were fine, but the bass was negligible. You’ll definitely want a pair of headphones or external Bluetooth speakers for something other than system sound.

Another excellent 14-inch OLED value if you buy from the right place

I was almost about to write this review when HP sent me a link to purchase my review configuration for only $900 at Costco (for members). I was going to give it a low rating and a low review based on HP.com’s price of $1,230, so I struggled 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 pretty nice build, and a gorgeous OLED display for under $1,000. Both the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED and Zenbook 14 OLED still remain strong competitors, but you should consider the Pavilion Plus 14 before making a purchasing decision.






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