A gaming PC, a creative PC, an office PC… Notebooks that are as light as they are powerful, with the best screens and the best components. You can’t help but look for the best of everything, but it’s impossible to find it: you must balance each aspect to find the perfect compromise.
So if you’re looking for an ultrabook that can also play the latest video games, it might be tempting to find a laptop with a graphics card like the HP Pavilion Plus 14. Let’s see what’s in his stomach.
HP Pavilion Plus 14-EH0001NFTechnical sheet
|Model||HP Pavilion Plus 14-EH0001NF|
2880 x 1800 pixels
|Graphics chip (GPU)||
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050
|Operating System (OS)||
Microsoft Windows 11
224.2 x 18.4 x 313.5 mm
HP Pavilion Plus 14-EH0001NFDesign
For HP or the old folks in the back of the room, Hewlett Packard is in an unusual position in the market in terms of design. On the one hand, it often has the Specter brand at the forefront of modern lines. On the other hand… there is the Pavilion. This category, which our product is a part of, seems to have been stuck in the same row since the early 2010s and has never evolved. This is a note we naturally make when we pick up a computer.
Because yes, the HP Pavilion Plus 14 is “light”… like an ultrabook from the beginning of the previous decade, which is 1.4 kilos, when many are approaching or even below that bar. It has the lines of a 2010s MacBook replica, with a slightly rounded (but not too much) light gray metal body, its inspiration is unibody, but its construction is not. . And it has the same dimensions, plus 31.35 x 22.42 x 1.84 cm, while the slimness has also become very accessible.
All this does not mean that the formula no longer works. Quite the contrary: the HP Pavilion Plus 14 remains a very well-built laptop that can easily be carried anywhere and never fails to shock the eyes of passers-by. Like Dell, HP is still very much affected by its place in the B2B market, where authenticity is not in order, but this very pragmatic side may be an advantage for some users.
Keyboard and touchpad
Perhaps it’s this experience in B2B that allows HP to integrate an instinctively perfect keyboard here. The buttons are well spaced, with a deeper travel distance than most benchmarks on the market and a very satisfying bounce. We can also rely on some navigation shortcuts that are scrolled on the right side of this configuration.
The touchpad is perfectly centered at the bottom of the device and diagonal enough to be comfortable at all times. Considering there are legions of glass covers in this price category alone, its plastic cover is quite disappointing. The same goes for the integration of the fingerprint scanner, which is placed below the arrow keys and not integrated into any home button like other competitors. Here again there are signs of a lack of evolution in the manufacturer’s design.
The left side of the device has a combo jack, a USB A 3.1 5Gb/s port and a micro SD card reader. On the right side, there is a second USB A port with the same specifications, an HDMI 2.1 port, as well as two USB C 3.2 Gen 2 ports at 10 Gb/s with support for Power Delivery charging and DisplayPort 1.4.
Source: Frandroid – Chloé Pertuis
Source: Frandroid – Chloé Pertuis
A connection that is not so bad on paper, but which is disappointing, noting the forgetting of an increasingly important standard that is technically well supported by the configuration of the device. Yes, we are talking about Thunderbolt, which should be integrated into all Intel configurations that sell in the four digits these days.
webcam and audio
A five-megapixel webcam doesn’t offer much more than the market average, namely a fairly dull and poorly defined image eaten up by noise. Video conferencing is what you need to do and nothing else.
There are no good surprises in the audio configuration either. The speakers are again placed under the device, where the laptop rests on your feet (emphasis on the ‘lap’), ultimately blocking the audio output. The speakers themselves are nothing remarkable, as they still lack the general definition to be truly satisfactory. They will do well mainly for social media videos.
HP Pavilion Plus 14-EH0001NFScreen
HP Pavilion Plus 14 is equipped with a 14-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels, that is, a 2.8k screen with a ratio of 16:10. It supports a 90Hz refresh rate, but is non-touch and anti-reflective.
Under our probe and with DisplayCal software, we can see that the panel covers 168% of the sRGB space, 119% of the DCI P3 space and 116% of Adobe RGB when it leaves the factory. Peak brightness is measured at 416 cd/m² in HDR mode, which is quite reasonable for an HDR-capable setup up to 500 cd/m², although it could benefit from an anti-reflective coating to optimize readability. screen.
Overall colorimetry isn’t impressive, but it’s not bad either. We can count on an average color temperature of 6200K, slightly warmer than the claimed 6500K and a Delta E00 of 2.65, which is a bit off the claimed 1.5 in our test, but not bad.
We appreciate what happens when we see a screen with a brightness of more than 300 cd/m², an average seen when manufacturers want to save on their panels, and a refresh rate of 90Hz, which is competitive in this sector.
HP Pavilion Plus 14-EH0001NFSoftware
Manufacturer HP never hesitates to integrate a lot of adware into its formula and the Pavilion Plus 14 is no exception. In addition to regular notifications to subscribe to ExpressVPN or ExpressVPN, we are always greeted by the heartless McAfee and his treacherous practices. To create a Dropbox storage space.
Also, the management software suite provided by HP is not bad, but not very advanced. Half of its apps look more like big ads or mini help blogs than anything really useful. When the app is like HP Command Center, it does its job without offering much customization and fine-tuning.
HP Pavilion Plus 14-EH0001NFPerformance
The HP Pavilion Plus 14-eh0001nf we tested here is powered by a 10-core, 12-thread SoC backed by a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 1255U, 16GB of DDR4-3200MHz RAM, and 1TB of PCIe Gen 3 x4 storage. We also have a 4GB GDDR6 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 here at just 35W TGP.
Yes: Although the SoC is new, it is not supported by state-of-the-art hardware. Whether it’s the 3200MHz DDR4 RAM, the PCIe Gen 3 memory, or the mobile RTX 2050 GPU, which isn’t all that useful in this configuration, this Pavilion Plus 14 feels like a bit of a winner. before.
As for the benchmarks, there are no bad surprises in this Intel i7-1255U, which offers us 6805 points in multi-core and 1712 points in single core in Cinebench R23. We saw this SoC achieve better results, but those results remain average. This is further highlighted by the PC Mark 10 score of 5641, which highlights that the HP Pavilion Plus 14 is struggling in the same category as its competitors.
The GeForce RTX 2050 also performs somewhat disappointingly, but not surprisingly. With a score of 1,595 on Time Spy Extreme, we can’t really say if it can support a heavy gamer for the next few years, but it will take on popular competitive free-to-play at 1080p without a problem.
There is no problem to highlight the side of the SSD provided by Samsung, which offers the expected performance for PCI Gen 3. The only problem is that we have the right to expect PCIe Gen 4 memory these days.
Cooling and noise
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 has at least one advantage: it manages its heat quite well. Although it still reaches 40°C in the lower body when fully pushed, it stays very tame and doesn’t soar skyward. In this respect, it remains an ultrabook.
HP Pavilion Plus 14-EH0001NFAutonomy
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 has a 51Wh battery and is compatible with the DisplayPort standard and therefore charges via the USB-C port. Compatible with power supplies up to 90W, its charger is supplied in the box.
The autonomy of the device is undoubtedly one of the most disappointing elements of its configuration. As it bills itself as an ultrabook, we expect ultrabook longevity; it is not so. In advanced office use, we can only count on it for 3 or 4 hours.
Really giving it every chance, with power saving enabled and limited backlighting, we averaged 6 hours. Without going as far as MacBook records, laptops in the Windows universe are now easily reaching ten hours. The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is very limited in this regard.
HP Pavilion Plus 14-EH0001NFPrice and availability
The HP Pavilion Plus 14-eh0001nf is now available in France. Our test configuration is sold on the official website of the manufacturer for 1599 euros.
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