The HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) is a mid-range Windows ultraportable laptop. It's available with various Intel 13th Gen CPUs, including U-, P-, and H-series processors. In addition to integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, you can also get the laptop with an NVIDIA GeForce MX550 or RTX 2050 discrete GPU. Memory and storage max out at 16GB and 1TB, respectively. For the display, you can choose between a 2.2k (2240 x 1400) IPS and a 2.8k (2880 x 1800) 90Hz OLED panel. It has Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, a fingerprint sensor, and a 51Wh battery. Ports include two USB-As, two USB-Cs, an HDMI, a MicroSD card reader, and a headphone jack. Only models with a Core i5-1340P or an H-series CPU have Thunderbolt 4 support.
You can see our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is decent for school use. It has a sturdy all-aluminum build and is very portable due to its compact and lightweight design. There are many CPU configuration options, including powerful Intel 13th Gen H-series CPUs, and you can also get the laptop with an NVIDIA discrete GPU, which is great for students in fields like 3D graphic design and animation. It has a sharp display, a spacious keyboard, a large touchpad, and a wide port selection. Unfortunately, its battery lasts only five to six hours of light use, so you'll have to plug it in at some point to get through a typical school day.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is decent for gaming. You can get the laptop with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 discrete GPU, which is capable of pushing near 60 fps in demanding games, albeit with low graphical settings. It also has a 90Hz OLED display with a relatively fast response time for smoother motion and better responsiveness. It doesn't support VRR to reduce screen tearing, though. Thermal throttling is minimal, and the laptop doesn't get overly hot or loud under load. Unfortunately, you can only get up to 16GB of RAM, and the memory isn't user-replaceable.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is good for media consumption. Thanks to its thin and light design, it's very easy to carry around. You can get the laptop with a nice OLED display; it produces deep, inky blacks, which is great for dark rooms, and its full DCI P3 coverage makes it suitable for viewing HDR content. The speakers get very loud and sound clear, but like most laptop speakers, they have very little bass. Battery life is middling; you can get around five hours of video playback, which isn't terrible but not great.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is great for use as a workstation. You can configure this laptop with a powerful Intel 13th Gen H-series CPU, and if you need more graphical processing power, it's also available with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 discrete GPU. It has a spacious keyboard, a wide port selection, and a fast, user-replaceable SSD. Its performance over time is excellent, and it doesn't get overly hot or loud under load. The main drawback is that you can only get up to 16GB of soldered RAM.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is good for business use. It has a sturdy build and is easy to carry around, thanks to its thin and light design. It's available with various Intel 13th Gen CPUs, all powerful enough to handle productivity tasks like text processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and video playback. It has a sharp display, a spacious keyboard, a large and responsive touchpad, an excellent 1440p webcam, and a wide port selection. The main drawback is its short battery life, lasting only five to six hours of light use.
We tested the HP Pavilion Plus 14 (model 14-eh1299nr) with an Intel Core i7-1355U CPU, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. The CPU, GPU, memory, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below.
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The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is a good laptop overall. It has many configuration options, including powerful H-series CPUs and discrete GPUs, making it suitable for a wide range of uses. It also has a sturdy build and provides a good user experience with a sharp display, a spacious keyboard, and a responsive touchpad. However, its battery life is very short compared to other laptops in its class.
The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023) is much better than the HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023). The ASUS is more versatile, as it's a 2-in-1 convertible with stylus support. It also has a sturdier build and provides a better user experience with a more tactile keyboard, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and longer battery life. On the other hand, the HP laptop has more configuration options, including more powerful H-series CPUs and discrete NVIDIA GPUs.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) and the Acer Swift 14 (2023) are both good 14-inch Windows laptops. The HP has a better keyboard and touchpad, and it's available with NVIDIA discrete GPUs for more graphically intensive workloads. Its OLED display provides a better viewing experience due to its superb contrast ratio, and while it doesn't get as bright as the Acer laptop's display, it does have better reflection handling. However, the Acer is much lighter, making it more portable, and its battery lasts much longer.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) is better than the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14 (2022) for most uses. The HP is available with newer and faster CPUs, NVIDIA discrete GPUs, and sharper, brighter displays, including a 2.8k OLED panel with full DCI P3 coverage. It also has a much better 1440p webcam and doesn't throttle as much as the Lenovo under load. However, the Lenovo is more versatile since it's a 2-in-1 convertible, meaning you can flip the screen around and use it as a tablet, and its battery lasts much longer.
The Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) is better than the HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) for most uses. The Lenovo has a sturdier build, a better keyboard and touchpad, and significantly longer battery life. It's also available with a faster NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU. However, the HP has a better 1440p webcam, and it's available with an OLED display, making it a better option for media consumption.
The LG gram 14 (2023) is better for general productivity, while the HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) is better if you have a slightly more CPU- or GPU-intensive workload. The LG is thinner and lighter, making it easier to carry around, and its battery lasts almost twice as long as the HP's. Additionally, it has a more comfortable keyboard and a smaller but more responsive touchpad. On the flip side, the HP is available with a much nicer OLED display, more powerful Intel H-series CPUs, and discrete NVIDIA GPUs. It also doesn't throttle as much under load.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 has a simple design with relatively thin bezels, a wedge-shaped chassis, and a silver-color finish. On the bottom, you'll find the speakers near the front and air vents near the back. There are also air vents at the back of the keyboard deck.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14's build quality is good. The chassis is aluminum, with a finish that doesn't easily scratch or pick up fingerprints. The lid and display flex a fair amount but not the keyboard deck. There's no problem with the feet; they feel solid and stick firmly to the bottom of the laptop. The weight isn't evenly balanced, as it's a little front-heavy, but it's pretty minor and doesn't affect the overall user experience.
The hinge is great. It feels smooth when opening and closing the lid and has a slightly wider range than most clamshell laptops. It isn't very stable, though, as there's a fair amount of wobble when moving the laptop or typing aggressively.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 and its power adapter are compact and lightweight.
The HP Pavilion Plus' serviceability is okay. Accessing the internals is very easy; you only need to remove four Philips screws and undo the clips holding the bottom panel. A prying tool isn't necessary if you have strong nails. The screws are of two different sizes, so make sure you put them back in the right place. Unfortunately, the RAM isn't user-replaceable. You can see the maintenance and service guide here.
Note: Models with an Intel Core i5-1340P have a 65W power adapter.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is available with the following displays:
The 2.8k OLED display looks very sharp and provides just enough space for split-screen multitasking. The 2.2k IPS panel isn't as sharp (189 PPI); however, the difference isn't noticeable at this screen size and at normal viewing distances. The 16:10 aspect ratio gives you slightly more vertical space than a standard 16:9 display, which is great for productivity, as the extra space lets you see more information when reading a document or website without having to scroll. The OLED panel is susceptible to permanent burn-in, especially with static elements like Windows' taskbar, but it's unlikely to be an issue for those viewing varied content.
While the OLED display's 90Hz refresh rate isn't particularly fast, it's great for a productivity laptop, as it makes the system feel more responsive than a standard 60Hz display without overly taxing the battery. Its response time is good but not as fast as higher-end OLED panels, which typically have a near-instantaneous response time. The IPS panel has a 60Hz refresh rate and likely a much slower response time, resulting in a blurrier image with more ghosting in fast-moving scenes.
The OLED display's contrast ratio is superb. It's effectively infinite since OLEDs can turn off pixels to produce perfect blacks. The IPS panel likely has a significantly lower contrast ratio, as most IPS panels typically have a contrast of 1000:1 to 1500:1, resulting in blacks that look gray in dim settings.
The OLED display gets decently bright. It's good enough for use in most well-lit settings, just not in direct sunlight or outdoors in broad daylight. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness saving, which is great for dark room viewing, as it causes less eye strain. The IPS panel has an advertised brightness of 300 cd/m².
The display's reflection handling is good. Its glossy finish mainly struggles with direct reflections, like a bright lamp or open window during the day. The reflections are visible even with the screen at maximum brightness. Reflections are more problematic on the IPS panel because it doesn't get as bright to compensate.
The OLED display's black uniformity is superb because OLEDs can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks. The IPS panel likely has worse uniformity, as IPS panels typically suffer from backlight bleed.
The OLED display's horizontal viewing angle is decent. The main issue is color shifting, which happens fairly quickly as you move to the side. You can still share the screen with someone else as long as you don't need perfect image accuracy. The IPS panel is likely better with color shifting but worse regarding brightness loss and color washout.
The OLED display's vertical viewing angle is decent. Again, color shift is the main issue when viewing from above or below. It isn't too bad if you're only viewing documents, but you'll have to look at the screen more or less straight on if you need accuracy for color-critical work. Colors don't shift as much on the IPS panel, but the image will look dimmer and more washed out from above and below.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14's display accuracy is decent out of the box. The white balance inaccuracies are extremely minor and aren't noticeable to the naked eye. Color accuracy isn't as good, although that's mainly because the default color profile targets a wider color space to make colors appear more vibrant and saturated. The color temperature is a little cooler than the standard 6500K target, giving the image a slight blueish tint. The gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve; bright scenes are too bright, and dark scenes are too dark, crushing blacks.
The OLED display's color gamut is outstanding. It has full coverage of the sRGB and DCI P3 color spaces, as well as near-full coverage of Adobe RGB, making it suitable for color-critical work like photo and video editing (SDR and HDR). The 2.2k IPS panel has only full coverage of the sRGB color space.
The OLED isn't flicker-free; however, the flickering isn't noticeable to most people, as the flicker frequency is high, and the dip in brightness is extremely small. The IPS panel is likely flicker-free.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 has a good keyboard. The keys are small but have sufficient spacing between them, so it doesn't feel cramped. The layout is relatively easy to get used to; the only thing that might throw you off is the extra column of navigation keys on the right, as it shifts the entire keyboard slightly to the left. The keycaps feel smooth, albeit somewhat cheap. The keys are stable and don't require much force to actuate; however, they don't have much travel and aren't very tactile. Typing noise is very low and isn't a problem in quiet environments. You can adjust between two backlight brightness levels or turn it off completely using the F4 hotkey.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 has a good touchpad. It's large for a 14-inch laptop and feels smooth even though it's plastic. Tracking works well, and there's no problem with palm rejection. However, you can only click in the bottom half of the touchpad, and the click mechanism feels mushy, so it's sometimes hard to know whether you clicked hard enough for the system to register the input.
The speakers get very loud with minimal compression artifacts at max volume. They sound clear and natural but a little boxy, with almost no bass.
The webcam's video quality is outstanding. The image looks detailed, with true-to-life colors; however, the exposure is slightly too low, and there's some noise in darker areas. Voices sound loud and clear over the microphone with no background noise.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 has a great port selection. The two USB-A ports support USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer speed of up to 5Gbps. The USB-Cs also support USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed (up to 10Gbps), DisplayPort 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge, and Power Delivery. HP Sleep and Charge lets you charge a mobile device even when the laptop is in sleep mode, while Power Delivery allows for fast charging of the laptop and other PD-compatible devices connected to the port. Models with an Intel Core i5-1340P, i5-13500H, and i7-13700H CPU support Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed and two 4k displays at 60Hz). HP advertises HDMI 2.1 support; however, we list it as HDMI 2.0 because it can only output at a maximum resolution of 4k at 60Hz.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14's wireless adapter is an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211. You can also configure the laptop with a MediaTek Wi-Fi 6 MT7921 wireless adapter.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is available with the following CPUs:
All five CPUs have a hybrid architecture with a mix of performance and efficiency cores. The Core i5-1335U and i7-1355U have two performance and eight efficiency cores; the only difference is that the i7-1355U has faster clock speeds, giving you slightly better performance. The Core i5-1340P is a higher-tier CPU with four performance and eight efficiency cores, and it also runs at a higher wattage (typically 28W) than the U-series processors. The Core i5-13500H and i7-13700H are the fastest. These are processors typically found in gaming laptops and mobile workstations and run at an even higher wattage than the P-series CPUs, between 35W and 45W. The Core i5-13500H has four performance and eight efficiency cores, while the i7-13700H has six performance and eight efficiency cores.
If you only perform light productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, and video playback, the U-series CPUs are more than adequate. They're also more power-efficient, so you'll likely get longer battery life. For more demanding workloads, like programming, you can go with the i5-1340P or one of the H-series CPUs; just know that they'll drain the battery faster.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 is available with the following GPUs:
All models have Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics; however, models with a Core i5-1335U CPU also have an NVIDIA GeForce MX550 discrete GPU, and models with a Core i7-1355U have an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050. The Intel Iris Xe GPU can only handle general productivity tasks like web browsing and video playback. The MX550 performs similarly to Intel Iris Xe; the only benefit is its 2GB of dedicated VRAM. The RTX 2050 is a step up from the MX550, but it's still an entry-level discrete GPU that's already two generations old. It can handle some intensive workloads but won't give you the fastest rendering times or super high frame rates in modern AAA games. It'll also drain the battery much faster.
You can only get models with an Intel Core i5-1335U or i7-1355U CPU with 16GB of DDR4 3200MHz RAM. Models with an i5-1340P are available with 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 3200MHz memory, while models with an i5-13500H or i7-13700H are only available with 16GB of LP-DDR5 5200Mhz memory. The RAM isn't user-replaceable.
You can configure this laptop with 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of storage. All storage options are M.2 PCIe Gen 3 SSDs; the 512GB option is the only one that's also available with a PCIe Gen 4 SSD. The SSD is user-replaceable; the slot supports M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 has an outstanding overall score in the Geekbench 5 benchmarks. These scores indicate that the Core i7-1355U can handle light to moderately intensive workloads. The Core i5-1335U is only slightly slower than the i7-1355U. If you need to perform more intensive tasks like video editing or programming, getting a model with an i5-1350P or one of the H-series CPUs is best. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 performs well in GPU computing tasks. However, there are significantly faster GPUs on the market, as the RTX 2050 is an entry-level GPU that's already two generations old. The Intel Iris Xe and NVIDIA GeForce MX550 perform poorly and aren't suitable for GPU-intensive workloads.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 has an outstanding overall score in the Cinebench R23 benchmarks. The Core i7-1355U has excellent single and multi-thread performance, making it suitable for 3D rendering and other related tasks. Upgrading to the i5-1340P or the H-series CPUs will provide a smoother experience and faster rendering times. The Core i5-1335U is only slightly slower than the i7-1355U.
The performance in Blender is excellent. Although the Core i7-1355U CPU can render images relatively quickly, it's much faster with the GPU using NVIDIA Optix hardware acceleration. The P- and H-series CPUs are faster than the U-series processors but won't beat the RTX 2050. The MX550 GPU will likely take longer than the CPU to render images.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 performs reasonably well in the Basemark GPU benchmark. The RTX 2050 is an old entry-level GPU; it can handle some games at 1080p, but you'll have to play with low graphical settings to reach playable frame rates. The Intel Iris Xe and MX550 GPUs will perform significantly worse. They can only handle older or light, puzzle-like games.
The 1TB PCIe Gen 3 SSD's performance is outstanding. Its fast read and write speeds allow the system to quickly boot up, launch apps, and transfer files. Larger-capacity SSDs tend to perform better, so you can expect slightly slower speeds on the 256GB and 512GB (PCIe Gen 3) SSDs. The 512GB PCIe Gen 4 SSD is likely faster than the 1TB drive.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 has poor battery life. It doesn't last a full day, even if you only perform light tasks. The battery life for video playback isn't terrible, but it's still on the shorter side. Models with integrated graphics will likely last longer, but only slightly because the P- and H-series CPUs consume more power than the U-series processors.
Borderlands 3 and other similar titles are playable on models with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 GPU; however, you'll have to lower some settings to get over 60 fps, and even then, you'll still experience occasional stutters. The Intel Iris Xe and NVIDIA GeForce MX550 GPUs can't handle such a demanding game.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 GPU can easily handle Civilization VI and other similar strategy games. Although the average frame rate doesn't quite hit 60 fps, it's very playable since these types of games don't require fast reaction times or precise aiming, and you can easily get over 60 fps if you lower a couple of settings. You can also play these types of strategy games on models with Intel Iris Xe or NVIDIA GeForce MX550, but you'll have to play with lower settings. The turn time is decent and within the expected range for an Intel 13th Gen CPU. Upgrading to the P- or H-series CPUs will only improve the turn time slightly.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 GPU has no problem running CS:GO and other similar games. There are some occasional stutters, but it otherwise runs very smoothly. Models with integrated graphics or an NVIDIA GeForce MX550 GPU will perform significantly worse; you can still get over 60 fps with low graphical settings, but you might experience more frequent stutters.
Like Borderlands 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is playable on models with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2050 GPU, but only if you lower some graphical settings. You can expect the same performance in other similar titles. The Intel Iris Xe and NVIDIA GeForce MX550 GPUs can't handle such a demanding game. The large frametime spikes are scene changes and aren't representative of the laptops' performance.
The keyboard is only mildly warm when idle, and the fans are completely silent. Under load, the keyboard gets warmer but still isn't uncomfortable by any means, and while the fans are audible, they aren't annoying or distracting. The fans don't get any louder in the Performance mode.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14's performance over time is excellent. The CPU throttles under load; however, the performance loss isn't significant. Models with an Intel Core i5-1340P, i5-13500H, or i7-13700H likely throttle more, as those CPUs run at a higher wattage, generating more heat.
The HP Pavilion Plus 14 has many pre-installed applications, including:
The HP Pavilion Plus has a fingerprint sensor below the arrow keys. You can use it to log into Windows, authorize Windows Store purchases, and auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.