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HP Goes Small with AMD Ultraportable That’s Lighter Than 1kg

HP Pavilion Aero
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The best ultraportable laptops are now getting to be so small that they’re sometimes easier to carry than traditional pen and paper notebooks. HP’s new Pavilion Aero is bringing that concept to HP’s budget computers with AMD processors. With that name and less than a kilogram of heft, it’s clear that the goal here is to offer a similar experience to the MacBook Air, but for PC users who might be aiming for something a bit more wallet-friendly.

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That doesn’t mean this laptop doesn’t have promising features, though. HP hasn’t announced full specs yet, but despite being so light, this computer’s chassis is completely made from magnesium-aluminum alloy. We don’t have full dimensions yet, but this laptop’s also got a 13.3 inch 2560 x 1600 screen. Don’t expect to be gaming on this, but that 16:10 aspect ratio and higher-than average resolution provide a lot of screen real estate for productivity. 

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Speaking of productivity, this computer uses AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800U mobile processor. HP purports “up to 10.5 hours of battery life,” which is actually a little shorter than we’ve seen on other, similar computers like the Asus ZenBook 13.  

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Unfortunately, that’s about all the specs HP’s told us for now. The device does come in 4 colors, including gold, silver, rose gold and white. Expect the HP Pavilion Aero to release in July at HP.Com and in the Fall at select US retailers for a starting price of $749. 

Michelle Ehrhardt

Michelle Ehrhardt is an editor at Tom's Hardware. She's been following tech since her family got a Gateway running Windows 95, and is now on her third custom-built system. Her work has been published in publications like Paste, The Atlantic, and Kill Screen, just to name a few. She also holds a master's degree in game design from NYU.

  • Mandark
    i got my son one for college and work and he LOVES it! ultra super smooth and fast at everything. He's got the 3500U though, not the super nice 5800X but who cares? it's more than what he needs. Love the aluminum shell and paper thinness

    neither of us game on PC, it's just for our work and school for him. his was only $600 on Amazon
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  • kaalus
    How is 2560x1280 a 16:10 ratio? It's 2:1.
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  • spongiemaster
    kaalus said:
    How is 2560x1280 a 16:10 ratio? It's 2:1.
    Typo. Screen is 2560x1600.
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  • JarredWaltonGPU
    spongiemaster said:
    Typo. Screen is 2560x1600.
    Yeah, we've corrected. Math is hard. ;-)
    Reply
  • paddycake
    Sill waiting for something like this for a Chromebook!! under a kg. and especially 16:10!! ... C'mon HP or Acer!!.. U can do IT..... \(99)/
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