HP has unveiled its latest 13, 14, and 15-inch Pavilion laptops that are its first to use 11th-generation Intel Core processors and Iris XE graphics that should deliver a huge GPU boost over last-gen Intel chips. They’re also among the company’s first laptops (along with the Elite Dragonfly) to use post-consumer-recycled and “ocean-bound” plastics (limited to the speaker housing) that would otherwise end up in the sea.
All the models now have 3D seamless metal chassis that eliminates parting lines and gives a cleaner look and feel. HP has also reduced the bezel size, giving the Pavilion 15 an 86 percent screen-to-body ratio and smaller dimensions across the lineup. New cooling and fan design delivers a 27 percent airflow increase and a 16 percent reduction in noise.
All the laptops will be available starting in October. Prices start at $679 for the Pavilion 13, $579 for the Pavilion 14, and $599 for the Pavilion 15 AMD edition. The laptops will be sold through HP’s website, Amazon, Costco, and other retailers, according to the company.
The laptops boast a two-piece metal chassis construction with what HP calls its hourglass edge design along with a 3D manufacturing process that eliminates the parting lines to make the laptop feel sleeker and more premium. The screens have also been upgraded to feature a three-sided micro-edge bezel that delivers an 86% screen-to-body ratio.
The 13-inch Pavilion 13 model comes with a Full HD or Ultra HD display, while the two larger models are equipped in either HD or FHD screens, depending on the configuration. All the laptops support Microsoft HDR streaming and HEVC codecs.
The laptops come in a range of five colors — natural silver, luminous gold, ceramic white, tranquil pink, and fog blue — and an edge-to-edge keyboard and larger precision touchpad. HP boasts a full workday of battery life with at least 8.5 hours of juice on each charge.
All notebooks come with USB-C support and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity for even faster Wi-Fi speeds. B&O audio tuning and an optional fingerprint scanner for password-less logins round out the feature set.
HP is offering plenty of choices when it comes to the latest Pavilion notebooks. You can even order a configuration with a discrete GPU if you need more power. Both the Pavilion 14 and Pavilion 15 can be configured with an Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU alongside the Intel 11th Gen CPU. HP claimed that the jump from integrated Intel Iris Xe to Nvidia’s discrete GPU provides approximately a 20% boost in graphics performance.
And if you’re a fan of AMD’s Ryzen 4000 mobile processor, you can even swap out Intel’s silicon on the Pavilion 15.
“When it comes to PCs for the newest generation of users, we want to help power their fun not only during the pandemic but in the years to come,” said HP global leader and general manager of personal systems Kevin Frost in a prepared statement. “HP packs powerful performance features and a youthful, colorful premium design into its newest Pavilion clamshells, making them accessible to everyone to stay connected, entertained, and learning.”