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HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) Review: Mainstream OLED Laptop Now Lasts Longer


HP Pavilion Plus 14


  • Excellent overall performance

  • Gorgeous OLED display

  • All-metal chassis

  • Comfortable keyboard

  • 1440p IR webcam with privacy shutter

Don’t like

  • Weak speakers

  • No Thunderbolt 4 support

We liked last year’s HP Pavilion Plus 14 for delivering an OLED display and an all-metal chassis at a mainstream price. Poor battery life, however, somewhat soured the deal. The same display and chassis return for this year’s update, but inside is a bigger, longer-lasting battery along with the requisite move to 13th-gen Intel Core and AMD Ryzen 7000 processors. With better battery life, this latest Pavilion Plus 14 is more well-rounded, making it one of our favorite laptops for 2023, even if its price has crept upward from last year’s model.

Our $1,220 HP Pavilion Plus 14 test model features a 14-inch, 2.8K OLED display powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 7840U CPU and a four-cell, 68-watt-hour battery. The larger battery combined with an efficient Ryzen 7 U-series chip results in greatly improved battery life over last year’s model, which featured a higher-powered Intel CPU and smaller battery. Despite the bigger battery, this year’s version is just as thin and light as last year’s, while also receiving smaller improvements to the webcam and keyboard. The Pavilion Plus 14 is an easy laptop to recommend for home, work or school. 

Configuration as tested

Price as reviewed $1,220
Display size/resolution 14-inch 2,880×1,800 120Hz OLED display
CPU 3.3GHz AMD Ryzen 7840U
Memory 16GB DDR5 6,400MHz RAM
Graphics 512MB AMD Radeon 780M graphics
Storage 1TB SSD
Networking Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3
Operating system Windows Home 11 22H2

The HP Pavilion Plus 14 starts at $850 for a model with an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive and a full-HD IPS LCD display. Our test model features upgrades to the CPU (the aforementioned Ryzen 7), display (2.8K, 120Hz OLED) and storage (1TB SSD) that add $370 to the price and bring the total to $1,220. HP regularly discounts its laptops too, so today’s $1,200 laptop might be down to $1,000 tomorrow. However, regardless of the configuration you go with, all of them have integrated AMD Radeon graphics, and there’s no option to add a dedicated GPU. 

There are no AMD-based Pavilion Plus 14 models available in the UK, but a 13th-gen Intel model with an OLED display costs £1,099. The same AMD-based model we tested is available for AU$2,199 in Australia

HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop's keyboard and touchpad

Matt Elliott/CNET

In testing, our Pavilion Plus 14 test system proved to be an able performer. As you can see in the benchmark charts at the end of this review, the slim, compact laptop excelled on our application tests, besting an Intel Core U-series laptop and holding its own against, and in some instances besting, laptops with higher-powered Intel Core P- and H-series processors. Its stellar results on 3DMark show AMD’s integrated Radeon 780M graphics are superior to Intel’s Iris Xe graphics. The Pavilion Plus 14 shouldn’t be confused with a gaming laptop, but its Radeon graphics should let you perform media creation and editing tasks a bit more quickly than competing Intel-based models.

This year’s Pavilion Plus 14 features better battery life than last year’s model, but the OLED display still exacts a toll on the laptop’s runtime. It lasted nearly 8 hours on our streaming video battery drain test. You can expect slightly longer battery life when you aren’t constantly streaming a video, so the Pavilion Plus 14 should be able to get you through a workday on a single charge with some power management. Last year’s model with a more demanding 45-watt Core i7 H-series chip and undersized three-cell, 51-watt-hour battery failed to last even 5 hours on our battery test.

The bigger battery is a plus

The big additions to this latest Pavilion Plus 14 are AMD processors being offered alongside Intel chips and the move to a larger, stronger battery. What’s great, though, is the Pavilion Plus 14 remains a svelte 3.1 pounds — the same as last year’s model. It’s lighter than other 14-inch laptops we’ve reviewed recently, including the 3.4-pound Acer Swift X 14, 3.4-pound HP Dragonfly Pro, 3.5-pound MacBook Pro 14 and 3.6-pound Lenovo Slim Pro 7

The all-metal chassis feels solid and is available in three colors. We reviewed it in silver, but you can also choose blue or pink for an added $19. In silver, the Pavilion Plus 14 offers a standard look that’s no different from the host of other brushed aluminum silver laptops. 

Dark gray keys on the HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop

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One cosmetic change HP made to the Pavilion Plus 14 is swapping out the silver keyboard for dark gray keys, a change I applaud. I have always found HP’s low-contrast silver keyboards a classic case of prioritizing form over function. The white icons against the light silver keys are just plain difficult to read in certain situations. I often found myself forced to turn on the keyboard backlighting (another draw on the battery) not just in a darkened room but also when the room was too bright and made the keys look blank. The dark gray keys are easy to make out in any lighting scenario, especially with their oversized key legends. You also get two-level keyboard backlighting for nighttime computing and red-eye flights.

The 14-inch OLED display is splendid with excellent color reproduction and contrast. It’s well worth the added $110 upcharge. In effect, it’s a $240 upgrade because if you choose the OLED option, you are also forced to upgrade from the baseline Ryzen 5 to a Ryzen 7 for another $130. (This upgrade also moves you from the baseline three-cell, 51-watt-hour battery to a four-cell, 68-watt-hour battery.) Using a Spyder X Elite colorimeter to test its color range, the Pavilion Plus 14’s OLED has good coverage with 100% of both sRGB and DCI-P3; AdobeRGB coverage is 92%. 

With the 2.8K (2,880×1,800 pixels) resolution, text and images look sharp. The display is also faster than the standard 60Hz panel. It features a variable refresh rate of 48Hz to 120Hz, displaying smooth movement with videos. The OLED panel is rated for 400 nits, and my tests proved that number to be an accurate assessment; I measured a peak brightness of 400.5 nits.

HP Pavilion Plus 14 laptop in the silver color

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The webcam hits the Triple Crown for laptop webcams. It’s a 5-megapixel camera with a 1440p video resolution, an IR sensor and a physical privacy shutter. The 1440p resolution results in an even crisper and cleaner image than that of a 1080p camera, which would already be an improvement over earlier (and grainier) 720p cams. The IR sensor lets you use facial recognition to log into the laptop easily and securely without needing to key in a password. And the Pavilion Plus 14 lacks a fingerprint reader, so the IR webcam is an important inclusion. Lastly, the privacy shutter provides certainty that no one is watching you when you aren’t using the camera. Additionally, one of the function keys on the keyboard acts as a microphone mute button, and a small LED glows orange so you can always know when you are on mute.

Aiding your appearance on video conferences beyond just the sharp, 5-megapixel cam is HP’s Enhanced Lighting app that turns part of your display into a ring light. You can adjust the positioning, shape and color of the ring to your specifications. Less useful is bloatware from and WildTangent Games that you’ll probably want to remove.

Ports on the left side of the HP Pavilion Plus 14

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The Pavilion Plus 14 falls shy of perfect in two areas, though. Its stereo speakers are underpowered and sound lousy, and because it’s an AMD-based laptop, it lacks Thunderbolt 4 support. Instead of getting the 40Gbps transfer speed of Thunderbolt 4, you are stuck in the mud with 10Gbps data transfers with a pair of USB-C ports and a 10Gbps USB-A port. There’s also another USB-A port with a 5Gbps speed. 

HP addressed our chief concerns about last year’s model by adding a bigger battery for the OLED display and adding a privacy shutter and mic mute for the webcam. With a runtime that is at least average and can no longer be described as dreadful, the Pavilion Plus 14 is one of our favorite mainstream laptops. We love getting an all-metal body and OLED panel at its price along with excellent overall performance from the AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and integrated Radeon GPU. And at its size and weight, the Pavilion Plus 14 offers a great compromise between getting a screen large enough on which to be productive while remaining perfectly portable.

The review process for laptops, desktops, tablets and other computer-like devices consists of two parts: performance testing under controlled conditions in the CNET Labs and extensive hands-on use by our expert reviewers. This includes evaluating a device’s aesthetics, ergonomics and features. A final review verdict is a combination of both objective and subjective judgments. 

The list of benchmarking software we use changes over time as the devices we test evolve. The most important core tests we’re currently running on every compatible computer include: Primate Labs Geekbench 5, Cinebench R23, PCMark 10 and 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

A more detailed description of each benchmark and how we use it can be found in our How We Test Computers page. 

Geekbench 6 (multicore)

Acer Swift Go 14 12833Dell XPS 13 9320 10900HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) 10523HP Dragonfly Pro 9322Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8 8702HP Pavilion Aero Laptop 13 7827

Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

Acer Swift Go 14 11804HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) 9569HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2022) 9292HP Dragonfly Pro 9146HP Pavilion Aero Laptop 13 6871Dell XPS 13 9320 6749Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8 5326

Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

PCMark 10 Pro Edition

HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) 6800Acer Swift Go 14 6196HP Dragonfly Pro 6085HP Pavilion Aero Laptop 13 5790Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8 5452Dell XPS 13 9320 5433HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2022) 5292

Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

Cinebench R23 (multicore)

Acer Swift Go 14 12789HP Dragonfly Pro 12696HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) 12473HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2022) 11886HP Pavilion Aero Laptop 13 8157Dell XPS 13 9320 7377Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8 5633

Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

3DMark Wild Life Extreme Unlimited

HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) 4541Acer Swift Go 14 4116Dell XPS 13 9320 3906HP Dragonfly Pro 3790Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8 2962HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2022) 2601HP Pavilion Aero Laptop 13 2191

Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

Online streaming battery drain test

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8 728HP Pavilion Aero Laptop 13 640Acer Swift Go 14 563HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) 479HP Dragonfly Pro 449Dell XPS 13 9320 432HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2022) 280

Note: Longer bars indicate better performance

System Configurations

HP Pavilion Plus 14 (2023) Microsoft Windows 11 Home; 3.3GHz AMD Ryzen 7 7840U; 16GB DDR5 6,400MHz RAM; 512MB AMD Radeon 780M graphics; 1TB SSD
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8 Microsoft Windows 11 Home; 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-1355U; 16GB DDR5 RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
Dell XPS 13 9320 Microsoft Windows 11; 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-1360P; 16GB DDR5 6,400MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
HP Pavilion Aero Laptop 13 Microsoft Windows 11 Home; 2.9GHz AMD Ryzen 5 7535U; 16GB DDR5 6,400MHz RAM; 512MB AMD Radeon graphics; 256GB SSD
Acer Swift Go 14 Microsoft Windows 11 Home; 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-13700H; 16GB DDR5 4,788MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB SSD
HP Dragonfly Pro Microsoft Windows 11 Home; 2.7GHz AMD Ryzen 7 7736; 16GB DDR5 6,400MHz; 512MB AMD Radeon graphics; 512GB SSD
HP Pavilion Plus Laptop 14 (2022) Microsoft Windows 11 Pro; 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-12700H; 16GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 1TB SSD

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