Equipped with a blue design that changes from ordinary, the HP Pavilion 14-ec0084nf is an elegant 14-inch ultrabook which will know how to impose itself as a playful and studious companion. It concentrates a good level of power thanks to its AMD Ryzen 5 Hexa Core processor as well as a nice system responsiveness allowed by the SSD storage and 8 GB RAM, a perfect package for productive office and multimedia. The imaging is entrusted to a 14-inch IPS anti-glare screen slipped into a 1.4 kg chassis. The keyboard is comfortable and backlit, a fingerprint reader is present, the battery life reaches 7 hours and the look is neat but has already seen 14 inches thinner and the screen is of modest quality.
Specifications HP Pavilion 14-ec0084nf
|Screen (s)||14 “Full HD IPS LED micro-edge 250 nits (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Lucienne (2.1 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz|
|Graphic card||MAD Radeon RX Vega 7|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2, DP 1.4, charge), HDMI 2.0, microSD / SDHC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax, Bluetooth 5.2|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 Bang & Olufsen Audio Boost speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||8 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 43Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.4 kg / 325 x 216 x 17|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the HP Pavilion 14-ec0084nf
The design of the HP Pavilion 14-ec0084nf is elegant and discreet with an aesthetic that plays the discreet original maos. The whole case inherits a contrasting blue color with a darker tone on the back of the cover, topped with a few touches of chrome on the central logo and on a thin border that surrounds the touchpad. The back of the cover is covered with metal for extra strength and the rest is polycarbonate / plastic. The silhouette retains the angular design of its predecessor (14-dv) with protruding ridges although the cover receives a bit more curves. As always, the central hinge is there to raise the keyboard when opening the lid for typing comfort and good air circulation underneath, a good point.
The keyboard keys are backlit in white to highlight typing. It is very useful for working in all environments, even the darkest. A fingerprint reader provides Windows Hello authentication to connect to its session in an instant.
In terms of size, the ultrabook retains the measurements of its predecessor with a format of 325 x 216 mm, a thickness of 17 mm and a weight of 1.4 kg. These measurements are average for the 14 inch ultrabook category.
When opening the ultrabook, we discover a 14-inch screen placed on a micro-edge IPS panel surrounded by a black frame that is certainly refined but still present and a little intrusive. It sports an extended Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) which offers all the latitude to enjoy your content in High Definition and to modulate the display of windows on the screen. Comfort is guaranteed thanks to wide viewing angles (IPS), a respected color spectrum and an anti-reflective surface that fights against reflections in a bright environment.
A sufficiently varied connection is distributed on the sides but the compaction of the chassis led to the eviction of the Ethernet port (RJ45), it was foreseeable. There are also three USB ports including two USB 3.2 and a USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) allowing charging and video stream (DP 1.4), an HDMI 2.0 output and a microSD card reader. The latest Bluetooth 5.2 and Wifi AX modules are also on the menu for fast wireless data exchange.
Performance, battery life of the HP Pavilion 14-ec0084nf
The interest of the Pavilion 14-ec0084nf is first to look at the processor department with the support of an AMD Ryzen Lucienne (2021) Ryzen 5 5500U Hexa Corelow consumption. This shows a nice increase in performance compared to the Ryzen 5 3500U (2019), thanks in particular to the number of cores which doubles but also to the finer engraving used. It is also significantly more efficient than its predecessor of 2020 (Ryzen 5 4500U) but more noticeably. For all common office-type uses, it is perfectly at ease as an Intel Core i7-1165G7 (2021) would be, but the difference emerges more visibly on tasks that consume CPU resources that can take advantage of all cores such as content creation (editing, rendering, modeling …). Namely that we remain on low consumption (TDP 15W), so do not expect from this processor the same resources as an Octo Core-H (Ryzen 5 5600H; Cezanne) which,
Opposite, the 8 GB of RAM is the minimum in 2021 to comfortably surf Windows 10.
The graphics chip, an AMD Radeon Vega 7 built into the CPU, is more than enough for everyday work and the tasks listed above and even allows for a few games from time to time on graphically undemanding games. Most will however require to make some concessions on screen definition and / or details.
Storage is another decisive element inside the ultrabook since it is entrusted to a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD which will significantly enhance the overall responsiveness of the system on a daily basis. Overall quieter, more robust and more energy efficient than a mechanical disk, it allows Windows to achieve a remarkable level of fluidity with short load times and a performance without latencies. What is more, its capacity is nothing short of ridiculous and can accommodate a good part of your game library even if some will not find it sufficient.
Last characteristic which is important, especially on a 14 inch which is intended to move, battery life should approach 7 hours in Internet browsing via Wifi. It is in the small average.