HP Pavilion 550-153 Review

July 8, 2023
David Sunnyside

The hp pavilion 550-153 review is HP’s thinnest Pavilion laptop yet, its first with an OLED display, and it’s available at a great sale price. Unfortunately, its performance is limited by the 45-watt CPU. However, the excellent keyboard, touchpad and build quality make up for it.

The Pavilion Plus 14 is incredibly thin and light for a laptop at this price, with a plastic display bezel that’s smaller than most competing models. It measures 0.72 inches and weighs 3.09 pounds. That’s even thinner than the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 and Asus Vivobook S 14X, both of which have better displays but are also more expensive.

On our productivity tests, the Pavilion Plus 14 was quick and responsive. It couldn’t complete the PCMark 10 Applications test, though, indicating that it might struggle with some more complex tasks. Similarly, it couldn’t run the 3DMark Time Spy or Fortnite benchmarks at high settings. That doesn’t necessarily mean the laptop won’t be a good gaming computer, but it probably won’t handle demanding games very well.

The Pavilion Plus 14 has plenty of ports, including two USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports and two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports. There’s also a full-size HDMI port and a 3.5mm audio jack, although Thunderbolt 4 support is missing. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 provide wireless connectivity. The battery life is a bit disappointing, lasting only seven hours on our video playback test, so you’ll need to keep the charger handy if you plan on working all day.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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