With mountains of e-waste and devices that are extremely difficult to recycle, the tech industry has an issue with sustainability.
HP is one of the companies fighting back, with its updated Pavilion range the first consumer PCs to be made from recycled and ocean-bound plastics. There are three models to choose from, with the company refreshing the 13in, 14in and 15in laptops we’ve seen in previous generations.
The full lineup has also been updated to the new Tiger Lake chipsets, joining the likes of Samsung and Acer in sporting Intel’s latest processors. They’ll also come with Intel’s new Xe integrated graphics, described as a “major upgrade” over last year’s Gen11.
In addition to the sustainable sourcing of materials, the other big design change is the eye-catching new colour options. There are eight designs in total to choose from, including Forest Teal, Serene Pink and Fog Blue.
Elsewhere, the Pavilion 14 and 15 come with a choice of HD (1366×768) or Full HD (1080p) touchscreens, although we’d recommend most people opt for the latter. The Pavilion 13 offers a choice between 1080p and 4K displays. These are housed within some extremely slim bezels, but there’s still room for a full size keyboard and fingerprint sensor whichever model you choose.
HP says the Pavilion 13 will get 8.5 hours on a single charge, with the 14in and 15in models squeezing an extra 15 minutes or so out of the battery. Specific capacities haven’t been revealed, although this does sound a bit underwhelming. It’s good news, then, that fast charging supports means you should be able to get 50% battery in just 30 minutes.
The Pavilion line has always been a more affordable alternative to the HP Envy, and it looks set to stay that way, with the Pavilion 14 and 15 starting at £429.99 and £399.99 respectively. However, the latter offers more flexibility, with options for AMD Ryzen 4000 series processors and dedicated Nvidia graphics cards on high-end models.
UK pricing is yet to be confirmed for the 13in model, although that probably has something to do with the January 2021 release date. The Pavilion 14 and 15 will both be available this November.
Check out our best laptop chart to see what they’ll be up against.