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[Review] HP 15-eg0021nr: Perfect for (Just about) Everybody


Pros
  • Elegant and very compact design
  • Full HD IPS Screen with micro-edge
  • Core i7 Processor (11th generation)
  • USB-C input with DisplayPort 1.4 interface
Cons
  • The keyboard does not have a backlight
  • It does not have a dedicated graphics card
When you're a power user, finding the perfect laptop that fits your needs without emptying out your bank account is far from easy. In most cases, we end up either overpaying for a particular brand or design, or we end up with a device that's underspeced having to replace it in 2-3 years because it can't keep up with your daily throttle. 

That's why today we're excited to talk about a notebook that seems to have struck the perfect balance between high-end specs, stylish design, and an affordable price point

We're talking about the HP Pavilion 15-eg0021nr, a model that's managed to accrue excellent reviews and that's well on track to being one of the best laptops for professionals of 2021. Without further ado, let's see what we're dealing with here.




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HP Pavilion 15-eg0021nr Specs


Make model HP Pavilion 15-eg0021nr
Dimensions 14.18 x 9.21 x 0.7 inches
Weight 3.86 pounds
Panel IPS | 15.6-inch
Resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Processor Intel Core i7-1165G7 (4 cores up to 4.70 GHz)
RAM 16GB (DDR4)
Graphic Controller Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage 512GB (SSD)
Drums 3 cells (Lithium)
Operating system Windows 10 Pro
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6 
Bluetooth 5.0 
USB-A (x2) 
USB-C | Power Delivery | DisplayPort 1.4 
HDMI 2.0 
Audio combo connector 
SD card reader 
HD webcam 
Digital microphone


Who's it for?

This laptop is the perfect option for small business owners, professionals who need a no-nonsense device, and students looking to work with demanding apps. 

Its Core i7 processor coupled with its massive RAM and generous battery life means that this laptop is up for just about anything you throw at it. Be it working with CPU-intensive software, programming, chatting with friends, editing pictures on Photoshop, or doing simple spreadsheet tasks, this laptop's got you covered. 

What's more, thanks to the ample RAM you don't have to coddle it and worry about overworking the system every time you have two or more programs open. 

We would NOT recommend this particular model for graphic designers or gamers who would need dedicated graphics.

Design

HP Pavilion 15-eg0021nr: Core i7 ultrabook with SSD drive and Windows 10 Pro
Design-wise, the 15-eg0021nr is quite compelling. Featuring a simple yet elegant minimalistic design that's got us hooked since we first laid eyes on it and observing the unwritten rule of delivering a quality build when you're trying to appeal to the professional-grade user.

It's also quite portable, weighing less than 4 pounds and measuring under 0.7 inches for optimal portability. 

Keyboard and Trackpad

The workspace is defined by a full-sized QWERTY keyboard, designed to edit documents and spreadsheets with the fluency you need. As is expected in a 15.6-inch laptop, there's a dedicated numeric pad on the right-hand side which is very useful for professionals who work a lot with numbers. 

With no backlighting, this keyboard ensures a pleasant typing experience, as long as you work in places that are well-lit or you're a touch-typist. The trackpad also works as expected, with ample space to accommodate all sorts of gestures.  

Perhaps the only flaw, or con, that we see to the HP 15-eg0021nr is the lack of a backlit keyboard. It's quite odd within this price range. For many people, this isn't a big deal but for others, it's an absolute deal-breaker so it's a shame that HP didn't integrate it onto the laptop and let the user decide if he wanted it or not. However, this isn't the first time that HP has refrained from including a backlit keyboard on a professional-oriented device. 

Just last week we talked about the HP 15-dy2021nr, a more decaffeinated version of this model that also opted to not include this feature.

Display

The 15-dy2021nr mounts a 15.6-inch LED screen, whose Full HD resolution allows you to work and enjoy your entertainment with a clear, colorful (45% NTSC) and bright (250 nits) viewing quality.

Another of its great advantages, in order to offer you a truly immersive experience, lies in the thinness of its side bezels and in the implementation of IPS technology, to expand the viewing angles by up to 178º.

That said, while users seem to generally be happy with the display, we would point out that it's not the high-end display you can see on a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air. You need to remember that this laptop is packing heat on its insides, and so they might skimp on other features to turn a profit.

As we've pointed out previously, this is where the HP 15-eg0021nr really makes its mark. Specifically, this model is powered by an 11th generation Intel Core i7-1165G7. This is just about the best processor you can buy on a consumer laptop that still values battery life. It features 4 cores, 12 MB of caché, and can reach a clock speed of up to 4.7 GHz. 

Couple that processor with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM working at 3200 MHz for maximum bandwidth and you've got yourself a laptop that's capable of dealing with the most intensive multitaskers out there. 

Doesn't matter if you like to have 2 or 20 tabs open at any given time while listening to Spotify and downloading 10 gigs of files, this configuration's got you covered. 

Finally, once you finish this with 512 GB of SSD storage it's clear that HP went in for the kill. In the event that you haven't upgraded your computer in a few years and you're coming from a laptop with a mechanical hard drive, you should know that packing an SSD means it can work up to 15 times faster on just about everything you do. Seriously. Once you switch to an SSD-bearing laptop you can never go back.

Ultimately, this is the configuration you'd expect for a high-end laptop and as such, you can expect to be able to perform most intensive tasks without even breaking a sweat. But don't take our word for it, see for yourself what customers are saying about this laptop's speed.

Ports and Connectivity

Regarding its integrated connections, it is worth highlighting the incorporation of adapters, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, to ensure a fast internet connection and easy pairing of our wireless peripherals. 

BTW, if you've never heard of WiFi 6 you should know that the WiFi consortium finally decided to change the nomenclature to naming them with numbers and WiFi 6 would be the equivalent of the previous 802.11 ax standard, a step above the previous WiFi 802.11 ac standard - now known as WiFi 5-.

Also, the incorporation of a USB-C input with DisplayPort 1.4 interface and Power Delivery support , allows you not only to transfer data in much less time, but also to connect monitors and charge compatible external devices.

The set of solutions that complete this section include 2 USB-A inputs, a micro SD card slot, an HDMI 2.0 output, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and an HD resolution webcam.

Battery Life

It's pointless to have the HP Pavilion 15-eg0021nr feature a stylish and portable design if you're going to have to carry the power supply everywhere you go. With that in mind, while this laptop doesn't feature what we'd call an impressive battery life, it does feature a respectable one. What's respectable? Up to 8 hours according to HP. 

Having said that, we always advise people to take the official battery life and remove about 30% of it and that should give you a closer idea of what "actual battery life" is like.  Keeping that in mind you should estimate roughly 5 hours which is ok but hardly impressive by any standards and well below the 18 hours you can get on a MacBook Air. 


Bottom Line: Is the HP Pavilion 15-eg0021nr worth buying?

Wrapping up this review of the HP 15-eg0021nr we're pretty confident that this laptop is ready to suit most users.

If you're a powerhouse professional looking for a quality-build high-end laptop at a reasonable price point and you plan on using it for CPU-intensive tasks while not worrying about storage capacity then this laptop is an excellent deal for you.  

On the other hand, if you're not really a powerhouse user but money is no object and you want to get a laptop that will last you for several years then this is also a great option for you. 

Ultimately, gamers and graphic designers aside, it's hard to see whom this laptop wouldn't please.