When it comes to budget-friendly 2-in-1s, the HP Pavilion x360 is a champion. For $449, it offers a flexible design, excellent battery, and a powerful Core M CPU. In the following sections, we shed light on every feature of this gorgeous gadget.
HP Pavilion x360 – Design:
The black plastic interior and the rounded edges of the x360 remind us of the iconic Dell XPS 13. The screen, keyboard, and the speakers are well-placed within a sturdy chassis. Apart from the default Natural Silver color, the swappable lid is available in Minty Green or Sunset Red, for an additional $10. At 3.2 pounds, the x360 is a bit on the heavier side.
Performance – Behold the Power of Core M:
This hybrid is powered by an Intel M-Y510c processor that does a terrific job when it comes to multitasking. Clocked at 1.9GHz, this dual-core chip doesn’t require a cooling fan since it produces very little heat. The CPU is perfectly complemented by 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. When tested using Geekbench 3, the HP scored 3,992 which is pretty good for a convertible. The graphics and hard drive speed (82 MB/sec) are also impressive. This hybrid has no discrete graphics card, but its Intel HD graphics are sufficient to play most 3D games at a low resolution.
Battery Life and Display:
The battery life is very important for a hybrid laptop. The x360’s battery lasts for up to 6 hours and 26 minutes upon continuous web surfing using Wi-Fi. Although some convertibles offer slightly better battery life, they have less-powerful processors such as the Intel Atom or Pentium.
The HD screen shows ample details but the color gets slightly muted. Though the x360’s screen isn’t bad, it slightly falls behind the display of the Inspiron 11 from Dell, but the latter has a weaker processor.
HP Pavilion x360 – Versatile Machine:
The HP Pavilion x360 has a pair of 360-degree hinges that allow the laptop to convert into four forms – Laptop, Tent, Stand and Tablet mode. The folding action is smooth and the hinges are strong enough to withstand heavy duty. Whenever you are switching from Laptop mode to Tablet mode, the Windows 10 OS reorients itself within two seconds.
The x360 is the first laptop to feature the B&O Play software that optimizes the sound produced by a pair of speakers mounted at the bottom. This 11.6-inch hybrid fills a large room with crystal clear audio. The audio quality of this hybrid rivals that of the laptops that cost twice its price.
HP Pavilion x360 – Software and Verdict:
The HP Pavilion x360 arrives with a clean install of Windows 10. HP’s utility software includes the Connected Drive, a cloud storage application that lets you transfer up to 100MB of files between ten devices. The Connected Music app helps you listen to Internet Radio while the Connected Photo allows you to upload and access pics across multiple devices. This 2-in-1 also comes with a 1-month free trial of McAfee’s anti-virus software.
The HP Pavilion x360 is an inexpensive 2-in-1 hybrid that is powerful enough to serve as your primary computer. In a sleek convertible frame, HP has packed a great CPU, a solid battery, and an impressive audio system.