The HP Pavilion X360 is the affordable flexible laptop that you have been waiting for. With its impressive construction quality combined with the attractive price tag, if you are looking for simplicity that looks good on you, you cannot go wrong with the Pavilion X360. Looking for a bigger laptop? Check out our 17-inch laptop reviews as well!
Before diving deeper into this HP Pavilion X360 review, here is a quick overview of its specs:
CPU: Intel Celeron N2820 Dual Core Processor 2.13 GHz
OS: Windows 10
HDD: 500GB HDD 5400 rpm
RAM: 4GB, upgradable to 8GB
Display: 11.6-inch 1366×768 multitouch screen
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Touchpad size: 3.75×2.2 in
The HP Pavilion X360 comes in two colours: silver and red. The silver is cool and classy while the red is adorable and attention-grabbing. The laptop further stands out by having a display area that can fold back completely, from a closed position to laptop open, to rotating over 360 degrees to rest on its own back, hence the name.
HP calls these modes the laptop, tent, tablet and stand. Laptop mode when it is at 90 degrees immediately after opening the lid, and tent when you place both the lid and the base edges touching a surface, perfect for watching videos unobstructed. Tablet mode is when you completely close it upon its back, and stand mode is when you place it keyboard down and use the screen alone.
It is a thin 22mm, 3.2 pounds and 12.05×8.19×0.89 inches with a 500GB HDD with 4GB RAM. It is nicely small and light, and you would have no problem carrying the 11.6-inch laptop around with you in a small bag as you go about your day without noticing the weight.
It has an 11.6-inch 1366×768 display screen with multi-touch capabilities. This means that it works great in bringing out the details in whatever you are viewing. It is a little disappointing when it comes to vividness and colour quality, though.
The display also has a solid performance in both laptop mode and tablet mode. However, it does not have much to show in the way of viewing angles, which can be a little bit of a problem when you are in tablet mode and you attempt to use it while it is resting on a surface.
When switching between modes, for example moving from laptop mode to tablet mode, if you are running Windows 10, the computer will prompt you to make a selection by deciding whether to enable tablet mode or not. After making this selection, the X360 takes about 2 seconds to re-orient itself. This is very similar to another laptop we have reviewed, the Acer Spin 3, it’s worth checking out!
It comes with a generally standard set of ports and slots: 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, an HDMI slot, an expandable Ethernet slot, an SD card slot, a volume rocker on the edge for tablet mode, a Kensington lock slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
It comes with a 720p webcam, but being a budget laptop, do not get your hopes up with it. The webcam captures colour and basic movements well, but the pictures are grainy and noisy. If you intend to do a lot of remote conferencing or skyping using this laptop, consider getting a stand-alone external webcam.
The island-style keyboard is ergonomically designed at 97% of full size. This makes it very usable, with keys that have a comfortable 1.5mm travel and feedback. You will enjoy typing on it error free.
HP also stepped up a bit when it came to designing the touchpad. It is responsive, with an acceptable amount of friction, and almost completely noiseless. Every input gesture is easily received and implemented without any problems.
HP is infamous for preloading their budget laptops with bloatware, and this is no different. The many software it has can take a toll on its tiny processing power, so it is a good idea to immediately uninstall anything you do not need as soon as you can.
Full disclosure: do not expect much when it comes to the performance of the X360. It is powered by a disappointing dual-core Intel Celeron N2820 processor running at 2.13 GHz. You will therefore not be able to perform very demanding tasks on this machine. However, for simple daily tasks such as browsing, sending an email, or working on a few Word files, it works like a breeze. Forget about playing games on this computer, unless we’re talking about simple titles like Cut the Rope or Microsoft Solitaire titles.
It comes equipped with a powerful set of Beats Audio speakers. Beats Audio has almost become an industry standard for HP these days. Putting them in the X360 shows they were not willing to cheap out on it, which is great. They perform impressively, allowing you to easily fill up a room with sound when using it. The sound is also clear and smooth, and hearing it you would think it is sound coming from a much higher end machine.
For a computer with a processing power this low, you would think that it would at least translate to a longer battery life. However, this is not the case with the X360, sadly. It only has a 6-hour battery life on continuous use, which is much lower than that of other similar laptops.
1. It is very well built and looks high quality
2. It is very affordable
3. It has an impressive keyboard size
4. IIt is very user-friendly: the keyboard, the touchpad, and the touchscreen all work together to make for a very pleasant user experience.
1. The performance is a tad disappointing. If you tend to be impatient when handling some tasks, the X360 can disappoint you.
2. It is not as awesome in tablet mode as it is in laptop mode. The viewing angles are not great, and it can get a bit chunky when folded up.
The HP Pavilion X360 is the perfect laptop for you if you do not intend to burden it with difficult tasks. It is lightweight and compact, which means you can easily carry it around with you. It also makes the perfect laptop companion for homes, because it is cheap, very well built, and extremely functional. If you want a laptop that can also play the role of your tablet, this is it.
If you are not sure about buying this laptop, check out our expert laptop buying guide first!
Want a similar laptop, but from another brand? the Lenovo Flex 5 is a great choice as well!
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