HP Pavilion x360 laptop bends over backwards

pavilion x360 - tent.jpg

 

The HP Pavilion x360 will bend over backwards to work exactly how you need it to work. And, no, that isn’t a figure of speech. This new, colorful convertible laptop will handle your everyday tasks. It’ll lock into any position you need. The best part: It’s not going to break the bank – or even dent it. Keep reading for this hands-on, first look at the latest HP laptop that also works as a tablet.

 

First, we’ll start with the obvious. When you open it up, the x360 looks like an (un)conventional laptop. Oh, sure, it’s got a keyboard and it opens up clamshell-style, but that double-hinged mechanism connecting the touchscreen to the base is what makes all the difference. You know how many laptops have a limited range for how far you can angle the display? Just keep going here. You can push it to stand firm at any angle that works for you. Or set it up into a digital tee-pee. Or fold the screen back so that you can use it like some tablet with privileges.

 

I have a quick video here that walks you through the basics of why this is kinda cool. Check that out here:

 

 

 

Let me say that I’m a long-standing, huge fan of the x2 2-in-1 detachable PCs here at HP. That much is on-record. So when I first caught wind of the x360, I wasn’t sure where this’d fit into the equation. It’s got a 10-point touch ,11.6-inch screen (1366 by 768 resolution) like the Pavilion 11 x2, it houses an Intel Bay Trail CPU (an N3520, from what I’ve heard), but it’s starting at a mere $399. Nice, right?

 

OK, I covered this all in the above video, but a couple of the other burning questions that you probably have about what’s under the hood:

  • It has two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port (with sleep-charging)
  • HDMI Out
  • Ethernet Jack
  • SD card slot
  • Data SIM card
  • Headset jack and volume rocker switch
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • 500GB HDD
  • Beats Audio – which actually sounds pretty solid. I’ll get to that in a minute.
  • All together, this weighs around 3.08 pounds. 

pavilion x360 - tablet.jpgIf I were buying this, I’d opt for the 500 GB hybrid drive upgrade (It is faster than the starter model) and bump the RAM to 8GB. Of course, I’d snag the brilliant red model you see in all these pictures. What can I say? It looks kinda slick. For those that want to tone it down: There is a silver model coming out as well.

 

I was tinkering with an early, tricked out x360 model for some tests, but I couldn’t give you an accurate read on final performance scores on it yet since this isn't a final unit. (For a little perspective, the somewhat similarly stacked Pavilion 11 x2 boots in about 12.35 seconds. I'll report back after final product ships February 26th here in the states.)

 

In everyday tasks, it held up just fine. In fact, my initial edits of the above video were quickly cobbled together on the x360. No problems running MS Office. I streamed videos and I have to confess I was treated to some reasonably solid audio through the speakers that sit just below the front-facing bottom of the keyboard. When you have the screen pushed back into tablet mode, those speakers are trained right at your face. The audio actually had a little meat you could sink your ears into – so no complaints on that end. Some gravelly Ray Charles came across just as well as some deep bass-and-brass filled Aloe Blacc lyrics declaring himself, “The Man.”

 

Of course, I was also compelled to fire up a couple test games as well – there is a “360” in its name, after all. In subjective tests, the x360 delivered for Indie-grade gaming. In the very brief time that I had with it, I was playing titles like Fez, Shadowrun Returns, Broken Age and FTL. You see, this is running UMA graphics – not discrete graphics. When you find yourself wanting to play games that have some touch elements, having that “tent” mode comes in pretty handy. I found myself tempted to play several games that way. Just keep in mind…this isn’t exactly a Titanfall-playing PC.

 

All right – so that’s my quick take with my limited time with the x360. Did that answer your questions? You have more for me now?

 

Let me know!

 

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by tialing April

wow i like it. how much for one ?

 

by GizmoGladstone April
by Akhil a month ago
How much graphics memory does it have?
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