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HP Pavilion x360 Convertible Review




For individuals on the go, convertible laptops are heaven-sent. Combining a tablet and notebook into one lessens the number of items to pack in bags, making it convenient for everyone, especially for digital creatives. Enter the HP Pavilion x360 Convertible, a premium convertible laptop from HP. Here’s our take on it.

Design and Construction

The HP Pavilion x360 has a premium and elegant design with its anodized silver finish, the reflective HP logo on the lid adding a nice touch as well. Upon lifting the top, the inside also has the same finish, with the chiclet backlit keyboard and a decent-sized trackpad. The trackpad has a silver reflective trim surrounding it. Above the keyboard are the Bang & Olufsen speakers, modern-looking thanks to its triangular design.

Using the keyboard feels rather odd as the keys are raised a little high and they have a rather large key travel between them, making it a bit exhausting on the hands and wrists. They also feel quite springy when being typed on and produce an audible clicking sound. No doubts about the trackpad as it’s responsive and as mentioned, sized decently.

The Pavilion x360 Convertible is named as such as it’s a laptop and tablet in one. It possesses 360-degree flexibility that allows it to be used in different modes. On one can turn it into a tablet with touch screen capabilities, fold it with the keyboard at the bottom for entertainment purposes, or position it in tent-like mode on a flat surface or your lap.

When it comes to ports, the Pavilion x360 has a fingerprint scanner, SD card reader, USB Type C, USB Type A, HDMI port, and the charging port on the right. Situated on the left are the power button, 3.5mm audio port, a Kensington lock, and another USB Type A port.

Display and Multimedia

Possessing a 14-inch screen, the Pavilion x360 comes with a Full HD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Colors are vibrant and accurate on the screen, a factor that’s a plus since the laptop was produced with creatives in mind.

As stated earlier, it’s a convertible laptop, so the display has touchscreen support. Using fingers is alright, but it would be ideal to use a pen on the screen to reduce fingerprint marks and oil on it.

With the speakers provided by Bang & Olufsen, the audio is loud. When we say loud, we really mean loud. We set the audio at 50%, and the sound filled the entire room; moving it up to maximum, we could go to a different room and still hear it. It’s loud and clear; however, putting it at maximum volume and within proximity will make your ears ring. Folding the laptop with the keyboard side outwards and as the base, the sound is audible and not muffled at all, making it pretty impressive.

Performance and Benchmarks

An 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor powers the Pavilion x360, paired with NVIDIA GeForce Graphics and 8GB of RAM. It has Windows Home as its operating system and comes equipped with a couple of Microsoft programs such as Office, Edge, Paint 3D, Game Bar, as its pre-installed applications. It also has HP programs such as HP JumpStart, HP Pen Control, HP CoolSense, pre-installed. Tasks such as writing, browsing, file transfers, and multimedia viewing is a breeze with this one. A minor issue though is that when using the HP Tilt Pen to draw, there’s a slight lag between hand movement and the screen.

On Geekbench, the Pavilion x360 Convertible scored:

As for the Crystal Disk Mark scores, the Pavilion x360 delivered:

Sequential Read – 558.7 MB/s
Sequential Write – 305.4 MB/s

Battery Life

We ran the Pavilion through our usual video loop test (1080p movie, 50% brightness, 50% sound with headphones, airplane mode, balanced power setting) to check out its battery life. The Pavilion x360 Convertible gave us about 13 hours of continuous playback.

Conclusion

The HP Pavilion x360 Convertible is gorgeous, elegant, and impressive. There’s bound to be a couple of people who will be awed at the 360-degree folds and flexibility this laptop could do. Not to mention, it also makes lives more convenient by being a laptop and tablet in one. There’s a slight issue with the lag between pen and the tablet, but we’re confident that it can be fixed by calibrating the pen better. It’s premium, light, gets the job done, and worth considering. You can purchase the HP Pavilion x360 Convertible for PHP 62,990.

HP Pavilion x360 Convertible specs

  • 14.0-inch diagonal FHD IPS micro-edge WLED-backlit touch screen (1920×1080)
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce Graphics
  • 8GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM
  • 128GB SSD + 1TB HD
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Bang & Olufsen Play, Dual Speakers
  • HP Wide Vision HD Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone
  • HDMI port
  • headphone/microphone combo
  • 2x USB Type-A port
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • 1 multi-format SD Card reader
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2 combo
  • From 1.59 kg
  • 32.35 x 22.42 x 1.97 cm

What we liked:

  • 360-degree flexibility
  • Great design and finish
  • Speakers
  • Touchscreen capability
  • FHD+ screen
  • Numerous ports

What we didn’t:

  • The keyboard
  • Lag issue when using the pen



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