HP Pavilion x360 Hands-on

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HP Pavilion x360 Hands-on

With the launch of the Pavilion x360, HP is taking the premium convertible design from its Spectre x360 down to a more mainstream price. While the Pavilion x360 maintains its more expensive sibling’s design, solid 360-degree rotating hinge and responsive keyboard, HP did have to make a few sacrifices to keep the price low. Mainly, the Pavilion model makes use of a plastic shell, rather than a machined metal body from the Spectre line.

However, the trade-off to using plastic for the shell is that HP is able to make the Pavilion in a variety of colors, which the company says will better suite your lifestyle. The Pavilion will be available in Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Dragonfly Blue, Cardinal Red and Sport Purple.

Additionally, there is a new digital thread design that’s imprinted on the keyboard deck. HP executives informed me that the company’s designers traveled to Milan, where they were inspired around the idea of woven thread around a hard, flat surface. The effect is that there are thin lines of color that appear to wrap around the deck of the keyboard in the area around the trackpad. The lines of “thread” also bring a fresh pop of color from the exterior shell of the Pavilion, helping to maintain color consistency between the interior keyboard deck and the exterior design of the laptop.

hpx3602.jpgUnfortunately, unlike the recently unveiled Envy x360 that were refreshed for 2016, HP’s back-to-school edition of the Pavilion doesn’t come with a future-proof USB Type-C connector. Given that there aren’t too many accessories right now sporting this connector type, it’s not a big deal, but you may need a traditional USB to USB Type-C adapter in the future when USB-C displays, hard drives, portable storage, flash drives and other peripherals become more mainstream. The Pavilions feature HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports,. One USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader and audio jack.

These convertibles come in a variety of display sizes, giving you flexibility for how you want to use the laptop. Students shopping for back-to-school who intend on carrying the x360 between classes may want to opt for an 11.6 or 13.3-inch display sizes. For a more multimedia-friendly option, the convertible also comes with a 15.6-inch display. All the screens come with a full HD 1080p resolution, except the 11.6-inch, which is only available with an HD panel.

hpx3603.jpgHP claims the laptops come with about 10 hours of battery life — 10 hours for the 11.6-inch model, 9 hours on the 13.3-inch and 9.25 hours on the 15.6-inch. All the laptops come with a choice of Intel Celeron, Pentium or up to a 6th generation Intel Core i processor. The 11.6-inch maxes out with a Core i3 CPU, while the 15.6-inch can be configured with either a Core i3 or i5 processor. The largest Pavilion x360 can be outfitted with up to an i7 processor along with discrete NVIDIA GeForce 930M graphics. While the dGPU won’t be good for intensive game play, it will help you play moderately intensive games and with productivity tasks.

The Pavilion x360 will be available starting this month at $379. The 11.6-inch model will be available starting May 15. The 13.3-inch will arrive on May 29 starting at $479 and the 15.6-inch model arrives May 25 starting at $579. HP says that different retailers may carry different configurations and color options for the Pavilion.