October 19 2017
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HP Pavilion X360 Convertible Review: Awesome Laptop, Okay Tabprovides

The HP Pavilion X360 made its debut at the MWC in February and made its debut in India some months back. The HP Pavilion X360 is representative of its name, as it turns around 360 degrees and transforms into a tablet. Mid-range convertibles are all the rage today and the HP Pavilion has tried to make its mark with a price tag of Rs. 39,990.

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Is it worth the price? Let’s find out.

Build and Design

The HP Pavilion X360 looks great but seems a tad heavy at 1.4 Kg. The weight does give it stability when you carry it around though. When it comes to looks, this is a good looking device. We had a silver one for review, which looked pretty good. The Finish keeps fingerprints away. The HP logo sits right in the middle and lights up mildly, which you will be able to see only in complete darkness.

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The hinges provide the HP Pavilion X360 stability and it makes it easy to use it as a convertible without thinking twice.

The 11.6-inch touch-enabled display is surrounded by a black bezel having a glossy finish. The rest of the frame sports a matt finish.

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The keyboard, though not backlit, is easy to use. It comes with a brushed aluminium finish, with chiclet-style keys. You can control the brightness from the keyboard using the keyboard while there is actually a physical volume rocker which works both in the tablet and laptop mode. The keyboard is easy to use and the key feedback is brilliant. You can expect your typing speed to improve once you start spending time with the device.

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The matt finish continues with the trackpad. HP calls it Imagepad and offers multi-touch gesture support. It gives good feedback you can easily work around it and your wrists will be at rest while typing.

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The HP Pavilion X360 is one of the last products from the HP-Beats partnership and sports the Beats Audio logo.

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HP Pavilion X360 (7)

In terms of connectivity, the HP Pavilion X360 offers many connectivity ports.  On the right side of the keyboard, there is an ethernet port, an HDMI port, a USB 3.o port, a USB 2.0 port, a charging port and an SD card reader. On the left side, there is a physical volume rocker, a USB 2.0 port, a power button and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The two speakers are located at the bottom. It seems HP could have done better by placing them somewhere else on the body.

Overall, the HP Pavilion X360 looks and feels like a premium device.

Convertibility

The 360-degree hinge provides the HP Pavilion X360 a great degree of flexibility. You can use the laptop in many modes whether it be the tablet mode, the laptop mode or somewhere in between. The keyboard doubles up as a stand for the tablet. You can use this laptop in many ways – as a photo frame, a video player or a news reader. As soon as you turn around the X360, the keyboard is disabled.

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The tablet is base heavy and you will the bulk when you carry it around. There is a small design flaw though – the base panel doesn’t clasp the display and is also longer than the display, which kind of makes usage as a tablet a little uncomfortable. This has been done so that you can get the sound from the speakers placed at the bottom.

The device performs brilliantly in the laptop mode, but as a tablet, it kind of nosedives. Furthermore, the sunlight visibility of the display is also a little painful and further mars the device’s usage as a tablet.

Display

HP Pavilion X360 has an 11.6-inch anti-glare LED Backlit touch screen with 1366 x 768p resolution. The display works well in the laptop mode, but its lack of sunlight visibility kinds of lets the rest of the laptop down. Viewing angles aren’t wide and the color balance is also out of bounds. More thought could have got into the display.

Software

The HP Pavilion X360 comes with a 64-bit Windows 8.1 OS. We did receive the Windows 10 update during the course of our review.

HP also bundles additional software with the laptop, including CyberLink YouCam and PowerDVD, Adobe Shockwave Player, HP Connected Music, HP Support apps, McAfee LiveSafe, HP CoolSense, HP ProtectSmart, Skype, Amazon Kindle and 7-Zip among other HP apps and casual games. These apps can be easily uninstalled if you don’t require these.

Performance

The HP Pavilion X360 comes with a 2.16-GHz Intel Pentium N3520 quad-core processor with 4GB RAM under the hood. The processor architecture is similar to the Bay Trail Atom processors and can take on a lot of tasks. Regular usage gave us no room for complaints. But if you really use it for heavy gaming, the HP Pavilion X360 will start lagging. On the upside, most of regular work apps will work well on this laptop.

As far as the battery life goes, the HP Pavilion X360 is just okay. It can last up to 3-4 hours of regular usage.

The HD front cam works well for video chats. The Beats audio speakers too, kind of failed to fulfill expectations.

If you want to use the HP Pavilion X360 for regular usage, as a laptop, it will give you a certain level of comfort.

Verdict

The HP Pavilion X360 works well as a laptop. It is a good looking and flexible convertible. It’s display and battery though kind of let it down, despite the fact that it’s comfort and ease of use is great in the laptop mode.

If you want to use the X360 mostly as a laptop and only sparingly as a tab, you can make do with its Rs. 39,990 price tag. It is a powerful notebook and has some really good features in tow.

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