Let’s check out HP’s latest convertible PC.
2-in-1 hybrid notebooks usually are hit or miss. Luckily for HP’s latest convertible laptop, it’s definitely a hit. Their latest Pavilion convertible computer stands out as a good choice if you’re looking for a notebook that you can also use as a tablet.
From the outside, the silver exterior of the HP Pavilion x360 screams sleekness and awesomeness, it’s small enough to carry around but big enough so you feel like you’re working on a full-sized notebook.
The x360 features a 360-degree geared hinge that enables it to be used in a variety of different ways: a normal notebook, or in a tablet mode where you can use the included stylus to scribble notes or draft your drawings.
You open up the x360 and you’ll immediately see the 14-inch touchscreen that features multi-touch support. It’s bright and crisp, letting you enjoy the widescreen estate that features a 1920-by-1080 pixel resolution. It’s a bit reflective, but still viewable even when used outside.
The awesome silver finish extends to the keyboard and the trackpad, where on top you’ll find the speaker grill that hides behind an awesome looking pattern. In the middle, you’ll find the secondary camera that activates when you’re using the x360 in tablet mode.
The x360 we’ve got for testing has some pretty modest specifications: an 8th-generation Core i3 CPU with 4 GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive. The speakers are from Bang & Olufsen while the graphics is powered by an Intel UHD Graphics 620.
There are also a plethora of connectivity ports present on the x360, including HDMI, USB 3.0, USB Type-C, an SD card reader and even a fingerprint sensor.
From the specifications, the x360 isn’t made to be a gaming machine, but it still excels in everyday tasks. The various improvements on Windows 10 along with the tablet-friendly updates also make this a wonderful tablet as well.
While I mostly used it in notebook mode, it was easy to switch to tablet mode and start navigating with my hands and/or the stylus. The screen is responsive, but as with all touchscreen notebooks, I spent some time cleaning the screen of fingerprints and smudges after I’ve used it.
That being said, the specifications of the x360 unit we have tested does have its limits, and if you’re going to invest in a convertible computer, it’s best to get something with a faster processor and a higher RAM count.
We’re also not fans of the different bloatware that comes with the x360. Just for once we’d prefer to receive a notebook that doesn’t have annoying extra software that pops up every minute asking you to activate/register.
Overall, the HP Pavilion 14-cd0000 x360 Convertible PC still excels as a 2-in-1 convertible PC despite its flaws. It’s one of the few tablet/notebook hybrids we’d definitely recommend.
+ Sleek design
+ Includes a fingerprint sensor
+ Great touchscreen
Final Rating: 3.5/5