HP Pavilion X360 review

9 May 2014

The X360 flips from laptop to tablet in the blink of an eye, but poor battery life and a dull display weaken its appeal

Price when reviewed: 
350(£349 inc VAT)
Buy it now for 
4

The Pavilion X360 isn’t just another boring me-too laptop. This £349 Windows 8 hybrid bravely takes on Lenovo’s double-jointed Yoga range with a twin-hinge convertible design and one of Intel's Bay Trail Celeron CPUs. See also: what's the best laptop you can buy in 2014?

HP Pavilion X360 review

HP Pavilion X360: Design

It’s certainly a distinctive-looking hybrid, and it feels like a high-quality piece of kit. Available in eye-popping red or a more subdued silver, the Pavilion X360’s soft-touch plastics have a pleasantly rubbery feel, and the sturdy base and lid are connected by a strong-feeling hinge. HP’s done a grand job of squeezing in a fine keyboard and usable touchpad, too.

Push the display backwards and – as with Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 2 – it’s possible to use the HP in a variety of positions. The display can swivel all the way back into tablet mode, or fold around to turn the base into a makeshift stand. It works well, but it feels unwieldy in tablet mode – it’s 22mm thick, and, at 1.48kg, it’s immensely heavy by tablet standards.

HP Pavilion X360: Performance

An Intel Celeron N2820 CPU joins forces with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD. This low-power, dual-core processor provides a usable level of performance – in our Real World Benchmarks, the HP scored 0.36 – but in combination with a mechanical hard disk it suffers the occasional bout of hiccuping and grinding. Battery life is poor, too: the Pavilion X360 lasted only 4hrs 25mins in our light-use test.

HP Pavilion X360 review

It’s the X360’s touchscreen that really lets the side down. To keep the budget in check, HP has used a low-quality TN panel, and it shows. The maximum brightness of 202cd/m2 is mediocre, and the contrast ratio of 217:1 is disappointing even by budget standards. For a display designed to be viewed from every angle, the washed-out colours, low brightness and narrow viewing angles are a terrible combination.

HP Pavilion X360: Verdict

Even though the price is appealing, the HP Pavilion X360 suffers from too many compromises. The Asus VivoBook X200CA offers similar performance and battery life for £50 less, while the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 11in shows exactly how a hybrid should be made for £500. It is a promising effort, though, and a better quality screen would transform the HP’s appeal.

Details

Price ex VAT £292
Price inc VAT £350
Overall rating 4
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5
Performance 2

Warranty

Warranty 1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions 308 x 215 x 22mm (WDH)
Weight 1.480kg
Travelling weight 1.8kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Celeron N2820
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Memory type DDR3L
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 0

Screen and video

Screen size 11.6in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Resolution 1366 x 768
HDMI outputs 1

Drives

Capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter yes
Bluetooth support yes

Other Features

USB ports (downstream) 2
3.5mm audio jacks 1
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader no
MMC (multimedia card) reader no
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.9mp

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 4hr 25min
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.36
Responsiveness score 0.57
Media score 0.33
Multitasking score 0.19

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 8.1 64-bit
OS family Windows 8

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