HP Pavilion X2 10.1-inch Detachable Laptop Review

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The HP Pavilion x2 Detachable 10.1 is a laptop-tablet hybrid that promises to give you the best of both worlds. It is a little light on features and speed, but it makes up for those drawbacks with long a battery life and the added utility of a detachable In-Plane Switching (IPS) touch screen. It is powered by with a moderately powerful 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3736F processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. To make up for the device’s little drive space and memory, it comes with a year of Office 365 and OneDrive cloud storage. Pavilion x2 is a great choice for users after flexibility with their PC and Computing. It is designed to fit into once lifestyle with four modes to work in. You can easily switch between four modes to suit your needs. It is designed to rotate through 360 degrees, so you can use it in laptop, tent, stand and tablet modes. As such you can check your email, work on documents and spreadsheets, create presentations, video conference, collaborate, share files and more.

DESIGN

HHJThe compact, all-gray polycarbonate body of the Pavilion x2 gives the system a sleek look. It also comes in orange red and silver colors. The pavilion measures 10.39 x 6.81 x 0.78 inches and it weighs 2.62 pounds when in laptop mode. The pavilion comes out thinner and lighter than its competitor the Acer Aspire Switch 10E which measures 0.31 x 7.09 x 1.01 inches and weighs 2.82 pounds. On our battery test, the pavilion lasted for 9 hours and 33 minutes with continuous web surfing. This was far much better than the average of 8:04 seen in most ultraportable laptops. It could not oust the Asus Transformer Book TP 200SA which lasted 10:56. It however outdid the Acer Aspire Switch 10E and the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 at 8:28 and 6:42 consecutively. The battery capacity is therefore decent enough for you to walk around with the detachable for a whole day with less worry.

PERFORMANCE

The HP Pavilion x2 is powered by a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3736F Processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of flash storage. The storage can however be doubled to 64GB by purchasing the improved edition of this device. This combo budget parts do not promise to take you to the next level in the tech world. They are only decent enough to handle typical tasks such as web browsing, document edit or streaming of videos. Multitasking with the pavilion will definitely make it slow down, but this was expected given that it’s a budget machine. The overall system performance of the Pavilion on the Geekbench 3 tests were fair enough. It scored 2,289 better than the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP 2000 which scored 1,315.

The HP Pavilion is not a gaming machine, so gaming enthusiasts should keep their expectations in check. It comes with Intel HD Graphics and low-power CPU that does not allow the device to play games without experiencing some lag and stuttering.

CONNECTIVITY

The connectivity department in the pavilion is well staffed with both current and futuristic features. It comes with one USB 2.0 port for connecting your printer, flash drive or mouse and USB Type C port for charging and transfer of data. There is a microSD slot and a Micro HDMI port for connecting to a larger external display such as monitors or HDTVs. Internet connectivity is available by way of 802.11b/g/n that is moderately faster. There is also Bluetooth for pairing with compatible devices for faster transfer of data.

DISPLAY

HHHThe 10.1 inch touchscreen display comes with IPS technology which offers wide viewing angles with 1280×800 resolution. This is an average display even among its budget competition with less bright and vivid images as seen on the pricier Dell Inspiron 3000. On the light meter the pavilion produces 264 nits of brightness similar to the Aspire Switch 10 and brighter than the Transformer Book Flip TP200SA at 243 nits. There is an HP TrueVision HD Webcam above the display which captures all the details with vibrant clarity. The webcam comes in handy when making video calls and taking selfies.

The keyboard on the pavilion is not at its best as HP compromised on the size of keys to make it fit on the diminutive lower half. The keys are 25 percent smaller measuring at 11x10mm compared to the standard keyboard which measures 12x12mm. Typing on this keyboard is quite a challenge but at least it has a relatively standard 1.477 mm key travel. The touchpad on the other hand measures 3.75 x 1.75 (WXH) inches. The height is minimal that might leave your fingers scrolling off the touchpad but the width offers enough room to move from side to side. There are powerful speakers located on the sides of the display tuned by Bang & Olufsen. The speakers are capable of delivering a full bodied sound without much distortion.

CONCLUSION

The HP pavilion x2 suffices as a budget device with a small body which is light and sturdy. Being a budget laptop, it offers an above-average performance with 9.5 hours of battery and impressive front-facing speakers. The Asus Transformer Book T100HA is better placed as budget detachable due to its extra ports and larger system memory. Equipping the Pavilion x2 with a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3736F processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage makes it efficient for day-to-day computing tasks. Do not expect to run demanding applications such as Adobe Photoshop because of its low system memory. The keyboard is a bit cramped, but then being a 10.1 inch size, it couldn’t have been any bigger. However if you fancy a better keyboard and a brighter display, then you might consider the Dell Inspiron 3000. But if you are after portability and impressed with the idea of a detachable, then you will find the HP Pavilion a decent windows 2-in-1 choice for you.