"The performance and build quality of the HP Pavilion x360 14 are great for the price."
Attractive build quality
The keyboard is ideal for typing
Solid productivity performance
Great value for money
The screen is boring and muted
The battery life is disappointing
Not everyone has thousands of dollars to spend on a new laptop, and the new HP Pavilion x360 14 is a prime example of an affordable laptop that strives for more.
The version I received is equipped with an 8th generation quad-core processor, although a model with 10th generation processors is now also available. You can get the affordable model that I checked at <span data-location = "deeplink". Data-deeplink = "1" class = "dtcc-deeplink" data-cloudcity = "1" data-align = "" data-type = "textlink-deeplink" data-Merchant = "5d7690f161b3f3001859bd59" data-url = "https: //www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pavilion-x360-2-in-1-14-touch-screen-laptop-intel- Core-i5- 8 GB storage-128 GB solid-state drive- anodized finish in warm gold and bright gold / 6338818.p? skuId = 6338818 "data-title =" Best Buy "data-cta =" Best Buy "> Best Buyfor $ 560 with 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SATA solid-state drive (SSD).
It's an attractive price, but can such a cheap laptop possibly offer everything you need?
A design that feels should cost more
The Pavilion x360 is available in silver, but aluminum is not. You have to jump to one of the laptop's expensive cousins, such as the expensive Specter x360 13, if you want to avoid plastic.
The lid is slightly under pressure, as is the keyboard deck. However, it's nothing outrageous, especially given that you spend less than half of the money. However, this does not mean that the pavilion is weak or cheap. It's sturdy enough that you can be sure to throw it around.
The hinge, which is always important in a 360-degree convertible and can switch between clamshell, tent, media, and tablet modes, is stiff enough to keep the display steady, but smooth enough when rotating.
The Pavilion x360 is also an attractive laptop that comes in a variety of colors, including natural silver, mineral silver, warm gold, cloud blue, and light gold. Phew, that's a lot. There's either a $ 10 or $ 15 surcharge for everyone except natural silver, but each color you choose is attractive with just enough chrome and the right angles to be familiar to HP fans. It is neither a gem-cut specter nor modern Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition, but you may not care half the price.
Still, I wouldn't call the pavilion elegant. The side bezels are pretty thin and the top bezel isn't huge – but man, the chin under the display is massive. Meanwhile, the Pavilion x360 is 0.8 inches thick and 3.49 pounds a little bulky.
Budget laptops are often well-connected, and the Pavilion x360 is no exception.
It's pretty heavy for a 14-inch plastic laptop. The all-metal Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 mentioned above is available in 0.63 inches and 3.08 pounds. The weight of the Pavilion x360 is of course most important when you use it as a tablet. All of this is common with laptops in this price range, so I wasn't too surprised.
Interestingly, I noticed that budget laptops are often well-equipped with ports. The Pavilion x360 is no exception and offers a nice selection, including a USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 connector and an audio jack on the left. On the right are another USB-A port, a full-size HDMI port, a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port, and a full-size SD card reader. There is no Thunderbolt 3 support, but you can expect that at this price.
Almost first-class input options
I am a writer. No matter how good a laptop looks or how well built it is, the keyboard must be usable. Fortunately, the Pavilion x360 inherited a keyboard very similar to its Specter cousins. It's a well-known island style with keycaps that match the system color and lettering and are light but still readable. The mechanism is a bit flatter and not quite as sharp as the Specter keyboard – my personal favorite – but better than most other affordable laptops I've used. This is a real plus for this machine.
The touchpad is a lot wide, but a bit short. There is plenty of space on the keyboard for a larger touchpad. Fortunately, HP switched to Microsoft Precision touchpad drivers in its latest laptops, including the 2019 Envy 13, which I really liked. In contrast to older HP laptops with Synaptics drivers, the Pavilion x360's touchpad is very precise and reliable.
The Pavilion x360's touch display responds, another area in which you can hardly tell the difference to a more expensive premium laptop. My test device did not contain an HP Active Pen. However, if you configure a 10th generation version at HP.com, the pen is included. Accordingly, I had no opportunity to test it.
Finally, Windows 10 Hello login without a password is provided by a fingerprint reader that is conveniently located on the keyboard deck to the right of the touchpad and out of the way. It works well and is a bonus that you won't find on many affordable laptops.
Performance goes without saying
As I indicated in the introduction, my test device used an 8th generation Intel Whiskey Lake Core i5-8265U. According to our benchmarks, the Pavilion 360 developed as expected. For example, in the synthetic Geekbench 4 benchmark, the HP achieved approximately the same results as the much more expensive Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 with the same CPU.
In our more realistic handbrake test, which encodes a 420 MB video in H.265, the Pavilion x360 was faster than the Lenovo in just over five minutes and 16 seconds.
In other words, this 2-in-1 system is very fast for the typical productivity worker. You don't want to use the Pavilion x360 for video editing or high-end photo editing, but for office apps, surfing the web, consuming content and the like, everything is fine.
Note that the Pavilion x360 is now available on HP.com with the latest 10th generation Intel CPUs. For example, a model with a Core i5-10210U and a Full HD display (1,920 x 1,080) is offered for $ 630, including an active pen that is not included with Best Buy. Of course, you can also order your Pavilion x360 with a 10th generation Intel Ice Lake Core i5, and that is probably faster. Note that you can upgrade from the 128 GB SATA SSD included in my test device to a faster PCIe SSD. It's not a fast ride, but fast enough for productivity work.
You don't want to play modern games with the Pavilion x360. The Intel UHD 620 graphics won't keep up.
The battery life is a disappointment
So far, so good, at least at these prices. But what about battery life? If you are looking for a laptop that keeps you away from a plug, is the Pavilion x360 suitable?
I did our usual battery tests. Unfortunately, this is a 2-in-1 device that doesn't impress with its durability. When surfing the Internet, the Pavilion 360 lasted six and a half hours compared to the budget-oriented Acer Aspire 5 with its 15.6-inch display for nine hours. And when we dragged our test Avengers trailer, the HP lasted less than eleven hours compared to the Acer with 13 hours.
The battery life is not the strength of the Pavilion x360.
In our most demanding Basemark web benchmark test, the Pavilion x360 barely made it past two hours, while the Aspire 5 lasted an hour and forty minutes longer.
The battery life is clearly not the strength of the Pavilion x360, at least if it is configured with the Core i5 of the 8th generation. That could improve with 10th generation chips, but you definitely won't get a whole day's work with the 2-in-1 game.
A budget price, a budget ad
One component that is often affected in budget systems is the display, and the Pavilion x360 is a typical example. A full HD display like this would have been average five years ago. Today it is mediocre.
In particular, the colors are muted. Only 62 percent of sRGB and 48 percent of AdobeRGB lack some of your colors, and the accuracy is also incorrect. The contrast is also below average with a contrast ratio of 670: 1, and the brightness of 262 nits is below our 300-nit threshold.
Don't get me wrong – this isn't a bad ad by any means, but you can get a better ad, even on other affordable laptops. The Aspire 5 is a good example – it has similar colors, but its higher contrast makes productivity tasks with black text on a white background more enjoyable.
That's the story here: The Pavilion x360's display is fine for productivity work, and its 2.4 gamma is close enough to the perfect 2.2 that media consumption is a decent experience. I will notice that audio is a strength, with a lot of volume and without distortion when starting. The Pavilion x360 doesn't go beyond its weight in this category, but it isn't embarrassing either.
The HP Pavilion x360 14 is a good 2-in-1 budget, especially if you buy it on HP.com with a 10th generation CPU. It's well built, looks great, and offers great input options and solid connectivity. The battery life is disappointing. So if you don't want to carry a charger around with you, this is not the best choice. But for others, you really can't find much better for the money.
Are there alternatives?
You can collect all of your change and skip your morning stick for a while. Opt for the more expensive Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition. You'll enjoy all-metal construction and a bit more luxury, but at this price, you're opening up to a world of great options, including the Specter x360 or XPS 13 2-in-1.
If you want to stay on budget, you can opt for a bigger display, grab an Acer Aspire 5, and enjoy a much better battery life.
How long it will take?
The Pavilion x360 is a plastic laptop, but that doesn't mean it feels cheap. You'll make your money with this laptop, though the industry-standard 1-year warranty, as usual, makes you want more.
Should you buy it
Yes. It's far from perfect, but the HP Pavilion x360 14 is an affordable and attractive option for people who consider this price.