Summary: There are a few ways to think about the HP Pavilion x360. If you think of it as a cheap Windows notebook with decent performance and the added bonus of a tablet mode which you might use from time to time, it’s a pretty good machine… although not necessarily the cheapest or most compact option for folks looking for a Windows notebook.
But if you think of this as a touchscreen laptop, the wobbly screen can make it frustrating to use.
Conclusion: It's really too bad the HP Pavilion x360 suffers from poor battery life because it brings a lot to the budget hybrid table—good looks, solid build quality, a comfortable keyboard and touch pad, and impressive audio output. We prefer the Pavilion x360's keyboard, but we'd happily clack away for an extra two hours on the Yoga 2 11, and it's the latter machine that keeps our Editor's Choice honors.
Summary: For less than $400, the HP Pavilion x360 ($484 as reviewed) provides a solid Windows 8.1 experience, complete with a flexible multimode design, loud speakers and a responsive keyboard. However, the notebook's dim 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display is underwhelming, as is its short battery life.
Excerpt: The Pavilion x360 is HP's bright red entry into the hybrid PC movement. The titular 360 degrees hinge means the device can be used as either a laptop or a tablet, and the keyboard can even be used as a stand to prop the device up. Stylish and versatile, the x360 is guaranteed to get you more than a few looks. Aesthetically speaking, the x360 is a little unconventional and a little bit out there.
Conclusion: Conceptually the HP Pavilion x360 gets a lot right. It's got full Windows 8.1, it's affordable, has plenty of physical connection ports, makes light work of typing, and the multi-positional screen idea is integrated well, even if it's not an entirely original concept. It's the delivery where issues arise. The problem with the x360 are its poor screen viewing angles, limited battery life and the size and weight when being used outside of its laptop formation.
Pros: Looks pretty nifty in red, affordable for Windows 8.1, 360-degree concept is interesting, enough connection ports
Cons: Poor screen viewing angle, limited battery life, low resolution display, big screen bezel, bulky and heavy as a tablet-esque device, can be slow in use
HP's Pavilion x360 offers plenty of style and functionality at a budget price
Good Gear Guide.au
8 April 2014
Summary: HP's Pavilion x360 is a hybrid laptop for budget users. It can be easily turned into a tablet, and it has a good set of built-in features. It's screen isn't great, though, and you won't get too much performance and battery life out of it. That said, well worth looking into if you want a neat convertible Windows 8 PC for under $600.
Pros: Strong and vibrant design, Good built-in features, Comfortable keyboard
Cons: Battery life is short, Screen can be hard to view in tablet mode, Feels heavy as a tablet
Excerpt: Some firms like Asus have tried to solve the problem by building dockable keyboard attachments for Windows 8 tablets. Others such as Lenovo have been a little more creative, making Ideapad Yoga devices with flexible hinges that let users turn the laptop into a tablet by rotating its keyboard to go behind the screen.
Conclusion: Somewhat inevitably, the hybrid nature of the Pavilion x360 leads to its undoing. It's underpowered compared to similarly priced laptops, and lacks the responsiveness and lightness of dedicated tablets. It doesn't do a great job of being a truly compelling example of either of these things.