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.
Summary: Costing less than $400, the HP Pavilion x360 provides a solid Windows 8.1 experience complete with a flexible multimode design, loud speakers and a responsive keyboard. The Dim display at 1366 x 768 is very disappointing, and add to the grief, the battery will not even get you thru a day of work. We still appreciate and prefer the x360’s speakers and keyboard, so choosing between the two affordable hybrids comes down to what features matter most to you.
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 HP Pavilion 11 x360 is a lightweight laptop with an 11.1in touchscreen, a colourful, simple chassis and a low-powered processor that's nonetheless a cut above that you'd find in a typical netbook. Its bright red exterior looks fantastic, and you can fold the keyboard back to turn the x360 into a slightly bulky tablet or twist the keyboard into a stand to support the screen, to make the laptop perfect for watching videos.
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