Pavilion x2 (2015)by HP

  • Pavilion x2 (2015)
  • Pavilion x2 (2015)
  • Pavilion x2 (2015)
  • Pavilion x2 (2015)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
73%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Pavilion x2 is relatively thin and light for a detachable.
  • A strong magnetic hinge makes docking the tablet to the keyboard a snap.
  • The laptop doesn't skimp on ports; it offers a USB-C and a full-sized USB 2.0 port.

CONS

  • This device is not built for multitasking.
  • The Bang & Olufsen speakers look more impressive than they sound.
  • Though it feels solid enough, its plastic body has some give.
The second-generation HP Pavilion x2 detachable laptop has undergone a complete redesign this year. It now includes a keyboard dock for real work, and a USB-C port that keeps the device ready for new connectivity standards. Thanks to its half-cylinder magnetic hinge, it is literally a snap to transform the device from laptop to tablet mode. The new Pavilion x2 is a budget Windows machine for basic Web browsing and word processing--as long as you don't do them at the same time.
NamePavilion x2 (2015)Satellite Click 10Nextbook Flexx 11Nextbook Flexx 10Aspire Switch 10 E
ManufacturerHPToshibaE-FunE-FunAcer
Techwalla Score
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List Price$300$349$227$178$280
80%

Yes, putting two windows side-by-side is nearly impossible if you actually want to see anything on either window, but if you remember that t…

Yes, putting two windows side-by-side is nearly impossible if you actually want to see anything on either window, but if you remember that this is really more of a tablet with a keyboard than a laptop, it's forgivable.

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80%

While the Bang & Olufsen branding and front-facing speaker grilles look promising, they're lightweight and lacking in bass and warmth.

While the Bang & Olufsen branding and front-facing speaker grilles look promising, they're lightweight and lacking in bass and warmth.

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70%

While [the trackpad is] wide, it’s also short, meaning your fingers frequently stray out of the box. It’s frustrating, like watching a child…

While [the trackpad is] wide, it’s also short, meaning your fingers frequently stray out of the box. It’s frustrating, like watching a child try and fail to colour within the lines.

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60%

The chiclet keyboard was a fantastic surprise. The keys are a little small, but they're correctly spaced and very responsive, with sufficien…

The chiclet keyboard was a fantastic surprise. The keys are a little small, but they're correctly spaced and very responsive, with sufficiently firm rebound.

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It also won’t open any wider [than 135 degrees], so there’s no risk of it tipping over unless you push at the screen with a bit of force.

It also won’t open any wider [than 135 degrees], so there’s no risk of it tipping over unless you push at the screen with a bit of force.

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The HP Pavilion x2 is about as plastic as a laptop can get without a single bit of metal, but the overall unit feels sturdy enough.

The HP Pavilion x2 is about as plastic as a laptop can get without a single bit of metal, but the overall unit feels sturdy enough.

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OK, that’s pretty common for a detachable notebook, sure — but did I mention that the x2’s new keyboard is reversible? It is, and it’s prett…

OK, that’s pretty common for a detachable notebook, sure — but did I mention that the x2’s new keyboard is reversible? It is, and it’s pretty awesome.

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Unfortunately the CPU will be Intel’s older Bay Trail Atom, rather than the newer Cherry Trail Atom that’s already powering Microsoft’s nift…

Unfortunately the CPU will be Intel’s older Bay Trail Atom, rather than the newer Cherry Trail Atom that’s already powering Microsoft’s nifty Surface 3.

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Fortunately, [the USB C is] not the only port, you also get a full-size USB 2.0, plus micro-HDMI and micro-SD card ports.

Fortunately, [the USB C is] not the only port, you also get a full-size USB 2.0, plus micro-HDMI and micro-SD card ports.

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The big addition, however, is a single USB-C port (the port powers and charges the Pavilion x2 and can also transfer data), but don’t get to…

The big addition, however, is a single USB-C port (the port powers and charges the Pavilion x2 and can also transfer data), but don’t get too excited — while the connector is in fact USB Type-C, it doesn’t transfer data at USB 3.0 speeds (only USB 2.0 speeds are supported).

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In fact, with similar specs to the last generation of budget convertible notebooks, the design is really what separates this computer...

In fact, with similar specs to the last generation of budget convertible notebooks, the design is really what separates this computer...

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Most hybrids like this end up with a chunky barnacle of a docking section to hold the tablet part in place. HP’s doesn’t: instead, there’s a…

Most hybrids like this end up with a chunky barnacle of a docking section to hold the tablet part in place. HP’s doesn’t: instead, there’s an extended hinge - which lifts the keyboard up when it’s folded out - and a latchless magnetic connector.

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