The HP Pavilion x360 14 is a laptop for low budget. It has been built elegantly and gives great productivity performance. If you don’t have thousands of dollars to buy a new laptop this laptop might suit your budget.
Recently a model of 10th generation processor is launched, however in this article we are explaining the pros and cons of the model with 8th generation quad core processor.
The HP Pavilion x360 14 has a clean premium look because of its metal finish. The laptop is available in many colors like, Warm Gold, Natural Silver, Cloud Blue, Mineral Silver and Pale Gold. All colors are attractive with enough chrome and right angles and an hp logo in the middle of the lid. With HP Pavilion x360 14 you cannot avoid plastic. The Base of the laptop is mostly plastic and bare except for 4 rubber feet and some small holes for heat dissipation. The lid and the keyboard gives a small under pressure, still it does not look flimsy or cheap-feeling and one can walk confidently with it.
Thickness and Weight:
The side bezels of HP Pavilion x360 14 are thin enough and the top bezel is not big. The HP Pavilion x360 14 is 16 inches and weighs 1.6kg which is heavy to lift and carry around. The weight is owned most probably because of the 1terabyte hard drive residing inside it. The laptop is convertible and gets rotated into tablet mode easily but it wobbles a little in all positions.
Like many other budget laptops, this laptop is also well appointed with ports. The HP Pavilion x360 14 includes an audio jack and a USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 port on the left side of the phone. On the right-hand side one can find another USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 port, a full-size card reader, USB A port and a full-size HDMI port.
HP Pavilion x360 has a keyboard quite a like its Spectre cousins. The keyboard is island styled with keycaps matching system color and letters are light however legible. The mechanism is not the best but is suitable as far as the budget is concerned.
The touchpad is quite wide but a little short. One may find enough space for a larger touchpad on the keyboard. The laptop uses Synaptics drivers therefore the touchpad is very precise and reliable.
The addition of the fingerprint scanner is a treat in HP Pavilion x360 14 as this feature is not seen in many budget laptops.
The HP Pavilion x360 14 performs as expected from its Intel 8th gen Whiskey Lake Core i5-8265U processor. The laptop has 8 GB of RAM and an integrated Intel GPU. The 128GB SSD and 1 TB hard drive by Toshiba handles the storage.
In simple words, this laptop is pretty fast in typical productivity works like Office apps, web browsing, content consumption. But one would not love it for working with video editing or height end photo editing.
The display that is used in HP Pavilion x360 14 could be categorized as average 5 years before, but now it is counted as mediocre. The colors of the screen are muted. At only 62 % of sRGB and 48% of AdobeRGB, one would miss many colors and accuracy. The writing and drawing experience is not so well on the laptop due to the gap between the real screen and the glass surface. The display is not disgusting, it is not bad but still one can find better display laptops in this budget. Concerning the budget and display, the HP Pavilion x360 14 is not the best choice.
The touch display of HP Pavilion x360 14 is very responsive. The touch screen offers response to multi finger touch.
The area above the keyboard is dedicated to the speaker grill that is big in size and the holes in the grid looks funky in shape and texture.
The dual speakers of HP Pavilion x360 14 are loud enough to cut through a noisy conference room however, the laptop’s speakers lack base and music sounds blunt and tasteless. The audio working of HP Pavilion x360 14 is very appreciating for high frequencies.
The battery life of the HP Pavilion x360 14 laptop is not very appreciating. On running through a usual suite of battery tests, this laptop could impress in terms of its battery longetivity.
When the web browsing test was done, HP Pavilion x360 14 lasted for 6.5 hours while Acer Aspired 5 which has a display of 15.6 inches lasted for 9 hours.
The Avengers trailer test showed the battery life of HP Pavilion x360 14 to be under 11 hours but with Acer is was 13 hours.
In the Basemark web benchmark test, the HP Pavilion x360 14 could make it up to 2 hours however Acer Aspired lasted for 1 hour and 40 minutes longer.