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Lounge Review | HP Pavilion 11 x360

The x360 isn't meant for blazing fast performance. But it will allow a certain level of multitasking

Clearly, laptops don’t want to remain laptops any more. The constant aspiration to be a tablet has given rise to a category called “hybrids". In the case of the Pavilion 11 x360, the 360-degree hinge ensures that the screen folds over backwards, and can be placed as a tent while watching a movie, or sits flush with what is otherwise the base of the laptop, in the tablet mode. This rather flexible machine comes for 39,990.

Straight out of the box, you will undoubtedly notice the attractive matte red finish on the lid, the sides of the keyboard deck and the underside. Happily for cleanliness freaks, this finish does not catch fingerprints, scratches or dust. At 1.4kg, the x360 is light enough to be carried around regularly but, despite being thin and light, it is a well-built machine, without rough edges or flex anywhere on the body, and a solid 360-degree display.

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The keyboard sits on a rather solid base with no perceptible dip when you press down hard, and really helps when you want to type quickly. There is adequate spacing between the keys, but the shorter key travel takes getting used to.

The Intel Bay Trail based N3520 quad-core chip is made specifically for more affordable ultra-thin hybrids, like the Pavilion x360. The other specifications include 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive. The x360 isn’t meant for blazing fast performance. But it will easily run most basic software such as word processors, media players (iTunes, for example) and multiple tabs on the Web browser, and allow a certain level of multitasking. Windows 8.1 boots fairly quickly, but we would strongly urge HP to consider a faster solid state drive (SSD) for the next upgrade.

With the processor tuned for better battery life, the x360 lasts just a bit longer than 5 hours in most real-world usage patterns, with screen brightness at 50% and Wi-Fi connected throughout.

As a machine at work, or for basic tasks at home, the x360 has more than adequate power. Light, with good battery life and an affordable price tag, it is a Windows 8 hybrid worth considering.

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