We must say that HP was probably the first PC maker company that embraced the idea of a hybrid 2-in-1 laptop. The original x2 model has appeared right after Microsoft released Windows 8. However, that model was not a top one, having a clunky plastic switch and the performance delivered by its Intel Atom processor was not very satisfying.
Moreover, at the moment Windows 8 was not ready for primetime. Now, HP has released another hybrid, called Pavilion x2, which is coming with some improvements and a beautiful design. Moreover, the low-power Intel chips are more powerful and faster and they are also offering a better battery life.
However, the most important piece on this device is the new Windows 10, which is an incredibly usable mix of desktop and tablet interface. The new HP Pavilion x2 comes with a new design, a new magnetic hinge and also a new audio partnership.
The new device is available at the starting price of 299 dollars. The new 10-inch Windows 10 hybrid comes with the same low-resolution screen, the same type of low-power processor and the same solid-state storage, just like many other budget hybrids and laptops on the market. However, the new HP Pavilion x2 is probably one step forward, due to its beautiful design, its high-end look and the large side-mounted speaker grilles.
Moreover, the keyboard found on this hybrid is very usable and it comes with a magnetic hinge that helps users easily pull the screen off. An interesting fact about this device is that it follows Apple’s 12-inch MacBook and comes with USB-C connection. Sadly, HP lost the rights to use Beats audio branding on their devices, after Apple bought the Beats brand. However, HP is now working with a new audio partner, which is called Bang & Olufsen.
The 10-inch display comes with a resolution of 1,280×800, which is a little bit low compared to other devices, but it is fine for reading or surfing the WEB. As for battery life, HP claims that their hybrid can go to approximately 8 hours of casual use. Moreover, the tablet includes a Micro-HDMI port, a full-size USB 2.0 port, a microSD card slot and an audio jack. Under the hood, there is hiding Intel’s latest Atom chip, accompanied by 2GB or RAM.