HP Pavillion x360 core i5 7th Gen Win10 (Certified Refurbished)
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"It's like a painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess." The 1995 film Clueless popularized the usage of "Monet" as something that gets uglier as you get closer to it. That's the HP Pavilion x360: a Monet.
Some of my colleagues thought I was being a bit harsh, but the consensus was that it's not a great design. When you get past that horror show of a palm rest, you'll find a 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768 touch display surrounded by a thick bezel and an island-style keyboard with a full number pad.
The Pavilion x360's hinge lets it be used in one of four modes: a laptop, a tablet (by folding the keyboard all the way back), a tent (an upside-down "V") or a stand (with the keyboard facedown and the screen pointing up).
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The sides of the Pavilion are lined with enough ports to connect to most peripherals. On the left are a USB 2.0 port and an SD card slot, and the right edge of the notebook is home to a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI output port, an Ethernet jack and the power port.
Whether you're using the touch screen as a tablet or part of a laptop, there's no way around it: The 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display is dark and dismal. I had to turn up its brightness to the max before I watched the trailer for Passengers. Even then, I was bored by the dull colors, like a robot bartender's burgundy sport coat, which didn't pop against its white dress shirt the way it does on better displays. As is the case with many other 2-in-1s, the screen is quite reflective, and the picture was hard to see at a 45-degree viewing angle.
Moreover, the colors that you do see aren't precise. The Pavilion's panel has a Delta-E color accuracy score of 3.9 (0 is best), which is worse than the average of 2.3. The Aspire R 15 (4) was slightly worse, but the Inspiron 15 7000 (0.9) and the Yoga 710 (0.3) had far more precise screens.
HP's dim screen measured an average 201 nits of brightness, falling below the category average (267 nits) and all of its competitors. The Inspiron (244 nits), Aspire R 15 (310 nits) and Yoga 710 (317 nits) are all brighter.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The best way to describe the keyboard on the Pavilion is inoffensive. It has 1.4 millimeters of vertical travel (just shy of our 1.5-mm preference), but it didn't provide as much feedback as I would have liked when I pressed down with the required 62 grams of force. But I had no problem typing, and I reached my average of 110 words per minute on the 10fastfingers.com typing test with an error rate of just 1 percent (half of my usual average).
HP's partnership with Bang & Olufsen produces consistently strong laptop speakers, which definitely benefit the Pavilion. When I listened to the Chain Gang of 1974's "Sleepwalking," I was able to clearly make out the lead vocals, backing chants, synths and drums. The speakers filled a midsize room, but I might have preferred them a bit louder. I opened up the B&O Play Audio Control app and, after testing all of the listening modes, settled on the default Music setting as the best option.
The Pavilion x360 we reviewed came with a 2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-6200U CPU; 6GB of RAM; and a 1TB, 5,400-rpm hard drive. (Models with 7th-generation processors are likely to have better performance, but we'll let you know when we get them in for testing.) Those parts made the Pavilion x360 a solid multitasking machine. I had to open 22 tabs in Chrome (one of which was streaming an HD episode of Last Week Tonight on YouTube) before I noticed any lag.
It took 4 minutes and 28 seconds for the Pavilion to complete our OpenOffice spreadsheet macro, in which it paired 20,000 names and addresses. It was slightly faster than the category average (4:31), and quicker than the Inspiron (4:47) and the Aspire R 15 (4:59), but the Yoga 710 was the fastest of them all (4:02).
You won't be doing any intensive gaming on the Pavilion. Its integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 earned a score of 49,340 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmark. The category average is 80,893, which was surpassed only by the Yoga 710 (83,878) and its Nvidia GeForce 940MX with 2GB of VRAM. The Inspiron and Aspire R 15, both with HD Graphics 520, earned scores of 49,995 and 64,067, respectively.
The Pavilion lasted 7 hours and 11 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which consists of continuous web browsing over Wi-Fi. It surpassed the category average of 6:42, as well as the Yoga 710 (7:06), Inspiron 15 (6:55) and Aspire R 15 (5:20).
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