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HP Pav­il­ion x2

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Pe­ter Chu

for the Pav­il­ion x2 to per­form ca­sual tasks, such as web brows­ing and word pro­cess­ing, ef­fort­lessly. How­ever, we would cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate it if it came with more stor­age space – 32GB is def­i­nitely a lit­tle too con­ser­va­tive and re­stric­tive for a note­book-cumtablet.

And that brings us to the Pav­il­ion x2's key­board, which has chi­clet keys that are ad­e­quately sized, but are un­for­tu­nately a lit­tle too shal­low for com­fort­able speed­typ­ing. Lo­cated right be­neath the space­bar is the Pav­il­ion x2's track­pad, which is not only re­spon­sive to our touch, but is also re­cep­tive to touch ges­tures like pinch-to-zoom and two-fin­ger scrolling. The only is­sue that we have with the touch­pad is its size, which hap­pens to be shorter and just a tad wider than a busi­ness card.

But you don't nec­es­sar­ily have to nav­i­gate the Pav­il­ion x2 us­ing its minia­ture track­pad, be­cause you can al­ways to de­tach it from its key­board dock and use it as a tablet in­stead – which is con­sid­er­ably more en­joy­able to do.

This is pri­mar­ily be­cause of Win­dows 10's ded­i­cated tablet mode, which is es­sen­tially a big­ger, touch-friend­lier ver­sion of the stock Win­dows 10 user in­ter­face. The Pav­il­ion x2 will in­stinc­tively switch it­self into tablet mode once you de­tach it from its key­board dock.

Once in tablet mode, you'll no­tice that the Win­dows 10 Start menu has been re­placed by the fa­mil­iar ‘Mod­ern' Start screen of Win­dows 8, and also the in­clu­sion of an An­droid-like ‘Back' but­ton on the taskbar. On top of that, all ap­pli­ca­tions will boot up in fullscreen by de­fault as well – just like a reg­u­lar tablet. Ul­ti­mately, all th­ese changes played a sig­nif­i­cant role in help­ing the Pav­il­ion x2 func­tion as a fullfledged, ded­i­cated, Win­dows 10 tablet.

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