HP PAV­IL­ION X2

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Out of the three 2-in-1 de­tach­able note­books that we have gath­ered, the Pav­il­ion x2 is ar­guably the funki­est. Avail­able in two strik­ing col­ors, Sun­set Red and Bliz­zard White, it is clear that HP is not set­tling for bor­ing black or sil­ver. The en­tire de­vice has an even matte fin­ish, giv­ing it an up­mar­ket look and feel, de­spite be­ing fully plas­tic.

The Pav­il­ion x2 sits in the middle of the Acer and ASUS in terms of size. It has a slim key­board dock and mea­sures just 16.7mm thick com­bined, but the tablet dis­play it­self is a lit­tle thick at 9.65mm. As for weight, the en­tire de­vice is 1.13kg, whereas the tablet dis­play is just 590g on its own.

The Pav­il­ion x2 also has a 10.1inch touch­screen dis­play with a dis­play res­o­lu­tion of 1,280 x 800 pix­els. It is sim­i­lar to the Acer with im­ages and text still look­ing pass­ably sharp. That said, its col­ors are brighter and more vi­brant than the other two ma­chines, with good view­ing an­gles too.

Go­ing deeper, the Pav­il­ion x2 is also pow­ered by a quad-core In­tel Bay Trail pro­ces­sor, specif­i­cally the Atom Z3736F (1.33GHz, 2MB L2 cache). This pro­ces­sor is sim­i­lar to the one found in the Acer As­pire Switch 10E, with the only ex­cep­tion be­ing that it can boost to higher clock speeds - 2.16GHz vs 1.83GHz. The Pav­il­ion x2 matches the ASUS with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC flash stor­age.

We ini­tially won­dered why the Pav­il­ion x2’s tablet dis­play is so thick, it’s be­cause it packs a full-sized USB port on the dis­play rather than the key­board like the Acer. In ad­di­tion, the Pav­il­ion x2 also es­chews the more com­mon Mi­cro-USB port in fa­vor of the thor­oughly mod­ern USB Type-C. It’s a clever and thought­ful de­sign; be­cause the Pav­il­ion x2 is wedge shaped, its thick­ness is felt only at one end. Over­all, it’s still rel­a­tively compact.

In terms of us­age, the Pav­il­ion x2 is cer­tainly por­ta­ble and handy. The tablet dis­play’s wedge shape and light­weight also means that it’s easy to hold and feels just like an or­di­nary 10-inch tablet. The big­gest is­sue with it, how­ever, is its track pad. Not only is it too nar­row to be used com­fort­ably, it is also woe­fully er­ratic and un­re­li­able. Many times we gave up and just used the touch­screen in­stead.

The Pav­il­ion x2 has a USB Type-C con­nec­tor.

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