HP PAVILION X2
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.