Since we’ve been on the subject of 2-in-1s and hybrid laptops lately, let’s just stick to it. How about HP’s new Pavilion x2 series? After seeing the original x2 hybrid, a very small and portable option for highly casual laptop users, consumers are ready for something a little more up to date. HP decided that CES 2016 in Las Vegas would be the perfect opportunity to show off just how much bigger (literally) and better its brand new Pavilion x2 is.
This is a convertible PC with a detachable keyboard. While some hybrids sport super bendable displays, such as the Lenovo Yoga series of laptops, the new Pavilion x2 includes two halves that make a whole. The other thing you might be interested in knowing is that HP went with the much easier magnetic connection, rather than the latch-or-switch manner of combining keyboard and display, which the original Pavilion x2 featured. Laptop Mag reported a nice experience with the magnets on the keyboard dock, saying “it made it really easy for us to guide the tablet into the right position, and was strong enough that we could pick up the PC by the display without the keyboard dock detaching”.
The Pavilion x2 also grew, from a 10-inch to a 12-inch tablet, now weighing a light 1.6 pounds, and measuring just .33 inches thick. Add in the keyboard dock, and you’ve got a 3.23 pound laptop that is .6 inches thick. It features a full HD display, with 1920 x 1080 pixels (a nice improvement from the old x2s 1280 x 800 pixels), and a couple of CPU and storage configuration options. One comes with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, and 128GB eMMC storage, while the other offers an Intel Core M processor (which we’re seeing a lot in the latest hybrid PCs), and 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage. Connectivity will include a USB Type-C, USB 2.0, micro HDMI port, and 8 hours of battery life (Laptop Mag).
After some of the strange configurations I have seen coming from CES, at least the HP Pavilion x2 knows to not leave us in the dust with just one USB port and nothing else. It has a few good connectivity options for charging, accessories, external storage, and displays. The fact that it grew a couple inches from its last size indicates that HP took a cue from its competition. The larger version “allows for more powerful components and higher-end features, which may not make it an all-day, everyday PC, but should give it a shot as a travel system that hits a good balance between power and portability”. Well, thanks Cnet, I could not have put that better myself. The device starts at $499 and will be up for sale on February 7th.
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