HP’s always been one to give us the “good” good. Well, for 2017, the tech giant has announced a laptop series where its users like it, in the low price range, all while being Pavillion (that’s automatically a good thing). HP has embraced its time updating its other big name models, like the Spectre and Envy lines of PCs, during the very beginning of 2017, but has also taken on its Pavilion models by giving them some serious attention. By taking the already affordable laptops and elevating them with some more useful hardware, as of late, HP announced its Pavilion x360 convertible and Pavilion Notebook laptops with these useful updates.
Whether or not you may be familiar with the basic construction of a Pavilion x360 laptop, here’s what consists inside of HP’s entry-level x360 convertible as of now. Starting with a 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS touchscreen display, it of course comes with the full 360 degree range of motion (hence the x360 title). A typical model variant includes an Intel Pentium CPU chip for its baseline $399 model (then it’s Core i3 and i5), 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB RPM hard drive. New models offer some nice updates, however, including new Intel and AMD processors, up to Core i7 or A10, respectively, 8.5 hours of battery life, and an 88 degree HD webcam.
The HP Pavilion Notebook and Pavilion x360 convertible could be considered great options for students, as well as home users whose lifestyle trends and needs are more or less basic. All the while, users will find these notebooks to have some of the more upscale tendencies that higher-end HP devices offer, like Micro Edge Display design, metal finishes, stylus pens, USB Type-Cs, IR cameras for Windows Hello, and even bountiful audio tuning from Bang & Olufsen speakers.
While the basic construction hasn’t changed, customers may enjoy the Pavilion x360’s new keyboard dock options, as well as its professional chrome-plated hinges. Add these elements together, with those silver or gold finish options (blue, pink, and red are options as well), and the x360 suddenly resembles the fancier HP Spectre brand. The bezels, slimmed down around the display, sport either 720p or 1080p, nothing higher, but doesn’t make a big difference if you're a liberal computer customer like a student.
The new stylus, said to be quick and responsive, smooth, and great for drawing, also supports Windows Ink (just a cool feature where Windows 10 users can doodle on their own photos), something that also sounds compatible with the student-vibe. Then there’s ports and connectivity, an area where Pavilions prove themselves as multi-purpose rigs. Meaning, despite price, they don’t really lack anything, and in the case of these two models, there’s USB Type-A and Type-C jacks, a media card reader, and HDMI.
Since updating these models from the start of 2017, HP has given a lot of attention towards external appeal as well as internal value, all with prices made for a happy customer. With display options including 14 inches, 15.6 inches, and 17.3-inch variants, the updated Pavilions are currently the most affordable series supplied by HP’s personal computer/laptop department. Highly configurable, these range anywhere from $349 to $700+, depending on your screen and internal hardware needs, and of course the option of more capacious HDDs and faster SSDs.
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