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Quick-Read Review: HP Pavilion11 x2 is a notebook that can become a tablet

Rs 59,990 might be a bit too much for this device Rs 59,990 might be a bit too much for this device
Written by Mihir Patkar | Mumbai | Posted: February 4, 2014 8:30 am | Updated: February 4, 2014 2:07 pm

The tablet-notebook hybrid is the ideal form factor for a Windows 8 device because you get the comfort of a regular laptop while also boosting the functionality with a tearaway tablet when you need it. That said, is the HP Pavilion11 x2 still worth a price of almost Rs 60,000?

Quick Tech Specs: 11.6-inch Antiglare display (1366×768 pixels) | 2GHz quad-core Intel Pentium N3510 processor | 4GB DDR3 RAM | 64GB SSD + microSD slot (tablet) + 3-in-1 memory card reader (base) | Intel HD Graphics | Beats Audio | 1080p FullHD front camera, 1080p FullHD rear camera | Wi-Fi b/g/n | Bluetooth 4 | HDMI out (base) | 2-cell battery (tablet), 2-cell battery (base) | Windows 8 (64-bit)
Price: Rs 59,990

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Design: Priced in the ultrabook range, the Pavilion11 x2 looks like a chunky clamshell in comparison. If the light weight of a MacBook Air or Sony Vaio Pro is something you like, you aren’t going to be happy with this. It’s also all glossy plastic, so no points there. The hinge mechanism to to connect the tablet to the keyboard dock is solid though and holds the tab steady, without wobbling when you tap it. Also, full marks for including a trackpad even though it’s for use with a touchscreen—it makes the Pavilion11 x2 feel like a proper laptop, not a makeshift hybrid. It’s squarely functionality over form here.

Screen: Notebooks are notorious for not having good viewing angles, but the tablet part helps here as the Pavilion11 x2 is bright and clearly visible from wide angles. The touchscreen is also responsive and 1366×768 isn’t bad on an 11-incher.

Performance: Sadly, the performance is where the HP Pavilion11 x2 disappoints the most. Don’t get fooled by that quad-core processor, it isn’t going to stand up to what a power user needs. For basic work tasks like light Internet browsing and Office software, it’s fine. But it can’t cope with gaming, FullHD high-quality movies, heavy Internet browsing or heavy multi-tasking.

Memory: The 64GB SSD seems a bit limiting at first, but that’s till you realise you can throw in microSD or SD cards into both the tablet and the keyboard to expand your storage. Not bad.

Connectivity: I would have appreciated a SIM card slot on this to make the tablet a bit more useful, but it’s not a big deal, to be honest. And the HDMI port is a nice addition.

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Software: It’s Windows 8. We’ve talked about how it’s not yet ready for touchscreens. But since this is a hybrid, it’s actually a great desktop OS for that. When you have the dock connected, use the Desktop mode and operate Windows as you normally would. Undock the tablet and you can do some continued…

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