CNET First Look
HP Pavilion x360 offers Yoga-like flexibility for lessWith an 11-inch screen and low price, the HP x360 competes with Lenovo's own entry level Yoga, but a dim screen holds it back.
[MUSIC]. How little can you get away with paying for a hybrid laptop? I'm Dan Ackerman, and this is the HP Pavilion x360. This is an 11.6 inch hybrid, which means that it spends part of its time as a traditional clam shell laptop. But it can also twist around and become a tablet much like Lenovo's Yoga line. You could put it in this kind of mode that's like a kiosk. You could flip it up like this and they call this table tent, and of course then you fold the entire thing down and it becomes a tablet. Obviously you have the touch screen there, and on the back you still have your keyboard and touchpad, but in tablet mode those are deactivated. Like a lot of the best hybrids, this thing works fairly well as a traditional clamshell laptop. Which means when you have it set up like this, you don't even really even notice that it's a tablet or a hybrid. You can just use it as a regular laptop and it's fine. I especially like that the keyboard is nice and big and the touchpad is fairly large. The 11.6 inch screen is just a 1366 X 768 screen, but that's what you would expect at this size. The key here is this guy is less expensive than just about anybody else in this hybrid space. This model starts at $399. For that you get an Intel Pentium CPU and four gigs of Ram, regular 500 gig hard drive. We've got an upgrade on this one. It's got eight gigs of ram for like another $75. It seems like a fairly wilth, worthwhile upgrade gives you just a little bit of boost to performance. Now the downside here is youre not going to get the same level of performance that you get with your $1,000 15 inch laptop. If you stick with the Windows interface over here, things still feel fairly zippy. My big down side to this particular system is that the screen is pretty low quality. It doesn't get very bright, and off axis viewing is terrible. Especially with this overly bright screen, if you even are anywhere near daylight, you can hardly see it, when you have a more expensive system, obviously you get a higher quality display and it gets brighter and it's more useful in that tablet mode where you're handling it and moving it around, especially if you want to share content with people. This screen is especially banned for that. But again, it's $400. Lenovo makes an 11 inch version of the Yoga, called the Yoga 211 that's about $100 more. It's about $500 for a decent configuration of that. Also, a very low power system, but a much nicer screen. Certainly, somethings worth taking a look at. I'm Dan Ackerman and this is the HP Pavilion x360. [MUSIC]