Review HP Pavilion 11 x2: A notebook that can become a tablet

Written by Mihir Patkar | Updated: Feb 5 2014, 15:10pm hrs
TechPriced in the ultrabook range, the HP Pavilion11 x2 looks like a chunky clamshell in comparison.
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 (1366768 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

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 arent going to be happy with this. Its 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 its for use with a touchscreenit makes the Pavilion11 x2 feel like a proper laptop, not a makeshift hybrid. Its 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 1366768 isnt bad on an 11-incher.

Performance: Sadly, the performance is where the HP Pavilion11 x2 disappoints the most. Dont get fooled by that quad-core processor, it isnt going to stand up to what a power user needs. For basic work tasks like light Internet browsing and Office software, its fine. But it cant 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 thats 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 its not a big deal, to be honest. And the HDMI port is a nice addition.

Software: Its Windows 8. Weve talked about how its not yet ready for touchscreens. But since this is a hybrid, its 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 tasks well, like Internet browsing (Internet Explorer 11 is really good for touchscreens) and reading (hello Kindle!), but thats about it. However, as mentioned earlier, be ready to miss out on some great touch-friendly apps available on Android and iOS.

Camera: Its got cameras on both the front and back, but you will only want to use the front camera for video chats and the back camera in dire emergencies. Still images arent good at all, but video is decent, provided the lighting is good.

Battery: The Pavilion11 x2 has fantastic battery life as a single unit. Separately, both the dock and the tablet will get you around four hours of average use; combine them and your laptop goes on for 8 hours, which is competitive by any standard.

Verdict: While HP has got most things right, we hesitate to give the Pavilion11 x2 a solid recommendation. Windows 8 is a major compromise as a tablet OS and if a tablet is what you want, youll still want a tablet OS. In that case, Rs. 60,000 seems a high price to pay. Its worth it if what you want is a single gadget for all your needs, but be warned that the tablet portions of your needs will need to be severely limited.