All of the Pavilion machines are now running Windows 10. But most striking, on the laptops, they’re all sporting a new “digital threaded” design on the palm rest that HP says was inspired by Nike’s Flyknit sneakers. You’ll either really love the design or hate it.Â
HP says thisÂ was what they were shooting trying to shoot for with the new design:
Like last year’s models, the Pavilion x360 comes in three sizes: 11.6-inch (starting at $379.99), 13.3-inch (starting at $479.99) and 15.6-inch (starting at $579.99). And since they’re convertible machines, you can switch between laptop, tent, stand and tablet modes.
Their lower price points means they’re made of plastic and not premium metal like on the Spectre x360. The 2-in-1 laptops come in multiple colors and as far as I could tell, the design is sturdy enough to survive a typical student lifestyle.
HP’s streamlined the Pavilion x360 laptops to tighten up some of the nuts and bolts. The hinge on the 11- and 13-inch models are metal (the same one from the Spectre x360), but the 15-inch’s is plastic.Â
In my brief hands on with the machines, I found the keyboards were comfy and felt good (the 11-inch is still cramped), the trackpads felt more responsive than last time around with smoother tracking and scrolling, and the the touchscreens were responsive, too.
The laptops have HD screens, which, truthfully, didn’t look great. But you can bump it up to a full HD IPS screen on the 13- and 15-inch laptops for extra.Â HP’s partnership to include B&O Play sound in its devices extends to the Pavilion x360s.
Performance-wise, the 11-inch is configurable with an Intel Celeron, Pentium or Core i3 (Skylake) processor and up to 8GB of RAM. The 13-inch with a Core i3 or i5 (Skylake) processors and up to 16GB of RAM. And the 15-inch with a Pentium or Core i3, i5, or i7 (Skylake) chip with up to 8GB of RAM and an optional NVIDIA GeForce 930M graphics chip.
Battery life is rated at up to 10 hours on the 11-inch, up to 9 hours on the 13-inch and up to 9.25 hours on the 15-inch Pavilion x360. Some models support HP Fast Charge, which lets you charge them up from 0% to 90% in about 90 minutes.
HP Pavilion Notebooks
The Pavilion Notebook lineup doesn’t come with a hinge that lets you flip the screen all the way back, but it does come with the new threaded palm rest design.
They also come in three display sizes and in various colors:Â 14.-inch (starting at $539.99), 15.6-inch (starting at $579.99) and 17.3-inch (starting at $899.99). Resolution choices include HD, full HD and 4K; touchscreens are optional.
The 2016 Pavilion Notebooks are still made of plastic. There’s nothing remarkable about the design. The 14- and 15-inch are up to 22% thinner and have occupy a smaller footprint over last year’s models, though. Like all of HP’s laptops, they have B&O Play sound.
The 14-inch Pavilion Notebook is configurable with Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 (Skylake) processors, up to 16GB of RAM and an optional NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics chip. The 15-inch with Core i3, i5 or i7 (Skylake) chips, up to 16GB of RAM and optional NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, GTX 950M, GTX 960M graphics; seventh-generation AMD A12-9700 quad-core with optional Radeon R7 Graphics is also an alternative. The 17-inch model is configurable with Core i3, i5 or i7 (Skylake) processors, up to 16GB of RAM and an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics chip.
Battery life is rated at up to 10 hours on the 14-inch and 9.5 hours for both the 15- and 17-inch laptops. All of the Pavilion Notebooks come with the aforementioned HP Fast Charge.
Not a laptop person? No biggie. HP’s also refreshed its all-in-one (AiO) Pavilion desktop running Windows 10.
Available with a 23.8- or 27-inch full HD or QHD resolution display,Â the new AiO can be specced out in and Intel Pentium or up to Core i7 (Skylake) processors, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 3TB of hard drive storage (or hybrid hard drive/SSD up to 1TB), and optional NVIDIA GT 930A graphics of seventh-generation AMD A10 graphics.
Audio is, of course, by B&O Play. Below the front-facing speaker grille all the ports, including a USB Type-C port that can be used to charge other devices, USB 3.0 port, 3-in-1 memory card slot and a headphone jack. Around back are more ports: another USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, ethernet, and HDMI.
A touchscreen isn’t standard, but you can customize it with one. You can also opt for an Intel RealSense camera for Windows Hello authentication.
The 23.8-inch model starts at $699.99 and the 27-inch model starts at $999.99.
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