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HP Pavilion x360 11T review: An IPS display and zippy storage for under $500

Hayden Dingman | Aug. 18, 2015
The HP Pavilion x360 11T isn't a performance wunderkind, but it has the look and feel of a much more expensive laptop thanks to fantastic craftsmanship, an IPS display, and SSD storage.

Thus the Pavilion x360 feels speedy, but for entirely different reasons than the Inspiron 15 5000. One relies on its Core i3 and extra RAM, while the other makes up for the slower Core M with an SSD. How does that affect you? Well, day-to-day it won't, as long as you're mostly doing web browsing and word processing. However, the Inspiron 15 5000 obviously has more storage available, and its processor would generally be better suited to more intensive tasks. You can see this in our Handbrake test--it took the Pavilion x360 3 hours and 43 minutes to transcode a 30GB file, where the Inspiron 15 5000 took only 2 hours and 55 minutes.

On the other hand, the Core M draws far less power. It's your call which is more important.

The bloat

The biggest downside of the Pavilion x360? It is loaded with unnecessary/unwanted programs.

Like the rest of the laptops we looked at, HP packed in a trial of McAfee a.k.a. that antivirus software you should probably replace with something better.

It doesn't stop there though. There are also apps for TripAdvisor, Dropbox, CyberLink, Microsoft Mahjong, Netflix, WildTangent Games, Amazon, mysms, Next Issue, Evernote, and The Weather Channel. There's even an app called "Snapfish," which gave me SuperFish PTSD for a second before I realized the name was different.

This thing is stuffed to the gills with third-party software, which is made more offensive by the fact you only have a 128GB SSD drive to work with. It all seems safe, but please: Uninstall, uninstall, uninstall.

The verdict

We actually took a look at the Pavilion x360 last year and came away unimpressed. At the time it was powered by a Celeron processor and equipped with a terrible TN panel.

What a difference a year makes. The HP Pavilion x360 11T Touch Select is by no means a perfect laptop--it could use a better trackpad, better keyboard, and ditch the rotating hinges gimmick altogether in favor of a better processor or slightly larger SSD.

But for under $500? This is a damn good all-arounder, fit for both day-to-day usage and light work. Plus it packs performance on par with the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series, the HP 15t Touch, or the Toshiba C55-C, but in a much more mobile frame (and one that sports a much nicer IPS display). That makes the Pavilion x360 a solid contender for the under-$500 crown.


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