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HP Pavilion X2 (2015) review

Updated on July 16, 2015
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4.9 out of 5 stars from 7 ratings of HP Pavilion X2

HP Pavilion X2 released in 2015 is an upgrade of HP Pavilion X2 (2014)

HP has announced the release of a 10-inch tablet-PC hybrid which offers a good balance between three things: weight, performance and thinness. The news comes just before release of Windows 10 later this month. There is no doubt that it competes with Surface 3 as a 2 in 1 device, but it differs from Microsoft's Surface 3 and Pavilion x2 released last year in that it has a laptop design as the building block. HP’s new pavilion breathes new innovation into device parts detaching world by offering a screen that can be detached from the keyboard via a durable magnetic hinge.

Although not bringing as much typing experience as the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 that has digital pens and sold with detachable Type Covers, the new device upgrades from last year's Pavilion x2 in regard to typing experience. Being a tablet cum laptop makes it comparable to the Surface in many ways.



As a 10.1-inch display device, the new Pavilion X2 beats Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 which has a 12-inch HD display. However, HP missed the mark set by Microsoft's Surface 3 (1,920 by 1,280 pixels) and Apple's Air 2 (2048 by 1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch) by using only 1,280 x 800 pixel IPS display. As such, users might have problems playing HD videos although videos of 1080p quality can be played. However, this is compensated by using good color and wide viewing angles.

What's more! Users can watch crystal clear HD videos on larger monitors through the HDMI connection. In comparison, Surface Pro 3 is fitted with a mini DisplayPort, an AV interface that brings more interoperability and integration capabilities of the device with others. It is also associated with robust and high display performance.

HP Pavilion X2 Features and Specs

Without keyboard: 1.29 pounds With keyboard: 2.48 pounds
10.1 – inch IPS Display
1.33 GHz Celeron quad-core Intel Atom CPU processor and Windows 8.1 platform
Convertible to laptop, screen detachable from keyboard via magnetic hinge


With its largest competitor in this category - the Surface Pro 3 weighing only 1.76 pounds, the device is a huge win at 1.29 pounds without the keyboard. Even Microsoft's latest Surface is heavier at 1.37 pounds. Adding on the keyboard to the new Pavilion brings the weight to 2.48 pounds. Apple’s device also remains the lightest at 2.44 pounds.

However, HP has also made some progress by cutting down the weight from last year's Pavilion x2 (2014) which was at 2.5 pounds. In addition, Apple's Air 2 beats the two devices and remains the slimmest tablet at 6.1 mm compared to Microsoft's latest - Surface 3 - at 8.7mm thick and Pavilion's 9.65mm and 16.75mm with the keyboard dock.

The housing is made of plastic but the device feels sturdy on hands. Users can choose either the silver, red or white design. The keyboard is held by a set of magnets placed inside the hinge, and this allows the keyboard to prop up when the laptop is opened. The set of magnets also helps guide back the display into position after the display has been removed.

The 10.1-inch device can be rested on its edges/sides more like a book, or rested with its top or bottom edge in the tent mood.


HP has included a front-facing TrueVision HD Webcam that can take images even in low light conditions.

Watch a hands-on review of HP Pavilion X2


Using a 2GB RAM memory was another mistake. Users can upgrade from 32GB to 64GB internal memory. Users can consider a DIY upgrade from the inside. The device is being offered with a 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage promotion. The SD card reader makes it possible to move photos, videos and other files from device to device.

Battery Life

HP has also doubled the life of the battery on the last year's Pavilion X2, another convertible; with the new one managing 10.75 hours of playing HD videos (HP claimed it was 10 hours of video playback). Users also have an option to use the dual battery system. This is a big win considering that Microsoft 3 can manage 10.5 hours and Pro 3 only 7.5 hours of HD video playing. However, the iPad Air 2 beats the two devices since it can manage up 12.42 hours of HD video play.

The new Pavilion device has 135-degree viewing angles on the IPS display. With these features, the new Pavilion can be employed well in playing games.


The new Pavilion runs on a 1.33 GHz Celeron quad-core Intel Atom CPU processor and Windows 8.1 platform. The device features the USB C type charging and data port in addition to USB 2.0, micro-HDMI and microSD slots. Users will also have a chance to upgrade to Windows 10 once it is released. Also announced was a smaller model of the laptop which features latest Intel and AMD processors. The device uses fanless design and the device can work quietly on all tasks. Surface 3 and Pro, in contrast, come with full-size USB 3.0 and microSD card reader.

In comparison, Microsoft's Surface 3 uses a 4th generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 and a Windows 8.1 Pro platform (there is a possibility to upgrade to Windows 10 when it is released). Apple has used iOS 8.2 on the Air 2. It should be remembered that Surface Pro 3 beat Air 2 lately as the fastest device in this category.


HP has said that the device is optimized to work as a notebook. The micro HDMI connector makes it suitable for connection to an external display or TV for extended functionality. The device comes with an almost fully-sized keyboard that manages 1.5millimeter travel in between the keys, thus giving a better typing experience. In addition, the device comes with a large touchpad to ease out typing. This makes it work for those who want a portable device for use at home and office. It makes a good device for surfing the web and watching full length movies.

Unlike many manufacturers who won't stop fixing the speaker at the back, HP's new offering has a front facing one. The speaker manages better quality sound thanks to the B&O Play. However, in comparison, Surface Pro 3 and Air 2 also have front-facing speakers.

The device also includes a HP TrueVision HD Webcam that shoots clear videos and a real good companion for online video chatting.

In terms of cost, HP’s Pavilion X2 manages to be the cheapest of the three devices.


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