HP Pavilion x360 (2020): An All-rounder Laptop for Students?

The latest HP Pavilion x360 borders right on the edge of a premium laptop, offering a reliable processor, comfortable keyboard and a good pair of Bang & Olufsen speakers. It seems like a pretty decent laptop for everyday use. But is this the all-rounder laptop for students? Well, that’s exactly what we are going to talk about today.

Design & Display

The first question that pops is that what’s new with the 2019 edition of the Pavilion x360. There’s not a lot that has been changed here, and that’s fine because this is a pretty solid laptop for its price. However, this time around HP has added a USB C port to the side which is great for future-proofing the system and there’s a new 8th gen processor on-board as compared to the 7th gen Intel processors in the last year’s lineup.

HP has also put in an SSD here and with the 8th gen processors comes the new Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics all of which is awesome. By now I’m sure you all must be wondering why I’m calling this an all-rounder for a lot of the students. Well, that’s because it’s incredibly versatile. Let me take it step-by-step. As the name suggests the HP Pavilion x360 is a convertible laptop so you can use it as a laptop a tablet or put it up in tent mode whatever suits your fancy. All of these can serve different purposes for students, say you’re in class and working on the laptop and the advantages you get the keyboard the trackpad and the big slim bezel full HD display for all your work needs.


Anyway, we have the 8th gen core i3 variant of the laptop although it is available in 10th gen processor variants as well plus you get 4 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD which means this laptop will be able to handle most of your college-related applications whether it’s Android studio or sketching app for design students or a dozen other things. However, if you are an architecture student this thing can’t handle all the heavy rendering software. So you need to keep that in mind. However, it still great as a carry along-laptop.

Tablet Mode

Then comes the tablet mode. Yeah, you can fold the display around the hinge, and you end up with a big 14′ inch full HD tablet. Awesome, right? This is great if you’re taking handwritten notes or if you’re sketching an idea for your next design using the HP pen the latency is pretty low and using the edged pen is a lot of fun. I can honestly see myself loving this laptop as an engineering student back in the day for note-taking and playing tic-tac-toe with my friends at the backbenches. Still, we’ll keep that one quiet here.

HP Pavilion x360 review

Lastly, this is what most students will appreciate, as students my friends and I use our laptops less for developing apps and writing code and more for watching movies and TV shows and whether you accept it or not that’s probably what you guys do too right? With the HP Pavilion x360 just put the laptop and tent mode and enjoy your favorite movies TV shows and YouTube videos wherever plus you can use it on the bed without worrying about heating issues and on this beautiful big 14 inch full HD display things look great what with the fantastic color reproduction excellent brightness and viewing angles it’s just awesome.

Audio Quality

The Bang & Olufsen speakers on this are pretty good. I mean it’s not mind-blowing or anything, but it’s loud enough. The clarity is decent – so the multimedia experience should be pretty satisfying so yeah the HP Pavilion x360 fits right into almost every use a student might have with the laptop, and that’s amazing.

HP Pavilion x360 review


However, there’s still one thing I haven’t mentioned. Gaming in the HP Pavilion x360 is excellent for running some evergreen games like counter-strike without the hassle join that LAN party. If you’re not a fan of CSGO which I don’t know why you aren’t. There’s also PUBG Lite which is free, and it runs great on this laptop too plus PUBG Lite now also has a Team Death Match (TDM) mode so enjoy whichever format of the game you like. The HP Pavilion x360 is excellent for almost everything you’ll find yourself doing as a student. It’s also lightweight at just 1.6 kgs. You can just put the HP Pavilion x360 in your backpack without worrying about your back getting too heavy to be lugged around.

HP Pavilion x360 review

HP Pen

Remember the HP pen I mentioned a while back? Well, this is included with the laptop and that’s amazing. I mean Microsoft doesn’t bundle the surface spent with its laptops and Apple just doesn’t bundle anything at all. Anyway, the HP pen can enable some amazing things especially for people who like to sketch or draw. For the design students who have to sketch and draw with the HP pen, you can just launch the windows ink workspace and get started by taking notes, doodling, sketching and a lot more.

There are just a lot of apps that support those ink features. You can also annotate in maps if you want to mark places of interest to share with someone. There’s this cool thing that you can legit place a piece of paper on your screen and trace out calligraphy letters or designs to get a digital copy of them to work with that’s so amazing.

The HP pen also comes with two buttons, and these can be reprogrammed using the HP pen control app you can choose from a variety of functions for each of these buttons. I have set the table button creating screenshots so when I’m done with masterpieces I can take a screenshot and email it to do page. Still, you can set it to whatever suits your workflow; it’s awesome.

HP Pavilion x360 review

Battery Life

Lastly, there’s the battery so the HP Pavilion x360 lasts around 6 to 6.5 hours on a single charge with casual use and that’s honestly decent enough. I don’t have any complaints with the battery life here and thanks to the compact charger carrying the charge around with the laptop isn’t an issue at all so that’s awesome – so all things considered the HP Pavilion x360 does look like an all-rounder laptop for students it comes with a sleek, stylish convertible design a stunning display with great colors and viewing angles speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen and really good performance which will even let you play casual games all of that for a price ₹45,971 on Amazon.

HP Pavilion x360 review

I know there are a lot of gaming laptops and ultrabooks with better specs in this price bracket. Still, if you consider the entire set of features that the HP Pavilion x360 brings, well, this is definitely the all-rounder laptop for the students. So yeah personally I think the HP Pavilion x360 2019 powered by 8th Gen Intel Core i3 processor is a great all-rounder laptop for students. But what do you think, would you like to buy this laptop for your college use? Let us know in the comments down below.


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