We’re entering an age where traditional laptops just don’t cut it anymore. They’ve matured so much that there’s nothing to offer other than lowered prices. On the other hand, 2-in-1 convertibles with their multiple usage modes are becoming the norm, but with their newer technology comes less attractive price tags. HP wants to change all that with the highly capable yet affordable Pavilion x360.
In case you’re wondering: Yes, the Pavilion x360 has been around for some time already. What’s different this time around are the updated specs, pricing, and availability, which we’ll cover later.
There’s not much to write about the Pavilion x360 at first glance, but fold the convertible using its 360-degree hinge and you’ll see why it’s special. Turning it all the way back deactivates the keyboard, letting you use it like a full-fledged Windows 10 tablet. Leaving it in laptop mode turns off the touchscreen display, so you’ll be reliant on the touchpad for navigation. You also have the option of going into Tent mode if you simply want to watch some flicks.
There’s a choice between 11.6-inch (1366 x 768-pixel resolution) and 13.3-inch (1920 x 1080-pixel resolution) screen sizes for the Pavilion x360. As for ports, they’re all found around the full-sized keyboard, including two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, a single HDMI, card reader, and the usual headphones/microphone jacks. Rounding out the features is preinstalled Windows 10.
Pricing depends on what configuration you’re interested in. The cheapest 11.6-inch build has an Intel Celeron N3060 processor and costs PhP 20,990, while the most expensive 11.6-inch model is equipped with a slightly faster Celeron N3710 and is priced at PhP 24,990. The 13.3-inch unit is obviously the priciest of the selection, and comes with far more capable Intel Core i3 chip and a price tag of PhP 29,990. All of them have 4GB of memory, 500GB of storage, and modern gold as the sole color option.
Selecting the right configuration isn’t rocket science: Go for one of the smaller models if all you want to do is type and browse the web while away from home, and opt for the 13.3-inch model if you’re looking to use it for multimedia entertainment and some light gaming.
Lazada will be carrying the refreshed Pavilion x360 beginning September 22, 2016. For those looking for something a lot more powerful, HP will also be offering the consumer version of the Elite x2 starting on the same day next week.
The Elite x2 is a different type of 2-in1, wherein you can detach the keyboard and use the tablet portion on its own. This is made possible with the built-in kickstand, which is made of the same sturdy aluminum as the tablet itself. With the included Wacom-based HP Active Pen and 12-inch touchscreen, you could actually forget about using the keyboard for a while.
The whole thing is really quite premium. There are Bang & Olufsen-tuned stereo speakers, durable Gorilla Glass 4 for the display, and a fanless 8.1mm physique that rivals the thinnest Windows 10 tablets in the industry. Prices for the Elite x2 begin at PhP 59,990 with Intel’s sixth-generation Core M processors and a handy fingerprint scanner for secured logins.
Dell Vostro 5370 review: An everyday business notebook
Compact yet powerful
Here I am again, reviewing another laptop. Like smartphones, most laptops have little differences from each other. While the premium line of notebooks battle to have the best build and beastly specs, the mid-tier laptops try to offer the best value for your hard-earned money.
What I have here is the Dell Vostro 5370. It’s a 13-inch laptop designed for business — small businesses to be specific.
If the Latitude line of business notebooks from Dell is top-notch and great for enterprise use, the Vostro sits below it. If you’re familiar with Dell’s portfolio, the Vostro series is on par with the Inspiron family. Now, onto the review.
The Vostro 5370 is a formal-looking notebook with a two-toned chassis. At first glance, one might think it has a single-piece aluminum build, but only the inner casing gives the cold touch of metal while the outer chassis has a matte finish.
Nevertheless, it’s lightweight and pretty thin for its class. The sleek Silver with Nocturnal Blue interior combination gives off a professional vibe.
As already mentioned, the laptop has a 13-inch display with a Full HD IPS panel. I never had any issues with its viewing angles and color reproduction, but the brightness levels could be better. Good thing the anti-glare coating keeps the display viewable even on a sunny day or when you’re in a cafe surrounded by windows.
The keyboard here is not as great as the one I used on the Latitude 7390 2-in-1. The key travel is decent while the spacing and overall layout are easy to get used to.
As for the touchpad, it’s got a pretty rough surface as opposed to the smooth glass touchpad of premium notebooks. It’s fairly accurate and, most importantly, it recognizes Windows 10’s touchpad gestures. The left and right buttons are integrated to the touchpad as well, and they’re a bit shallow.
Sitting quietly on the upper-right corner is the power button which also doubles as the fingerprint reader. This makes logging in very easy with Windows Hello, just like on the more premium XPS 13.
What’s great about mid-tier notebooks is that they don’t sacrifice ports just to have a slimmer profile. The Vostro 5370 has all the ports you’ll need to get through everyday work life.
On its right are the charging port, a USB-C Gen 1 which also doubles as the DisplayPort, a full-size HDMI, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
To the right are the Noble lock slot, two full-size USB 3.1 (one with PowerShare), and the microSD card reader. It could have been great to have a full-size SD card slot so I can actually use it to quickly transfer images from cameras.
The speakers of this notebook are nothing to write home about. They’re tinny and don’t get loud enough even for indoor use. If you’re alone in a quiet room, you’ll hear what you’re playing on this laptop. But, as soon as you open the windows or when there are people talking around you, you’re better off with a pair of headphones.
As for the notebook’s specs, I was able to use the 8th-gen Intel Core i5 variant with 8GB of RAM. With this kind of power, you can do any everyday task without any hiccups. It even has more than enough power to handle Photoshop and maybe even some casual video editing. The M.2 SSD that can have up to 512GB of storage is able to read and write files very quickly.
With no discrete video card, this notebook is not a gaming machine. While it can do some light gaming like Dota 2 or League of Legends, it’ll not be enough for AAA titles even in low settings. It’ll be hard to appreciate graphics-intensive games with low frame rates and minimal quality.
There’s nothing to worry about the laptop’s fan noise. It never got loud even if I already have more than twenty tabs open in Chrome with Photoshop working in the background. Perhaps the only time I can remember hearing the fan is late at night when my surroundings were really quiet.
Since it’s a business-oriented device, the laptop’s webcam will be used a number of times. The Vostro 5370 doesn’t have thin bezels, so the webcam remains on the top where it should be. The quality is okay when under bright light and it’s perfectly usable for Skype.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
If you’re looking for a decent mid-tier notebook, the Dell Vostro 5370 will be able to provide great everyday performance and ample oomph to get all your multimedia work done. It’s not designed for gaming, but it can handle some titles when you want to have fun.
It’s not the ideal business machine for enterprise users because it lacks certain specs, but it’ll do for small businesses that need a quality laptop. It never felt cheap or lacking for what it’s designed to do.
The Dell Vostro 5370 is priced at PhP 50,800 in the Philippines.
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“Why would you review the 2018 MacBook Pro when it’s exactly the same as older MacBooks? It just has updated specs,” asks a commenter in one of our videos.
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This second-generation device adds an E Ink panel that you can use for reading books, taking notes with a pen, and typing on a customizable touchscreen surface.
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