The Pavilion x360 11 has pedestrian specifications by modern standards, with just enough power to get through everyday tasks. For example, its Intel Pentium N3540 dual-core processor is less than half as fast as a Core i3 processor found in budget notebooks. This notebook doesn’t have a problem with tasks such as HD video playback and office applications, but is woefully underpowered for demanding applications such as Photoshop and video editing.
The x360 11’s 4GB of RAM is about the minimum we’d recommend if you’re buying a new computer. It’s a fair amount of memory for this notebook at this price point. What made the system feel very sluggish in our testing, however, was its extraordinarily slow 500GB hard drive, which runs at a paltry 5400RPM. It took hours to install Windows updates, and simple tasks such as opening programs and applications take well longer than they should.
Our HP Pavilion x360 11 review unit has the following technical specifications:
- 11.6-inch touch display (1366×768 resolution, TN panel, glossy surface)
- Windows 8.1 64-bit
- Intel Pentium N3540 dual-core processor (2.16GHz, up to 2.66GHz Turbo Boost, 2MB cache, 7.5W TDP)
- Integrated Intel HD graphics w/ shared memory
- 4GB DDR3L-1600 (1x 4GB; 8GB max. supported – 1x 8GB)
- 500GB 5400RPM hard drive (Seagate ST500LT012-1DG142)
- Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 802.11n wireless network adapter
- Integrated Bluetooth 4.0+HS
- Integrated 720p webcam
- 2-cell 32Wh battery
- Dimensions: 12.05″ x 8.19″ x 0.89″
- Weight: 3.21 lbs.
- 1-year limited warranty
- Starting price: $379.99
- Price as configured: $399.99
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
Heat and Noise
Despite its low-powered Pentium processor, the x360 11 is not passively cooled and has a single fan. It exhausts out of a vent on the left side. We found the fan was always on, even while the computer was idling. It’s all but impossible to hear at its lowest speed; as a matter of fact, we only noticed a slight whine after running our benchmarks for an extended period of time. The cooling solution certainly works well, the chassis remains cool or lukewarm all over.
We use our demanding Powermark test in Balanced mode to test battery life. With the screen brightness set to 50 percent, this test runs automated web browsing, video playback, gaming, and office productivity workloads.
With a time of just three hours, one minute, the Pavilion x360 11 has some of the worst battery life we’ve seen from a convertible notebook. Its battery life is perhaps its single greatest downside. The time we recorded is about the minimum you can expect while unplugged, but even under less demanding circumstances, you shouldn’t expect to get more than 25 percent better than this – that’s not quite four hours. We might expect this kind of time from a desktop replacement or gaming notebook, but certainly not a notebook in this class.
The Pavilion’s small power adapter is compact, slightly smaller than the ones included with most notebooks. End to end, the cords measure just over nine feet, including the brick itself. The wall plug is three pronged, and the cables and the brick together weigh 0.56 pounds. We noticed the brick became hot to the touch while charging the notebook, as expected.