The HP Pavilion x360 11 is ultimately hard to recommend, at least when it’s configured like our review unit. It works fairly well as a small notebook, with a spacious full-size keyboard, trackpad, decent-sounding speakers, and enough ports to rival some 15.6-inch notebooks. It has very sturdy quality, and looks more upscale than you’d expect at this price point thanks to the stamped aluminum palm-rest.
Its downsides are significant, however, the most notable being its subpar battery life; we measured just three hours in our testing, and have doubts whether it would break four under less demanding circumstances. The x360 11’s second biggest problem is its mediocre TN display – its limited viewing angles wouldn’t warrant so much attention on a notebook-only device, but this Pavilion has ‘360’ in its name because it turns into a tablet, where the viewing angles make or break the experience. To see the screen in tablet mode, you literally have to hold it so you’re looking at the display head-on at all times. (We should note the new version of this model has an IPS display, which should eliminate our complaints about the display).
From a design perspective, the display is one or two sizes too small for this chassis; the one-inch thick display bezel looks plain awkward. If you’re thinking about replacing a dedicated tablet, think again: at over three pounds and nearly an inch thick, this little notebook doesn’t seem so little after you pick it up, let alone try to use it as a tablet. Finally, its included 500GB hard drive, while capacious, is one of the slowest we’ve tested, and results in a frustratingly sluggish user experience.
Overall, there are better choices at or under the $400 mark than the Pavilion x360 11. The updated model with an IPS display is much more attractive on paper and isn’t any more expensive, but as for this model, it’s only worth a look if you can find it for considerably less than the asking price.
- Strong chassis
- Comfortable full-size keyboard
- Decent speakers
- Plenty of ports
- Poor battery life
- Limited viewing angle display
- Overly thick display bezel
- Sluggish hard drive