When you’ve been building computers as long as HP has, you need to spend a bit of time refreshing and updating designs to shake things up, and that appears to be exactly what the company has done with a few newbies heading to stores shortly.
Launched this week ahead of the Windows 10 release at the end of the month — indeed, next week even — HP’s latest crop of computers won’t get you that next copy of Windows early, though it will be free like Microsoft has previously said.
What it will get you, however, is a change in design for many of HP’s machines, as the Pavilion X360 machines get a little slimmer, the Pavilion X2 convertible becomes a friend to magnets, and the Envy range gets a better build while also adding the option for a decent display.
The machines start with one of the more playful designs, the Pavilion X2, which takes HP’s familiar hybrid design with a detachable screen with all the computer innards and a keyboard section, and makes that connection between the two more seamless thanks to magnets.
You’ll still find some hooks in place to hold the display to its keyboard brother, but the magnets will keep the display here, and my word, they’re strong.
Picking up the Pavilion X2 today, it’s quite surprising as to just how strong HP has made this section, and you’ll even be able to lift the laptop by its screen and keep the keyboard connected. We’re not sure how often this will be a necessity, but it’s there if you feel like torture-testing your laptop.
Inside the X2, you’ll find an Intel Atom clocked at 1.3GHz, 2GB RAM, and either 32 or 64GB of storage, with a microSD card slot if need be to upgrade this.
This is all pretty standards specs for a small hybrid, and little about the specs is all that updated, with two USB 2.0 ports, one microHDMI, and your typical assortment of 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth.
In fact, with similar specs to the last generation of budget convertible notebooks, the design is really what separates this computer, making it a little more friendly than previous X2 designs simply because of the expected improvements HP has made to the magnet and hinge system.
You’ll find this one in stores now from $549.
Alongside it will be another Pavilion, though this one of a 360 degree nature.