Far from a [easyazon-link asin=”B00KHQWPZA” locale=”us”]Microsoft Surface Pro 3[/easyazon-link] “killer”, the newest member of HP’s versatile Pavilion x2 family aims to offer a very similar user experience at a fraction of the costs. Of course, pricing a 2-in-1 Windows 8.1 tablet at $299 forces compromises, but I think we can all agree USB Type C support makes every sacrifice worth it.
Even better, the 2015 10-inch Pavilion x2 features a standard, non-reversible USB 2.0 port in addition to the ingenious C hub, so there’s no reason you couldn’t power up the machine while transferring data or with external devices seamlessly connected.
Thanks to a more robust build and larger keyboard, attachable via a latchless magnet, the tab no longer looks awkward in mini-laptop mode and provides what HP likes to call a “traditional notebook experience.”
In moments, you can switch to stand or tent postures for watching movies and playing games comfortably, and the whole ensemble tips the scales at under 2.5 pounds while measuring 16.75 mm thin. Sans the docking station, obviously, weight shrinks to 1.29 lbs and the waist is reduced to only 9.65 mm.
Such a shame the internals don’t really match the premium exterior, as an aging quad-core Intel Bay Trail chip runs the hardware show, backed by 2 GB RAM and either 32 or 64 GB flash storage. It seems Cherry Trail configurations will stay on the sidelines a little longer, and a display resolution bump from 800p to Full HD must wait as well.
Via [HP PR]