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HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360 Convertible Review Update

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Martina Osztovits), 11/29/2014

Red temptation. The Pavilion 13 would like to spare buyers the necessity of choosing between tablet and notebook experience by combining both worlds. It is driven by an AMD APU. In addition, it delivers good battery life and plenty of storage space.

For the original German review, see here.

After the Pavilion 13-a000ng, the Pavilion 13-a093na is the second device from HP's 13.3-inch convertible series reviewed by us. Our test model features an AMD APU, while the sister model comes with an Intel processor. HP also wants to attract buyers of the AMD model with striking colors. The combination of red and anthracite is really eye-catching. Our review will reveal whether the device also performs well otherwise.

The competition of the Pavilion consists of 13.3 and 14-inch convertibles with a price of about 500 Euros (~$614), for example the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D and the Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100.

Since the two Pavilion models use the same design, we will not cover case, features, display, input devices and speakers here. Information about these is available in our Pavilion 13-a000ng review.

Case & Connectivity

As already mentioned above, the Pavilion 13-a093na and the Pavilion 13-a000ng use the same design. But, the colors are different. Both computers feature top sides made from metal in dark anthracite. The lid and underside of the Pavilion 13-a093na are from red plastic, while silver-gray plastic is used in the Pavilion 13-a000ng.

The HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360.
The HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360.
HP uses signal color.
HP uses signal color.
A maintenance hatch is missing.
A maintenance hatch is missing.
Left side: power button, USB 2.0, audio combo, volume control
Left side: power button, USB 2.0, audio combo, volume control
Right side: card reader, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, power-in, Kensington lock slot
Right side: card reader, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, power-in, Kensington lock slot

Display

The Pavilion 13-a093na features the same display model as the Pavilion 13-a000ng, but the readings are slightly different. Same display models are usually never completely identical. The panels are from Samsung and their brightness is not convincing. They are too dark. The brightness should be at least 200 cd/m² or even better 250 cd/m². In view of the price, contrast and black value are still acceptable.

150
cd/m²
152
cd/m²
157
cd/m²
156
cd/m²
162
cd/m²
162
cd/m²
163
cd/m²
159
cd/m²
171
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Samsung
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 171 cd/m² Average: 159.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 159 cd/m²
Contrast: 405:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 12.61 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 14.29 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.85
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Screen
14%
44%
19%
9%
14%
9%
Brightness middle
162
228
41%
250
54%
309
91%
168
4%
224.2
38%
203
25%
Brightness
159
216
36%
241
52%
308
94%
156
-2%
215
35%
200
26%
Brightness Distribution
88
90
2%
84
-5%
90
2%
88
0%
84
-5%
87
-1%
Black Level *
0.4
0.5
-25%
0.39
2%
1.06
-165%
0.39
2%
0.675
-69%
0.5
-25%
Contrast
405
456
13%
641
58%
292
-28%
431
6%
332
-18%
406
0%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
12.61
11.07
12%
4.27
66%
4.76
62%
9.65
23%
5.8
54%
9.73
23%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
14.29
11.81
17%
2.87
80%
2.83
80%
10.03
30%
5.03
65%
11.76
18%
Gamma
2.85 77%
2.58 85%
2.3 96%
2.33 94%
2.09 105%
2.18 101%
2.23 99%
CCT
15478 42%
15674 41%
6842 95%
6993 93%
11308 57%
7277 89%
11522 56%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
40.13
38.5
36.7
36.19
38

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color Saturation
CalMAN - Color Saturation

Performance

With the Pavilion, HP offers a convertible with a size of 13.3-inches. The incorporated APU brings sufficient performance for office and Internet applications. The price of our test model is about 500 to 600 Euros (~$614 to ~$737). It is also available with a silver case.


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CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
System information HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360

Processor

Our test model features an AMD A8-6410 APU (Beema). The quad-core APU uses a base clock of 2 GHz. Thanks to Turbo, the clock rate can be increased to up to 2.4 GHz. With a TDP of 15 Watt, the APU is quite frugal. In mains operation, the CPU performance is completely available: While the clock rate is 2.4 GHz during the single-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks, it is 2 to 2.2 GHz in the multi-thread tests. We found that the clock rate is slightly lower on battery (single: 2.2 to 2.4 GHz; multi: 1.8 to 2 GHz).

The performance of the processor is similar to Intel's Haswell ULV Core i3 processors. Actually, only the multi-thread performance is on par, while the Intel CPU performs significantly better in single-thread tasks. The better an app can be parallelized, the smaller the difference between the used AMD APU and a Core i3 processor like the Core i3-4030U.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7010
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2860
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2267
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.04 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.59 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
15.25 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
16.83 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
165 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
49 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
49 Points ∼22%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
19 Points ∼9% -61%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
60 Points ∼28% +22%
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
20 Points ∼9% -59%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
75 Points ∼34% +53%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
101 Points ∼46% +106%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
76 Points ∼35% +55%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
165 Points ∼4%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
33 Points ∼1% -80%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
152 Points ∼3% -8%
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
33 Points ∼1% -80%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
192 Points ∼4% +16%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
228 Points ∼5% +38%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
191 Points ∼4% +16%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
0.59 Points ∼24%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
0.67 Points ∼27% +14%
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
0.24 Points ∼10% -59%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.86 Points ∼35% +46%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.09 Points ∼45% +85%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.8 Points ∼33% +36%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2.04 Points ∼5%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
1.63 Points ∼4% -20%
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
0.45 Points ∼1% -78%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.07 Points ∼5% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.44 Points ∼6% +20%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.03 Points ∼5% 0%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2267 Points ∼21%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
2241 Points ∼21% -1%
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
753 Points ∼7% -67%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3829 Points ∼35% +69%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2813 Points ∼26% +24%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
7010 Points ∼11%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
5004 Points ∼8% -29%
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
1401 Points ∼2% -80%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
7556 Points ∼12% +8%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6285 Points ∼10% -10%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
3803 Points ∼5%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
954 Points ∼1% -75%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
3328 Points ∼4% -12%
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
1000 Points ∼1% -74%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3779 Points ∼5% -1%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1277 Points ∼26%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
561 Points ∼12% -56%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
1570 Points ∼32% +23%
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
564 Points ∼12% -56%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1792 Points ∼37% +40%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
271 ms * ∼3%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1173 Points ∼19%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
5800 Points ∼11%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
6296.2 ms * ∼11%
Browsermark - 2.1 (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1401 points ∼5%
WebXPRT 2013 - Overall Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
570 Points ∼25%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

We did not have problems with the Pavilion. It runs smoothly. The results of the PCMark benchmarks are good. The Pavilion falls slightly behind its sister model, since its Core i3 has a higher single-thread performance.

PCMark 7 Score
1892 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1955 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2079 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2772 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1955 Points ∼32%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1535 Points ∼25% -21%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
2044 Points ∼34% +5%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2158 Points ∼35% +10%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2179 Points ∼36% +11%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2355 Points ∼39% +20%

Storage Devices

The Western Digital hard drive works with a revolution speed of 5400 rpm and features a capacity of 1 TB. So, owners of the computer won't run out of storage space quickly. The readings of the hard drive are absolutely alright and usual for today's 5400 rpm hard drives.

WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 42 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 117.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 85.5 MB/s
Access Time: 19 ms
Burst Rate: 180.1 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.9 %

Graphics Card

AMD's Radeon R5 (Beema) graphics core is responsible for video output. The GPU supports DirectX 11.2 and clocks with up to 800 MHz. The 3DMark benchmarks prove that its performance is about on par with the HD Graphics 4400 in the Pavilion sister model. In dual-channel mode, both Pavilion models would perform slightly better, but, since they only features a single RAM slot, this is not possible. The APU used in the Pavilion 13-a093na only supports single-channel mode, anyway.

3DMark 11 Performance
826 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
32751 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
2865 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
484 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
826 Points ∼2%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
828 Points ∼2% 0%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
812 Points ∼2% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
879 Points ∼3% +6%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
786 Points ∼2% -5%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
484 Points ∼2%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
512 Points ∼2% +6%
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
165 Points ∼1% -66%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
561 Points ∼2% +16%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
482 Points ∼2% 0%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1827 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2247 Points ∼4% +23%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2865 Points ∼5%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1506 Points ∼2% -47%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
3449 Points ∼6% +20%
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
1024 Points ∼2% -64%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3711 Points ∼6% +30%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4109 Points ∼7% +43%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3603 Points ∼6% +26%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
32751 Points ∼3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
13261 Points ∼1% -60%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
34297 Points ∼3% +5%
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
12125 Points ∼1% -63%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
32613 Points ∼3% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
34588 Points ∼3% +6%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
34508 Points ∼3% +5%

Gaming Performance

The used AMD APU is able to smoothly run several games in low resolution and low quality settings. Sometimes even medium quality settings are possible. Games with only low hardware requirements should also run with higher settings. Games from the Windows Store run without problems. Overall, the gaming performance is similar to the Intel-based sister model's. The latter performs slightly better in CPU intensive games thanks to its slightly faster processor.

low med. high ultra
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 93.323.5fps
Resident Evil 5 (2009) 44.825.9fps
Battlefield 3 (2011) 20.814.411.3fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 22.817.8fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 34.71812.1fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 30.516.713.8fps
Dota 2 (2013) 26.322.6fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 1613.37.6fps
Thief (2014) 9.17.56fps
Fifa 15 (2014) 24.120.3fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 15.49.75.3fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 21.614fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 12.77.7fps
F1 2014 (2014) 342519fps
Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014) 32.110.1fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
18 fps ∼3%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
22.4 fps ∼4% +24%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
19.8 fps ∼3% +10%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
18.3 fps ∼3% +2%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
34.7 fps ∼6%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
44.4 fps ∼7% +28%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
37.4 fps ∼6% +8%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
36.6 fps ∼6% +5%
Alien: Isolation
1366x768 Medium, On (AA & SSAO Off), Shadow Map 1024 AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
14 fps ∼5%
1024x768 (Very) Low, Off, Shadow Map 512 AF:1x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
21.6 fps ∼7%
F1 2014
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
19 fps ∼14%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
25 fps ∼19%
1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
34 fps ∼25%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
13.8 fps ∼4%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
13.3 fps ∼3% -4%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
16.7 fps ∼4%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
16.8 fps ∼4% +1%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
30.5 fps ∼7%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
30.1 fps ∼7% -1%
Thief
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
6 fps ∼4%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6.2 fps ∼4% +3%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
7.5 fps ∼5%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
5.3 fps ∼4% -29%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
7.8 fps ∼5% +4%
1024x768 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
9.1 fps ∼6%
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
14 fps ∼9% +54%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
12.4 fps ∼8% +36%
Saints Row IV
1366x768 High Preset AA:4x MS AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
7.6 fps ∼8%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:2x MS AF:2x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
13.3 fps ∼14%
1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
16 fps ∼15%
Dota 2
1366x768 Medium / On, Render Quality: 70 % (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
22.6 fps ∼19%
1024x768 Low / Off, Render Quality: 40 % (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
26.3 fps ∼18%
Ryse: Son of Rome
1366x768 Medium Texture Res. + Normal Graphics Quality (Rest Off/Disabled) AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
7.7 fps ∼6%
1024x768 Low Texture Res. + Low Graphics Quality (Rest Off/Disabled) AF:2x (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
12.7 fps ∼9%
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
5.3 fps ∼3%
1344x756 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
9.7 fps ∼5%
1280x720 Lowest Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
15.4 fps ∼6%
Fifa 15
1366x768 High Preset AA:2x MS (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
20.3 fps ∼6%
1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
24.1 fps ∼5%

Emissions & Power Consumption

System Noise

The fan of the Pavilion runs continuously while idle. The reason is the same as in many other HP devices: The option "Fan always on" is enabled in the BIOS and prevents the fan from resting. If you deactivate this option, the fan sometimes falls silent. The fan does not get too loud under load. During the stress test, we measured a moderate noise level of 37 dB. The Pavilion 13-a000ng gets significantly louder under load.

Noise Level

Idle
33.4 / 33.7 / 33.9 dB(A)
HDD
34.1 dB(A)
Load
34.2 / 37 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Pavilion during the stress test.
The Pavilion during the stress test.

During the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour), the CPU clocks at 1.4 GHz and the graphics core runs at full speed (800 MHz) in mains operation. On battery, the CPU clocks at 1.2 and 1.4 GHz and the graphics core clocks at 400 to 500 MHz. The Pavilion does not get too hot. The temperatures remain significantly below 40 °C in all quadrants. The same is also true for the sister model. In terms of temperature, the two competitors, the Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100 and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D are on par with the two Pavilions.

 24.3 °C
76 F
24.5 °C
76 F
24 °C
75 F
 
 23 °C
73 F
24.2 °C
76 F
24.5 °C
76 F
 
 23.2 °C
74 F
22.6 °C
73 F
25.3 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 25.3 °C = 78 F
Average: 24 °C = 75 F
24.3 °C
76 F
26 °C
79 F
26.7 °C
80 F
26.3 °C
79 F
24.3 °C
76 F
24 °C
75 F
26.6 °C
80 F
22.8 °C
73 F
23.2 °C
74 F
Maximum: 26.7 °C = 80 F
Average: 24.9 °C = 77 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.8 °C = 84 F | Room Temperature 21.2 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 27.5 °C / 82 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 31.1 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.3 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.2 °C / 79.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.9 °C / 84 F (+2.7 °C / 4.8 F).

Power Consumption

While idle, the power consumption of the Pavilion is below 10 Watt - just like the sister model's. But, they perform differently during the stress test. The Pavilion's consumption of 23.8 Watt is lower than the sister model's (29.7 Watt). The reason is found quickly: The processor of the AMD model is throttled, while the Intel model's isn't. The two competitors, the Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100 and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D are more frugal under load than the Pavilions. This is not surprising, since both of them use very weak and frugal APUs.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.15 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 5.9 / 6.8 Watt
Load midlight 19.1 / 23.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

While idle, the battery of the Pavilion lasts 9:48 h. The Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100 (10:50 h) competitor lasts one hour longer. We checked the idle scenario with Battery Eater's Reader's test with minimum display brightness, energy-saving mode and disabled Wi-Fi modules. Under load, the Pavilion shuts down after 2:24 h. The Satellite (3:56 h) also performs better here. We record the battery life under load with the Battery Eater Classic Test with maximum display brightness and enabled Wi-Fi modules.

The Pavilion finishes our realistic WLAN test in 5:48 h and ranks in between the Satellite (7:10 h) and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D (4:51 h). This test automatically loads web pages in 40-second intervals. The energy-saving profile is active and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². We tested the battery life during video playback by continuously looping the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 coding, 1920x1080 pixels). The energy-saving profile is selected, the Wi-Fi modules are disabled and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The Pavilion lasts 5:11 h. We did not run this test on the competitors.

Overall, the Pavilion delivers good battery runtimes. The sister model performs better while idle and under load, but the two models are on par in the realistic WLAN test.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 48min
WiFi Surfing
5h 48min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 11min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 24min
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
Radeon HD 8180, A4-1200, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D
Radeon HD 8210, E1-2100, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Toshiba Satellite W30t-A-101
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Battery Runtime
-20%
33%
-16%
5%
-26%
13%
Reader / Idle
588
430
-27%
650
11%
640
9%
603
3%
H.264
311
330
6%
WiFi
348
345
-1%
430
24%
291
-16%
390
12%
234
-33%
394
13%
Load
144
100
-31%
236
64%
132
-8%
73
-49%

Verdict

The HP Pavilion 13-a093na is really eye-catching due to the color combination of its case. In contrast, the sister model looks almost boring. Apart from colors, the device can also score points with quiet system noise and very low temperature rise. The latter is a very important aspect for a computer which offers a tablet mode. In addition, the system performance is sufficient for usual office and Internet applications. Thanks to a 1 TB hard drive, there is plenty of storage space. Furthermore, the battery life is good. Alike in the sister models, the display is a big disadvantage of the device. HP used a very dark TN display with narrow viewing angles. This makes using the tablet mode of this device difficult, since it has to be held at an adequate angle. An IPS panel should have been obligatory. In addition, the Pavilion continues a theme that can recently be found in almost every HP notebook: The warranty is only one year. This is too low. It should be at least two years.

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In review: HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360. Test model courtesy of AMD.
In review: HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360. Test model courtesy of AMD.

Specifications

HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360 (Pavilion 13 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), Core: 300-800 MHz, 14.301.1006.0
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, single channel, one RAM slot (occupied)
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, 10-points multi-touch, Samsung, TN LED, glossy: yes
Storage
WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 870 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Hudson-2 High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: orientation sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit/s), Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 334 x 228 ( = 0.91 x 13.15 x 8.98 in)
Battery
43 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD web cam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Media Suite 10, Cyberlink YouCam, MS Office (Test version), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.76 kg ( = 62.08 oz / 3.88 pounds), Power Supply: 310 g ( = 10.93 oz / 0.68 pounds)

 

The computer offers many modes.
The computer offers many modes.
The upper side of the base unit is made from metal.
The upper side of the base unit is made from metal.
The red color is striking.
The red color is striking.
A maintenance hatch is missing. You have to remove the upper side of the base unit to reach the hardware.
A maintenance hatch is missing. You have to remove the upper side of the base unit to reach the hardware.
The hinges allow an opening angle of up to 360 degrees.
The hinges allow an opening angle of up to 360 degrees.

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Pros

+Nice color
+Hardly gets warmer
+Good battery life
+Works quite quietly
+Plenty of storage capacity
 

Cons

-Dark, bluish display with narrow viewing angles
-Only 12 months warranty

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What we like

The color of the case and the low temperature rise.

What we would like to see

An IPS panel.

What surprises us

HP uses a dark TN panel with narrow viewing angles in a convertible. We cannot understand this design choice.

The competition

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14D, Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100, HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360, Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 15.

Rating

HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360 - 11/24/2014 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
71 / 98 → 72%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
72%
Connectivity
64 / 80 → 80%
Weight
66 / 35-78 → 72%
Battery
88%
Display
68%
Games Performance
53 / 68 → 78%
Application Performance
56 / 87 → 64%
Temperature
94%
Noise
85%
Audio
70 / 91 → 77%
Camera
63 / 85 → 74%
Average
71%
75%
Convertible - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2014-11-29 (Update: 2018-05-15)