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HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng Convertible Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Nirakar Pradhan), 01/04/2017

Dark Display. This HP convertible is on the market for 600 Euros (~$632). It offers a combination of a Kaby Lake processor, an IPS screen and a 1 TB HDD. It might be an attractive option for some users, as it supports active input styli (Active Stylus).

We are familiar with the HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng. It is the sister model of the previously-reviewed HP Pavilion x360 15-bk001ng. There are certain differences on the inside: our current test model uses a Kaby Lake processor, whereas the sister model relies on a Skylake CPU. The competition of the Pavilion includes laptops, such as the Dell Inspiron 15 5568 and the Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK.

The two Pavilion models have the same build. As such, we will not discuss the case, the connectivity, the input devices or the speakers in this review, unless there are significant differences. The information about these sections can be found in the review of the Pavilion x360 15-bk001ng.

HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng (Pavilion x360 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1000 MHz, Single-Channel, 21.20.16.4526
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1867, Single-Channel, two memory slots (one used)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, capacitive with active-stylus-support (but no pressure levels), LG Philips, IPS, Full-HD, Glossy Surface, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 880 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ Intel Sunrise Point-LP PCH - 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: Accelerometer, Gyro, eCompass, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.9 x 382 x 250 ( = 0.94 x 15.04 x 9.84 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 9 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Power Media Player 14, Cyberlink PowerDirector 14, McAfee LiveSafe (trial version), MS Office 365 (trial version), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 300 g ( = 10.58 oz / 0.66 pounds)
Price
599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
 
79 MB/s ∼100% +31%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
 
74.2 MB/s ∼94% +23%
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
 
60.5 MB/s ∼77%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
 
59.7 MB/s ∼76% -1%
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
 
21 MB/s ∼27% -65%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
 
87 MB/s ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
 
85.6 MB/s ∼98% -2%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
 
85.3 MB/s ∼98% -2%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
 
85.11 MB/s ∼98% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
 
26.5 MB/s ∼30% -70%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
352 MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
314 MBit/s ∼100%
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
372 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
125 MBit/s ∼34%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
390 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
103 MBit/s ∼26%

Input Devices

The keyboard of the Skylake sister model received a poor rating. It seems that we had a poorly-built test model, as our test model (with the same build) has a much better keyboard. The keys have short stroke distance and clear pressure points. Subjectively, they feel nice to the touch. While typing, the keyboard does not bend or deform. The placement of the keys is different from that of its sister model: some keys are not placed in their usual spots (for example, the hash key). Despite all of this, HP is offering a nice keyboard for home use.

The touchscreen of the Pavilion supports multi-finger input and styli (Active Pen). An appropriate pen has not been provided for this laptop and it seems that HP is not offering one for this model. If you want to use this feature, we recommend purchasing it separately. We tested the functionality with a stylus from "Hama". The touchscreen does not differentiate between different levels of pressure.

The handbook mentions support for active styli.
The handbook mentions support for active styli.
The system information in Windows 10 also mention this.
The system information in Windows 10 also mention this.

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Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The 15.6-inch screen of the Pavilion boasts with an FHD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The brightness of the screen is far too low at 190.7 cd/m². For this price, the brightness should be at least 250 cd/m². The contrast is fine, but unfortunately the panel suffers from PWM flickering (at 50 Hz). This can cause eye issues and headaches for users.

166
cd/m²
189
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
161
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
219
cd/m²
166
cd/m²
189
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 219 cd/m² Average: 190.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 74 %
Center on Battery: 205 cd/m²
Contrast: 683:1 (Black: 0.3 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.2 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 6.86 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
59% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.27
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
120%
185%
20%
2%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
55 (23, 32)
30.8 (12.8, 18)
44%
53 (20, 33)
4%
42 (19, 23)
24%
43.2 (19.6, 23.6)
21%
Response Time Black / White *
26 (10, 16)
22 (11.2, 10.8)
15%
39 (12, 27)
-50%
22 (6, 16)
15%
30.8 (17.6, 13.2)
-18%
PWM Frequency
50 (20)
200 (90)
300%
350 (60)
600%
Screen
26%
16%
23%
25%
Brightness middle
205
225
10%
243
19%
266
30%
254
24%
Brightness
191
210
10%
248
30%
249
30%
230
20%
Brightness Distribution
74
85
15%
91
23%
85
15%
86
16%
Black Level *
0.3
0.22
27%
0.32
-7%
0.26
13%
0.26
13%
Contrast
683
1023
50%
759
11%
1023
50%
977
43%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7.2
4.13
43%
5.44
24%
4.98
31%
4.23
41%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
12.7
9.36
26%
9.73
23%
11.82
7%
9.5
25%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.86
2.53
63%
4.74
31%
2.68
61%
2.87
58%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.6 85%
2.38 92%
2.27 97%
2.35 94%
CCT
6983 93%
6360 102%
7799 83%
6583 99%
5965 109%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
39.8
5%
39.6
4%
36
-5%
40.35
6%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59
62.5
6%
62.5
6%
57
-3%
63.48
8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
73% / 47%
101% / 55%
22% / 22%
14% / 21%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 50 Hz ≤ 20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 50 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 50 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8929 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Out of the box, the panel has a DeltaE 2000 color deviation of 7.2. Ideally, the laptop should be less than 3. Thankfully, the display does not have a blue tinge.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grey Levels
CalMAN - Grey Levels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 45 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
55 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 32 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 90 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

HP has installed an IPS panel with strong viewing angles in our test model. The screen is legible from all angles. Outdoors, the Pavilion cannot be used comfortably due to the low brightness and the reflective nature of the panel. It is only possible to use the laptop outdoors on cloudy days.

Outdoors (cloudy)
Outdoors (cloudy)

Performance

The HP Pavilion is a 15.6-inch convertible with sufficient performance for usual tasks. Our test model is available for 600 Euros (~$632) and, at the time of testing, only one other model was available. This model had the same configuration as our test model, but it also has a red case. The Skylake sister models of the Pavilion are also available.

Processor

On the inside of the Pavilion, we have an Intel Core i5-7200U (Kaby Lake) dual-core processor. This is a middle-class ULV CPU (TDP: 15 W). The processor will suffice the needs of most users and offers performance reserves for the years to come. It operates at a base clock speed of 2.5 GHz and Turbo allows it to boost up to 3.1 GHz (both cores). The full performance is available while plugged in and while running on battery.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4787
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11328
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7282
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
126 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
326 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
35.12 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Intel Core i5-7200U
130 Points ∼60% +3%
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
Intel Core i7-6500U
128 Points ∼59% +2%
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
126 Points ∼58%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
114 Points ∼52% -10%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U
113 Points ∼52% -10%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Intel Core i5-7200U
332 Points ∼8% +2%
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
326 Points ∼7%
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
Intel Core i7-6500U
308 Points ∼7% -6%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
289 Points ∼7% -11%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U
284 Points ∼6% -13%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
4787 Points ∼44%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
4399 Points ∼41% -8%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U
4368 Points ∼40% -9%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
11328 Points ∼23%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
9846 Points ∼20% -13%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U
9723 Points ∼20% -14%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
6297 Points ∼20%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
5733 Points ∼18% -9%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
2812 Points ∼60%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
2699 Points ∼57% -4%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
6425 Points ∼23%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
3484 Points ∼60%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
212.03 Points ∼64%
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
Intel Core i7-6500U
207.09 Points ∼62% -2%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
196.87 Points ∼59% -7%

System Performance

The system runs smoothly and we did not encounter any issues. The PC Mark benchmark results are good and indicate that the system performs at a high level. This means that the laptop will tackle office tasks and web surfing very well. It is possible to increase the performance by swapping the HDD out for an SSD. This would allow the system to load faster. Furthermore, the user can install a second RAM module. This would boost the graphics performance. This procedure is difficult as the case must be opened first. In addition, the user must remove the mainboard.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3173 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Radeon R7 M460, 6200U, Liteonit CV3-DE256
3651 Points ∼60% +15%
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
3607 Points ∼59% +14%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Radeon R5 M430, 7200U, Samsung MZYTY256HDHP
3550 Points ∼58% +12%
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
3173 Points ∼52%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
3026 Points ∼50% -5%

Storage Device

The system drive is a standard 2.5-inch disk from Western Digital. It runs at 5400 RPM and has a capacity of 1 TB. Its transfer speeds are normal for a 5400 RPM drive.

WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 50.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 101.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 81.6 MB/s
Access Time: 18.4 ms
Burst Rate: 208.9 MB/s
CPU Usage: 8.7 %
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
Samsung MZYTY256HDHP
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
Toshiba THNSNK256GCS8
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Liteonit CV3-DE256
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
6%
11043%
8268%
8778%
Write 4k QD32
1.098
1.055
-4%
246.3
22332%
197.6
17896%
232
21029%
Read 4k QD32
0.844
1.029
22%
368.7
43585%
275.3
32518%
281.5
33253%
Write 4k
1.047
1.097
5%
106.7
10091%
86.67
8178%
63.65
5979%
Read 4k
0.357
0.373
4%
35.66
9889%
19.88
5469%
27.05
7477%
Write 512
48.12
51.21
6%
274.5
470%
242
403%
356.3
640%
Read 512
31.37
33.01
5%
408
1201%
397.4
1167%
384.5
1126%
Write Seq
102
106
4%
476.5
367%
270
165%
450.7
342%
Read Seq
102.4
106.9
4%
517.5
405%
458.6
348%
487
376%

Graphics Card

The graphics output is an Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU. It supports DirectX 12 and runs at up to 1000 MHz. The 3D Mark benchmark results confirm the expected performance for this chip. If a second RAM is installed (= dual-channel mode active), the graphics performance can be further boosted. This Intel graphics chip can compete with entry-level dedicated GPUs.

3DMark 11 Performance
1445 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
AMD Radeon R7 M460, Intel Core i5-6200U
2137 Points ∼4% +58%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
AMD Radeon R5 M430, Intel Core i5-7200U
1643 Points ∼3% +21%
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
1506 Points ∼3% +11%
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1355 Points ∼3%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1280 Points ∼3% -6%

Gaming Performance

The Pavilion can run many games smoothly, but only at low resolution and details. This only applies to games which are not very demanding. Hardware-hungry games, such as, “Mafia 3”, never ran well on our test model. The installation of a second RAM module did not improve the situation much. Thanks to dual-channel mode, the graphics chip could push out a few more frames, but for a game like “Mafia 3”, this was far too little.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 3922.618.25.8fps

Emissions

Fan emissions
Fan emissions

Noise Emissions

This HP laptop has a "Fan always on" option in the BIOS. This would allow the fan to run continuously while the laptop is on. If the user turns this option off, the fan will turn off when the laptop is idle. At low speeds, the fan is barely audible. At load, the story changes: the maximum noise emission measures 38.8 dB(A). This would not be bad by itself, but sadly, in combination with the whirring noise emitted by the fan, the noise emissions can be distracting.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.63330.931.630.62531.232.130.330.731.23134.833.531.131.834.84029.430.829.330.729.45028.429.93129.628.46328.229.329.427.528.28027.427.42626.527.410025.527.42625.925.512524.525.824.524.824.516024.524.524.223.724.520023.923.823.122.823.925022.523.122.922.322.531522.522.321.821.122.540022.821.920.920.422.850022.821.820.119.722.86302221.119.6192280025.323.419.518.825.3100025.924.719.718.425.912502826.319.417.528160031.128.920.317.631.1200030.927.819.217.530.925002927.318.717.729315026.623.619.117.926.6400025.423.521.11825.4500021.220.218.818.321.2630019.118.918.418.219.1800018.918.718.418.318.91000018.418.518.318.318.41250018.218.218.218.218.21600018.618.318.218.218.6SPL38.836.831.730.538.8N2.72.41.61.42.7median 23.9median 23.4median 19.6median 18.3median 23.9Delta2.12.81.31.92.140.637.939.137.937.440.538.338.539.138.241.837.737.73933.432.237343033.436.334.435.333.733.937.737.732.931.331.535.133.930.932.131.53333.33232.531.331.332.73333.138.73332.4343131.932.63231.532.832.833.530.428.933.632.329.229.831.529.33030.632303029.93032.937.534.131.631.132.730.932.33232.830.930.929.727.928.533.528.529.428.930.326.928.728.929.528.928.927.626.227.129.126.227.825.528.426.727.626.22726.126.126.925.625.529.625.826.126.727.126.826.625.726.2252525.924.32526.225.72524.925.924.924.324.425.925.625.623.823.623.227.525.124.724.324.924.8252423.923.323.323.322.822.929.424.725.424.925.225.224.22422.9232322.82221.733.626.125.726.426.124.223.3232222.322.321.520.421.537.729.527.529.126.725.72323.421.921.721.721.22020.840.228.928.127.826.625.623.323.721.421.521.519.719.419.333.725.525.72524.623.222.22120.820.420.419.518.418.733.424.323.723.623.52221.421.119.818.918.918.71818.33325.124.62423.522.121.120.719.518.618.618.417.91837.226.62625.424.823.521.420.519.318.618.617.717.617.637.126.925.92624.822.820.620.218.5181817.517.317.438.827.627.426.725.822.720.420.118.418.218.217.417.517.237.124.624.523.522.620.919.51917.917.117.117.317.217.237.825.92524.323.421.41918.317.417.217.217.217.317.234.920.720.419.519.217.917.617.417.317.217.217.217.317.235.719.319.118.618.217.717.417.317.317.117.117.417.317.332.617.917.817.617.617.417.217.217.217.217.217.417.517.426.217.517.517.517.417.417.517.317.417.617.617.417.417.422.217.317.417.517.317.417.417.317.417.317.317.517.317.320.417.317.317.317.317.317.317.317.317.217.217.317.317.318.117.417.417.317.317.317.317.317.217.317.317.430.230.347.936.936.43635.233.632.231.830.930.630.630.21.41.46.22.62.52.42.321.71.71.51.51.51.4median 17.9median 18median 33.4median 25.1median 25median 24.3median 24.6median 22.7median 21.1median 20.5median 19.3median 18.6median 18.6median 17.72.72.75.12.633.43.13.23.232.62.72.72.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ngApple MacBook Pro 13 2016 (2.9 GHz)

Noise Level

Idle
31.7 / 31.7 / 31.7 dB(A)
Load
38.8 / 36.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)

Temperatures

Stress test
Stress test

The Pavilion can run our stress test the same way whether it is plugged in or on battery. In the first 5 minutes, the CPU runs at 2.7 GHz. The GPU runs at 850 to 900 MHz. Afterwards, the CPU speeds drop to 2.3 to 2.4 GHz. At the same time, the GPU accelerates to 950 to 1000 MHz. The Pavilion does not really heat up, since during the stress test, the laptop exceeded the 30 degrees Celsius (~86 degrees Fahrenheit) mark only at one spot.

Max. Load
 26 °C
79 F
29 °C
84 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
 23.9 °C
75 F
28.1 °C
83 F
27.7 °C
82 F
 
 23.5 °C
74 F
24.5 °C
76 F
28 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 29 °C = 84 F
Average: 26.6 °C = 80 F
29.9 °C
86 F
32 °C
90 F
29.1 °C
84 F
29.4 °C
85 F
29.6 °C
85 F
27 °C
81 F
28.3 °C
83 F
25.6 °C
78 F
24.5 °C
76 F
Maximum: 32 °C = 90 F
Average: 28.4 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.9 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 26.6 °C / 80 F, compared to the average of 30.4 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 29 °C / 84 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 32 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.3 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 30.4 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28 °C / 82.4 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.2 °C / 84.6 F (+1.2 °C / 2.2 F).
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dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.831.631.82533.930.733.93133.931.833.94031.930.731.95030.129.630.16327.627.527.68027.126.527.110027.225.927.212527.924.827.916030.623.730.620036.422.836.425051.422.351.431556.921.156.940056.820.456.850052.619.752.663055.61955.680065.718.865.710006518.465125062.417.562.416006117.661200061.317.561.325005917.759315060.817.960.8400063.31863.3500058.318.358.3630057.618.257.6800062.118.362.11000061.818.361.81250059.218.259.21600058.218.258.2SPL73.530.573.5N32.51.432.5median 58.3median 18.3median 58.3Delta71.9735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ngApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (65 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 32% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 61% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 34% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram for comparison (checkboxes can be selected!)

Energy Use

Power Consumption

While idle, the maximum power consumption is 9.3 W. This is typical for devices such as the Pavilion. During the stress test, the consumption rises to 32.9 W. This value would be higher if the processor operated at full power. At medium load (3D Mark 2006 running), the laptop is already capped out. As such, the consumption would be much higher, if the CPU were not throttled. The power adapter has a specification of 45 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.43 / 0.58 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.9 / 9.2 / 9.3 Watt
Load midlight 35.6 / 32.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our practical WLAN test simulates the load the laptop experiences when surfing the web. The power profile is set to "Balanced" and the power saver functions are turned off. The brightness is set to roughly 150 cd/m². The Pavilion reaches a run time of 5:48 hours, which places it one hour behind its Skylake sister model (6:41 hours).

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38)
5h 48min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 48 Wh
401 min ∼15% +15%
Lenovo Yoga 510-14IKB
7200U, Radeon R5 M430, 35 Wh
373 min ∼14% +7%
HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 48 Wh
348 min ∼13%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
6200U, Radeon R7 M460, 35 Wh
335 min ∼13% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 5568
6500U, HD Graphics 520, 42 Wh
299 min ∼11% -14%

Pros

+ IPS screen
+ full-HD resolution
+ ample mass storage
+ support for Active Stylus

Cons

- dim screen
- noisy fan at high load
- average battery life
- no Type-C USB

Verdict

In review: HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng. Test model provided by Cyberport.de
In review: HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng. Test model provided by Cyberport.de

HP is offering a 15.6-inch convertible with sufficient performance for most tasks. The laptop runs quietly while idle and barely heats up. A 1 TB HDD offers extensive storage space and the user can swap it out for an SSD (after opening the case). A maintenance flap is not included. The keyboard is fine for home use. The battery life of the Pavilion in our WLAN test is average, which means that the convertible is not ideal for mobile use.

The screen is good, but not great. The low brightness is the Achilles' heel of our test model.

For 600 Euros (~$632), HP has to put more on the table. The IPS panel has good viewing angles and decent contrast. The keyboard, touchpad and touchscreen work well. The screen reacts quickly and accurately to input and can be used with a finger or an active stylus. Despite the many pros, the cons of this model will dissuade many potential buyers.

HP Pavilion x360 15-bk102ng - 12/22/2016 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
72%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
48 / 80 → 60%
Weight
61 / 35-78 → 61%
Battery
87%
Display
75%
Games Performance
54 / 68 → 79%
Application Performance
74 / 87 → 85%
Temperature
96%
Noise
89%
Audio
63 / 91 → 69%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
71%
77%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-01- 4 (Update: 2018-05-15)