HP Pavilion x360 15t X3W72AV Convertible Review
Flip Flop. HP now offers Kaby Lake processors in their 15-inch Pavilion x360 convertibles. In addition to the upgraded 7th generation Intel chips, a few other changes have been made. Are these improvements enough to make us flip over the Pavilion, or does it fail to stick the landing?
Kaby Lake has arrived in HP’s x360 convertible notebooks. While the updated Spectre x360 is geared for power users, the Pavilion x360 line is targeted at consumers who want a 2-in-1 notebook at a lower price point. The Pavilion x360 15t is the largest of HP’s hybrids. We looked at the Skylake version of this device not too long ago and now revisit the 15-inch Pavilion x360 to see what improvements the upgrade to Kaby Lake may bring.
Our review unit is equipped with an Intel 7th Generation Core i5-7200U and new Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU but bears the same 8 GB of RAM and 1 TB HDD of its older brother. Our configuration currently retails on HP’s site for US $799. Potential buyers looking to save some money can opt for the more affordable i3-7100U, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and a 1366 x 768 resolution display for as low as US $540. There are also 11- and 13-inch variants available from HP.
This review will mainly focus on the differences between our Kaby Lake model and the earlier Skylake version (HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng). Competitors like Lenovo have not been content to rest on their laurels and have upgraded their Yoga line to Kaby Lake as well; as such, we will also compare our Pavilion x360 to the updated versions of Lenovo's devices: the Lenovo Yoga 510-15IKB and the Lenovo Yoga 710-14IKB. We will also compare the Dell Inspiron 15 5568, another 15-inch convertible.