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We wasted $1000 on a HP Pavilion x360 15 so you don't have to

We wasted $1000 on a HP Pavilion x360 15 so you don't have to
We wasted $1000 on a HP Pavilion x360 15 so you don't have to
The 768p touchscreen is so bad that tablet mode is rendered almost unusable. This type of display has no right to be on any laptop retailing for this high of a price. Save your $1000 for a HP Envy or Spectre instead.
Allen Ngo, 🇩🇪

(February 12, 2020 update: The Sam's Club product page includes two years of warranty and accidental damage protection which HP charges $229 for. The mandatory warranty inflates the price of the Pavilion x360 15 to $1000. Even if you account for the difference, however, we still think you would be better off investing $800 on a higher-end HP Envy or Spectre.)

A few weeks ago, we found a HP Pavilion x360 15 at a local retailer selling for $1000 USD. It caught our attention not only for its exorbitant price tag for what was supposed to be a budget laptop, but also for its low resolution 1366 x 768 TN touchscreen. Tablets and convertible laptops very rarely come with TN panels because of the limited viewing angles when compared to IPS, so we wanted to see just how bad this particular HP laptop can be.

To put simply, this is one of the worst laptop displays you can find for $1000.

The comparison table below illustrates everything wrong with the display. The low resolution, the shallow contrast ratio, the narrow color space, the dim backlight, the presence of pulse-width modulation on nearly all brightness levels, the overly cool color temperature, and the limited viewing angles all contribute to an ugly visual experience even for the low standards of a budget laptop. Tablet mode is made essentially useless because the viewing angles are especially egregious.

We're not opposed to cheap displays, of course. What we are opposed to, however, is the four-digit price tag. This is a panel fit for laptops retailing for $500 or less. If we were a customer not in the know, we would have felt robbed as HP's mid-range Envy series retails for about the same while offering significantly better hardware than a low-end Pavilion.

HP should reserve the 768p TN panel for its lowest-end configurations only or even drop it altogether for a baseline 1080p IPS panel across the entire lineup. Until then, we absolutely recommend avoiding this overpriced SKU.

See our full review on the HP Pavilion x360 15 to learn more about the system.

Buy Spectre x360 15.6" 4K Display, i7-10510U now on Amazon

HP Pavilion x360 15-dq0065cl
BOE076E, TN LED, 15.6, 1366x768
Asus VivoBook Flip 15 TP510UA-E8073T
AU Optronics B156HAN02.1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Ideapad C340-15IWL-81N5004QGE
BOE CQ NV156FHM-N48, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Chi Mei CM15E9, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Dell Inspiron 15 3585 (2300U, Vega 6)
BOE0802, TN, 15.6, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
LQ156M1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-25%
-53%
792%
-3%
-27%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
68.8 (30, 38.8)
44 (22, 22)
36%
57 (26, 31)
17%
40 (22, 18)
42%
39 (20, 19)
43%
52.8 (25.6, 27.2)
23%
Response Time Black / White *
15.6 (9.2, 6.4)
29 (15, 14)
-86%
33 (19, 14)
-112%
26 (14, 12)
-67%
12 (7, 5)
23%
32 (16.4, 15.6)
-105%
PWM Frequency
1000 (99)
352 (90)
-65%
25000 (30)
2400%
250 (90)
-75%
1020 (25)
2%
Screen
71%
64%
81%
13%
118%
Brightness middle
195.7
229
17%
266
36%
221
13%
225
15%
588
200%
Brightness
186
221
19%
251
35%
207
11%
213
15%
555
198%
Brightness Distribution
88
76
-14%
81
-8%
87
-1%
88
0%
89
1%
Black Level *
0.68
0.15
78%
0.165
76%
0.15
78%
0.535
21%
0.4
41%
Contrast
288
1527
430%
1612
460%
1473
411%
421
46%
1470
410%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
11.99
5.03
58%
6.33
47%
4.35
64%
10.37
14%
2.5
79%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
21.31
8.89
58%
21.03
1%
8.98
58%
19.75
7%
6.3
70%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.63
5.23
-13%
3.89
16%
0.6
87%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
12.8
5.56
57%
3.81
70%
3.09
76%
12.09
6%
4.5
65%
Gamma
2.15 102%
2.64 83%
2.38 92%
2.23 99%
2.72 81%
2.2 100%
CCT
14252 46%
7015 93%
6057 107%
6068 107%
13335 49%
6836 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36.7
37
1%
37
1%
56
53%
37
1%
63.2
72%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
57.8
59
2%
57
-1%
86
49%
59
2%
98
70%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
23% / 55%
6% / 39%
437% / 245%
5% / 10%
46% / 87%

* ... smaller is better

Viewing angles are horrendous for a $1000 convertible laptop
Viewing angles are horrendous for a $1000 convertible laptop
The retailer ought to cut the price in half before we can even consider recommending this particular configuration
The retailer ought to cut the price in half before we can even consider recommending this particular configuration
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Allen Ngo, 2020-02-12 (Update: 2020-02-13)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.