HP Pavilion x360 13.3″ Review: Best Budget Student Laptop?


It is that time of year again when all the
kiddies and some of us adults are heading back to school, and it brings up a popular
topic: what is the best laptop for students? For Windows, the 2016 HP Pavilion x360 is
a 2-in-1 convertible laptop and it makes a strong case for being a great choice. Full Disclaimer: I did receive this for free
to review, but like all my other reviews these are all my personal thoughts and honest opinions
so let’s get right into it. The HP Pavilion x360 comes in 3 different
sizes: 11.6″, 13.3″, and 15.6″. I have the 13.3″ model and it is the most
popular so I’ll be focusing on that throughout this video. The 13.3″ model comes in two different colors,
gold like the one I have here or silver, and it starts at just $429 which makes it very
budget friendly. However I do recommend spending a little bit
more to get better specs on certain hardware that I’ll cover in this review video. In fact, the model that I recommend is linked
in the description below. When it comes to laptops there are four aspects
that I care about the most and that is Performance, Battery Life, Portability, and Design. Let’s start with performance which is mainly
based on CPU, RAM, and storage drive speed. As far as CPU goes, the 6th generation Intel
processor in this laptop is great at handling all the daily tasks I’ve thrown at it (surfing
the web, typing documents, watching videos, playing music, etc). All base models come with Intel HD 520 graphics
and the CPU starts at Core i3, but can be configured to Core i5 for faster performance
which is what I recommend. The DDR4 RAM starts at 4GB but can be configured
up to 12GB, but I think 8GB is the best choice for most people. In my opinion the most important factor in
performance is the storage drive speed. The base model on this comes with a 500GB
hard disk drive and I always tell people to avoid hard disk drives like the plague, especially
5400 RPM drives so I highly recommend getting the 128GB solid state drive option when getting
this laptop. Yes it’s less local storage, but the SSD will
make your computer run so much faster and you’ll be a much happier person in the long
run and plus you can utilize cloud storage like Dropbox and Google Drive for most of
your data storage needs. The SSD is also a huge help in the next category
which is battery life. The HP Pavilion x360 has a 3-cell 41 watt
hour lithium ion battery, and I was very pleased with the battery life on this laptop. With the SSD model, starting at 100% charge
I was able to get 6 hours 16 minutes of use with 15% battery remaining. That included listening to Spotify, using
Chrome, watching YouTube videos, typing in Evernote, all the while being connected to
WiFi the whole time and having the screen brightness right around 60-70%. Of course battery life will ultimately depend
on the model and how it’s being used. When it comes to portability, the 13.3″ is
a nice size overall, not too big to be bulky or tough to carry around. It’s also not too small to hinder keyboard
functionality or screen size. It weighs 3.48 lbs and it’s only 0.8″ thin
mostly due to the fact that it does not have a DVD drive which is perfectly fine by me. The HP Pavilion x360 is not as small and lightweight
as my Dell XPS 13, but the XPS 13 also costs more and is not a convertible laptop. I think any student or traveler will be more
than fine using the x360 as their primary laptop. One of my favorite features of the HP Pavilion
x360 is the keyboard. The keys aren’t glossy but instead have a
slightly textured finish to them which my fingers seem to love. The keys have adequate spacing and I can type
extremely fast on them. On the other hand I’m not as big a fan of
the touchpad. I like the smoothness and responsiveness of
it and I love the multi-touch gestures like 2 finger scrolling and 3-finger app switching,
but it’s not a precision touchpad which means I cannot reverse the scrolling direction which
is a big letdown for me. The x360 has plenty of ports, enough to cover
all of my needs. The left side has one USB 2.0 port along with
a headphone jack next to the volume rocker. The right side has a memory card reader, two
USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. Now let’s talk about the display which has
been the biggest disappointment so far for me. Even though it is an IPS touchscreen that
has great viewing angles, the model I have is rocking a lackluster 1366×768 resolution
display. After using a Retina display on a MacBook
and a 4K UHD display on an XPS 13, going to a screen that is not full HD is a bummer. It’s definitely noticeable, but good news
is that they do offer a full HD 1920×1080 screen which is what I do highly recommend
getting if you get this laptop. The dual speaker bar is pretty decent. The speakers are custom tuned in collaboration
with Bang & Olufsen so that’s a plus, but to me they aren’t spectacular or anything
but they do sound good and get pretty loud. I’m not a fan of the lines that go across
the inside of this laptop. Seems like it’s a bit of a distraction. I would prefer a more minimalist look with
just a plain black inside cover. One thing I did love about this laptop is
that it never got too hot on the bottom when you’re using it, if you’re using it on your
lap as the name “laptop” suggests. One of the best features of this laptop is
the convertible design. The laptop can flip all the way around on
its 360 degree hinge, hence the name x360. This essentially gives it 4 different usable
modes: Laptop mode is the normal way you use a laptop, mostly for typing. Stand mode is best for watching movies and
video chatting, which reminds me yes this laptop does have an HD webcam and microphone. Tent mode is recommended for viewing photos
or playing with apps and games. And finally tablet mode is good for browsing
social media feeds or reading. They all work pretty well for what they’re
intended for and Windows will automatically switch between tablet and normal mode when
you’re rotating the screen past the 180 degree mark which is really convenient. The only weird thing I noticed is when it’s
in stand mode the speakers are on the bottom facing towards the surface it’s sitting on
which is a bit awkward. But overall, the 360 degree hinge is an awesome
feature because it allows for speedy productivity but also convenience for those times when
you just want to procrastinate and binge watch Netflix all weekend long. You know you want to. So at less than $800 the HP Pavilion x360
is a great fit for students on a budget looking for a productive yet fun laptop that should
be able to last them quite a while. Let me know what you think in the comments
below. As always, my name is Andy. Thank you for watching this review. I hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to subscribe and I will talk to you
in the next video.

100 comments on “HP Pavilion x360 13.3″ Review: Best Budget Student Laptop?”

  1. Andy Slye says:

    Get the x360 on Amazon: http://geni.us/pxWC

  2. Aurum Burrell says:

    So do you use this laptop everyday? Or do you not use it

  3. Unknown Llama says:

    I have that laptop πŸ˜€

  4. Devam Kukadiya says:

    Which is the beat choice, Should i go for macbook 2015 model or this one???(around $700-800) which one is more comfortable with data transfer and presentation making as a beginner… i m an engineering student!

  5. kanur unad says:

    baklit keyb0rd?

  6. Nxsra.H says:

    I was wondering if the fan noise is loud ? I've recently bought this and my fan is very loud and I wanted to know if that's normal ?

  7. Ella G says:

    Is the fan loud? I have a very old Vaio laptop and the fan is very loud (as well as many other problems), so that's why I'm switching to this laptop.

  8. John says:

    mine is slightly different.
    the speakers on mine are on the side instead of above the keyboard,
    i COULD go on, but, Naaaaaah

  9. vijay kumar says:

    brother plz tell how to install need for speed or takken games I have hp laptop 8gb ram and 4gb graphic card, when install cracked games my laptop gives some problems and not booting.which one creating problem windows10 or antivirus or hp laptop plz tell me how yo install safe way

  10. A. ZR says:

    I am seriously considering this laptop (13-u104na) as my secondary laptop to use whilst at univeristy, mostly for doing assignments. But im seeing a lot of mixed reviews especially with regards to the fan. Is it really that loud? and will the i3 processor be enough for me?

  11. Ismail Sifat says:

    I have it πŸ™‹

  12. Ahmed Metal says:

    I just bought it the 11.6 version Intel core i3 4 GB RAM 128 GB ssd

  13. littlelamp100 says:

    mine unfortunately has a 500gb hard disk drive πŸ™
    in the process of adding a 240gb ssd to it
    it's not all bad i guess; i still am going to use the HDD for backup storage, and 500gb is plenty πŸ™‚
    great laptop btw, and judging by your video it will be way faster with an SSD in it

  14. Robert Jackson says:

    I brought one a year ago, since then I've had to take it to get repaired 4 times, don't buy

  15. I Karma says:

    Is the keyboard backlit ?

  16. Connie O says:

    Between this laptop and Asus – Q304UA 2-in-1, 13.3, which one would you recommend?

  17. Himmet Erdogan says:

    ram

  18. Tim S says:

    I picked up the 11.6 because I wanted something super small and portable, the quad core intel is almost equiv to an i3. 4gb and I don't use it for gaming. There is no config like it compared to competitors as HP has put in 2 USB 3.0's and B&O system and it's quite durable. Like Andy said it's a good idea to get the best config possible, while the Hard drive is not too hard to change, the memory is literally underneath the motherboard. If you do decide to upgrade, after purchase, take it to an authorized HP repair shop to get it done.

  19. Eric A says:

    how do you light up the keyboard on this laptop??? f5 key doesn't work

  20. pranav kumar says:

    i have dis laptop bt it hangs while skyping

  21. chetan magar says:

    What about this model ? hp-pavilion-14al137tx

  22. MarkJayson says:

    is there really a option 1tb hdd storage

  23. Sotero Murguia says:

    So glad I found this page. Great review!

  24. Sumit Kumar says:

    worst laptop ever !! I bought it a year back and the mother board crashed. The fan cooling system is very bad. Funny enough, HP stopped production and does not manufacture the mother board anymore. try buying a motherboard online and you will know the truth.

  25. Saurav Mannaraprayil says:

    IS THIS THE SAME ONE ???

    http://www.amazon.in/HP-Pavilion-13-U004TU-13-3-inch-Integrated/dp/B01IH2JL0W/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1495541063&sr=1-1&keywords=laptops

  26. Cristian Guerrero says:

    Is this laptop better or the mackbook air

  27. Tora Skai says:

    So I'm torn between to the two, this or the Samsung chromebook plus ? I've heard a lot of good things about both laptops

  28. Kim Rodriguez says:

    Your link doesn't take you to what you recommend. It's a 500 HDD and I core 3.

  29. Krewe of Ngaemond says:

    Thank you. I am reassured because this is almost the exact model laptop I am looking at – am leaving place where I worked for nearly 20 years and the new place of work isn't able to provide much in terms of technology. Might need to invest in my own work laptop. Not sure how feasible it is to snag x360 with SSD and the HD display. Update = Nvm – found it.

  30. Pallavi Sanyal says:

    Does it have a LAN port??

  31. TennΓ­s :/ says:

    I absolutely love and want this laptop, it sucks that it isn't really for artists ☹️

  32. Akshat Jain says:

    I have it

  33. Krishanu Banerjee says:

    May I know the model number please…..????

  34. Zinnia Rose says:

    The one I'm getting has a 1TB hdd, no ssd. Is it possible to upgrade it with an ssd myself?

  35. TheIndianGamist says:

    Are the keys backlit?

  36. Nadia Atma says:

    hi. is this laptop has backlit keyboard feature?

  37. pramila tamang says:

    can someone plz tell me if this laptop is suitable for a computer engineering student?

  38. AllTrendz says:

    Would you recommend the i7 7th gen model?
    PS- I am a student and looking for performance 2 in 1 laptop..

  39. jaimerin12 says:

    but can you play The Sims 4 on it?

  40. Fernando Solis says:

    Great review..I'm close the pulling the trigger on this. Agree 100% with your comments about the screen quality – I saw it displayed next to a (much more expensive) Spectre and the difference was quite noticeable. Still think it's a great buy though πŸ˜‰

  41. My Life in Los Angeles Joshua Goose says:

    How much fan noise is normal for this computer?

  42. LoveLea333 says:

    Hello how about this one? HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 14 ba0007 I want to write a book handwrite to text…. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  43. Mike Skordynski says:

    You recommend ssd over hdd. Where's a sata fall in there?

  44. Harry John says:

    I bought this laptop 3 months ago and it lags af..

  45. John Ledbetter says:

    If I'm going to upgrade all the specs like that then I'm not going to buy THIS laptop

  46. Humble Yoongi says:

    my highschool is giving every student one of these, it's great to know this is a great laptop!

  47. Sahil Lalani says:

    Guys I accidentally broke the power button of this laptop by dropping it in the car, one friend of mine somehow stuck it back so the power button works fine, but it looks bad as it broken, u guys know any cheap way to get it replaced because the best buy people said a very high price to replace it. Thanks

  48. Eugen Soare says:

    IT has a pen??????

  49. Thrive, LLC says:

    Great review! Thanks so much. It was super informative and even though lots of details were thrown out it was all very understandable, even for a non-tech person like me.

  50. DrRandom says:

    I'd want this to run roblox. Would it be good for roblox?

  51. Prakash Vora says:

    thank you

  52. kingofsins says:

    Bought this laptop for my wife and we were in regret for nearly 2 months because it was pathetically slow. In India we don't have returns either once the box is opened its yours unless warranty. When my wife gave up and said she can't use it anymore. I restored the image and uninstalled everything that had the name Hp in it. They have a bunch of crapware (all loaded into memory, seriously hp registration service needs to run in background even after you registered?) of them any use.. after I uninstalled all of them updated the device drivers and windows updates. It was good for use and laptop is doing much better. Speakers are another problem in tablet mode as they're firing bottom or behind you. Lastly if u want to upgrade ram or ssd its not easy to open this laptop up. You have to remove some rubber padding below which are placed there using adhesives so when u put em back it might not be that factory fit. Also becomes quite hot and fan is noisy.
    Overall good for everyday use simple documents presentations and streaming. Completely unsuitable for gaming, large documents or presentations , excels with macros. Also I switched off "fast boot" in windows power options that sped up my boot time by a lot. For those who bought this and are struggling with it hope my information helps.

  53. Tom George says:

    i am no able to type he word "T" on this laptop

  54. crazydisney91 says:

    Yeah I got mines 5 years ago. Its been good to me. Just now having to replace my battery.

  55. Francisco Francis says:

    how much money

  56. son dang says:

    can i use a digital pen in this?

  57. Bald Uzi Vert says:

    I have the 1080p

  58. Francis Lim says:

    is it good for video/photo editing?

  59. We ღ Editing says:

    I have the same laptop, however the 118 GB is soooo not enough for the things I plan on getting. How can I get more space on this thing..How do you get an ssd into the laptop? Or should I get a flash drive or MicroSD to get my games?! Someone help, I don't understand!

  60. sochuiwon priscilla says:

    I really don't know what model mine is.. I have searched a lot but can't find it anywhere

  61. Vlade Past says:

    do not buy it. it is bad, really bad laptop…

  62. Kobe Bean Bryant says:

    Hello I have HP x360 which is 15.6 and i5 with 8gb of ram. the problem is it comes with a 1tb of HDD. im planning to replace it with 256SSD. is it safe to do so? im afraid that if the tech will open my laptop they might ruin it.

  63. Paul Randall says:

    Andy, great video. I have a question though. Do you know if this laptop supports Active Pens?

  64. Kobe Bean Bryant says:

    Hi Andy. I have the 15.6 x360 which is FullHD. the problem is i got with 5200rpm HDD. i wished i have ur video before buying my laptop. Anyway im planning to upgrade it to 512GB SSD. do you think i can do that with X360? Thank you

  65. Mildred Kimberly Dawn Lee says:

    great info

  66. Ferny Carrasco says:

    my mom bought me this laptop for christmas, and I looooove it! works great, the design is pretty and it's fast. I have one question , I don't know stuff about computers, but I was wondering what's the diference you mentioned about the 500gb and the 128gb? mine is 500gb, and it works fine?

  67. GoldenElite Applesauce says:

    I have this laptop πŸ’» and I’m a student πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“

  68. arthur lee thomas says:

    Why didn't y'all have the keyboard light up and how to add more storages to it

  69. prabal gautam says:

    does it gets backlight keyboard?????/

  70. Kadian316 says:

    This laptop is crap it's freezes,touch screen sticks,screen can get damaged easily

  71. Solihin Zahari says:

    can this laptop do animation

  72. Lachlanjk says:

    Anyone else have a sh*t battery life ? like mine barely lasts my 2hr uni lectures using word document !

  73. Gavin Hu says:

    Can you make internal upgrades on this laptop

  74. Rokeya Zaman says:

    760$ Gets you around 60fps in CS-GO

  75. kaimen says:

    More than excellent review!!!! thanks a lot it has been so clarifying.

  76. kaimen says:

    just a question, should it work ok with Linux? ubuntu etc. thank you

  77. legovictoria says:

    Really great laptop

  78. sneaky snakes says:

    The fucking fan is too noisy

  79. pawan bhatia says:

    Does IT come with a stylus

  80. Sujay Patel says:

    Worst laptop ever. Regret buying it

  81. LaurteVirus 38 says:

    2 years later and i bought myself this laptop for around $380 dollars on sale, works great, also runs some games smoothly.

  82. CrispyPoato says:

    Ya its a decent laptop but i have to say I got the I laptop and honestly the storage space app solidly sucks I ran out of storage space like a week after I got it like what is this

  83. Diego Ortega says:

    I have the red one and I found difficulty in playing some games on that since it is limited to low GB games

  84. Vincent Chung says:

    But can it run Fortnite?

  85. Ben Crosbie says:

    I have a hard time finding those laptops πŸ™ i want one so bad.

  86. Pearl Angel says:

    Please tell me what to do when the screen is black and not working

    Mine is same laptop 15.6 inch

  87. John Swift says:

    I bought this over a year ago – its really slow, always wanting to update – can take 20 mins to start most times – occasionally it works as it should and quite quickly – but not to be recommended.

  88. Adyan says:

    I have a pavilion x360 (i5 6th generation) and it was working pretty well, except I dropped water and the fan keeps making noises since then, plus my battery has gone down to lesser than an hour. πŸ™ What do I do?

  89. Victoria Starovoitov says:

    I am sorry, I can't hear you, because of the FAN IS TO FREAKIN LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't recommend this laptop…….

  90. Aryan Mohanty says:

    i have the exact same laptop.(i5 7th gen) i only get about 3-4 hours of battery life. also, the performance depreciates after a year or so. the bezel is really fat.

  91. Fedlu Amin says:

    Hello sir I'm wondering if you could tell me in which port should i use to connect with rj-45 cable?

  92. Luis Gonzalez says:

    My computer is slow and I don’t know how to fix it

  93. Gaming & TechIL says:

    Bought it now!! So awesome!!!

  94. NintendoisLife says:

    I have the silver model of this but it was 1000$ I dont know why

  95. Zubair Akbar says:

    Will it support sandisk 3d ultra 500gb ssd???

  96. Hak_empt says:

    I'm using the x360 with a 512 gig hdd and let me tell you.. getting a BSOD from that thing is not nice, so please get yourself the one with ssd and don't dodge the price

  97. gaganpreet saini says:

    I have the same laptop but my display screen is not auto rotating can you tell me how to rotate display screen

  98. Kruthi raj says:

    Hai bro I bought a new gaming laptop. How long should I charge it for the first time ???? Some suggest 24 hrs …… waiting for your kind response

  99. Ahmed Kadeem says:

    What about the GPU in using graphics programs, like Adobe collection?

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