The HP Pavilion x360 is a laptop/tablet for college students on a budget

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Wondering whether or not you should buy an HP Pavilion x360 convertible PC? This won’t be a full review, but instead I’m going to tell you about this 2-in-1 device’s top features. If you’re not familiar with the x360 ($399), it’s a hybrid Windows 8 device that’s part laptop and part tablet. It seems positioned as a good budget device for high-school or college students. Here’s what you might like about it.

Convertible

HP describes this device as a convertible and they mean what they say. By adjusting the screen position, something that’s pretty easy to do, you can achieve four different “modes.” The notebook mode is what you would do for traditional (probably mostly work related) stuff like typing. Tent mode and stand mode are both actually ways to stand the device up. Both of these modes are probably best suited to a more passive viewing experience since they make typing tricky. Finally, the tablet mode will put the touchscreen front and center. You’ll be happy to know that while the device is in tablet mode, the keyboard buttons aren’t pressable.

Beats-powered audio

If you are looking for a tablet but don’t want to buy a keyboard or stand as accessories, this may be a good alternative.

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