As part of a sponsorship sourced through Social Chorus, I previously wrote about the HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 convertible notebook. As of this morning, I still owed Social Chorus one more post on the subject. In my first article, I barely expressed an opinion. Instead I deferred to readers’ own abilities to make a judgement based on the facts. This time I won’t be taking into account the feelings of Social Chorus, HP or Intel. It’s not worth it for the $400 piece of junk they sent me “in exchange.” What you find below won’t be a “here’s who might be able to make this work for them” piece but rather my own experience with the device. This post is going to be pure opinion. So if you’re looking for an Intel 2-in-1 device of any kind, this review may be very helpful.
Let’s kick things off with a quote from Ron Coughlin, a senior vice president at HP. About the x360 he had this to say: “It’s the laptop that doesn’t make you miss your tablet and the tablet that doesn’t make you miss your laptop—all at a price that is similar to an entry-level notebook.”
I don’t think I could disagree MORE with what Mr. Coughlin is saying. Having used this sorry excuse for a laptop/tablet, I have to say it made me miss—very much—my iPad and MacBook Pro. And that is one humongous understatement.
You could get an iPad for around the price of the x360—even if it was a generation or two old. And that’s what I would absolutely recommend. I would take an older Apple product over this plastic piece of garbage any day of the month.
The x360 just isn’t usable. It’s so unusable, it’s laughable. It’s isn’t simple, it isn’t durable, it’s bulky and frankly it’s uninspiring. That’s what led me, in my previous post, to say that the only person it MAY be suited for is a college student with a very small budget. Even then, I couldn’t imagine showing this off to anyone I knew if I was a student.
The thing is, this product has no focus. It’s not a tablet. And it’s not a laptop. It’s an in-between. An also-ran. An after-thought.
If I had a choice between an Apple product and this, I’d choose Apple in a heartbeat. If I couldn’t afford an Apple product, I’d go with a Chromebook of some sort. If I couldn’t afford that, I’d be in serious trouble and would need to rethink my ambitions.
I don’t love this product. I don’t even like it. And why spend money on something you won’t love?
That’s my honest opinion.
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