HP Pavilion x360 14 LTE Review

by birtanpublished on November 2, 2020

This is lisa from mobile tech review and this is the 2020 edition of the hp pavilion x360 14 inch and even more interestingly this is one that has lte 4g so you know you usually only see 4g lte and business laptops and more expensive ones so something that's as affordable is this and right now this is selling for around 600 is pretty impressive and the rest of it nice you got a convertible you have pen support obviously you have the port as well intel 10th generation core i3 i5

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So you know how it is with tools high quality tools don't tend to strip out your screws and they also well they do last be sure to visit the link in the description to check out their toolkits now back to our video so i have to say that hp is really killing it on their affordable laptops this does not look like a 600 laptop to say the least yes not every bit of this is made of metal the bottom on it is plastic that sort of thing but it's got a nice classy looking chassis so it sits below the hp envy line we

Just recently reviewed the 2020 hp envy that one happens to have amd ryzen inside and obviously below the much more expensive spectre so it's not going to be as thin and light and pretty and all metal as a specter for example but it's pushing pretty close to the looks and the style of the envy granted not completely metal parts but hey in terms of weight it's not bad three and a half pounds you can see the weight in kilograms on screen here

And they got a little bit thinner for this year it's 18 millimeters it used to be 19.7 yes i know things keep getting thinner and thinner do we need that well hey it does look nice that way it has a 14 inch display ips and you have two options well technically three options you have a 720p or hd display which probably nobody wants but if you're really on a tight budget you might buy then there's the full hd 250 nit display they're all ips and that's the one that we have and it actually rates a little bit higher than

That according to our colorimeter for brightness and then there's a 400 nit option for those who need to work in bright and sunny places too so for the price that's nothing to complain about and it supports the hp pen and we have the latest generation that they sent us as far as i know that is sold separately it's microsoft pin protocol 2.0 which is entry technology and that's the latest available and i do see improvements here over previous hp's

Using the older pen protocol in terms of line smoothness and this one supports tilt too yay that i use as a usbc mini rechargeable cables recharging cable rather so you can recharge the pen not have to go and source quadruple a batteries so if you're going to do note-taking if you're just making your first jump into digital artwork and you need something really affordable and versatile well there's that it's available with intel core i3 i5 and i7

Ice lake cpus the i3 and the ipha 5 have intel uhd integrated graphics the i7 has iris plus graphics when you get into i7 model you're looking you know of course you're going to get more ram you're going to get 16 gigs of ram a 5 12 gig ssd and the full hd display on that you're looking at about twelve hundred and fifty dollars though so it's less compelling i think for those who are looking for the model that we have the core i5 that's where you're getting a lot free money now it has eight gigs of ram

And the 256 gig nvme ssd it's an intel optane ssd the ram on this is actually upgradeable we're going to take a look at the internals and discover that even though hp discourages you from opening it up it's not the end of the world our 8 gig model is single channel because it has a single ram so dim but there are two slots so you could go up to dual channel by adding another 8 gig module which is not expensive or you can order it with 16 gigs and that would be dual channel obviously you could go even higher given

The fact that you have two slots if you need even more ram but most people shopping for an ultrabook in this price range probably don't want that much ram anyway there's a couple of different wi-fi cards available we have wi-fi six and intel ax200 card but most of the listings that i found on hp's site are wi-fi five cards which is perfectly acceptable for this price range performance is as you would expect for an intel 10th gen u-series ultrabook which is to say fine you don't have to

Spend more money to get the same cp the same performance on here as a pretty decent size fan inside thermals on this were fine noise was not bad so it's up to anything you usually do with an ultrabook whether it's ms office or streaming video doing some photoshop it's got the chops to do some photoshop certainly video editing i always like to use a more powerful laptop i know a lot of you can't afford or don't want something that big and if you're just doing some casual video editing sure you can do that as well in terms of

The port selection on this it's quite good actually you know an hdmi 2.0 port so yay that hook it up to your tv or a monitor no problem and since it's 2.0 you can do 4k at 60hz and we have usba 3.2 gen 2 ports on this and one usbc gen 2 port that supports displayport and obviously data transfer and charging other devices they don't say that it supports charging in this comes with a compact 45 watt charger and it uses a little barrel pin connector

We also have a full-size sd card slot and of course a headphone jack and if you go with the 4g lte model there's a nano sim card slot on the side and you poke open just like you would on your phone to access the sim card slot it's cat 9 lte according to hp by the way typical of today's ultrabooks the keyboard doesn't have a super lot of travel but it's in within the range of normal your 1.3 to 1.5 millimeter time travel it's comfy and comfy enough it doesn't feel mushy or anything like that the

Keys have good spring for a laptop in this price range it's not bad our model does not have keyboard backlight but the keys are pretty visible being black with white masking on them as a microsoft precision trackpad that works just absolutely fine the speakers on this are the usual bang olufsen branded and they're pretty decent again given the price range and the size of the laptop they don't have a super lotta bass but they're not bad they're not buzzy and they're reasonably

Loud for battery life we have a 43 watt hour battery which is fairly typical for a laptop of this size and you get a very compact 45 watt charger which again connects using a barrel pin connector on it and battery life has been we have the core i5 mod with 8 gigs of ram 256 gig ssd and the full hd display battery life has been fine about six to seven hours of mixed moderate use office streaming video doing a little bit of photoshop if you're doing lighter use i think you

Could probably push this one out even further okay to get inside mind you hp describes this as not user serviceable but that's only because they keep using the little or not so little but the rubber strips here that cover over the screw areas there is one visible phillips head screw right there but the others are not so you have to lift up the rubber strips carefully and this is what it looks like notice there's a little hole and it's going to match with a little

Hole here to help it snap in place aha so these come off after you lift them up carefully use some i'm using this ifixit pry tool here to get it started you'll notice there's this layer of adhesive goo here very carefully pry up from the corner to raise this adhesive you don't have to take the entire strip off there's only a screw here and one over here and the same story is true for the back area as well so unscrew those four and then pry off

The bottom cover you can't use a suction cup on this because it's too highly textured it's suction cup and grip so i use one of the guitar pick style tools to work off from behind the hinge it's usually a good place where you can start to work your way under and then get off the plastic clips all right trauma over now i've lifted up this cover we have a little rf and heat shield going on over here this is like one of those like ultra

Tidy little things that hp has going here a little bit of tape holding it on i peeled it up but you really don't have to put that back on so that shows the look at that the boners inside two ram slots something you wouldn't expect from something that the manufacturer describes is not really user serviceable because look you can upgrade it so this is why we have single channel right here because they put one eight gig module in our model right here but put another 8 gig in you have dual channel you get the idea there so that's

Really actually very sweet especially for a laptop in this price range pretty good size fan right here aha more gooey tape and underneath that this is where the m.2 ssd goes yet another little cover underneath there and then there is some cooling material on top of the ssd a little bit off-center there and right here is the 4g lte card because we have that option with our model they list an intel card this one is

Branded as fibocom cat9 lte at any rate is what hp is claiming for this one but wait there's more appealing to be done if you wanted to get to the wi-fi card it actually is socketed right here hp seems to use a variety of wi-fi cards ours is actually an intel wi-fi six card uh but there are wi-fi five cards too in the specs page depending on what you order it's up to use to whether that's particularly important how fancy pants your router is really

And lastly there's the 43 watt hour battery and that's it for our internals so that's the hp pavilion x360 14 inch big props for the looks and the build quality in this price range a little ding on the fact that it's a little annoying to take off those rubber strips to get inside and then you discover my god you have things like ram slots it's great to see 4g lte in a consumer laptop and especially in this price range as well my complaint would be well the display it's hp so you know

It's super glossy so you might want to get the brightest possible model to mitigate that obviously the color gamut on this is not great but that's fair for the price it doesn't look as bad as it measures but the pwm for those who are sensitive to that yeah that's a little annoying i'm lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech videos and thumbs up if you like this video

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