HP just revealed some exciting entry-level laptops that will interest any budget-oriented user to pick one up. The laptops come featured with the new Windows 10 Creators Update as well as pack some decent gaming punches as well.
After the Creators Update was announced, HP went all the way to update its existing Pavilion line of laptops – the X360 2-in-1s with brand new processors along with discrete GPUs for better graphical performance. Users will be able to choose between either AMD or Intel chipsets as well as either Radeon or NVIDIA graphics chips. HP sees a rise in the need for good graphics capabilities in a laptop and hopes to deliver on that front with their newest updates.
This is great news for buyers, because most laptops that offer the same functionality of the HP X360 generally do not come outfitted with capable graphics cards and instead depend on the in-built integrated GPUs. Although the X360 can be used as a tablet as well as a laptop, it will now raise the bar for entry-level convertibles from here on out. There are four different models that the new Pavilion will come out with, each having different screen sizes and up to different internal specs.
The 11.6-inch model will come with a simple HD screen along with a Pentium N4200 processor which can be upgraded to seventh generation Intel i3 or i5 processors. The price for this variant starts at $399.99. The 14-inch variant will come with an i3 processor as well as an optional NVIDIA MX940 with a price tag starting from $499.99 while the 15.6-inch model will come in priced at $699.99 with an i5 processor and an AMD Radeon 530 graphics chip. Both the models can be upgraded to support HD screens. There is also a larger 17.3-inch variant that can only come with AMD’s older A10 or A12 chips and those will start at a price of $529.99.
The laptops will supposedly be 12 percent thinner than the previous generation. How HP did this, is by cutting down the optical drive option. Even the I/O gets some good upgrades, now offering USB Type-C and two USB 3.1 ports. The X360s also come with a stylus, making it convenient for sketching and note-taking, geared towards the student market.
Apart from those features, buyers will also get Bang and Olufsen speakers. Inside, although some variants can offer up to the seventh generation i7 processors, all the variants can be configured and upgraded to up to 16GB of RAM. There is support for hybrid storage drives including both SSD and HDD configuration as well as stand-alone SSD and HDD configurations. The computers will also come in an attractive range of colours to appeal to the younger generation – Opulent Blue, Silk Gold, Orchid Pink, Mineral Silver and Empress Red.
HP is doing all the right things with their latest student-centric laptops with difficult to beat price-points. We hope other computer-makers are listening in closely.