Admit it. HP has never been known for doing hip, sexy computer tech. Sure, they’re a great engineering company. By some standards, HP is the company that started Silicon Valley, though in 1939 they were only a daydream of Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, working out of that now famous garage of theirs in Palo Alto.
But their habit for putting engineering before everything else made for great gear, but rather humdrum if you were a Windows user looking for something that would hold back any of that Apple envy equally a part of Silicon Valley.
That’s changed. While we’ve seen some nice looking laptops from them before, the new PC diversification push headed up by Intel is now catching fire. HP now delivers a laptop that flips over with a 360-degree display hinge, one that splits right in half, and even some that run Chrome or Android – to Microsoft’s chagrin, we imagine.
Released earlier in the year at trade shows like Computex, the new gear is just making it into stores and HP’s website.
HP’s Pavilion x360 – with a full-rotation hinge no less – offers a 13.3-inch touch display. You have choice of CPUs such as the graphics-oriented AMD A6, A8, or A10. Worried more about loosing juice on the road? Go for Intel with their more battery-efficient Intel Core i3 or Core i5 CPUs.
That choice makes a bigger difference than you might imagine. HP says its Intel CPUs can deliver some 8.25 hours. Still want that VFX-potent AMD solution? You’ll only get 6.25 hours.
You can put up to 8GB of memory in a Pavilion x360, while hard-drive storage ranges from 500GB to 1TB. Not exactly light at 4.3lbs, the Pavilion x360 sports red or silver case colors. You can get in on the ground floor too, with AMD versions starting at $630, while the Intel-based models will save you a bit at a $600 entry-level model. More info? Check out HP’s Envy store.