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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2014
I was looking for a tablet or notebook that I could use for work and my kids could use for study. This really limited the options to either a Windows or Mac based item. Why ? Well because although Android has got a load of apps, my work stuff invariably uses Microsoft Office and although there are open source apps that are similar, there are always issues with compatibility. So it was either look at an iPad or Macbook or check out what was avaliable on Windows. Apple got dumped on price and expandability grounds. iPads are cute, but when you hit 64Gb you have to either offload to an external drive or buy another iPad. Macbooks are too pricey.

So a windows machine it was going to be. Next question, RT or full fat 8. The limitations of RT meant I was looking for a bit of kit running full Windows 8. That narrowed down the field considerably. Add on that I wanted a tablet capability and the list got very small indeed. Enter the HP Pavilion 11 x2. Sizewise it's a shade larger than an iPad, but has a detachable keyboard. Best bits. It looks businesslike. I've got it sitting next to my work supplied Lenovo T420s laptop. It's dinky, but the keyboard is a decent size. Screen is bright and clear. Touchscreen is fab. Came with Office 2013 preloaded and only required an activation key. I can run all my current work apps on it.
Other nice bits. It powers up so fast. I can be up and running in about 10seconds from hitting the power button. SSDs are wonderful. Battery life is impressive. I get a good 8hrs when attached to the keyboard and at least 4hrs on a fresh charge on just the tablet bit. Oh and that's the other neat bit. Removing the screen in a meeting to use it as a tablet caused a few jaws to drop.

Minor grumbles - available disk space. The HP Pavilion 11 ships in the UK with only a 64Gb hard disk, although I believe that the US market has the option of a 128Gb hard disk. That means that after Windows has gobbled up space for the OS, I get around 12Gb to play with. Solution - get an SD card. The detachable screen can take a microSD card so for around £50 you can add a further 64Gb of disk space. The keyboard can take a standard SD card so in theory, provided you have the bank balance, you can add up to 2Tb of space. Next grumble, OK so the black shell is nice, but it is plastic. OK so my laptop is also plastic, but the HP Pavilion would look so great if milled from aluminium. The HP Elitepad is and it looks darn good. I guess its a price trade off.

Overall, with 4Gb memory and a quad core 1.6Ghz processor the beast performs well. The two USB ports are a bonus as is the HDMI one. Is it better than an iPad ? by a country mile. It gives me everything I need for work in a much reduced footprint. Outside of work, I am a keen photographer. I can take my shots, drop them straight into an editting package like Photoshop on my Pavilion 11, tweak them and then connect to the internet using my mobile as a wireless hotspot and publish within minutes of finishing the shoot.
Alternatives considered - Asus Transformer T100TA - smaller memory (2Gb) although possible to get larger hard drive. Sony Vaio - more space, but a shed load more expensive. For under £400 the Pavilion 11 is a hard act to beat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2014
Neat & easy getting used to it & keep being pleasantly surprised.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2014
Bought this elsewhere but could not leave feedback on the shops site. Based on the reviews on Amazon, I would not have bought this product, which is why I decided to leave a review. Looks good quality and smart. This the perfect Laptop / Tablet. Very user friendly. It is heavy and a bit clumsy for a tablet, but then so is the ipad once its in its chunky leather case. The Windows and Apps take a bit getting used to but once you know your way around its great. Just need to find a case or bag now. Fits into my large handbag that I use for work and it fits into my Maxpedition Naotak bag I use for holidays and weekends.
The camera quality is not so good though, but thats ok as we have other devices for photos.
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on 11 January 2015
I followed a recommendation by which? and am very happy with my new laptop.
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on 22 June 2015
OK once we sorted out the missing software
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2015
Wifi drivers were missing out of the box, which took an hour of faffing just to get it usable. The screen bleeds leaves a shadow of the previous window in the background. The Beats speakers are tinny, the space bar doesn't work unless you bash it dead-centre, it doesn't charge from USB like everything else does nowdays and has a big brick charger instead. Within a week the monitor dock became wobbly and now to top it off after 18 months of average usage the hinge on the keyboard has snapped!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2014
Superb netbook
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2014
It's quite a nice tool to use and I like the news app that was pre-loaded. The games apps that were on it didn't work properly and sometimes pages load up a bit less than smoothly. I still need to check everything out properly but it's okay.
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8 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2014
So full disclosure:
1: I love and spend my entire job using windows. I know all the shortcuts and I own a windows phone. This doesn't mean I like or approve of Microsoft, just that if I see a software issue, it is a serious flaw, with no work around or solution.
2: Microsoft is dropping RT, as stated during their last conference.

Don't underestimate the baytrail, this is capable of being a relatively serious PC. It is basically Mac vs Windows in a nutshell - it requires a good 24-36 hours and some computer knowledge to update windows and date to the new operating system (classic Window surprise - you need to reinstall the wireless driver because f*** you non-multiple PC owning muggles).
Battery life is not ideal but it easily reaches 6 hours at full brightness and multiple app use (5 hours tab, 4 hours on the keyboard). According to other reviews I would expect less than 9, so it is very short of being a tablet. Also, it pains me to say, Windows 8.1 in portrait only works reading websites and even then it is suspiciously long and only really looks acceptable for websites (but still not great).
Viewing angles are pretty good although I do wish it had a surface like stand. This would probably be easier to cope with if the tablet portion was lighter but the keyboard does a decent job doing that and adds battery as well.
Even so, it is important to weigh up the relative app stores. Apple has the largest store but also the most expensive store. It's the most likely place to be charged for free services. Then there is google which is vast, but has some real gems and is home to the free. Windows is somewhere to the anachist left of google with it's open house policy on software. So the choice is do you want full windows (Wimdows and all it's faults), or do you want a tablet? If you want a tablet, get a Samsung or Apple to your taste.
On the otherside, this 2 in 1 has so much more versitility but has all the virus-tastic issues that full windows includes.
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6 of 22 people found the following review helpful
One of my pals bough this for his daughter, and, after a while trying to set it up, asked me to come & make it work...

First up, the wireless adapter didn't have a working driver installed. This is with a brand new machine, supplied as a consumer product. After a brief fight with Windows 8 stupid interface, I managed to do a driver rollback and get that to work.

Then it wouldn't work with his router. I have no idea why not, so I took it home and got on line with mine.

The wifi had worse range than my (Samsung S3 mini) phone, which is just awful.

The vaunted Beats Audio speakers sound tinny & cheap

So I told him to take it back.

All up, we wasted maybe 12-14 hours with this piece of junk, and drove perhaps 40 miles, and dropped £15 in parking fees. All for nothing.

It's not cheap, but it's certainly nasty. Do not buy this product.
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