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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 August 2014
Colour: Red|Style: Intel N830|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This review is for a HP Pavilion x360 11-n001na 11.6-inch
The Intel Celeron Processor is not a full i3 processor but a derivative of an i3. It is certainly fast enough for this model and the hard drive is a normal mechanical drive and obviously not a SSD (solid state drive) at the price this is retailing it.
It is designed to work both as a notebook and a tablet. As its name suggests it turns through 360°: the screen folds over and sits flush to the back panel in order to facilitate tablet use. This places the keyboard on the bottom face but the keys are deactivated and an on screen keyboard will appear when necessary, Some applications do not give theon screen keyboard automatically and you may need to click on the keyboard icon on the taskbar.
The 11.6in display at 1336x768 display didn't look particularly good being washed out until I increased the colour saturation and the brightness. If you are used to a retina screen it is only really OK on a 720p video.
This will warn that the battery life is reduced and it was only just over 3 hours on the default setting.
I do have an issue with the screen which has to be at a fairly precise angle as a notebook with any variation causing the screen to not display correctly being either too light or too dark. When I compare this to the angle you can view both an iPad or a Nexus 7 tablet it got to be annoying having to re-position it. It also has a fairly mirror like finish so difficult to view with your back to a window or outside
I struggled for a while with the touchpad on left and right hand mouse clicks until I realised that the bottom corners do actually depress rather than be tapped.
I thought the scrabble type keyboard was good and at this price not illuminated with fairly dark lettering . Oddly the Function keys seem to work exactly opposite to most laptops in that you press them directly to control screen brightness, volume, play etc but need to press FN to access the F1, F2 etc..keys.
I do like the bright red plastic finish on this model and the brushed aluminium finish. The hinge mechanism offset makes it very easy to flip it from tablet to tent to notebook.
I initially thought the touchscreen was not very consistent compared to an iPad but after some use realized that this lack of response was not the hardware but the Windows 8 Metro interface causing a delay between applications.
The BeatsAudio speakers did not seem particularly good quality or adequate volume to me but surely they would not promote this a worthwhile feature so I conclude it is my hearing that is faulty. Using headphones is certainly preferable.
In the notebook position if you try to use the touchscreen you will find it too wobbly on the hinge to be effective
I notice it comes with some trial software prompting you to try Office 365 and the online manual.
Mcafee Livesafe is installed and by default is managing the Windows firewall and antivirus .
As even Microsoft is recommending third party software over its own Security Essentials which is coming tenth in recent tests this was welcome.
Unfortunately this will prompt you for payment after 28 days or become disabled and I will then put on Avast Free which is about fourth in the tables.
Overall I really like it and at the price would be a worthwhile purchase

Update 26th August 2014. Battery was at 15% so connected the mains adaptor/charger. I then noticed an electrical burning smell and the 5amp fuse had blown on the 19.5volt charger which had got fairly hot. Registered the product with HP and contacted HP Support who were unable to replace the charger at the moment due to lack of stock but assured me the notebook itself was not faulty. I am not sure how they can know that for sure at this early stage until I plug in another charger. I would not feel very confident leaving it unattended on charge. This experience has reduced my review from 5 to 3 stars until I am sure the quality of it is OK.
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