The Pavilion x360 is yet another 11-inch device looking to combine the work capabilities of a laptop with the comfort and intimacy of a tablet. The screen even folds back to let you switch between the two modes, just like Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 2 11. Unfortunately, the x360 is all style with very little substance.
The x360 certainly looks good, with PC World noting that its "striking, slightly glittery, red chassis wowed me as soon as I opened the box." PC Mag compared it to a "flashy convertible automobile" and CNET says the x360's "rounded corners and playful design gives it an accessible, consumer-gadget feel." And no need to worry about the hinge, which PC World says "is nothing if not sturdy." But the screen doesn't live up to the x360's otherwise good looks, delivering a 1366 x 768 resolution that Trusted Reviews says "means immediate compromise," while Laptop Magazine calls the image quality "serviceable" and "a bit too dim for our liking." CNET says its "excessively glossy overlay" helps make it "virtually unusable, even in modest sunlight" and ultimately, the display "could be a dealbreaker."
While not as bad, the x360's performance is also middling, with CNET calling it "sluggish at times" and Pocket-Lint says that even "simple tasks were slow." CNET at least found that compared to the Yoga 2, "the x360 ran some of our benchmark tests faster" and "the tile-based Windows 8 interface is fast and responsive with virtually any processor," but you shouldn't expect "mainstream laptop performance." The battery life was also a letdown, with CNET calling it "merely average" and PC World says it struggles "to last just half a day."
If you're looking for that one convertible device that will allow you to ditch both your laptop and tablet, the Pavilion x360 is not it. It's too slow, the screen is too dark and even the device itself is too chunky when compared to a tablet. If you're willing to trade performance for convenience the x360 still isn't a good deal, as you'd be better off with the Yoga 2 11 or even the Transformer Book T100, which offers solid performance and a convertible form factor at a great price.