We were recently at Singapore to witness HP‘s unveiling of its new Pavilion notebooks and desktops. Included in the lineup were Pavilion 14 and 15, Pavilion x360 Convertible, Pavilion Desktop, Pavilion ENVY Phoenix, and Pavilion All-in-One PC. Below is a video of our quick hands-on of the products during the event.
HP launched the Pavilion notebooks in two variations – 14- and 15-inch displays. The difference from the two is that the former has HD resolution, while the latter carries Full HD display.
The entire device has a unibody chassis which the company says makes for better quality and reliability. For us, its playful colors make it suitable for a wide range of consumers with different personalities.
It’s got dual speakers facing the user, while a gradient metal-like finish on the keyboard deck adds character to the notebook. We also noticed that the trackpad had enough room in it to move around and not feel restricted at all.
In addition, connectivity ports include headphone and Ethernet jacks, an HDMI port, two USB 2.0s, and one USB 3.0 port.
Pavilion x360 Convertible
Using the award-winning design of the HP Spectre x360, the Pavilion x360 Convertible boasts a new hinge that makes it possible for the lid to bend all the way back to accommodate ease of usage in different forms. The two-piece body of the x360 felt firm when we turned the screen back and forth so that’s good news.
The touchscreen display has HD resolution and judging from the short time we’ve seen it play videos, images were clear and crisp enough. Screen visibility was also satisfactory.
The convertible notebook uses a fanless design and Intel Core M processor so it should handle moderate tasks with ease. The Pavilion x360 carries a full-sized HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 2.0 port.
Lastly, it boasts speakers on both ends of the chassis using Bang & Olufsen audio. The company mentions these speakers bounce off sound from the downward-facing speakers to the table to which the notebook rests on, and finally to the user.
On the other hand, the HP Pavillion Desktop is the company’s offering if you’re looking for something to use on everyday productivity and entertainment.
The face is embellished with perforated textures which, for us, gave it a more elegant look. A strip in the middle of its face houses the audio jack, the 7-in-1 memory card reader, and two USB ports. The main switch is located up top, sitting near the right edge.
At the back, we have the usual connectivity ports including four USB 3.0 and up to four USB 2.0 slots, HDMI, DVI, and VGA.
The HP Pavilion Desktop supports fourth generation Intel Celeron processors, Intel Core i3 to 17 processors, and a graphics option as far as NVIDIA GTX 745 for better performance. And as for storage, it can carry up to 3 terabytes hard disk drive.
Pavilion ENVY Phoenix
The ENVY Phoenix desktop was made for the hardcore gamers. It has a dark aluminum chassis finished with brushed metal, which automatically makes the CPU give off a more premium vibe. We usually see this kind of material used in the professional scene, but we liked how they managed to fuse that with some traditional gaming elements and produce something like the ENVY Phoenix.
A strip of LED lights run down the center of the housing and change color depending on your preference.
The top part of the tower is where some of the connectivity ports are found. Here we have a couple of USB ports, a headphone jack, and a 7-in-1 card reader with the rest of the slots at the back. In total, the ENVY Phoenix desktop has at least two USB 2.0 ports, up to four USB 3.0s, HDMI, DVI, and VGA ports.
Graphics-wise, users may go for an NVIDIA GTX 980 discrete graphics and partner it with either fourth-gen Core i5 or i7 processors.
The Pavilion All-in-One PC aims to combine design and functionality. For the design part, we found it to be simple yet eye-catching and it’s mostly because of its edge-to-edge Full HD flush glass display.
Turning it on its side, we noticed how sleek it looks seeing how the display panel combines with the frame of the PC. The back has a perforated texture that positively adds to the design language of the Pavilion All-in-One.
For easier access, there are two USB 3.0 ports, an audio jack, and a 3-in-1 memory card reader tucked at the display’s chin. It also features an easy-routing cable management so when we looked at it from the front, all we could see was the 23-inch display with no cables in sight.
All of the launched products were equipped with Bang & Olufsen audio technology that boasts clear and powerful sound.
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