Modern Traveller’s top tech for a gadget-packed European road trip – reviewed

HP PAVILION X360 REVIEW

Modern Traveller's top tech for a gadget-packed European road trip – reviewed

(Image © Chris Rowlands / Modern Traveller)

The last thing you want when setting off on a months-long road trip is a weighty laptop languishing in your luggage. Meet HP’s X360: available in several variants, this ultra-slim, convertible machine is a slice of versatile wizardry straight out of sci-fi.

Our model – the u006na – is a titillating prospect, offering a 1TB hard drive, 12GB of DDR4 RAM and, here’s the doozy, a 13.3in multi-touch screen that can hinge backwards, transforming the X360 into a tablet, a self-standing screen or a desktop TV.

Pleasingly lightweight and impressively responsive, the touchscreen is something of a fingerprint magnet, but the sheer usability apes any concerns. Windows 10 is a well-crafted experience that works like a dream on this well-made device.

Movie lovers might bemoan the lack of an optical drive, though a full complement of ports – including HDMI – means interfacing is no issue, whilst the convertibility means propping it up on almost any surface is a cinch, and genuinely useful.

As a laptop it’s slim, as a tablet it’s a little thick – and as either it’s brilliantly brisk. The screen is superb for surfing (with Microsoft Edge a speedy browser indeed), the B&O speakers both powerful and clear and the battery lasts a solid several hours.

Our only concern was with the somewhat toasty underside – but that’s forgivable given just how portable the X360 is. The keyboard won’t be firm enough for some, and the keypad too grippy for others – but we found typing and tapping easy enough.

Truly versatile and usefully so, HP’s X360 is a solidly built speed machine capable of delivering the touch-and-click blend Windows 10 is made for.

STORE.HP.COM | from £460 | ★★★★★

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