The Pavilion X2 10t looks like a low-cost alternative to Microsoft's Surface 3, offering solid performance and a portable design for about half the price. And with long battery life, the X2 — which starts at just $250 — seems like a reliable travel companion that will last through your next work flight with ease. Unfortunately, a cramped keyboard limits the Pavilion X2's potential for productivity.
The Pavilion X2 is a 10-inch Windows tablet that comes with a snap-on keyboard; the two pieces fit together snugly with the help of magnets. When you want to use the device as a tablet, just give the top portion a tug to disconnect it from the keyboard dock. The 2-in-1 functionality is a nice perk for business users who want a versatile machine, though the fact that the Pavilion X2 isn't compatible with a digitizer stylus makes it a bit less useful for workers. The omission is typical for a device at this price point, though.
Performance is also pretty good for the price. On our tests, the Pavilion X2 proved significantly speedier than low-cost rivals like the Acer Aspire Switch 10E and Asus Transformer Book Flip TP 200SA. Heavy multitasking can still lead to a bit of slowdown though, so buyers with demanding workloads should opt for a pricier machine like the $499 Surface 3 or $449 Dell Inspiron 11 3000.
Regardless, the X2's undersize keyboard might be the thing that makes it a hard sell for workers. The keyboard feels pretty cramped because the layout is about 25 percent smaller than what you'll find on a standard desktop keyboard. On the bright side, the keys offer good feedback and deep key travel. Still, the small size of the keys makes it tough to do any serious work on this machine.
Ultimately, HP's Pavilion X2 10t could be a solid, low-cost work companion for frequent travelers, but only if you don't plan to do a lot of typing. Check back for a full review of the Pavilion X2 10t very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops currently on the market.