HP Pavilion 13-s020nr x360 Review

August 25, 2015
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So you don’t want the hassle of having laptop and tablet in separate devices, but want an easy-to-use solution instead? In that case, a convertible model such as HP Pavilion 13-s020nr x360 might be an ideal choice for you. It has both notebook and tablet modes, and sports a nice 5th generation Core i3 processor under the hood, surely a sufficient component for home users and students at least. But what else there is, and does the price tag match the features and performance this computer offers? Read on to find our opinion about that…

What programs can it run fluently?

Many are the programs that would run fine on HP Pavilion 13-s020nr x360. Its backbone, the Intel Core i3-5010U, is a dual-core processor with 2.1GHz clock speed (no turbo, though). The CPU Mark, a trusted benchmark software, gives it ca. 3000 points which places the processor right in the lower mid range category. You’ll be able to deal with everyday tasks, be it browsing the web, writing texts or enjoying movie from streaming services, no problem.

The laptop houses 4GB DDR3L RAM. As far as I know, the system board has one slot and it’s already occupied, but by swapping the 4GB stick for a 8GB one you can double the memory. Whether that makes sense or not depends on your use, 9 out of 10 users are probably good with the default four gigabytes.

The storage drive is pretty bad in HP Pavilion 13-s020nr x360. I mean, it’s a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive. Space for files is alright (500 gigabytes equals around 100,000 images if you’re interested), but performance is not great here. If you’d like to make this computer start up Windows and other programs faster, replacing the hard drive with an SSD would be an excellent idea.

Are there also some games that work here?

Some games, especially the older ones, run without too much lag. The graphics engine is still an integrated Intel HD 5500 so keeping high details and resolution is not likely to happen. You’ll even be able to play GTA 5 here, but to get 20-25FPS you’d have to keep settings medium and resolution 720p. However, easier titles like League of Legends will hold over 40FPS on similar settings.

How good is the screen?

HP Pavilion 13-s020nr x360 has a 13.3″ touchscreen that rotates 360 degrees – in another words, from laptop mode to tablet mode. People commented the overall quality is good (which I can believe from IPS panel), although the maximum 1366×768 resolution might not cut it for some professionals. Anyway, since the price isn’t bad, I can’t complain a lot, and 1366×768 is fine especially for such a small display.

What connections does the laptop have?

HP Pavilion 13-s020nr x360 has three USB ports crammed in its compact body. Two are USB 3.0 while one is USB 2.0. The notebook can also be used with television or external monitor, the HDMI output makes sure of that.

Optical drive isn’t included, for the simple fact there’s no space for that inside. But it doesn’t mean you can’t use discs at all, just get an external DVD drive and you’re good to go. Also bear in mind there’s SD card slot in the laptop accepting memory cards from devices like digital cameras.

When you want to connect to Internet, you can use cable or wireless: the unit comes with a 10/100Mbps RJ-45 port and a 802.11ac WiFi adapter that also supports Bluetooth 4.0.

The notebook has a front-facing webcam (no back camera) that can be used for Skype video meetings.

Miscellaneous things

It’s easy to travel with HP Pavilion 13-s020nr x360, or what do you think about the low 3.8 pounds weight? It has an integrated 3-cell 48Whr battery that lasts 3-4 hours WiFi browsing. It can be a bit tough to replace, but removing the bottom screws should help with that.

The keyboard doesn’t light up. In addition, it has no numeric keypad on the right.

The laptop shell material is plastic.

Summing it up

Like somebody said in the reviews, HP Pavilion 13-s020nr x360 is first and foremost a multi-use computer. Whether you need a fully functional everyday laptop or a handy tablet, the HP can deliver it all. The components are rather basic, with new Core i3, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive being enough for casual users, but not so much for power users or gamers. Indeed, players wouldn’t find much joy in this unit because there’s no dedicated graphics. Then again, there never is for this price. So if you’re a person without ambitions to play fancy games but you want “All-in-One” laptop, this kind of HP should be a solution you’ll like.

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