HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 15-bk010nr Review

August 23, 2016
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Even though they are not a new invention, convertible laptops are in these days. Models like HP Pavilion x360 15-bk010nr are primarily a notebook but act as a tablet too, and this functionality indeed interests many people. But don’t spend your money on the item before you’ve heard my professional opinion about it…

The good

The screen of HP Pavilion x360 15-bk010nr should satisfy many demanding users. You see, the 15.6″ display comes with Full HD support so if you throw movies at it you can expect high quality. Full HD also means more screen estate than a regular 1366×768 screen offers. You can freely rotate the screen from laptop to tablet mode, it’s a true multi function model. Don’t forget the panel type is IPS, the colors will show accurately and viewing angles are wide.

The Intel Core i5-6200U processor should take care of most users’ needs. The unit contains two cores, 2.3GHz clock speed and 2.8GHz turbo boost. You can freely run any program on this rig; after all the CPU Mark score for this processor is around 4000. Having 8GB memory also doesn’t hurt, and it can be upgraded to 16GB if you wish.

The neutral

Power is provided by a 3-cell 48Whr battery. It lasts up to 8.5 hours per the manual, but I don’t think you will get that much with HP Pavilion x360 15-bk010nr. I’d say six hours is your best bet.

Plugging in devices to the laptop is possible, there are two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port available. For monitor HDMI output is included. You can use the Gigabit RJ-45 connector for networking or choose the WiFi adapter (a high-quality 802.11ac with Bluetooth 4.0 enabled).

This unit contains no optical drive, however SD card slot is still available.

The keyboard doesn’t support backlight.

The bad

HP Pavilion x360 15-bk010nr is many things but I’m afraid it’s not a gaming machine. Reason is the Intel HD 520, an integrated graphics unit that is not powerful. It can handle games like Minecraft and Counter-Strike: Go, but try playing new Triple A titles and you will see the reality. For example, don’t expect more than ~25FPS playing GTA 5 on low settings and resolution.

I’d much rather see a solid-state drive in 2-in-1 laptop than the current 1TB (5400RPM) hard drive. That kind of SSD would have better performance and be more durable. Well, what can you do, for this price you can’t expect to get it all. If you have the skills you can always upgrade to SSD yourself.


HP Pavilion x360 15-bk010nr is a viable choice if you want a power user friendly convertible laptop. Its performance is somewhat hindered by the storage drive choice as there’s only old school hard drive; otherwise it offers plenty of power with the Core i5 processor. The Full HD screen never hurts, and you can rotate it when you want so the computer becomes a tablet. If these things sound interesting to you and you got the dough, taking a closer look at this HP is probably worth it.

2 thoughts on “HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 15-bk010nr Review

  1. Laura Draughon

    I like the review. Looking for a strong computer that i can use in other ways. What is your take on photo editing and other misc. things. I am a realtor and am not a gamer. Appreciate your feedback.

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      The HP is almost a powerhouse. Granted, it doesn’t have a dedicated (= fast) graphics card, but it’s only a problem for gamers. If you’re doing light graphics work like editing photos of real estate this HP is easily sufficient. The Core i5 processor and 8GB memory run Photoshop well, and indeed the integrated graphics works for such use too.


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