HP has been doing some great work in its premium HP Spectre line lately, but it hasn't forgotten the little people. The budget-friendly Pavilion line has just received an across-the-board refresh. Most notably, the x360 convertibles now have pen support and ship with a stylus in the box. HP has also added an optional IR camera that works with Windows Hello.
The x360 line now comes in 11.6-inch, 14-inch, and 15.6-inch flavors — the 13.3-inch version has been discontinued. The $399 low-end 11.6-inch version now has an Intel Pentium N4200 in the base configuration, which should be a major improvement over last year's Celeron N3060. The new processor has quad cores and an astonishingly low base clock speed, but the chip still trounces the old model in benchmarks. Unfortunately, the default 4GB of RAM and 500GB 5400 rpm SATA drive on this laptop will still choke on many modern computing tasks.
There's a lot more room for upgrades in the larger Pavilion x360 models, which have options for discrete graphics, Core i3, i5, or i7 processors, higher-res screens, and M.2 slots for an SSD in addition to the 2.5-inch drive bay. The larger models also include a USB-C port.
HP, thankfully, hasn't abandoned its Pavilion laptops either. There's an updated design, with a "lift-hinge" which puts the laptop at a slight tilt when the screen is open. The specs and configurability for the laptops are similar to the x360 line, with the addition of AMD processor options. The laptops will come in 15-inch, 14-inch, and 17-inch versions.
Prices start around $600 for the base 15-inch Pavilion laptop, according to Liliputing. And according to Ars Technica, a Core i5 14-inch x360 with an SSD and 8GB of RAM will be a bit over $700. Everything should be available in May or June.