HP Pavilion 13-s128nr x360 13.3-Inch Full-HD 2-in-1 Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) with Windows 10

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  • Intel® Core(TM) i5-6200U Processor 2.3 GHz,Turbo up to 2.8 GHz
  • 8 GB SDRAM
  • Windows 10
  • 128 GB Solid-State Drive, No Optical Drive
  • 13.3-Inch 1920×1080 pixel LED-lit Touch Screen

There’s no limit to what this convertible PC can do. With four modes, it’s an app-loving, friend-connecting, 360 Degree-bending machine.

HP Pavilion 13-s128nr x360 13.3-Inch Full-HD 2-in-1 Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) with Windows 10

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  1. Marcus says:
    89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    First impressions of the 13-S128NR, November 1, 2015
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    Marcus

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    I just wanted to give people some quick impressions of the new HP Pavilion x360 13-S128NR. Mine arrived today, so these are some very early thoughts on it.

    First, the build quality seems impressive. At first glance it looks like a more expensive machine and it isn’t until you touch it that you realize the body is plastic and not aluminum.

    Also, I immediately noticed on the bottom a “Pro Windows” sticker. This was surprising to find. It’s not mentioned what version this would come with but I had assumed it’d be Windows 10 Home. Pro gives you some additional features, especially nice if you are going to use this for business.

    The keyboard and trackpad are nice enough. I’m not too picky about keyboards/trackpads so I can’t say too much. They work fine for me.

    The screen is great. Very sharp and bright. I will have to take it outside for a real test of the brightness. Using it as a touch screen, it is very responsive. 16:9 isn’t my favorite ratio for screens but I knew that going in so just consider this if you’re comparing it to an iPad or Surface if you intend to use as a tablet. Also, consider the weight. This is more than 2x the weight of the Surface Pro 4. Again, something I considered when I bought it. It’s comfortable enough to use on the couch though.

    You have about 85GB left of the 128GB SSD when you boot the machine up. Surprisingly, there isn’t a ton of junkware on this. It’s still not a “signature PC”, but the pre-installed software was easy enough to remove. Clearing that up only gave me a little bit of space left.

    Battery life I’ll have to leave for later. Obviously I have just received it and need time to evaluate this.
    Battery update 11/2/15: Charged the machine up yesterday and used it for 4-5 hours constantly for web browsing, youtube and installing software. Windows was reporting 4.5-5 hrs left after this. Not bad at all. Will look into it more though.

    Other than, it’s a nice snappy laptop for the price and I look forward to using it more.

    FYI: I did experience one bug, though this seems related to Windows 10 itself, and not HP itself as I found the solution from a user of a different brand. The screen refused to rotate no matter the orientation and the screen lock options were greyed out. Hmm. Windows Update had a few items, but that didn’t resolve it. I found the solution on a forum: Hold the PC in portrait mode, and then the option to unlock the screen rotation become available. Presto!

    Update 1: Unfortunately, my screen had a dead pixel near the middle, plus I was experiencing some graphical corruption that made things look like bad analog TV reception. Amazon quickly shipped me a replacement (overnight!) and I am in the process of returning the defective one.

    I am still not sure about battery life. The screen seems to eat a lot at 100% brightness which is to be expected I guess. I could see 6 hours being easily achievable but I am unsure exactly how much further it might go. 11.5 does see to be a stretch. What makes it harder to determine is the battery estimate is all over the place. One minute it might say 3.5 hours, next 6 hours. Sometimes it’ll say 5.5 hours and an hour later it says 5.5 hours. Maybe it takes time to calibrate the estimate.

    Update 2: Jury is STILL out on the battery life. I can’t seem to tell if it’s my use that drains it or not. I don’t feel like I’m using it more than any other day. I will say it’s more consistent. 5.5 hours at least. Right now I’ve been using it for 20 minutes after a full charge. Windows still shows 100% and 7hrs 7 mins of time left.

    On another note, I have had a nagging bug for a while. The graphics driver would crash constantly in some situations, mainly using Microsoft Edge or other browsers. There is not a driver update from Windows Update or HP. If you go to Intel’s website, there is a beta driver that takes care of it! You need to go to device manager first and uninstall the built in driver (windows installs a generic of course so don’t worry). Make sure to select the checkbox to delete it as well. Once you do that and reboot you can install the driver from the Intel site.

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  2. Sea Stew says:
    180 of 195 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    HP makes a excellent and robust 2 in 1 system, November 1, 2015
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    Sea Stew (Southern CA) –

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    This review is from: HP Pavilion 13-s128nr x360 13.3-Inch Full-HD 2-in-1 Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) with Windows 10 (Personal Computers)
    This HP Pavilion is an excellent and robust 2 in 1 system for everyday use that has an impressive display, is well-constructed, and relatively lightweight. To my pleasant surprise the system has Win 10 Pro installed (vs Win 10 Home), TPM 2.0 (supports full disk encryption such as BitLocker), and is equipped with a Samsung M.2 SSD. I increased the system memory from the OEM DDRL 8GB (one bank) to 16GB (used x2 8GB DDRLs), and the OEM Samsung SSD M.2 drive to a Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250GB (which is a very fast drive). A note of caution is that I highly recommend that you download the HP Pavilion x360 Convertible PC (model numbers: 13-s000 through 13-s099) maintenance and service guide from the HP support website. The keyboard must be removed to access all internal components. Once the keyboard is removed (nearly all connectors use ZIF) the SSD M.2 is readily accessible, but the battery, Wi-Fi, and mother board must be removed to access the DDRL memory banks. In essence, you nearly completely disassemble the system – less display, hence why if you choose to do so, you need the maintenance and service guide previously mentioned to perform the process correctly. Also, I recommend creating a system restore disk with a USB device (e.g., SDHC 32GB on a USB 3.0 adapter, or a USB 3.0 drive) using the restore utility, then replace the SSD M.2 and boot from the USB 3.0 port to restore your Win 10 Pro system. I hope that this information is helpful.

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  3. Jim Shaw says:
    49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Snappy performance with i5-6200 CPU. Great for presentations., November 19, 2015
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    Jim Shaw (Cupertino, California USA) –

    This review is from: HP Pavilion 13-s128nr x360 13.3-Inch Full-HD 2-in-1 Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) with Windows 10 (Personal Computers)
    This “HP Pavilion 13-s128nr x360” is a good value for those who want a mid-range Windows 10 system with a full HD 1920×1080 touch display. I’ve used Windows 10 (and 8) on laptops, tablets and convertibles ranging from 10.1” (Asus T100TA) to 15” (Asus). This HP with a 13.3” display is a good compromise.

    1. Typing, checking emails and surfing the web. The attached (not removable) keyboard has a light touch (“chicklet”). Keys have standard spacing, but the top row is only half-height. By default the top row is set for alternate functions (screen brightness, volume control, media controls, airplane mode). Smaller DELETE key and flat key tops makes the laptop a bit thinner, but a bit harder to type. No numeric keypad (like 15” laptops) means the keyboard is centered under the display, instead of shifted to the left. Synaptics touch pad supports 2 finger pinch/zoom, scroll and rotation. The touch pad does an OK job preventing random mouse pointer motions (“palm rejection”); no button to quickly disable/enable touchpad (must use control panel).

    2. Presentations. With a true 1080p display, the touch screen works perfectly when the projecting or mirroring. The 360 degree flexible double hinge is a wonderful idea. Traditional tablets and convertibles with detachable screens are lighter but not convenient when standing at a podium (speaking to a large audience) or sitting next to someone (face-to-face, 1:1). When preparing PowerPoints and editing graphics, I’m in traditional laptop mode. If I’m rehearsing while pacing the floor, it’s folded into a tablet mode so I can gesture with my right hand. At the podium, in either portrait orientation (so I can see the slides and my notes) or landscape orientation (see part of the page, but the text is very big). For face-to-face, the stand mode (keyboard flat on the table and screen folded backwards) is better; the keyboard is out of the way and all keys are disabled.

    3. SSD. After installing the full Microsoft Office 365 (Office 2016) and purging most junkware, I have about 83 GB of free space. When I start to run low on space, I’ll plug in a 64GB (or larger) SDXC memory card for My Documents.

    4. Ports and connections. Unlike tablets, this device has a good range of full-sized ports. The connector bulges out of the bottom when a network cable is plugged in. No analog VGA or DisplayPort.

    5. Power adapter is only 3.5” long and weighs just 9.0 ounces (256 grams) with both cords. It’s a convenient travel size.

    GOOD: Snappy performance with 6th generation (Skylake) i5-6200U CPU @ 2.3-2.4 GHz, 8 GB RAM and 120 GB SSD. Full HD resolution and flexible hinge—great for presentations. Good value.

    BAD: DELETE key is a bit small. Battery life is about 5-6 hours when display brightness is turned down–much less than advertised.

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