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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2016: Editor's Choice - Part 2

By Team HardwareZone - 27 Feb 2016

Best Affordable 2-in-1 Detachable Notebook

Best Affordable 2-in-1 Detachable Notebook

Small, low-powered notebooks are enjoying a bit of a resurgence. There are a couple of reasons for this, but the two most important ones are perhaps the availability of inexpensive flash memory and also the royalty-free Windows 8.1 with Bing. This meant that these kinds of notebooks are no longer slouches and as slow as you might think. And because Windows 8.1 with Bing is free to manufacturers building low-cost systems, this helps keep prices even lower. As a result, there has never been a better time to shop for cheap, low-powered notebooks.

To make the cut, the device must be a 2-in-1 detachable notebook, meaning it must have a detachable display that doubles up as a tablet and a keyboard dock. It must also be priced under S$600.

Nominees:

 

  • Acer Switch 10E
  • ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi
  • HP Pavilion x2

 

And the winner is...

HP Pavilion x2 

 

The HP Pavilion x2 is the winner because it does the most things well and makes the best of what it has. Though it doesn’t an aluminum chassis, the Pavilion x2 still manages to look good thanks to its excellent application of paint and funky colors. We also like that it manages to cram a full-sized USB port as well a newer USB Type-C port into the tablet display without much sacrifice on thickness or portability - it’s the only one to have a full-sized USB port. Finally, its performance was decent and it offered good battery life. Here's a snapshot of its performance from our full shootout article:-


 

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Acer Switch 10E ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi HP Pavilion x2
Design 7.0 8.5 8.5
Features 8.0 7.5 8.0
Performance 7.0 7.5 7.0
Value 8.0 7.5 8.0
Mobility 7.5 8.0 8.5
Overall 7.5 7.5 8.0
Price S$499 S$599 S$549

*Note: Prices and ratings listed are accurate at the time of individual product evaluation.

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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