HP’s New Pavilions Bring Premium PC Features to the Masses

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 14 Comments

HP's New Pavilions Bring Premium PC Features to the Masses

Today, HP announced a new lineup of Pavilion laptops and convertibles that bring premium features from its Envy and Spectre products to the masses: Starting prices range from $350 to $700, depending on the model.

“Our latest Pavilion is a convertible that offers features typically reserved for our premium products, including pen for those who want to draw or take notes directly on the screen,” HP vice president Kevin Frost in a prepared statement. “So students and aspiring digital creators can interact and create on our PCs in new and unique ways.”

HP Pavilion

HP Pavilion

These PCs seem to hit a nice sweet spot of value and price. And as some of you may recall, I recently wrote about my issues with overly expensive devices in Let’s Talk About Smartphone Pricing (Premium). That article obviously focuses on smartphones, but I did mention the following:

“Looking around my home office, I see several premium PCs waiting to be reviewed. And I will get to them, dutifully, as I should. But I also know that most of the people reading this site—myself include—either couldn’t afford to pay the prices that these PCs command or simply never would do so regardless. For most people, a less expensive PC would do very nicely.”

HP Pavilion colors

Perhaps one of these is such a PC. So I’ll reach out to HP about doing a possible review.

For now, however, here’s an overview of the announcement: HP has revved its Pavilion laptop and Pavilion x360 convertible PC lines with new designs and some features that were previously reserved for its premium PC products, including premium materials, USB-C connectivity, and active pen support.

HP Pavilion x360

Likewise, each features 7th generation Intel Core i3-i7 processors, dual SSD/HDD storage options on select models, a choice of AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce discrete graphics, all-day battery life (up to 10 hours) with HP Fast Charge on select models, an HP Wide Vision camera or optional IR camera with Windows Hello support, HP Audio Boost and Bang & Olufsen tuned sound, and unique color options.

The Pavilion laptops come in 14- ($699 and up), 15- ($599 and up), and 17-inch ($629 and up) versions, while the convertible Pavilion x360 comes in 11- ($349 and up), 14- ($449 and up), and 15-inch ($579 and up) versions. (I know some of those prices don’t make sense; that’s what the HP spec sheet says.)

I hope to have more to say about these devices soon.


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