HP announces a new range of Pavilion laptops and convertibles [Update]

HP today announced that it's refreshing its mid-range lineup of laptops and convertibles, which is the Pavilion brand. They come in a number of configurations, with various screen size, chip, storage, and RAM options.

There are two major changes that you'll find in the Pavilion x360 line: pen support and an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition. Indeed, HP has been clear that with the release of the Creators Update, support for active pens is a top priority in new devices.

They will come in screen size options of 11.6, 14, and 15.6 inches, and will start at $399 for the smallest one with an Intel Pentium processor, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB 5400RPM HDD. For the 14-inch model, it comes with an Intel Core i3-7100U processor, 6GB RAM, and the same hard drive found in the smaller model. The 15.6-inch variant has more configuration options, with up to a Core i7 processor. There's even an optional Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU, and you can get it with up to 16GB of RAM.

As for the standard clamshell laptops, these are offered in 14-, 15-, and 17-inch models, also with options that range from Core i3 to i7. All of the configurations are similar to those of the larger x360 models, in fact, except these will not have pen support.

When we reviewed the 13.3-inch Pavilion x360 last year, we found it to be an impressive convertible, especially considering the price. With the addition of Windows Hello and pen support, it should be a pretty exciting device for those on a budget.

Update: HP has confirmed that all of the new devices are available now, with the 11-, 14-, and 15-inch x360 models starting at $349.99, $449.99, and $579.99, while the clamshell Pavilion laptops will start at $699.99, $599.99, and $629.99 for the 14-, 15-, and 17-inch models, respectively.

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