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  • - Hey guys, this is Austin.

  • We take a look at normal-looking laptops all day long,

  • but when Intel reached out and wanted to sponsor a video

  • on some slightly more unique designs,

  • well, it didn't take long for me to say yes.

  • First off, we have the HP Pavilion x360,

  • and this might look like a normal laptop,

  • but in fact it's going to be a full 2-in-1.

  • You can tell it's a 2-in-1 because, well,

  • we can do pretty much anything you want

  • including bending it all the way backward.

  • So what's cool about this is that you can really use it

  • as sort of the best of both worlds.

  • So if I wanna use it as a standard-looking laptop

  • I can set it here, I've got my touchpad,

  • I've got my keyboard, I've got the touchscreen,

  • but we also do have the additional modes the 2-in-1 allows.

  • So say you're on a plane and you don't wanna

  • have a giant 15-inch laptop in your little tray table.

  • Well, you can flip it around like this

  • and get tent mode to, say, watch some Netflix

  • or some super-cool YouTube videos.

  • And, of course, you're also going to have the flexibility

  • of just flipping them around like this if you want

  • to do like a presentation or, again, watch some video.

  • And, of course, there's going to be a wide range of 2-in-1s

  • available most of which are actually

  • going to be smaller than this Pavilion.

  • So especially you have some of them, they're in the 11

  • to 13-inch range, feel much better,

  • especially on the tablet side, but what you're

  • getting here is something that can do everything.

  • And one of the most important parts with this HP is

  • that it does it without compromising on performance.

  • Inside, you're going to be getting an

  • eighth-generation Core i7-8550U.

  • Now, with these new Intel chips what you're getting is an

  • upgraded from dual-core to quad-core processors,

  • and that is a big deal on something that's

  • going to be fairly thin and light.

  • Essentially what it means is that you're going

  • to be getting the most performance possible

  • out of such a thin, light form factor.

  • And specifically with this Pavilion, you're also going

  • to be getting the dedicated Radeon graphics,

  • you're going to be getting Intel Optane tech.

  • There's really a lot to like with a form factor like this,

  • especially considering that it is not even the weirdest

  • laptop that we're going to take a look at.

  • In fact, it's downright practical and normal,

  • not even slightly weird.

  • If portability is really what you're after though,

  • you might wanna take a look at this, the Lenovo Yoga Book,

  • very possibly the smallest legit laptop

  • that I've ever actually taken a look at.

  • Now, this isn't actually a brand new product.

  • It originally came out in 2016, and back then I did do

  • a video on the Android version of this,

  • however, I now have a Windows version and I've gotta

  • say this is, well, it's unusual.

  • At first glance, you're getting a tiny 10.1-inch laptop,

  • but because it's got that signature Lenovo hinge,

  • you also are going to be getting a full 2-in-1.

  • The advantage here really is in portability.

  • This is so thin and so light that it's easy

  • to just toss it in a bag and forget about it.

  • And because it is going to be so small,

  • it actually makes a pretty decent little tablet,

  • especially considering the keyboard,

  • well, it's a little bit different.

  • So this is what Lenovo calls their Halo keyboard,

  • and as you might have imagined, this actually

  • doesn't have any physical press.

  • So essentially you can imagine it as a giant touchpad.

  • So it feels like tapping on a tablet and it's maybe not the

  • greatest experience, but it does allow

  • some really cool functionality.

  • You can use the included stylus with the

  • touchscreen like most other laptops.

  • What's interesting about this is that if you go

  • to the keyboard and you press the little pin button,

  • that's going to disable all keyboard presses except

  • for what you're going to be getting from the stylus.

  • Essentially what this is going to turn into is something

  • very similar to a Wacom tablet.

  • You can use this to not only navigate Windows,

  • but more importantly it's going to be available

  • in stuff like OneNote to actually allow you to sketch

  • without sort of blocking the whole screen while you do it.

  • Look, this isn't going to be the most

  • practical 2-in-1 in the world.

  • Not only is it not going to be incredibly powerful,

  • it is using an Intel Atom chip as opposed to a Core,

  • and on top of that, the ports are

  • going to be pretty minimal.

  • It even uses Micro-USB for charging and you only

  • get a Micro-HDMI out as well as a headphone jack.

  • But, especially considering how much the price

  • has come down, if you're looking for something that's

  • going to be just a little bit different,

  • the Yoga Book definitely qualifies.

  • Next, we have something that is quite possibly one

  • of the most unique laptops that you'll ever find.

  • This is the brand new GPD Pocket 2.

  • As you can see, well, it doesn't get much smaller than this.

  • With a 7-inch display, yeah, this is going to be tiny.

  • Now, there are definitely going to be

  • sacrifices with something like this.

  • The keyboard in particular, even though it's actually going

  • to be a lot better than the original pocket,

  • is still going to be very small and the layout

  • is going to be a little bit unusual.

  • But, again, consider.

  • Look how tiny this thing is.

  • It's legitimately pocketable,

  • and this is going to be a full Windows PC.

  • Now, inside this guy you're going to

  • find a full Intel Core m3 processor.

  • Now, no, it's not going to be some crazy powerhouse,

  • but what you're getting here is actually a pretty

  • surprising level of performance in something

  • that's going to be so thin and small.

  • And, no, it's not going to be a full gaming PC,

  • but considering how tiny it is,

  • it's actually going to be more than powerful enough for

  • well, pretty much anything that I would ever do with it.

  • Except video editing, I guess, but I don't think.

  • Oh, whoa, dude, we actually could video edit on this!

  • Oh, we shoulda thought about that earlier.

  • This actually would totally be able to video edit.

  • So it does only have 4 gigs of RAM,

  • which is not going to be a ton, but with a full Core

  • processor inside, it actually might not be that bad.

  • And one of the cool things about it is,

  • in addition to the nice aluminum design,

  • you've got a solid amount of ports.

  • So you've got two full-size USB-A ports,

  • as well as a USB-C, and a microSD.

  • The GPD Pocket 2 is definitely not going to be for everyone.

  • So this is really going to be for someone who wants

  • something that's going to be super pocketable,

  • legitimately actually pocketable, but is still going

  • to give you the full Windows PC experience.

  • So maybe you wanna do a little bit of web-browsing,

  • you need some specific Windows apps,

  • or you just wanna do a little bit of tiny gaming on the go,

  • the Pocket's actually not bad at all.

  • Next, we've got the big guy,

  • the Microsoft Surface Book 2.

  • Now, this takes a lot of what makes some

  • of the other systems cool and just

  • adds the whole tablet aspect.

  • There are a ton of different ways

  • that you can use the Surface Book.

  • Now, the first and the most obvious of which

  • is going to be using it as a tablet.

  • So it's not every day that you get to try a 15-inch

  • Core i7-powered tablet, but once you detach it from the

  • keyboard dock it's pretty much what you're getting here.

  • This is going to house almost all the internals

  • of the laptop including it's own battery,

  • the Core i7 8650U, the memory, the SSD,

  • pretty much the only things you're going

  • to be losing here are going to be some of the ports.

  • However, as soon as you drop it onto the dock

  • you're going to be getting all of

  • that back and then some, if I can line it up correctly.

  • So once you drop it on, not only are you of course going

  • to be getting the keyboard, the track pad,

  • as well as a fair few USB ports, SD card, that kinda stuff,

  • this is also going to contain a much larger battery