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  • - Hey, guys, this is Austin.

  • Odds are you're watching this video

  • on a laptop very similar to this,

  • a nearly five-year old HP Pavilion.

  • So for this one, I've teamed up with Intel,

  • who are not only sponsoring this video,

  • but an entire series on the channel taking a look

  • at how technology is changing over the next couple of years.

  • So one of the first thing I'm really

  • curious about is where we are today.

  • And, of course, what better way of doing that

  • than to compare two very similar laptops

  • spread out over nearly five years.

  • This is the HP Pavilion x360 two-in-one.

  • As it's powered by an eight-gen Core i7 processor,

  • it's going to be powerful, although

  • by no means some giant workstation.

  • But importantly it is going to be good

  • for the price, and even more importantly

  • than that, it is going to be a very close match

  • to our older HP Pavilion setup.

  • Put these two side-by-side and

  • the family resemblance is clear.

  • So the Pavilion Touchsmart was one of the very first

  • Windows 8 laptops that did come standard with a touchscreen.

  • And it actually does a lot of things right,

  • although if you take a look at the brand new

  • Pavilion x360, there have been a lot

  • of upgrades and changes over the last few years.

  • The real question is whether you actually need to upgrade.

  • So if you take a look at this older system,

  • it doesn't seem that old, and to be fair,

  • it still can do some basic stuff like web browsing.

  • It's not like it's going to be completely unusable,

  • but when you step over to a newer system

  • with the Core i7, with the Optane memory,

  • you're going to be getting a much, much better experience.

  • You're getting pretty much everything

  • you would expect on a modern laptop.

  • So stuff like USB 3.0 is here,

  • you're going to be getting a fourth-gen Core i5,

  • which is going to give you decent battery life

  • and okay performance, and you're even going

  • to be getting some extras like a DVD drive

  • if you're still living in 1999.

  • Actually, nah, that's not fair, right?

  • 2005 was really the peak of DVD.

  • This guy is rocking a 15.6 inch, 1366 by 768 panel.

  • Now, it wasn't a terrible screen when it first came out,

  • but put it side-by-side with a 2018 Pavilion

  • and there is a huge difference.

  • Not only is the screen quality itself

  • going to be much nicer on this guy,

  • but having a full 1080p resolution makes a big difference.

  • With this guy being limited to stuff

  • like 720p video and sort of very little screen real estate,

  • it feels kind of claustrophobic in 2018.

  • Realistically, the screen is actually one

  • of the most noticeable differences.

  • Having a nice quality 1080p panel

  • does make a big difference.

  • And while the other one is going to be a touchscreen,

  • this is going to be a much more accurate touchscreen.

  • You also have the HP pen if you wanna use stylus input.

  • And one of my favorite party tricks is

  • that you can actually can flip the entire thing around

  • and treat it like a giant tablet.

  • Now, of course, this is going to be a 15.6 inch tablet,

  • so you should temper your expectations

  • for how portable it's going to be,

  • but this, especially when you pair it with the stylus,

  • does make a nice difference when you can, you know,

  • actually use it with one hand as opposed

  • to something like that, which doesn't, well.

  • Think it's kinda self-explanatory how

  • close that comes to being a tablet.

  • Now, of course, your mileage is going to vary

  • on something like this, but I actually do find

  • that the pen can be useful in some situations.

  • For example, if you wanna work on some graphics stuff,

  • if you wanna make some notes, or especially

  • for people who wanna have something that's going

  • to be a little more ergonomic.

  • The touch screen paired with a pen can feel

  • a lot better than sitting with a mouse and keyboard all day.

  • When it comes time to upgrade your computer,

  • one of the biggest questions is always

  • going to be to do with performance.

  • So when you're looking at such a wide range

  • of years between these two laptops,

  • obviously there are going to be some major differences,

  • but some things are also going to be very similar.

  • Both are currently rocking 12 gigabytes of RAM,

  • as well as a one terabyte hard drive,

  • but look a little bit closer and there

  • are going to be some major, major changes.

  • In the last few years, Intel Core processors

  • have seen some major leaps in performance.

  • Consider that we're going from a

  • dual-core 2.7 gigahertz boost clock all the way up

  • to a quad-core chip that can go

  • all the way up to 4 gigahertz on boost.

  • Now, that is really impressive,

  • especially when you consider that

  • that's all going to be in the same 15-watt TDP.

  • Essentially, for the same amount of power,

  • we're going to be doing a lot more work much, much faster.

  • You're also getting a smaller, thinner and lighter PC

  • in pretty much every aspect that not only does have

  • that more powerful processor, but you're also going

  • to be getting dedicated graphics as an option.

  • When you put it together, what essentially

  • you're getting here is something that's going

  • to be smaller, thinner, lighter, and more powerful

  • on pretty much any way that you measure it.

  • A lot of it has to do with the processor.

  • Now, don't get me wrong, it's not like a fourth-gen Core

  • is suddenly some archaic piece of old technology,

  • but things have advanced a lot and it is very noticeable

  • when you put them side by side.

  • Now, yes, it is very, very noticeable when it comes

  • to stuff like gaming and video editing, as you would expect,

  • but even for normal tasks, there's a big difference.

  • I mean, something as simple as opening up a webpage

  • can take a lot longer on the older system.

  • And that's something that stuff like benchmarks

  • don't really quite get across always.

  • When it comes to stuff like editing 4K video,

  • more performance is always going to be helpful.

  • Now, no, this is not going to be some giant, thick

  • workstation-class massive editing laptop,

  • but what you are getting here is a solid amount

  • of power, especially when you compare

  • it to the five-year old system.

  • That eighth-gen Core processor is also going to be,

  • of course, capable of playing back 4K video, whether

  • on the internal laptop screen if you've got a 4K display,

  • or on an external monitor, but something else

  • that sort of backs up this Pavilion is going

  • to be the dedicated AMD Radeon 530 graphics.

  • Now this opens you up for some light virtual reality

  • and mixed reality use, but almost more importantly than

  • that, you could do some light gaming on this guy, as well.

  • Now, of course, this is not going

  • to be a great dedicated gaming PC.

  • For that, you're going to want some better graphics

  • than the Radeon 530 in this particular system,

  • but the important things is the

  • Core i7 can definitely handle it.

  • So even when you pair it with something

  • like an Nvidia MX150, as I've done in previous videos,

  • you're going to be getting some much better performance,

  • and something that could definitely hold up.

  • And with the idea that you can go

  • with stuff like Thunderbolt solutions

  • to get you even better external graphics options,

  • having a powerful processor is very important.

  • Intel Optane memory is an interesting piece

  • of tech that I'm actually going to go much

  • more in-depth on in a future video,

  • but the basic idea is that it functions similarly

  • to an SSD cache, but it allows you to get the

  • full responsiveness of an SSD while still not

  • losing the full-size capacity of a hard-drive.

  • So this is going to speed up things,

  • such as opening up Windows, some of your major programs.

  • And it's also going to be useful for more creative

  • applications, such as when you're photo and video editing,

  • you're going to have that super-fast SSD cache,

  • which is all going to be working in the background.

  • This is one of the clearest differences

  • between a newer and older system.