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A few months ago, my husband’s laptop started to give us some signs that it might be dying a slow death. It took forever to turn on, and when it did, it would go from 100% charge to 0% the moment we unplugged it and tried to go to battery power. Warnings and errors started popping up with every keystroke. And we knew it was time to think about getting a replacement.
And just as I started to research options, a magical email hit my inbox. Did I want to try a new HP x360 and test out its four modes: laptop, tablet, tent and stand?
Um, yes. In time for my husband’s birthday? Double yes.
When it arrived, we had a special unboxing, and I immediately started setting it up (yes, it will be Lucas’ computer but I’m the resident IT expert in our house). It’s light, it’s super easy to use and it goes between all four modes seamlessly.
So, to showcase some of the features, I thought I would embrace the BEND of the X360 and show off my favorite BENDY yoga moves.
4 Modes, 4 Poses
This is the most common mode we use — we usually keep the computer on and in our living room to do quick searches, write email responses, to follow recipes and more. The laptop and tablet have touchscreen capabilities as well, which makes it really fun to kind of swipe a finger around the screen to move around.
And just like this mode, the boat pose in yoga is a great and versatile posture. To really find stability in boat, you need to keep your core engaged, legs straight (if possible) and keep a nice neutral spine. Take nice deep breaths, hold the pose for 10-20 seconds, then release your legs back to the ground.
I honestly didn’t know what I would think of the tablet mode — but it’s awesome. The screen just flips around and kind of nestles against the bottom of the laptop, which is great for moving from mode to the other very quickly, and without any applications or tabs closing. I put it in this mode when I let our toddler play around because it seems to be the most safe for her droppy little hands.
And of course, sweet savasana, or corpse pose. Is there a better one in yoga? Just like the tablet mode, you flip onto your back (or supine position) and just let everything go flat. Close your eyes. Relax every muscle. And just enjoy.
TENT/SIDE CROW/DOWNWARD DOG
Tent is my favorite mode, because I’ve truly never seen a computer do this. You can actually flip the screen over, as if you’re putting it into tablet, but leave it open enough that the device can actually balance on its edges. Perfect for watching movies or YouTube videos (or in my case, watching tutorial videos while trying to learn how to cook.)
So, if you’re inspired by the way that the X360 balances, why not try side crow? It’s an advanced move but one of my favorite arm balances. If that’s too hard, try a downward dog — hinging at the waist and pressing your heels toward the mat while engaging through your arms, shoulders and back.
STAND/SEATED FORWARD FOLD
Just like tent, Stand is a great way to watch content hands-free (if you don’t need the keyboard). And my favorite yoga pose to replicate this laptop feature is a seated forward fold.
You just start in staff pose, sitting up with legs extended, and gently fall forward over your knees, bringing your head and chest as close to your legs as you can.
Ahhhh. Doesn’t that feel nice? Here’s something else that’s nice. HP is bending the rules itself, by going on the road with Meghan Trainor to help cover her entire U.S. tour.
They’re bringing camera crews from Vancouver to Nashville, and are doing some really cool stuff with her fans.
Viners, YouTubers and Instagrammers will get footage of Meghan at each tour stop and then HP will put it all together into a documentary. You can also check out “All About That Tour,” which is a behind-the-scenes look at key elements of Meghan’s tour (hair and makeup, choreography, etc.).
You can follow along by watching episodes or following HP for the latest.
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