Summary: The more Windows 8 devices I review, the more refined my idea of a perfect Windows PC becomes. A convertible device (a tablet and dock) makes the most sense for me, but I need full-blown Windows 8, not Windows RT and its lack of app support. I’ve found that 13 inches is too big , and 10 is too small — if you’re looking for the “one device to rule them all,” 11.6 inches is the only useful size. That's why I was looking forward to spending time with the HP Envy x2.
Pros: Good-looking design, Feels at home as both a tablet and laptop, Good keyboard and trackpad
Cons: Atom chip isn't up to any intensive tasks, Display is weak for a tablet, A few small features missing, like USB 3.0 and backlit keys
Conclusion: No, it's not cheap but it's one heck of a portable Windows 8 transformer style tablet. The materials and build quality are the best we've seen so far in an Intel Atom Windows 8 ultraportable, and when docked it's the only transformer that looks and feels like a laptop rather than a tablet with a keyboard accessory.
Pros: Works well both as a tablet and a laptop. Lovely materials and quality construction, good keyboard, sharp IPS display, long battery life and silent.
Cons: The Intel Atom CPU isn't very fast and this is best used a second portable machine.
Excerpt: HP has appropriately named its latest tablet as the ENVY x2 will have friends and family twice as jealous of this tablet as any other. This is one sexy tablet with the beautiful aluminium case borrowing from Apple’s school of design to deliver a solid yet attractive package. The depth is incredibly skinny at just 8mm but HP has made it look even skinnier by tapering three of the edges.
Pros: Designer good-looks very slim in tablet mode big screen.
Cons: Low performance for the price low-res screen no USB ports on tablet.
HP Envy X2 – decent specs, great design and Windows 8 in a Ultrabook hybrid format
20 May 2013
Conclusion: The HP Envy X2 is already on sale, but its price might benefit from being a little lower – you can get the whole device (tablet + dock) for $850, which is quite a lot to ask when there are cheaper alternatives around – many people don’t really need the dock or prefer to buy it later. But if style is more important than saving some money, the Envy X2 is definitely one of the best looking and most well built Windows 8 tablets yet.
Conclusion: Current technology just doesn’t allow for a powerful Windows PC at an affordable price in a slim chassis. What separates today’s best and worst hybrid PCs is the way they manage their inevitable flaws and compensate for them in other areas.
Pros: Attractive design, Thin and light, Great keyboard dock, Average battery life as tablet; excellent life with dock, Good value
Summary: I personally use a keyboard connected to my iPad at all times as I enjoy the tablet, but also enjoy the feel of a real keyboard at the same time. The HP Envy X2 is geared to someone like me who likes to go back and forth between a laptop setting to a tablet setting at any time. I found if you think of the HP Envy X2 as the best of both worlds, that it’s done very well and certainly stands out in my opinion due to its great battery life and display.
HP Envy X2 Windows 8 hybrid tablet/notebook review
13 February 2013
Summary: If you ignore the $850 price tag, the HP Envy X2 makes sense as a sort of cross between a Windows RT tablet and an ultrabook. It’s a thin and light laptop that also functions as a tablet with long battery life.
But it’s hard to ignore that price tag. Basically if you plan to use the computer as a notebook, you’re paying 3 times the price of a netbook to get netbook-style performance (plus a touchscreen and extra-long battery life).