April 8, 2013
- Stylish design
- Good-looking display
- Comfortable keyboard
- Extra long battery life
- No USB 3.0
- Performance is only adequate
The HP Envy x2 has a beautiful thin, brushed-silver design that really makes it stand-out from the crowd. But in terms of performance, it could be better as the Intel Atom Z2760 and 2GB of RAM only provide adequate power.
The Envy x2 is a tablet/laptop hybrid similar to the Windows Surface, which has a tablet that clicks into a keyboard to make a laptop. The tablet itself weighs only 1.5-pounds and the keyboard and dock weighs 1.6-pounds, so even together it is very lightweight. It also has an extremely stylish design that is very Apple-esque with a brushed-silver design.
For a display, you get an 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels. It delivers above average brightness when compared to other tablets or even Windows 8 Ultrabook laptops. Image quality is also very good as well as the viewing angles. Touch sensitivity was good with no noticeable issues to report.
The included keyboard gives a good amount of feedback and is generally quite comfortable to use. The touch pad has a good finish but doesn't offer much click feedback.
When docked, you get two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, a headphone jack and an SD memory card reader. Wireless connectivity includes 802.11n, Bluetooth and Near-Field Communication. The tablet itself has no ports but does have a front-facing Webcam and an 8-megapixel backside camera. There is no USB 3.0 port on the dock of tablet, which is disappointing.
Our Envy x2 included an Intel Atom Z2760 (1.8GHz) CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB solid-state drive and Intel GMA graphics. Overall performance was average with some noticeable slow downs while streaming HD graphics and doing some heavy multitasking. For most users, they probably won't notice much of any slow downs.
The integrated Intel GMA graphics provide enough power for watching HD graphics, but nothing much beyond that (definitely no 3D gaming!).
HP smartly designed a dual-battery system for the Envy x2: one in the tablet and one in the dock. On its own, the tablet's battery provides around 8-hours of life and when docked, you'll get about 14-hours, both are very good numbers (especially the latter).