- Editor's Rating
- Excellent battery life of 11+ hours in laptop mode
- Great tablet experience with excellent docking mechanism
- Fully fledged Windows 8, no watered down Windows RT
- Great brushed aluminum design and solid build quality
- Limited storage space and SSD relatively slow
- Intel Atom processor is slow
- Low screen resolution and no pen input
- Keyboard and touchpad are so-so
Quick TakeThe HP ENVY x2 is an attractive laptop/tablet hybrid with Windows 8 and great battery but limited performance.
Better late than never was likely HP’s mantra when it released the ENVY x2, following a slew of other notebook to tablet convertibles powered by Windows 8 that hit the market months earlier. Nevertheless, the hybrid is an attractive device with a great battery, but comes up short in performance.
HP takes an innovative approach with the ENVY’s design, making the tablet portion screen detachable, simplifying the keyboard to a glorified dock with some extra ports and a battery. In spite of being held together by a magnetic connector, the ENVY x2 is no flimsy device, with Notebook Review finding it hard to even forcibly generate a screen wobble. Weighing in at just 3.1lbs and measuring 11.93-inches by 8.12-inches, the convertible won’t be a burden to carry around either.
Equipped with an 11.6-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution, the HP hybrid doesn’t quite compare to the high-resolution HD offerings from Lenovo and Dell, yet the company’s choice to go with an IPS screen lets users see the same color no matter what the angle. Unfortunately, the brightness level is mediocre, limiting users from using the device outdoors in the full sun. A feature that should not be overlooked however is the screen’s ability to act as a touchscreen when in laptop mode. In doing so, HP really allows users to take full advantage of Microsoft’s latest operating system, as they can scroll, zoom and rotate by simply touching the screen.
Overall, the ENVY x2 provided a netbook-esque performance, with its Intel Atom Z2760 1.80GHZ processor lacking in its ability to multitask with several applications running at once. Notebook Review experienced some video shuttering that was unrelated to bandwidth issues as the hybrid’s processor struggled when playing a YouTube video. The device also fails to provide users with a true SSD, as 10GB of the 64GB capacity is already taken up by a recovery partition, while other programs take up more space, leaving users with about 40GB of capacity out of the box.
With two batteries, one inside the tablet and another inside the keyboard dock, the ENVY x2 provides users with an outstanding amount of power when in laptop mode, as well as some decent juice when just using the tablet, thanks in part to its 2-cell Li-Ion battery.
A premium design makes the HP ENVY x2 a tempting choice when deciding on a notebook to tablet convertible, as does its $850 price tag. Yet, the hybrid’s slow performance puts this device near the bottom of the pack in productivity.