The "1-Minute" Review
The HP Envy x2 tablet is referred to as a hybrid PC because of the fact that it can be easily converted from a tablet to a notebook in just a few seconds. It has “x2” in its name because according to HP, it’s two products rolled up into one. That’s not crazy talk. It actually can be used as two different products, depending on how you set it up.
First, you can use it as a regular Windows 8 tablet computer. You can touch and type on its 11.6-inch 1366x768 IPSscreen, listen to music through headphones with its 3.5mm headphone jack, and surf the Web on it over 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. It comes equipped with a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 processor and 2GB of RAM, so it will be able to handle Windows 8’s Modern UI animations just fine. Using the cloud for storage may be necessary, though, as it only comes with a 64GB storage drive.
Then when you’re ready to do some serious work, you just whip out the Envy x2’s external keyboard dock which gives it a number of additional features and even extends its battery life. This dock gives it a full-size keyboard, HDMI-out, and USB connectivity. Essentially, with the dock, the Envy x2 gets turned into a netbook-like contraption. And it’s very sleek with a brushed aluminum casing.
As impressive as its hardware features may be, though, its overall performance actually rests on the pre-installed software. That is to say, it will only ever be as good as Windows 8. If you’ve made up your mind about switching to Microsoft’s latest OS, then the Envy x2 is one of your best options. Otherwise, there are plenty of iOS and Android-powered alternatives with richer ecosystems.
Need to Know: HP Envy x2
1. Boasts an 11.6-inch 1366x768 touchscreen display. (The Good)
2. Runs the full version of Windows 8 instead of Windows RT. (The Good)
3. Some features require the use of an external keyboard dock. (The Bad)
4. Comes with only 64GB of internal storage. (The Bad)