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HP ENVY x2 review

7/10 AVG.
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7/10
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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)


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
11.6"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


APC

It might look the goods, but sadly the ENVY x2 is all talk and no walk. That won’t stop those who value good looks over all else from shelling out for such a pretty product, but for those who demand value for money there are much, much better options.

- Bennett Ring, APC
Expert Reviews

As a tablet, the biggest problem with the Envy X2 isn’t its hardware, it’s the price. It costs almost £150 more than a 64GB iPad 4, which handles its operating system better, has an infinitely superior display and longer battery life. The keyboard dock no doubt adds to the X2's pri...

- Katharine Byrne, Expert Reviews
Digital Trends

This plucky hybrid PC isn’t the best tablet, or the best laptop, but it’s a good compromise for people who want (yet can’t afford) both.

- Matt Smith, Digital Trends
GottaBeMobile

For $600 the HP Envy x2 is a good buy, even with the less than desirable performance delivered by the Intel Atom processor. Users get a machine that functions as a good tablet and a good notebook with up to 15 hours of combined battery life. HP also includes ports to connect to a bigger monitor, Mic...

- Josh Smith, GottaBeMobile
InfoWorld

Truly usable as either a laptop or a tablet, the Envy X2 may be the most smartly designed hybrid I've tested. The hardware is solid, the battery life is long, and the price is right. If you crave versatility and portability, but don't require desktop-class performance, the Envy could be just ticket.

- Doug Dineley, InfoWorld


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Screen Size
11.6"

The HP ENVY x2's screen size is 11.6 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z2760 Dual-core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
25WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 25 WHr battery.

ENVY x2 Specs

Overview
Release date November 14, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Atom Z2760 Dual-core 1.8 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 25 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 30.3 x 20.6 x 1.7 cm (11.9 x 8.1 x 0.7 in)
Weight 1411 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 135 pixels
Size 11.6 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard Yes
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP, HID, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


APC

All style, no substance

from APC

It might look the goods, but sadly the ENVY x2 is all talk and no walk. That won’t stop those who value good looks over all else from shelling out for such a pretty product, but for those who demand value for money there are much, much better options.

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It might look the goods, but sadly the ENVY x2 is all talk and no walk. That won’t stop those who value good looks over all else from shelling out for such a pretty product, but for those who demand value for money there are much, much better options.

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Expert Reviews

Too slow to be a laptop and too mediocre as a tablet

from Expert Reviews

As a tablet, the biggest problem with the Envy X2 isn’t its hardware, it’s the price. It costs almost £150 more than a 64GB iPad 4, which handles its operating system better, has an infinitely superior display and longer battery life. The keyboard dock no doubt adds to the X2's...More

As a tablet, the biggest problem with the Envy X2 isn’t its hardware, it’s the price. It costs almost £150 more than a 64GB iPad 4, which handles its operating system better, has an infinitely superior display and longer battery life. The keyboard dock no doubt adds to the X2's price, but ultimately the Envy X2 succeeds as neither a laptop nor a tablet. If you’re set on a tablet and keyboard dock combo, then you'd be better off with either the Microsoft Surface Pro or the Acer Aspire P3.

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Digital Trends

This device only offers a good compromise rather than the best of both worlds

from Digital Trends

The Envy x2 is the best balancing act we’ve seen thus far. Unlike most competitors, this device is truly useful as a laptop (we wrote most of this review on the Envy x2 without any complaint or discomfort). And as if that wasn’t enough, the tablet experience is also good. The tablet alone weighs just 1.5 pounds and the Atom processor, though slow, is more than capable of tackling Web-browsing and 720p video....

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The Envy x2 is the best balancing act we’ve seen thus far. Unlike most competitors, this device is truly useful as a laptop (we wrote most of this review on the Envy x2 without any complaint or discomfort). And as if that wasn’t enough, the tablet experience is also good. The tablet alone weighs just 1.5 pounds and the Atom processor, though slow, is more than capable of tackling Web-browsing and 720p video.

But we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. The Envy x2 isn’t perfect, and there’s no doubt an iPad or Nexus 10 is a better tablet. This device only offers a good compromise rather than the best of both worlds.

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GottaBeMobile

Users get a machine that functions as a good tablet and a good notebook

from GottaBeMobile

For $600 the HP Envy x2 is a good buy, even with the less than desirable performance delivered by the Intel Atom processor. Users get a machine that functions as a good tablet and a good notebook with up to 15 hours of combined battery life. HP also includes ports to connect to a bigger monitor,...More

For $600 the HP Envy x2 is a good buy, even with the less than desirable performance delivered by the Intel Atom processor. Users get a machine that functions as a good tablet and a good notebook with up to 15 hours of combined battery life. HP also includes ports to connect to a bigger monitor, Micro SD card and full size SD card readers and two USB 2.0 ports for accessing portable hard drives and accessories. In all, the Envy x2 is a good deal for users that need a portable notebook and tablet hybrid device, but power users may need to look at something with more power.

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InfoWorld

Smart in design and stingy on power

from InfoWorld

Truly usable as either a laptop or a tablet, the Envy X2 may be the most smartly designed hybrid I've tested. The hardware is solid, the battery life is long, and the price is right. If you crave versatility and portability, but don't require desktop-class performance, the Envy could be just ticket.

Read full review

Truly usable as either a laptop or a tablet, the Envy X2 may be the most smartly designed hybrid I've tested. The hardware is solid, the battery life is long, and the price is right. If you crave versatility and portability, but don't require desktop-class performance, the Envy could be just ticket.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

It's rather expensive given the modest performance on offer

from Tech Advisor

We love the X2's design, but it's rather expensive given the modest performance on offer. Even so, it can still handle most basic computing tasks perfectly well, and its ingenious convertible design and impressive battery life mean that it will continue to earn its keep long after most laptops have run flat.

Read full review

We love the X2's design, but it's rather expensive given the modest performance on offer. Even so, it can still handle most basic computing tasks perfectly well, and its ingenious convertible design and impressive battery life mean that it will continue to earn its keep long after most laptops have run flat.

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Android Central

It can handle most basic computing tasks perfectly well

from Android Central

We love the X2's design, but it's rather expensive given the modest performance on offer. Even so, it can still handle most basic computing tasks perfectly well, and its ingenious convertible design and impressive battery life mean that it will continue to earn its keep long after most laptops have run flat.

Read full review

We love the X2's design, but it's rather expensive given the modest performance on offer. Even so, it can still handle most basic computing tasks perfectly well, and its ingenious convertible design and impressive battery life mean that it will continue to earn its keep long after most laptops have run flat.

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Gadget Guy

Looks good, feels good, and handles quite well

from Gadget Guy

For the first Windows 8 tablet effort from HP, the Envy X2 manages to score some real positives, with an excellent design, some great performance, and a real return to a quality computing experience from the company.

The price might be seen as a touch too high, and $999 is a lot of money for what is essentially the same – outside of the design – as every other Atom-based Windows 8 hybrid...

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For the first Windows 8 tablet effort from HP, the Envy X2 manages to score some real positives, with an excellent design, some great performance, and a real return to a quality computing experience from the company.

The price might be seen as a touch too high, and $999 is a lot of money for what is essentially the same – outside of the design – as every other Atom-based Windows 8 hybrid.

Still, the Envy X2 looks good, feels good, and handles quite well, making it a great option for people interested in a smaller Windows computer with the touchscreen thrown in. Recommended.

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TechRadar

Its outstanding industrial design really shows the potential of a tablet/laptop hybrid

from TechRadar

Overall the Envy x2 impressed us. Its outstanding industrial design really shows the potential of a tablet/laptop hybrid. There's little question this is the direction laptops will be heading going forward. After all, tablets are such powerful computers in their own right, there's no reason why t...More

Overall the Envy x2 impressed us. Its outstanding industrial design really shows the potential of a tablet/laptop hybrid. There's little question this is the direction laptops will be heading going forward. After all, tablets are such powerful computers in their own right, there's no reason why they shouldn't also run full-featured desktop operating systems. It's just a waste of computer power to limit them.

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Ubergizmo

A true Windows 8 tablet that offers the familiarity of a laptop

from Ubergizmo

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.

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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.

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