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HP Envy x2 review

Laptop? Tablet? Ultrabook? Who cares, the HP Envy X2 is just plain awesome

We liked

Overall the HP 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.

We disliked

That said, the Envy x2 did show some of the limitations inherent in this hybridization. The major one we see is the difference between the ideal form factor for a laptop screen and a tablet. With a laptop, the bigger the screen, the better, as long as it doesn't increase the weight too much. A tablet, however, has to be comfortable to hold in your hands. A smaller form factor there has huge benefit. We're not sure if HP has found the happy medium between these two needs.

The biggest issue with this laptop is Windows 8. On the laptop side, it of course offers the widest range of apps and features. When used as a tablet, however, it's no match for iOS and Android in terms of app availability and overall optimization for the tablet user interface. This is sure to improve over time, but as of now, the limitations are real and undeniable.

Verdict

In the end, though, we see so much potential in the Envy x2 we're willing to overlook some of its awkwardness. It's the type of device that is sure to improve over time, and it's showing the way to the undeniable future of ultralight laptops.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNet-tablet PC
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Solid State Drive Capacity64 GB
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyENVY x2 11-g000
Operating System PlatformWindows
Processor ModelZ2760
ColourNatural Silver
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameHP
Form FactorHybrid
Processor Speed1.80 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.41 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, EPEAT Silver
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 782 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height19 mm
Width303 mm
Depth206 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyLPDDR2
Product Series11-g000
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product Model11-g000ea
Product NameEnvy x2 11-g000ea
Product LineENVY x2
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberC0U47EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

Twice the fun

With Beats Audio™ and dual speakers, the HP ENVY x2 is designed for the best sounding, richest audio available on a PC. Get an HD webcam in front for face-to-face conversations.Plus an 8.0 MP camera in back for shooting crystal clear photos and video. You'll come off looking good with 1080p-any way you look at it.
Package Contents
  • Envy x2 11-g000ea
  • 2 x Lithium Polymer Batteries
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year