HP Elite x2 1012 G1 review

Impressive usability that comes at a price

HP Elite x2 1012 G1 review

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The Elite x2 doesn't quite close the gap between enterprise notebook and 2-in-1, but its excellent inputs and USB-C port make it a strong choice for the boardroom battalion. All it needs to achieve truly "elite" status is an improvement in battery life and hinge strength.

We liked

Its easy to use, nothing-left-out keyboard, sleek trackpad and plug 'n' play pen are the highlights of this enterprise oriented 2-in-1, as well as its fully adjustable kickstand and relatively balanced standing. The Elite x2 is one of the more comfortable 2-in-1s to use in notebook mode.

We disliked

For a Core M device, the battery life is just too short. Its target market, business travelers, are going to want to, you know, travel with it. The Elite x2's quick-draining battery might be understandable if it delivered more power, or higher resolution, but it doesn't on both counts.

HP Elite x2 1012 G1 review

Final verdict

The Elite x2 nearly achieves the 2-in-1 dream: usability in both tablet and notebook modes. The inputs are enterprise laptop quality for sure. Unfortunately, the battery is not.

The Elite x2's cost also limits its market. The usability of the x2 may not be worth enough to justify its relatively high price tag to the Netflix and Candy Crush crowd. HP designed the Elite x2 for business and business is likely what they'll get.