Back in October 2012, I have been invited by HP to preview their range of Windows 8 devices. The ENVY x2 stands out to me. 6 months later, I finally received a review unit to re-impress me.
- Intel Atom Z2760 1.8GHz processor
- 2GB SDRAM
- 128GB SSD
- 11.6″ LED IPS 1366×768 display, 400-nit brightness with 5 touchpoints
- 8mp rear camera with flash
- 2.1mp front camera
- Beats Audio stereo speaker
- On tablet: headphone-mic jack, microSD card slot
- On keyboard dock: 2x USB 2.0 port, full-size HDMI port, headphone-mic jack, SD card slot, battery
What I Like
- Brushed aluminium body feels sleek and stylish.
- Hybrid laptop: I can detach the keyboard and use it like a tablet.
- The tablet top does not have any unsightly connectors except the bottom where the microSD card slot, headphone jack and charging dock are positioned. I like it this way: while some consumers would prefer the regular ports to be built on top so that they can use them without the dock, I beg to differ, because when and if I need the ports, I would always use it with the dock. After all, the idea of using in the tablet mode is to interact with the device with minimal hassle.
- The keyboard dock comes with full-sized USB, SD and HDMI ports, making it a complete ultrabook. Package also comes with HDMI-to-VGA adapter.
- The volume and power buttons are flushed along with the surface.
- Does not run as hot as the higher-powered Intel multi-core processors.
- Long battery life thanks to dual batteries.
- Crystal clear audio, though it completely lacks bass.
- Comes with front and rear cameras with LED flash light.
- The IPS display is extremely bright.
- Windows 8 runs really snappily even on such a low-speced processor. It doesn’t feel sluggish at all.
- It is difficult to open up the lid with one hand.
- When docked, the ENVY x2 is top-heavy, and tends to fall backwards.
- The corners of the protruding hinge of the keyboard dock is not rounded and may make you feel uncomfortable if the ENVY x2 rests on your legs.
- Long charge times to fill up the keyboard and tablet batteries.
- Rear camera, while capturing in 8 megapixels, is not on par with smartphone cameras like the Samsung Galaxy S3. Images exhibit higher noise and more digital artifacts.
- Keyboards are not backlit.
- It is unavoidable that with such a low-speced processor, many demanding software do not perform up to speed.