HP Envy x2 review

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Inevitably, though, there are compromises. The hinge to which the screen attaches feels solid, although it folds back to an angle of only around 125 degrees – there are no Yoga-type contortions here. The problem is undocking it: a small, fiddly switch at the centre of the hinge must be held to the left while, with your other hand, you manhandle the screen up and off its hinges. It’s far from elegant.

HP Envy x2

Connectivity and storage options are disappointing, too. The full-sized HDMI port at the left of the keyboard is welcome, but thanks to the technical limitations of the Atom platform, the twin USB slots positioned at the sides of the keyboard unit support only USB 2. The architecture supports a maximum of only 2GB of RAM, and since the Envy x2 is sealed firmly against user upgrades, you’re also stuck with a rather mean 64GB SSD (of which Windows 8 and HP’s recovery partition consume more than a third). Still, you do get both a full-sized SD card reader on the keyboard and a microSD slot on the screen.

Factor in the low-power processor and, despite the Envy x2’s outward similarity to a high-end laptop, it all ends up feeling merely like a regular tablet with an attachable keyboard. Not that there’s anything intrinsically wrong with that – the Android-based Asus Transformer Prime has won plenty of plaudits by following the same formula.

HP Envy x2

But at £800, the Envy x2 is simply too expensive to get away with it. For £72 more you can buy the much more powerful Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 and an iPad – or, you could wait for Microsoft’s 10.6in, Full HD, Core i5-powered Surface Pro, which is expected to be priced similarly. HP’s offering aims commendably high in terms of build quality – and in itself it makes a very agreeable platform for all-day lightweight computing – but when you weigh up your options, its capabilities are clearly far too limited to justify the price.


Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions303 x 206 x 19mm (WDH)
Travelling weight1.4kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Atom Z2760
RAM capacity2.00GB
Memory typeDDR2
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total0

Screen and video

Screen size11.6in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
HDMI outputs1


Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

USB ports (downstream)2
3.5mm audio jacks1
SD card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad, touchscreen
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating8.0mp

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use10hr 21min
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.21
Responsiveness score0.34
Media score0.18
Multitasking score0.12

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 8 32-bit
OS familyWindows 8

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