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HP Envy x2 looks great and lasts a long time, but speed is just adequate

Jon L. Jacobi | April 8, 2013
The ENVY x2 is well-designed convertible Windows 8 tablet with great looks and even better battery life. Performance is just adequate, though not disappointing.

The Envy x2 has a dual-battery design: one 25-watt-hour unit onboard the tablet and another 21-watt-hour unit in the dock. Smart. The arrangement delivers excellent run times: 13 hours, and 22 minutes when docked and 8 hours and 31 minutes untethered as a tablet.

Nice-looking, nice-feeling design

The brushed-metal finish of the Envy x2 feels good in the hand, and the unit's input ergonomics are excellent. The keyboard is short-travel, but has enough feedback so that you can set up a nice typing rhythm. The volume, screen brightness, media transport, etc. functions take precedence on the top row of keys, so you must hold the fn key to invoke F1, F2, etc. That's sensible given the most likely usage scenarios, but you can change it in the BIOS if you wish to swap precedence to the older standard. The touchpad is a rocker type with an exceptionally nice feel. The click function is shorter-travel than many, but silky.

Software-wise, there's not a lot loaded beyond the standard applications. The OS is the 32-bit Windows 8 version (the Z2760 doesn't support 64-bit, but at least this is the full version, not RT), which, considering that you can't upgrade the memory past 2GB, is of no concern.

Pricing is competitive

The only upgrade available for the Envy x2 is a 128GB SSD for $100. The $700 price is a reasonable deal, and as of this writing it was available for even less than that from non-HP online stores, making it a very nice bargain.

The Envy x2 carries a one-year warranty, though you can up it to the three-year variety including for $229. That includes pickup and return. We saw no other option so you might get a better deal in a drop-off, three-year plan from a box store.

Nice as a light-use laptop

The Envy x2 is a looker, and a more than workable Windows 8 tablet. It's also eminently viable as a light-use laptop PC. All in all, a nice job, and yes, I was just a tad envious when I had to turn it back in.

 

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