Hands on: HP Envy X2

Yesterday, HP announced that the Envy X2 has gone on sale in select markets around the world, and we got to have a hands on with the device to see how it fares.

The HP Envy X2 is a slate device that can be purchased with a seperate, optional keyboard dock that turns it into a laptop, much like other slates that are on the market as of today. The Envy differentiates itself with a IPS display and NFC, two things which many competing devices don't have. When docked, it features two USB ports, HDMI out and an additional battery, so you can get through even more of your day without a charge (the Intel Atom processor is useful for saving battery too).

A lot of the tablets that were released today are made of a plastic-based material, but not the Envy X2. It features an aluminum unibody back which feels fantastic in hand. It's 8.5mm thick, which does feel a little on the thick side, which makes it comparable to the iPad 2. 

The screen is impressive, and doesn't reflect very much, but unfortunately is a measly 1366x768, just like most tablets in the 11" range. It makes for a disappointing experience, we wish HP had put a higher resolution panel in here. You might think it's not a big deal, but since the device was next to others that featured 1080p displays it felt extremely cramped.

Like many other devices, the Envy X2 has a dock that can be purchased separately. The dock doesn't feel cheap, that's for sure, and docking it supposedly doubles the battery life (we didn't get to test it for long, unfortunately) and adds a few handy ports. Our only complaint is that the dock has a locking mechanism that feels like you're forcing the tablet into it and when removing can be a little stiff. It isn't a Surface "click" dock, that's for sure.

Overall, I liked the device, but the screen resolution would put me off from buying it for myself since there are other Intel based tablets out there that feature much higher resolution screens at a similar price point.

It can be hard to compare some of these devices since they're almost all in a category of their own, but the HP Envy X2 comes in at a hefty $849.99 so may not be consumers' first choice since that's not even really comparable to other devices on the market. Still, if you want to pick up the Envy X2, it'll be available in the US on November 14. 

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Last night I had a look at the ASUS web site and there is a very nice new device called the "Tranformer Book". Can someone do a review on it please?
Lastly....on the last picture above it shows the tablet connected to the keyboard, but the "onscreen" keyboard of the tablet is STILL showing, I would have thought that this sort of thing would not occur !

Well, I was interested for a split second. Love most of what they're trying to do and if they had just done the proper screen came in around $700, it might have been. I really can't wait for the initial rush and greed to subside so we can get to more realistic prices...but let them have their fun for a while.

I was hoping to see a replacement for my aging HP TM2 but this Atom CPU, low storage and no upgrades in display res (other than the switch from 16/10 to 16/9) is a deal killer.
(Seriously, this Atom ship with a PowerVR SGX545, this may be powerful for an ARM iOS/Android tablet, but what gives in compatibility/power in a Windows environment?)

"The screen is impressive, and doesn't reflect very much, but unfortunately is a measly 1366x768, just like most tablets in the 11" range. It makes for a disappointing experience, we wish HP had put a higher resolution panel in here."

Again completely stupid Neowin. ALL Windows 8 tablets with Atom processors have the exact same screen resolution and specs. 768p, 2GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, USB2.0, etc. HP put the same panel resolution as every single other manufacturer.

Also the dock comes included with the tablet. It is not sold separately.

Dumb Neowin, dumb.

Edited by Avatar Roku, Oct 27 2012, 1:17am :

Avatar Roku said,
"The screen is impressive, and doesn't reflect very much, but unfortunately is a measly 1366x768, just like most tablets in the 11" range. It makes for a disappointing experience, we wish HP had put a higher resolution panel in here."

Again completely stupid Neowin. ALL Windows 8 tablets with Atom processors have the exact same screen resolution and specs. 768p, 2GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, USB2.0, etc. HP put the same panel resolution as every single other manufacturer.

Also the dock comes included with the tablet. It is not sold separately.

Dumb Neowin, dumb.


Hello. Our vendor told us the dock is NOT included with store orders, and I know that the screen resolutions are the same. It's still a problem, and it's still lame.

Owen W said,

Hello. Our vendor told us the dock is NOT included with store orders, and I know that the screen resolutions are the same. It's still a problem, and it's still lame.

The price you quoted includes the dock:

"It can be hard to compare some of these devices since they're almost all in a category of their own, but the HP Envy X2 comes in at a hefty $849.99"

Your store vendor sucks. You're reporting misinformation.

If 768p is "lame" then ALL Windows Atom and ARM PCs are "lame." By your accounts the only Windows tablets people should consider are Intel Core tablets (which all have fans, terrible battery life, and weigh at least 2lbs).

gzAsher said,
Too expensive. And the Atom processor kills the deal.

These Atoms are much faster than previous models. Plus with an SSD, they'll be plenty fast. Not to mention the price and battery life. This'll do fine for a lot of people. Good luck finding something similar in that price range with faster CPU and same battery.

Edited by farmeunit, Oct 27 2012, 12:32am :

gzAsher said,
Too expensive. And the Atom processor kills the deal.

What you just said sums up exactly why Intel were stupid to use the Atom brand on their new SoC CPUs, because they are nothing like the old Atom processors.

laserfloyd said,

He doesn't use touch devices, only punch devices.

Chuck Norris doesn't touch a tablet. The tablet touches chuck Norris.

Your crazy...NOTHING touch Chuck Norris and survives

warwagon said,

Chuck Norris doesn't touch a tablet. The tablet touches chuck Norris.