HP reveals EliteBook Revolve Windows 8 hybrid notebook-tablet

HP has launched or announced a number of Windows 8 touch screen PCs, but today the company announced its first "convertible" or "hybrid" PC that's similar to the Lenovo Yoga 13 and the Dell XPS 12. It's called the HP EliteBook Revolve and it allows its users to turn the screen of the notebook around and then place it on top of its keyboard to turn it into a really big tablet.

HP's press release says that the EliteBook Revolve will weigh 3.04 pounds and include a 11.8 inch display with Gorilla Glass 2, along with support for Intel's Core processors and up to 256 GB of SSD storage space. While Windows 8 Pro can be installed on this laptop, there will still be an option for businesses to have Windows 7 Pro installed as well.  The notebook will be released in March 2013 but pricing was not announced.

HP also announced another new product today, the HP Multi-Tablet Charging Module. HP says that this optional device is capable of charging up to 10 tablets at one time, whether they are made by HP or another company, with screens up to 10.1 inches. It will be launched sometime in January for $499.

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It comes with rocks in its pockets, 3lbs seems kind of... too much. I'd go for the Yoga if it came with 256GB ssd

mmjm said,
It comes with rocks in its pockets, 3lbs seems kind of... too much. I'd go for the Yoga if it came with 256GB ssd

I was almost sold on the Yoga, but the thing I couldn't get over if the fact that my arm would be all over the keyboard when carrying it in tablet mode. Having the keyboard open (in tablet mode) seems likes your just asking for trouble.

mr_han_solo said,

I was almost sold on the Yoga, but the thing I couldn't get over if the fact that my arm would be all over the keyboard when carrying it in tablet mode. Having the keyboard open (in tablet mode) seems likes your just asking for trouble.


what kind of trouble? it deactivates in tablet mode.

x.iso said,

what kind of trouble? it deactivates in tablet mode.

To me it seems like carrying it around in tablet mode is asking for damage to the keyboard. Not to mention I have out my current Touchsmart on top of books, etc. while studying and I feel if the tablet shifts it will end up damaging the keys.

I should've said a Lenovo Yoga with 256GB ssd and 15" screen would be sweet. 14" is just too small for me.

That red/orange color is nice. And the keyboard deactivates after you push the screen back a certain amount so no worries there

mr_han_solo said,

I was almost sold on the Yoga, but the thing I couldn't get over if the fact that my arm would be all over the keyboard when carrying it in tablet mode. Having the keyboard open (in tablet mode) seems likes your just asking for trouble.

"Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8 Pro for a familiar PC experience with the intuitive experience of touch, all driven by the latest Intel processors."

Why would they even offer Windows 7 on this device? It has horrible touchscreen support. Really like the design, though.

Anthony Tosie said,

Why would they even offer Windows 7 on this device? It has horrible touchscreen support. Really like the design, though.

Because they offered Windows 7 on the Elitebook 2760p. Which is very similar to this device, but not as sleek.

The Elitebook series of convertible tablets is targeted at business users. For example, medical offices. Hey, at least they're not offering to ship it with XP Tablet Edition ...

I think this may be what I have been waiting for. I currently have a Touchsmart TM2 that's starting to feel a little sluggish. This looks like the successor to it. I just wish the screen was bigger.

mr_han_solo said,
I think this may be what I have been waiting for. I currently have a Touchsmart TM2 that's starting to feel a little sluggish. This looks like the successor to it. I just wish the screen was bigger.

I think it's a supply issue. There's clearly demand for convertibles up to at least a 14" display.

Frankly, there's demand for touchscreens on laptops in all laptop display sizes. This bizarre limitation imposed only on convertibles makes no sense to me.

Joshie said,

I think it's a supply issue. There's clearly demand for convertibles up to at least a 14" display.

Frankly, there's demand for touchscreens on laptops in all laptop display sizes. This bizarre limitation imposed only on convertibles makes no sense to me.

So you top-comment-hopped to make a completely unrelated comment? Or am I missing something??


Anyway,

mr_han_solo said,
I think this may be what I have been waiting for.
And at a good price point, too!

Mulsivaas said,
So you top-comment-hopped to make a completely unrelated comment? Or am I missing something??


Anyway,And at a good price point, too!


Yes, you're missing something. The top comment concluded with "I wish the screen was bigger." My response was entirely on that point: associating the lack of larger screens on this form factor with supply problems, and pointing out that it's a shame because demand surely exists.

How you managed to find the energy to accuse me of something without reading the top post all the way to the end is a much more interesting question.