HP Envy x2 review: a tablet / laptop hybrid that fails to deliver the complete package
The HP Envy x2 is an attractive laptop / tablet hybrid, but its Atom processor doesn't offer great performance, and its keyboard disappoints.
- Slick, lightweight design
- Good battery life (in laptop mode)
- Decent IPS display
- Uncomfortable keyboard
- Netbook-grade performance
Like every self-respecting company releasing new Windows 8 devices, HP has refreshed its existing laptops with touch-optimized features ready to handle the new OS' gestures. But also like any self-respecting PC maker, HP is outing a device with a more adventurous form factor. The Envy x2 stands out among other hybrids running the same 1.8GHz Atom processor for its more attractive design, IPS display and nice-to-have features like NFC and pen input. At $850 with the included keyboard dock, though, it's a hair more expensive than comparable products such as the Acer Iconia W510. So is the x2 a solid machine -- both as a laptop and as a standalone tablet? You know where to meet us if you want to find out.