HP SlateBook x2 review: HP takes on ASUS with a dockable Android tablet
This dockable Android tablet offers a comfortable keyboard dock and fast performance for a reasonable price. Just beware of the trade-offs before taking the plunge.
- Fast, stable performance
- Tablet is lightweight
- Comfortable typing experience
- Price includes the keyboard dock
- Awkwardly placed buttons
- Mediocre battery life
- Finicky touchpad
- Dim screen
Until now, ASUS hasn't had much competition in dockable Android tablets. Sure, we've seen the odd model from Lenovo and other companies, but for the most part, "Transformer" has become one of those words like "Kleenex" -- you know, the kind that refers just as much to a category as a specific brand. Nonetheless, HP is throwing its hat in the ring. The SlateBook x2, only the company's second Android tablet, is a 10-inch slate that competes on price as much as performance. For $480, the keyboard dock comes included, and the tablet itself boasts some top-notch specs, including a 1,920 x 1,080 screen and a Tegra 4 processor. And, of course, in addition to being a keyboard, that dock has a built-in battery of its own, promising to extend the total runtime to up to 12.5 hours. So is it good enough that you'll remember not to call it a Transformer?