5 Reasons to Check out the Split x2

Let me see if this describes you: You can’t decide on any given day if you should break out the tablet or your laptop. You like having the power to do things like, say, play advanced games….but also not need to drag around an oversized machine. If this sounds familiar, I think that the x2 family of PCs might be worth checking out. Namely, the new Split x2.

If you’re not familiar with our x2 computers, let me get you up to speed with this Top 5 list that breaks down a couple of the bigger reasons….

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  1. Travel light! Do you bring a laptop or tablet with you when you leave the house? How about both? One of the nice things about the x2 Family of products is that you essentially get two products in one. A Fully-functional laptop, but the screen detaches into a big, beautiful tablet. (with a 13.3-inch touch screen, no less)
  2. Leave the charger at home. One of the trademarks of the x2 family of hybrid PCs is that there are TWO batteries giving you juice for the day: One sits inside the tablet portion while another is parked in the base.
  3. Have enough power for the tasks at hand. The original ENVY x2’s slim design was based around an Intel Atom processor. The Split x2 has a 3rd-gen Intel Core processor. Essentially a good Ultrabook jammed into this slim form factor. I was playing stuff like FTL…and emulated games on my ENVY x2. I can’t wait to see what I can throw at the Split x2!
  4. Have all the room you need…when you need it. The Split x2 offers up a ton of optional room to store all your important files. That keyboard base which houses a second battery and all the ports can ALSO fit an additional hard drive (up to 500GB). So, quick math: You can stash files on the SSD in the tablet portion, on the flash memory card you can slip into the tablet, the SD card slot in the keyboard base AND the optional HDD.
  5. Make an awesome first impression. Let’s be honest here: A big part of new tech is bragging rights. When I was using the ENVY x2 for the first time, showing it off to folks, they thought they were looking at a sweet little laptop. But when I flip the center toggle that sits just above the keyboard, it blew people’s minds. “It’s a tablet as well?!?” Yep! That bright, bold 13.3-inch screen breaks away. All the primary guts of this PC sit behind the screen. Imagine you’re in a meeting with your Split x2 and you want to show your client something on the screen. Just pop it off and hand it to them. Voila! Instant conversation starter.


If you have any questions about the Split x2, or, quite frankly other members of the x2 Family (the ENVY x2 or the Android-fueled SlateBook x2) ask away!

by jonhusen
on ‎06-18-2013 11:22 AM

Although I REALLY like the premise of the Split x2, the use of the 3rd gen Core processor makes me hesitate to buy one. With Haswell released now and the power savings it provides over Ivy Bridge, I went from an excited "buy immediately" attitude to a more reserved "let's wait and see." I will be buying a SlateBook x2 with it's Tegra 4 processor to replace my original Transformer, though.


As a side note, I'm hoping that rumored fanless Haswell HP tablet will have a keyboard and make it into this lineup.

by Nvenkatp71
on ‎08-22-2013 11:56 PM
I have recently purchased the splitx2 and want to know how I can access files on the hard drive while using the tablet after removing it from the slot holder
by GizmoGladstone
on ‎08-23-2013 12:37 AM

Nvenktap: You need to have the tablet portion of the Split connected to the base in order to access the hard drive. In my latest Hands-On story with the Split, I go into that in a lot more detail: http://h20435.www2.hp.com/t5/The-Next-Bench-Blog/Split-x2-Powerful-Win-8-Tablet-Laptop/ba-p/82461

by ChrisCashman
on ‎04-25-2014 06:17 AM

I recently purchased the Split.  I would like to know if there is a wireless keyboard available for it?  If so, which one is recommended?  Preferrably with a wide range?  And if it had a mousepad that would even good... but I don't know if there are wireless keyboards that also come with a mousepad. Thanks!  Feel free to email me at   c h i c o r i c o 7 0 @ h o t m a i l . c o m 

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