A Week with the ENVY x2


We’re going to try something a little different here at TheNextBench. This week, the blog is all about the ENVY x2 hybrid PC. Basically, I’ve taken a one-week tour of the awesome little lapto … I mean…table…the ENVY x2. Me and one machine for seven days of work and play. No cheating, no backup computers. Whatever happens to me, I'll be telling you about here. Keep checking back here for a deeper dive into the device and I promise to be as straight with you as possible in the process. If you have questions, ask ‘em in the comments…but here’s what I plan on tackling over the next few days...



Now, as we kick things off, I wanted to share a couple thoughts from the other day. The ENVY  x2 is a premium product and some people don’t know how to fairly compare it to other computers. After all, the ENVY x2 is among the first units rocking the new Intel Atom processor.


If you try comparing it with a fully functional laptop, the battery life here runs circles around conventional stuff. It’s also nimble – and small enough to travel with you anywhere. If you want to stack it up against tablets, the ENVY x2 gives you a full-OS experience. No walled gardens. You want to download some games from Steam? Go for it. I recommend FTL. No, seriously, download that NOW. You wanna grab random files and drop them on a MicroSD card? No problem. In fact, like I mentioned the other day, this has expandable storage in both the tablet and the keyboard base. It has an HDMI output. There’s a full second battery in the base which effectively gives you all-day use out of the ENVY x2. There’s an NFC transmitter. It has USB ports…..and it’s all in one tidy little package. No extra wires, no dongles to dangle, no extra packs to lug around. It’s as easy as picking up a 3-pound laptop and just going. (A more complete version of this rant exists right here…)


Alright, so stick around. And if you have questions, I’m here for you. Fire away!


Follow Darren’s continuing adventures with his ENVY x2 on the blog and @gizmogladstone on Twitter.


To learn more....or buy....an ENVY x2 Click HERE.





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by joshuadl
on ‎02-21-2013 08:48 AM

This is a great idea. Quite often, I read product reviews that seem to be drafted within an hour or two of unboxing. Looking forward to a good, frank review.


Two areas in particular that I'm curious about before making a purchasing decision are the keyboard and digitizer pen. One of the key enticements of this device is the marriage of productivity and play, after all.


The status regarding the latter still seems to be anyone's guess. Any updates?


Regarding the keyboard, I've read several forum posts complaining of glitchy keyboards that tend to add extra spaces or letters when typing. Any evidence of this from your experience?


Again, looking forward to hearing about your week with the Envy x2!

by GizmoGladstone
on ‎02-21-2013 10:27 AM

Thanks, Joshuadl!


Hope that the couple stories in the series I've already posted are answering some of the questions kicking around in your head. As for what you're asking about here....


The digitizer: Unfortunately I have no additional news to share at this time. I was hoping to have something new for the story that posted earlier this morning with my recommended accessories. No word as of yet. When  I have something that I can share with you guys, I will!


The keyboard: Here's the funny thing. I barely noticed anything like that happening. maybe the occassional extra space or letter. Nothing that stuck out to me. I'm chalking it up to when I get on a tear and I'm typing too fast. Any chance you could forward me a link to where you're seeing people talk about this? I definitely want to look into this.




Darren Gladstone


by joshuadl
on ‎02-21-2013 01:58 PM

Hi Darren,


Thanks for timely response.


Here are a few links detailing the glitchy spacebar...








I agree; it sounds like it might be an occasional occurrence that could be related to the speed of the typist. 


Anyway, enjoying the blog and looking forward to hearing about your every-day experiences with the Envy x2. It's an intriguing device that, based on many of the user opinions I've encountered on the forums, seems to fit the 2-in-1 bill quite nicely.



by GizmoGladstone
on ‎03-21-2013 08:26 AM

Joshuadl: Just wanted to let you know that I've been testing out a BIOS update that seems to address the keyboard lag. So far, so good!

by GizmoGladstone
on ‎03-25-2013 09:45 AM
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