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.