HP ENVY x2: Part Laptop, Part Tablet, All-Awesome

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The aptly-named ENVY x2 is going to make a lot of laptops jealous. At first blush, it looks like a thin, brushed-metal machine. But when you flip a slick magnetic toggle and lift out the 11.6-inch display, you suddenly get it – this Hybrid PC packs all the important guts you need behind the screen. Are you the kinda guy that’s constantly debating whether to take a laptop, tablet (or both!) for the day? Here's your next PC.

 

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Since I already put it out there…that base? It has a small connector interface that plugs into the tablet portion…and two additional magnetic struts lock it all into place. As a test, I lifted the ENVY x2 by the screen and it kept everything secure and together. When you have that screen plugged in, just think of this hybrid as you would an awesome-looking super-svelte portable.  In that respect, it’s got everything you’d expect, coming complete with ports, keyboard, ImagePad….and extra battery life when you need it. (Unfortunately, I don’t have battery life scores to share quite yet…but when I do, I’ll update this story and let you know about it!) As for the on-board ports you get an SD card slot, micro SD, HDMI a couple USB ports…oh, yeah, and the whole thing – keyboard and display together? It weighs 3.1 pounds. That’s it.

 

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Now, with the display lifted out, I started eyeballing the screen/ 1.5-pound tablet portion on its own merits. Looking around the edges, I spotted the Beats Audio logo…so, yep, quality sound experience on the ENVY x2. If you need me to go into that more, just check out this primer on Beats Audio in our computers. On the back, embedded in the brushed metal, you’ll spot an 8-megapixel camera facing outwards for when you want to snap pictures or capture video. A button on the back toggles the quick sleep function (think of the idle state like your smartphone) while a metal button-strip lets you adjust volume. Lurking somewhere under that lid is also an NFC chip – so you’ll be able to share URLs, photos, files….with a tap. Otherwise, just flip this over and check out that display.

 

The 11.6-inch screen looks crisp and has a native resolution of 1366 by 768 on the 400nit, IPS panel. While I didn’t get a chance to make off with one for my own testing, it should look good indoors and out. And, as you may have guessed, as a tablet it supports touch. It has multi-touch recognition…or you could go for the optional stylus if you wanted my precise on-screen input.

 

Powering the ENVY x2 is an Intel System-on-Chip (aka SOC) – that’s all we are able to say right now on that front. I also can’t tell you about the price quite yet, but you can definitely expect to hear more about this guy before he shows up this holiday season.

 

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Speaking of hearing more, I had a chance to sneak into HP’s design studio to chat more with Stacy Wolff about the design process and how the ENVY x2 came to be made. For example, I was curious about why we chose to put the power button and volume controls on the back of the lid as opposed to around the edges like many tablets. Stacy explained to me that in part was to prevent accidental button presses that usually occur when you hold a tablet along its edges. He then went on to tell me that, "The volume buttons are like shift paddles on a sports car and the power button is press-and-hold....more phone-like. I even got the chance to check out some of the ENVY x2 prototypes that were created along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for a video interview series - and a whole lot more - from my recent trip, soon!

 

 

I’m not gonna lie. I can totally see this as my next PC. I’m saying this as a Spectre user….and I currently have technolust in my eyes after playing with it. OK, fine, I work for HP – you may think I’m supposed to say that, but just go back to the features I just listed (and pictures I’ve posted) and you tell me what you think.

 

In the meantime....video breakdown, ENGAGE!

 

 

Comments
by honeydew on ‎08-31-2012 02:15 PM

What is the price on this computer?

by honeydew on ‎08-31-2012 02:20 PM

I hope it is affordable and would like it for my granddaughter for christmas.

 

by sathyasastry on ‎08-31-2012 05:18 PM

This got into my list of buy for the holidays.


by GizmoGladstone on ‎08-31-2012 05:27 PM

Unfortunately, honeydew, I don't have pricing info to give out quite yet....but I'm definitely going to update the story when I do.

 

-D

by sgt101070 on ‎08-31-2012 09:20 PM

how much is it??

by kristinanokes on ‎09-01-2012 02:37 PM

how much is it? i think that is something most asked and that should be shown woth the great addvertisement you have come up with

by kristinanokes on ‎09-01-2012 02:37 PM

How much is it? I think that is something most asked and that should be shown with the great advertisement you have come up with

by GizmoGladstone on ‎09-02-2012 08:48 AM

Unfortunately, there is no pricing info to share quite yet, everyone. As soon as there is, I'll update the story.

 

Thanks!

 

Darren Gladstone

Blogger-in-Chief, HP's TheNextBench.com

by 2lazy4susie on ‎09-03-2012 09:46 PM

I am interested to buy 3 of those Hp envyx2, please contact me, & how much?

by Marykristen04 on ‎09-04-2012 05:16 AM

Wow! It's really too smart. How much of this cost?

 

Konto walutowe

 

by kelpat12 on ‎09-04-2012 05:55 AM

I think HP should give a few away before setting the price. Seems like the right thing to do!

by Mark2 on ‎09-10-2012 12:21 PM

For all the functionaility that the IPad and Android devices have, nothing beats having the Microsoft Office suite on hand with a decent keyboard as an option.  Looking forward to getting my hands on this device.

by Bob_Headrick on ‎09-21-2012 09:27 AM

I had a chance to play with this a bit yesterday at a show, it seems like a great little machine.  I like it as a tablet, but even with the keyboard attached it is nice and thin.

by Tim_Retford on ‎09-26-2012 07:56 AM

Looks great... excited to see it in action... Only question I would have (besides the price :smileywink: ) would be whether it has a front-facing camera for video conferencing in addition to the rear facing one?

by GizmoGladstone on ‎09-26-2012 10:02 AM

might be a little hard to see in the above pictures, but yep, there is a front facing camera. And trust me, I can't wait to get hands on one, either!

 

Darren

TheNextBench.com

by timh on ‎09-27-2012 04:45 AM

looks like a good travelling option. is a docking option to be marketed?

 

by nhides on ‎09-27-2012 05:58 AM

Would be really good if this was set up as one of the standard HP options on new laptop / notebooks for HP employees to use and show off to the world.  We have a huge work force which often travel around the world and to customers sites with old / not the state of the art technology.  Let's use this free advertising resource to show off all our new technology to potential customers.  Send me one today and I shall certainly be proud to use it outside the office and in meetings with customers / suppliers.

by veron66 on ‎09-27-2012 10:38 AM

I second this. Would be really good if this was set up as one of the standard HP options on new laptop / notebooks for HP employees to use and show off to the world.  We have a huge work force which often travel around the world and to customers sites with old / not the state of the art technology.  Let's use this free advertising resource to show off all our new technology to potential customers.  Send me one today and I shall certainly be proud to use it outside the office and in meetings with customers / suppliers. I would also buy it at an HP employee price and show it to all my friends... s

 

by jessielsl on ‎09-27-2012 04:42 PM

Will this be available outside USA? It will be good to have a front camera as well for the video conferencing or self potrait capture. :smileyhappy:

by haryadoon on ‎09-27-2012 07:04 PM

Does nobody watch the market?   ASUS already released this -- with an extra feature of including a phone.  So theirs is a three-part concept :  phone inserted into tablet inserted into keyboard to create a phablet-top.  Again, HP is releasing a "Me-too".

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