Hands-On with the SlateBook x2

It wasn’t so long ago that I was saluting the ENVY x2 for being this awesomely-designed, nimble little machine that can do everything I need it to over the course of a whole day. Honestly, I hadn’t seen such an elegant solution before that. Now along comes it’s younger brother, the new SlateBook x2. It’s even smaller…and it’s running Android Jellybean (4.2.2) on Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor as I write this post (on it).

 

slatebook x2  -1.jpgIt’s funny, I never thought I’d look at the ENVY x2 and think, “Man this thing is big!” By comparison, the 10-inch screen of the SlateBook version is tight and looks sharp – and, is plenty manageable as a tablet. The way I see it, this is more of a tablet with a keyboard where I see the ENVY x2 (and the even-larger Split x2) as more of a laptop-first device that can pop off the screen.

 

The IPS panel looks nice, bright and rocking a 1920 by 1200 resolution. Video looks crisp as I sampled a couple Hulu shows and games (see below) and the DTS audio resonates well off the SlateBook x2’s shell. Meaning, you can crank the volume a little.

 

As for the keyboard portion, it keeps all the relative bits that made the ENVY x2 essential: USB, HDMI jacks in addition to that second battery that sits in the base (Yep, the trademark keyboard-tablet split with batteries in both parts remains intact for this new member of the x2 family). Since the SlateBook is smaller than the ENVY x2, it means the keys get scrunched in a little tighter. They remain floating Chiclet keys – and still work fine in close quarters. Even for a big, goony guy with sausage stumps for fingers. Ahem.

 

How does it perform?

 

I’m going to be straight with you, I haven’t had enough time to run many tests on the SlateBook x2 as of yet, but I’m going to break down a couple things after my short time with it – and, over the next few weeks, I will be giving you the skinny as I play with it more. For now, though, let’s roll up the sleeves….

 

The system loads up to the main screen in about 30 seconds. After that, it’s all about instant-on. I should mention the verdict on battery life is out because I’ve only briefly had it in my possession…and, quite frankly, I’ve been playing with a prototype. BUT considering that you get power in the Tablet portion and backup juice in the backup battery sitting in the keyboard, I’m looking forward to seeing how long it’ll last.

 

Any “real” test I conduct right now would only tell half the story. (Not final drivers, disclaimerese, yatta yatta). OK, so in my subjective testing for the time being a game that relies heavily on ball physics calculations, reflections….and slick graphics on-the-fly – Zen Studios’ PinballFX HD….and, the SlateBook x2 works great. When I do have final drivers – and the product goes live – I’d love to show you how it properly performs. So hang in for that bit.

 

slatebook x2  -2.jpgAlso, here’s a quick look at the apps that came pre-installed on my unit: HP Media Player, HP Camera (panorama, photo and video recording at 720p/1080p) work exactly as advertised. One other app that I found IMMENSELY helpful was Kingsoft Office, which is a completely functional office suite that let me easily edit all the files I was currently working on – including this one.

 

I know the burning questions: “When’s it coming out?!?” (This summer, it’s looking like August.) “How much will it cost?!?” (Starting at $479.99). Like I said up top: I’ll have more stories and thoughts to share as I get to live more with the SlateBook x2. In the meantime, ask away with questions and I’ll do what I can to answer them. (Or, if you’re asking about stuff I can’t mention yet, I’ll give you love advice. Or something.)

 

UPDATE: I've answered more of your questions about the SlateBook x2 in this follow-up story.

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by hermano2 on ‎05-24-2013 05:59 PM

Hi Giz,

 

Can you give anymore details on the actual specs?

 

Rear facing camera MP count?

Supported Micro/SD card size?

Will it have dual band wifi?

 

Are you able to update your findings after spending more time with the unit?

 

Thanks!

by hermano2 on ‎05-24-2013 06:34 PM

EDIT - also does the tablet/dock support charging via USB?

by janm on ‎06-21-2013 02:52 PM

Hi, what does the SlateBook weigh?  (in pounds/ounces)

by jruday on ‎06-25-2013 10:28 AM

Any updates or more specific specs on this device yet?

by Kartio ‎06-26-2013 05:14 AM - edited ‎06-26-2013 05:21 AM

◾10.1-inch diagonal WUXGA Antiglare LED-backlit Display (1920×1200) Touchscreen Panel ◾Nvidia T40S (1.8 Ghz)Tegra4, 4-Plus-1TM Quad ◾On-board 2GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM(RAM not user upgradeable) ◾16GB eMMC + MicroSD reader on slate up to 32GB and Regular size SD/reader on Base up to 32GB ◾1×1 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth® ◾1x USB 2.0, HDMI Output ◾2.0MP Rear Camera, 1080p, fixed focus, low light enhancement and Front-facing HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated Mic ◾Andriod Jellybean 4.2 ◾Battery ◾Slate: 2-cell 25WHr li-ion ◾Base: 2-cell 21WHr li-ion polymer battery ◾Dimensions (HxWxD) ◾Slate only: 0.96×25.80×18.22cm @ 0.634kg ◾Clamshell: 2.05×25.80×19.38cm @ 1.305kg From Ausdroid :smileyhappy: Also sorry that it is a bit messy

by GizmoGladstone on ‎06-27-2013 08:02 AM

Really odd, I posted a response the other day and it didn't stick....hmm...ANYhow, here goes again....

 

I did answer a bunch more questions about the SlateBook x2 in a follow-up story here.

 

http://h20435.www2.hp.com/t5/The-Next-Bench-Blog/More-of-your-SlateBook-x2-Questions-Answered/ba-p/8...

 

Cheers,

 

Darren Gladstone

TheNextBench.com

by AR on ‎07-15-2013 02:57 PM

Why the wimpy 2mp rear camera?


GizmoGladstone wrote:

It wasn’t so long ago that I was saluting the ENVY x2 for being this awesomely-designed, nimble little machine that can do everything I need it to over the course of a whole day. Honestly, I hadn’t seen such an elegant solution before that. Now along comes it’s younger brother, the new SlateBook x2. It’s even smaller…and it’s running Android Jellybean (4.2.2) on Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor as I write this post (on it).

 

slatebook x2  -1.jpgIt’s funny, I never thought I’d look at the ENVY x2 and think, “Man this thing is big!” By comparison, the 10-inch screen of the SlateBook version is tight and looks sharp – and, is plenty manageable as a tablet. The way I see it, this is more of a tablet with a keyboard where I see the ENVY x2 (and the even-larger Split x2) as more of a laptop-first device that can pop off the screen.

 

The IPS panel looks nice, bright and rocking a 1920 by 1200 resolution. Video looks crisp as I sampled a couple Hulu shows and games (see below) and the DTS audio resonates well off the SlateBook x2’s shell. Meaning, you can crank the volume a little.

 

As for the keyboard portion, it keeps all the relative bits that made the ENVY x2 essential: USB, HDMI jacks in addition to that second battery that sits in the base (Yep, the trademark keyboard-tablet split with batteries in both parts remains intact for this new member of the x2 family). Since the SlateBook is smaller than the ENVY x2, it means the keys get scrunched in a little tighter. They remain floating Chiclet keys – and still work fine in close quarters. Even for a big, goony guy with sausage stumps for fingers. Ahem.

 

How does it perform?

 

I’m going to be straight with you, I haven’t had enough time to run many tests on the SlateBook x2 as of yet, but I’m going to break down a couple things after my short time with it – and, over the next few weeks, I will be giving you the skinny as I play with it more. For now, though, let’s roll up the sleeves….

 

The system loads up to the main screen in about 30 seconds. After that, it’s all about instant-on. I should mention the verdict on battery life is out because I’ve only briefly had it in my possession…and, quite frankly, I’ve been playing with a prototype. BUT considering that you get power in the Tablet portion and backup juice in the backup battery sitting in the keyboard, I’m looking forward to seeing how long it’ll last.

 

Any “real” test I conduct right now would only tell half the story. (Not final drivers, disclaimerese, yatta yatta). OK, so in my subjective testing for the time being a game that relies heavily on ball physics calculations, reflections….and slick graphics on-the-fly – Zen Studios’ PinballFX HD….and, the SlateBook x2 works great. When I do have final drivers – and the product goes live – I’d love to show you how it properly performs. So hang in for that bit.

 

slatebook x2  -2.jpgAlso, here’s a quick look at the apps that came pre-installed on my unit: HP Media Player, HP Camera (panorama, photo and video recording at 720p/1080p) work exactly as advertised. One other app that I found IMMENSELY helpful was Kingsoft Office, which is a completely functional office suite that let me easily edit all the files I was currently working on – including this one.

 

I know the burning questions: “When’s it coming out?!?” (This summer, it’s looking like August.) “How much will it cost?!?” (Starting at $479.99). Like I said up top: I’ll have more stories and thoughts to share as I get to live more with the SlateBook x2. In the meantime, ask away with questions and I’ll do what I can to answer them. (Or, if you’re asking about stuff I can’t mention yet, I’ll give you love advice. Or something.)

 

UPDATE: I've answered more of your questions about the SlateBook x2 in this follow-up story.




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