The ENVY x2 packs an awful lot of awesome functionality into a singular design. If you were to simply grab it as a laptop and go, you’d be set. BUT, if you want to get a little bit more out of that ENVY x2 that you’ve invested in, look no further. Here are some of the go-to accessories that I grab.
High-Capacity, High Speed MicroSD HC memory cards. Get one that you pop directly into the micro card slot in the tablet portion. Place the second one (still in its adapter) in the SD card slot in the keyboard base. Simply doing that effective doubles (and triples) your system storage.
An NFC (near field communications) mouse. The haters out there will ask, “What can you do with an NFC transmitter right now?” The answer: HP Touch-to-Pair mouse is a good start. (PCMag.com had some nice words about it.) HP’s Windows 8 NFC mouse works really nicely. In fact, it’s essentially the HP x4000 wireless mouse outfitted with the ability to also connect via NFC. That connectivity is a snap. Just tap the mouse to the top portion of the e ENVY x2’s screen and it just works. Nice bonus: By having the mouse connect though NFC, you have two open USB ports that won’t get hogged up on the keyboard base. Just trust me, that’s a big help. (I know that it’s got a touchscreen….and there’s a ClickPad in the base, but sometimes, you just need a mouse.)
A Laptop sleeve. The ENVY x2 will fit in just about any bag. It’s that tiny. But, maybe I’m a little overprotective of my little guy. So I could go one of several ways, get a laptop bag that suits my style or get a protective sleeve that will let me work with any bag I grab. I continue questing for the “perfect” bag, but in the meantime, I’m pretty happy with the Acme Made Skinny Sleeve. It’s made to accommodate an 11-inch laptop and the ENVY x2 fits inside it. The only thing that pops out a little bit would be the bump at the rear of the keyboard base – but I’m OK with that.
Bluetooth speakers or headphones. The speakers are good for the ENVY x2 – especially when you stack it up against competition from straight tablets. BUT, since this guy is so small, you have extra room in your bag….so consider bringing some audio dynamite. I don’t care whether you want to grab a pair of headphones for keeping your tunes to yourself or if you get portable Bluetooth speakers to share the groove. OH, and since we’re at it – and we are on the HP blog –check out HP’s Bluetooth Speakers.
An HDMI Cable. If you’re on a trip, definitely consider bringing this along. That keyboard base has an HDMI port, so why not take advantage of it while you’re on the road? Streaming Netflix or Hulu onto the TV in my hotel room? Sounds good to me!
(OPTIONAL) – A wired Xbox 360 controller. OK, this one sounds – and for the most part is – kinda ridiculous, but think about it for a second. If you plug this into your TV you can output to 720p resolutions and watch whatever. If you play Win 8 store games like, say, Hydro Hurricane Thunder or Reckless Racing, it actually has gamepad support built. So, if you plan on playing games somewhere…and you know that you’ll be connecting that keyboard base into a TV via HDMI, why not just fully commit to gaming?
OF COURSE, packing all these peripherals is overkill. You don’t need all of them, really. Technically, you could just get the memory cards (which I STRONGLY suggest) and you’d be fine. Or go ahead and pick a couple items that will help you through your day. Me? I’m crazy enough to bring as much tech as my bags will hold and my back can support.
Follow Darren’s continuing adventures with his ENVY x2 on the blog and @gizmogladstone on Twitter.