Reviews HP Envy X2
RCT SCORE 5.4 / 10

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HP's Envy X2 is part of an ongoing effort to fuse the laptop and tablet into a single device with the touch-based Windows 8 operating system at its heart.

The $850 X2 features an 11.9-inch display (1366 x 768) that weighs in at 1.5 pounds (just a tad heavier than the full-sized iPad, despite the larger screen). The included keyboard dock brings the total weight to 3.1 pounds or what you'd expect from an Ultrabook.

On the performance side, the X2 is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The tablet offers a built-in microSD card slot while the keyboard dock pitches in with two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI output. Beats audio enhancement is also included alongwith a 720p webcam and an 8-megapixel main camera.

Reviewers, for the most part, weren't sold on the X2. The keyboard dock was almost universally panned as clumsy and the price tag knocked as exorbindant for the performance.

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It's Held Back
There are several things that hold the x2 back from being a truly comfortable device. The mushy keyboard is a huge downside, and the Atom chip's meager performance isn't encouraging...
Doesn't Make a Good Notebook
When used as a notebook, the system's mediocre performance, uncomfortable keyboard and slippery touchpad make it feel more like an inexpensive netbook than an $849 product.
I'd Call It a Netbook
HP came so close with the x2. It built an attractive, versatile convertible laptop at a relatively affordable price - $849.99 as I tested it - that I genuinely enjoyed using. But there...
There Are Better Convertibles for Less
As long as you don't stress its Atom processor it's generally a pleasure to use and sounds great. Unfortunately similarly specced rivals offer better wireless and physical...
Compromises Aside, It Performs Well for What It Is
Though the ENVY x2 isn't perfect on every front, it's still a solid offering at $849 and does provide both a true laptop and tablet experience in one package.
Viewed as a tablet computer - powered with a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor and boosted by a high-quality detachable keyboard with trackpad and connectivity ports, not to...
Performance Is Unimpressive
It's let down by extremely disappointing performance and a low-resolution screen that are in no way justified by the high price tag. Regardless of what type of Windows 8 machine you're...
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