Tablet with notebook comfort [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) IS the HP Envy X2 the perfect balance betweena tablet and a notebook? Siti Syameen Md Khalili finds out.
Out of the box, Envy x2, HP's multitouch hybrid PC, looks and feels solid. Its elegant aluminum finish and pretty curves put it as one of the most stylish touch-enabled products that has emerged this year.
With its magnetic latch, the tablet part of the unit detaches easily from the keyboard. The upper part of the Envy x2 weighs 690g, and 1.4kg with the keyboard. Both parts carry their own battery packs, so the tablet can stay powered for over 10 hours. With the keyboard attached, you can get up to 19 hours.
The tablet portion is easily one of the most stylish around, featuring brushed aluminium finishing, very thin profile and an 8 megapixel camera on its rear.
The large touchscreen comes with wide enough bezel, making it easy to hold comfortably on vertical or horizontal position. It took me a good five minutes to locate the power button, which is located at the back of the slate where you will also find the volume keys.
Meanwhile, the keyboard portion is heftier but it delivers well- spaced keyboard, card slot and the HP Imagepad that supports multi- touch gestures. The Imagepad also comes with flat right- and left- click buttons.
While the two parts detach easily, putting them back together into its "notebook" mode is quite tricky as you need to align the connectors to its ports properly before they snap into place. That said, together the unit is quite easy to handle even single- handedly.
As a tablet, the upper portion of the Envy x2 is quite a commendable pack. The screen is vibrant and easily displays your files, even under very bright conditions.
Both its cameras deliver good photos and videos but the challenge is to hold the slate still to capture shots on its rear cameras. At more than 1kg, muscles are required for a steady shot. For playback, the good news is there are apps already onboard to make viewing your collection possible in just a couple of taps.
Surfing on YouTube and other multimedia channels is a good experience on the slate and watching movies did not heat it up much. On the other hand, audio did come out a tad low. However, if you connect your favourite pair of speakers (they don't have to be Beats Audio models), the sound quality improves.
The machine also tackles casual games such as Candy Crush and Angry Birds with ease but that is it. Beyond casual titles, this model is not the right candidate.
In terms of productivity, the Envy x2 is able to perform regular office tasks with ease. However, it does seem to take a while to edit the videos shot using its own cameras, and that is using the onboard apps.
Altogether, the HP Envy x2 is an elegant package of hybrid computing device, giving users a chance to use it as a tablet and occasionally, a PC. In terms of performance, the model is not made for hardcore multimedia use nor is a workaholic but delivers just the right balance for users who want a bit of both worlds.
* Stylish design with comfortable keyboard.
* Long battery life.
* Tablet portion not the lightest compared to stand-alone tablets.
* Reattaching tablet to the keyboard can be tricky at times.
Bottomline: Recommended for light users.
Our verdict: *** 1/2
Physical design: *** 1/2
User-friendliness: **** 1/2
Features: **** 1/2
Performance: *** 1/2
Value for money: *** 1/2
HP Envy x2
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