Price (RRP): $1699 (starting price);
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 isn’t the only hybrid in town with a fabric keyboard, and the Elite x2 is showing that HP can provide a well made machine that packs in value to boot.
Computers have changed a lot over the past few years, and while not long ago you might have bought a laptop or a tablet or even both, now you can get both under the one roof.
HP’s Elite x2 borrows that template, and it also borrows from another machine HP has already unleashed upon the world, merging the two for a computer designed for business, and for people who expect high quality gear to stay high quality.
The Elite x2 arrives in a variety of model options, but for the most part you’ll find one of the Intel sixth-generation “Skylake” Core “m” processors (m3, m5, or m7) paired with either 4 or 8GB RAM.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 Pro is equipped on the Elite x2 out of the box, and there’s a storage amount of either 128GB or 256GB solid-state storage using M2 connections.
Connections for the Elite x2 look to be reasonably solid, with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, and even the option for 4G LTE using a Qualcomm chipset if needed, making it a highly capable mobile device if spec’d out.
There are less wired connections, though, with a single USB Type C connector providing USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 on the right side, below a microSD slot (via pin ejectable tray), a full-size USB 3.0 port, and the standard 3.5mm headset jack. The left side hides a pin ejectable microSIM slot.
Cameras are also included — it’s a tablet, and that’s a normal tablet feature these days — with a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera.
And all of this sits under a 12 inch 1920×1280 display, providing 192 pixels per inch of clarity, not quite the 264 of the Apple iPad Pro, but still not terrible all the same. A layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass protects the display from any unwanted damage.
Aluminium handles the rest of the body danger, with aluminium casing for the main computer chassis, with a solid metal kickstand able to provide up to 150 degrees in angles.
Buttons can be found along the left edge, with power and volume taken care of with physical buttons.
A USB Type C to HDMI adaptor can also be found in the box, as can a fabric backed backlit keyboard and a pen stylus.