The bezels could be smaller, that much we will say, as these are close to an inch on each side, arriving around 2 centimetres on both the vertical and horizontal edges.
That is a relatively thick bezel, especially in this day and age, and if HP can shrink it down, it might even manage a more portable computer.
Even with those bezels, though, HP’s screen isn’t bad, with a 12 inch Full HD display sitting behind a layer of Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass.
That’s Full HD at 1920×1280, by the way, a little different from the usual Full HD setting of 1920×1080 or 1920×1200, meaning there’s a little taller widescreen aspect ratio of 16:11 here compared to other models.
Support for touch is here, of course — it’s a tablet, after all — and there’s even a pen in the box, so if you need to do some accurate pinpointing with the mouse or writing or even drawing, it supports some of that, too.
Mostly, though, we’re interested in if this is a nice a screen, and it is, though HP isn’t exactly leading the field when it comes to game-changing technology here.
It’s nice enough and certainly pleasing on the eyes, but Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 and even the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S both look better thanks to the extra pixels and larger resolution these arrive with.
At least there’s a decent computer under the hood, and thanks to Intel’s sixth-generation Core processors in the “m” or “mobile” variety, you’ll find a reasonable amount of speed for your productivity.
We’re not talking the same amount of performance as say a proper Intel “i” series processor, but the recent “m” variety is also nothing to sneeze at, so if you have a lot of work to do, the m5 chip clocked at 1.1GHz will still let you get something done, as will the 8GB RAM.
Overall, we found little to no lag in most of what we threw the way of the laptop, and it was nice to see a hybrid like this not run an Intel Atom.
It’s not that the Atom range is bad, but rather this puts out the surprising amount of performance you get in computers like the Macbook, with apps like Google Chrome supporting more tabs than you might expect a small computer to put up with, while Adobe’s suite can run, even if applications like Photoshop don’t quite pull their weight the same way they might on a machine with a better process.
Sufficed to say, if you still need to get some work done, HP’s Elite x2 handles its own better than we anticipated, and it does so with some extras that we wish more manufacturers thought of.
The keyboard is one such inclusion, because while Microsoft’s Type Cover is an optional extra on the Surface tablets, it’s one of those “optional extras” that really needs to be classed as a “necessary extra that should be in the box”.