There are many things HP has managed to get right with the Elite x2, and they’re all respectable: it comes from a solid base of the Spectre x2, which we liked tremendously, and it has improved on that design with more durability in the hinge, a more usable array of ports even if only one has changed, and all of that serviceability.
It’s clear: the HP Elite x2 is a tablet laptop hybrid made for business, and made for businesses that demand long term computers, not just ones that will work for the next few months.
But while the hardware is mostly great, HP’s software can get in the way of this experience, especially since this business-centric model can almost be too finicky, and a little fussier than you might expect.
Is is the better half of an already excellent Spectre laptop?
Absolutely, and people keen on owning a computer with flexibility in customisation and an ability to replace a component if it does break will applaud it, but we’d just like to see some of that excessive business software pulled back if desired, because not everyone has an IT department waiting in the wings.