HP Elite­book x360 1030 G2

HP’s ver­sa­tile con­vert­ible flexes its ag­ile form.

APC Australia - - Contents - Alan Dex­ter

While you can achieve some clev­er­ness thanks to the ex­tra flex­i­bil­ity of the screen hinge, you’ll ei­ther use it as a lap­top or as a tablet (on steroids). HP claims it ac­tu­ally has five modes, with ‘pre­sen­ta­tion’, ‘me­dia’ and ‘con­fer­ence’ round­ing things out, but you’ll rarely (read never) use these. Don’t com­pletely dis­miss its overly ath­letic flex­i­bil­ity, though, be­cause there’s a lot to love in this svelte, ver­sa­tile sys­tem.

Just to re­turn to the con­vert­ible con­cept, they’re pretty hard to sell, so we’ll for­give HP its hy­per­bole of the Elite­Book’s five modes. Es­sen­tially, though: take a stan­dard lap­top, pop a fully ro­tat­able hinge on it, and a touch­screen dis­play, add a smat­ter­ing of screenori­ent­ing tech and you end up with a ma­chine that can work in mul­ti­ple ways. They’re quite fun to use, es­pe­cially when they’re as light as this, and as pleas­ing to hold. You can do far more with them than with a nor­mal tablet, too.

What re­ally brought the ma­chine into its own is the HP Ac­tive Pen. It may set you back an­other $60, but we see it as a ne­ces­sity for any­one look­ing to make the most of the ma­chine. There’s noth­ing to stop you us­ing your fin­ger, but when it comes to tak­ing notes and draw­ing an­no­ta­tions, the pen makes for a much more nat­u­ral choice. Flip­ping the screen all the way around and turn­ing the ma­chine into a tablet gen­uinely makes sense when you reach for the pen. The fact it can be clipped to the side of the ma­chine makes it a trou­ble-free ac­ces­sory, too.

While we have been won over by the form fac­tor, the same can’t be said for the in­ter­nal com­po­nent se­lec­tion. We’re unashamed per­for­mance junkies here at APC, so any­thing less than a real Core i7 has us wary (es­pe­cially at this price). The fact that this uses a Core i5-7300U — which is more like a Core i3 (as in it has only two cores and four threads) — means it’s not re­ally a high-end sys­tem.

We were mo­men­tar­ily hope­ful about the M.2 SSD, but our bench­marks proved that this wasn’t any­thing to get too ex­cited about ei­ther. Raw per­for­mance isn’t its forte. This is a work ma­chine, so you’ll search in vain for any­thing ap­proach­ing de­cent gam­ing per­for­mance (we’re not go­ing to mark down a work ma­chine for this, though).

There are a cou­ple of coun­ters that ex­plain this com­po­nent se­lec­tion. First, the svelte­ness of the ma­chine cer­tainly helps win us back on side — it’s a shade un­der 15mm and weighs 1.28kg. The low-power na­ture of the com­po­nents means it doesn’t get too hot ei­ther, so even at full load, it doesn’t need ex­ces­sive cool­ing. You can tell when it’s work­ing that lit­tle bit harder, but it never makes a nui­sance of it­self due to overzeal­ous fans. It’s worth not­ing that you have a cou­ple of USB Type-A slots, too, which means you don’t have to carry around an ar­ray of con­ver­tors.

Where the Elite­Book x360 re­ally ex­cels, though, is in the stamina stakes. It will quite hap­pily stick with you through a whole day of work and still be go­ing strong long into the evening. We clocked in around 13 hours play­ing back HD movies. Not bad. This, cou­pled with the thin and light na­ture of the ma­chine, makes for a great travel com­pan­ion, even if it doesn’t quite scream the kind of raw power that we’re used to see­ing here at APC.

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