Fus­ing to­gether

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Yes, the Hp Envy X2 is a hy­brid. But one look at the all-alu­minium body of this ‘note­book’, and it is hard to tell that this is a de­vice that can be­come just a tablet if the need arises. There is, how­ever, lit­tle doubt that the X2 will be tak­ing on the Sam­sung Ativ Smart PC in the In­dian mar­ket, be­cause th­ese are the two most ac­ces­si­ble hy­brids at the moment.

The X2 has a very solid brushed alu­minium body, which also makes it feel a bit heavy, es­pe­cially when you are com­par­ing it with the more pla­s­ticky Ativ Smart PC. But the clamshell de­sign is more seam­less, with even the power and vol­ume but­tons be­ing in­te­grated into the top face of the de­vice. That is be­cause when you tear off the key­board the 11.6-inch IPS panel be­comes a thin, handy, though slightly large tablet. With­out the key­board, it weighs just 700 gm.

On the tablet side you have just a mi­cro-SD card slot and a 3.5mm ear­phone jack, which mean you have to yoke it back to the key­board in case you need to charge it, or open a file from a USB drive. We think a USB port on the tablet side could have been added, maybe at the cost of mak­ing it a bit thicker. How­ever, we have to agree that the fus­ing the speak­ers be­tween the screen and its metal frame looks and sounds like a good idea. When Hp de­cides to dis­play the Beats Au­dio brand­ing as big as it does, you know how con­fi­dent they are about the sound qual­ity. This is one of the best sound­ing Win­dows 8 de­vices out there. The touch­screen is top notch and you will have no rea­son to com­plain.

Com­pared to the Smart PC, the X2 has a much bet­ter dock­ing sys­tem. You don’t have to ap­ply any ef­fort to pull the tablet off, nor do you have to strug­gle to en­sure that the screen is docked in place. The large dock too gels into the de­sign su­perbly. The key­board is really good, and the track­pad of­fers just the right amount of re­sis­tance. The 8MP rear cam­era with LED flash is good if you are okay with the 4:3 res­o­lu­tion. There are two USB ports flank­ing the key­board, as well as an HDMI port and a power port.

The X2 like its Sam­sung ri­val runs an In­tel Atom 1.8 GHz, Z2760 pro­ces­sor and has a sim­i­lar level of per­for­mance. This means you will be able to do all ba­sic com­put­ing func­tions as well as gam­ing and en­ter­tain­ment with ease. But any­thing that needs more power will find the X2 lack­ing. So this is un­doubt­edly a de­vice for those who need a tablet that can do a bit more. Hp has been thought­ful enough to add some apps of its own, and we liked the Pagelift which lets you scan doc­u­ments with the cam­era.

The X2 seems the bet­ter of the two hy­brids that we tried, es­sen­tially be­cause it has a bet­ter de­sign and build qual­ity. There is hardly any­thing to sep­a­rate it from the other Atom de­vices as far as per­for­mance is con­cerned.

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