I’m not a fan of 2-in-1 devices … but this one does look pretty sexy…
Qualcomm-powered devices run an ARM-based version of Windows. And, while they deliver super-speedy gigabit LTE and up to 20 hours of battery life, app compatibility remains a huge problem.
On the other hand, you have Intel-powered options. They use pretty standard PC chips, like a Core i5 or i7. That means they offer the same excellent performance and compatibility you’ve come to expect. But so far, the Intel Core i5–powered Envy x2 falls short on battery.
I have to hand it to HP: The company really knows how to make a good-looking device. The Envy x2 is a slick slab of metal with a matte silver finish on its back that makes it look modern and elegant. HP’s keyboard folio needs work (more on that later), but its leathery texture is a unique and classy touch. I’m sad, though, that the touchpad is already showing signs of wear after barely two weeks of testing.
I enjoyed watching videos and getting work done on the Envy x2’s 12.3-inch screen, thanks to its crisp 1,920 x 1,280 resolution and vibrant colors. It’s slightly hard to read under harsh sunlight, though. Audio was also decent on the Envy x2 — the dual speakers, tuned by Bang & Olufsen, pumped out clear, rounded sound. Should you prefer to plug in your own headphones, you’ll be glad to find a 3.5mm audio jack, in addition to the two USB-C sockets, on the sides.
- LTE connectivity
- Beautiful build
- Awful keyboard folio