HP Envy x2
Manufacturer: HP Part number: C2K61UA
- Bottom Line:
- The HP Envy x2’s capacity to be a full Windows 8 tablet or dock with a keyboard works as well as advertised, provided you’re willing to live with slower performance at a high price. You’re paying for style.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $589.99 - $686.90
- Reviewed by: Scott Stein
- Edited by: Kelsey Adams
- Reviewed on: 01/25/2013
The good: The HP Envy x2 has a clean, comfortable design and feels lightweight in tablet form. It has excellent battery life, and works just as well as a laptop as it does as a tablet.
The bad: The laptop mode is top-heavy, and the awkward tablet detachment mechanism isn’t perfect; it has limited ports; and a slower Atom processor means in performance it's far behind most ultrabooks, even though it’s priced like one.
The bottom line: The HP Envy x2’s capacity to be a full Windows 8 tablet or dock with a keyboard works as well as advertised, provided you’re willing to live with slower performance at a high price. You’re paying for style.
Works great for me!
by cz_wsu on December 17, 2012
Pros: Long battery life in tablet and keyboard
Full Windows 8 supports desktop applications
Metal case is very nice, high quality
Fast enough to get things done quickly and still use less power
Touch screen feels very good
Supports stylus pen
Cons: Awkward to hold in landscape, but it is nice when attached to the keyboard. It is much nicer to hold as a tablet in portrait mode.
Windows 8 locking up (seems to be an issue with using the touch screen and the touch pad together).
Summary: I'm not an expert tablet user, but this new table + notebook I got from HP is very nice. I am impressed with what it can do with only a ...
Summary: I'm not an expert tablet user, but this new table + notebook I got from HP is very nice. I am impressed with what it can do with only a 32-bit processor and 2 GB of RAM. Battery lets me play around all day and still have lots of battery to spare. Fells very nice with metal casing and solidly built.
I am not a huge app user; I just want the basic media apps like Hulu and Netflix and then maybe a free game or two if I get bored. Obviously if I was a heavy app user, this is would not work.
This will be my tablet/notebook for work and school for the next 3 years.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
One Fridge-Toaster to Rule Them All
by dnrbnx on January 23, 2013
Pros: - Windows 8 UI is a dream to use on a touch screen
- complete OS
- true multi-tasking
- amazing battery life
- great keyboard
- aluminum build feels premium
- x86 processing
- microSD port on the tablet for additional storage
Cons: - lack of tablet apps. MS Store will improve with time?
- touch pad doesn't do gestures after laptop wakes from sleep. Will improve with an update?
- ever-so-slightly loose hinge. I may be OCD, but I wish there was ZERO wiggle in the hinge.
Summary: I have never identified myself with the tablet crowd. By and large, tablets seem like gimmicky devices with only a handful of productive use cases. For the kind of money ...
Summary: I have never identified myself with the tablet crowd. By and large, tablets seem like gimmicky devices with only a handful of productive use cases. For the kind of money that premium tablets cost, I would much rather own a computer.
I was excited to find out that PC manufacturers and Windows 8 allowed someone like me, gun-shy about getting a tablet, a happy medium - Windows 8 hybrid laptops. Needing a new laptop, my wife bought me this for Christmas after I'd asked for it.
I've played simple games like "Where's My Water" and I've downloaded and played more "graphically intense" games like Final Fantasy 7. They've worked great!
I've typed emails, surfed the web, and created Office documents, spreadsheets, and slideshow presentations.
Is this a desktop replacement? No. Is this an autocad, photoshop, or gaming machine? No. Will this let you do 99% of what you typically use a computer for anyway (read: watch cat videos)? YES.
As far as build quality, this is easily on par with an Apple device. The smooth aluminum feels solid. The keys on the keyboard are slightly rubberized and easy to type on. The keyboard isn't cramped at all. The widescreen tablet feels bigger than 11 inches, and my 13.3 inch laptop feels like the same size.
The build quality on this is what made me buy it instead of its equally spec'ed competitors: the Asus Vivotab, Samsung Ativ Smart PC, Acer Iconia W510, and the Lenovo Lynx. Sure, I paid $100 more, but I got a much sleeker machine. If you hunt around (Amazon, Office Depot, etc.) you can find the Envy X2 for $750.
In short, this is exactly the type of Windows 8 experience the common user should be looking for - a touch AND touchpad capable juggernaut that can do it all.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Not a flaw, a feature!
by sgroichris on December 30, 2013
Pros: -Looks pretty
Cons: Severely limited storage, processing power, and apps left me wondering why they'd even bother. Years behind as a tablet, useless as an ultrabook, too expensive for a netbook. Get an old iPad and a Chromebook instead. Much more productive.
Summary: Like buying a Porsche without seats (only 25 gigs of storage after you take the full, though superfluous, version of Windows 8 into account) and a 135 hp engine (Intel ...
Summary: Like buying a Porsche without seats (only 25 gigs of storage after you take the full, though superfluous, version of Windows 8 into account) and a 135 hp engine (Intel Atom processor,) the Envy X2 looks awesome on the outside but left me questioning why anyone would go to all the trouble of its production. Is it a tablet? Too big, no apps, no storage, less functional than my first gen iPad in terms of speed and storage. Nope. An ultrabook? Not enough processing power to run some of its pre-loaded apps, let alone a big Excel spreadsheet or multiple browser tabs and Pandora, making the inclusion of full Windows 8 more of a talking point than a usable feature. A netbook then? Far too expensive for that considering similarly equipped devices are hundreds of dollars less. So what is it for? And who is the target audience? If this is your first foray into tablets the novelty of a touchscreen might be appealing, but I wouldn't recommend this device to anyone who needs any kind of computing power beyond cat videos on Youtube and the occasional diary rant on Facebook. Good luck finding something to do with it to make use of that long battery life, though.
This is my best pc.
by mmv99 on April 19, 2013
Feels like dual OS (equivalent of OSX and IOS but for windows)
Cons: Lack of accessories... No smart cover, in tablet mode feels a little naked.
Summary: I have had mine since December as well and I must say that I have no disappointments at all. The speed of Win8 on this combo unit is excellent, the ...
Summary: I have had mine since December as well and I must say that I have no disappointments at all. The speed of Win8 on this combo unit is excellent, the battery life is amazing and the overall feel is spectacular. The only thing is that I wish there was a smart cover available because in tablet mode it's a little naked.
Sleek design and full Win8 os.
by turrrible_turrrible on January 28, 2013
Pros: -Design is eye catching
-Excellent Battery life so far
-smart charging (it chrages the tablet first, then charges the keyboard dock.
-Smaller games run well(I have some emulators that have been fun on the go)
Cons: -Atom processor is no i-series and it shows when multi-tasking
-wish the tablet itself had more ports on it (sd slots are on keyboard)
-a little pricey considering the processing power
-would appreciate including the stylus for that price
Summary: I got this as a second computer to my i3 laptop I already had at home. I just needed something that was more road worthy and portable. I was intrigued ...
Summary: I got this as a second computer to my i3 laptop I already had at home. I just needed something that was more road worthy and portable. I was intrigued by the idea of also having the ability to make it to a tablet as well.Sorry, just saw your replies. It can multi-task, but the atom processor is not going to be flying through it like an I-series chip would do.
I looked through the items available and gave some serious consideration to some others (surface rt, Samsung Ativ) and ended up liking the build on this one the best. I did pause at the price. I considered getting a smaller laptop and a tablet separate, but I just want one thing to take for the road. I don't need something that has crazy amounts of processing power because it would mainly be for writing and working (via email) on the road.
After a week I am pleased with the performance and the battery life has been stellar. The track pad works well enough (despite some adjustment since my other PC's trackpad is much bigger). I found the keys to be comfortable and responsive for typing at even over a period of time.
As far as tablet mode I have enjoyed reading the news on this and I personally find the 11" size to be the sweet spot for me as far as sitting down for a while to consume media.
My biggest frustration came from the still sparse Windows 8 app store. But, I know over time it will expand. I had some serious fun playing snes emulators on the road while waiting to start a meeting.
I eagerly await the next group of intel chips in the future that will provide a competive battery life with even better performance so that maybe in the futre I could switch to something like this as my fulltime PC.
Updated on Feb 27, 2013
That being said I just did a powerpoint presentation from my x2 and it handled it no problem. I think if you were using multiple office apps at the same time you might notice a slowdown. But, excel and word together haven't given me any trouble so far.
- Manufacturer: HP
- Part number: C2K61UA
- Description: The notebook that doubles as a tablet. The HP ENVY x2 PC gives you the power of two devices in one. A laptop with a bright, vivid HD touch display, and a tablet that slides off for those times when you want to carry even less.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- System Type Notebook
- Mechanical Design Clamshell keyboard dock design
- Recommended Use Home use
- Operating System Windows 8
- Notebook type Budget ,
Processor / Chipset
- CPU Intel Atom Z2760 / 1.8 GHz
- Number of Cores Dual-Core
- Cache L2 cache - 1 MB
- 64-bit Computing Yes
- RAM 2 GB ( 2 GB (soldered) )
- Technology LPDDR2 SDRAM
- Speed 553 MHz
- Hard Drive 64 GB SSD
- Interface Serial ATA-300
- Optical Drive None
- Type 11.6 in - IPS
- LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
- Touchscreen Yes
- Max Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
- Widescreen Yes
- Features HD anti-glare
Audio & Video
- Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics
- Camera Yes
- Resolution 8 Megapixel
- Camera Features Second camera
- Sound Stereo speakers , Microphone
- Audio Features Beats Audio
- Type Touch-screen,
- Features Multi-touch touchpad
- Wireless 802.11n,
- Technology 2-cell
- Installed Qty 2
- Run Time 7 hour(s)
- Run Time With Included Additional Battery 12.25 hour(s)
- Output 20 Watt
Connections & Expansion
- Interfaces 2 x USB 2.0,
Headphone/microphone combo jack
- Memory Card Reader Card reader
- Software Included HP Connected Photo powered by Snapfish,
HP Online User Guide,
HP Recovery Manager,
Microsoft Fresh Paint,
Microsoft Office 2010 (Trial),
HP Support Assistant,
HP+ Best Offers,
CyberLink YouCam DE,
Windows Live Writer,
HP Beats Audio,
Windows Live Photo Gallery
- Color Brushed aluminum,
- Localization English / United States
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 11.9 in
- Depth 8.1 in
- Height 0.8 in
- Weight 3.1 lbs
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year,
Technical support - 1 year
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- EPEAT Compliant EPEAT Silver
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 5.9
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 5.7