The laptop that doubles as a tablet. Itís the perfect travel companion too
Itís time to leave your old laptop at home. With Hewlett-Packard Envy x2, customers can have it allóa laptop and a tablet in one! In todayís world where people have more than one device for their many needs, HPís new convertible will help reduce the need for several devices. And itís ultra-thin and super-light too, designed to go wherever you go.
For the not-so-tech savvy reader, Windows 8 is the latest operating system of Microsoft that can run on mobile devices, tablets, and laptops.
Importantly, it has been the catalyst for the introduction of a wide variety of touch-screen devices. The Envy x2 is one such device that has the best of both worldsóthe traditional keyboard as well as a touchscreen. It is targeted at those high-end customers who want the power of a notebook and the comfort of a tablet in one device. The device is able to serve the needs of touch applications and typing applications in just one package, instead of carrying both a tablet and a laptop when going out.
Last week, we finally managed to get our hands on the new Windows 8 device (Envy x2 PC 11Ėg004TU) from HP for a review. I didnít have much time to play with the device yet I was impressed with its brisk performance. The test-unit came across as a stylish piece of hardware, fit for everyday smart computing. Basically, it is sleek and slim and comes across as a high-end machine with an aluminum finish. It offers full high definition display, Beats Audio (more on it later), 64 GB SSD storage with two batteries. It is available for R62,307.
The power and volume buttons on the back of the display distinguish this convertible from other devices available in the market. There are no sharp edges too, which makes the experience of holding the tablet a smooth affair. On the camera front, the Envy x2 has two cameras. On its front panel there is a 1080p high definition Web camera and on the rear there is an eight megapixel camera with LED flash. Both the cameras are capable of video recording and their output quality is really good.
As far as the innards of the device go, great things appear to be in the pipe. The Envy x2 utilises a new power-efficient dual-core Clover Trail Z2760 system-on-a-chip created by Intel,