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, allowing the device to run the full 32-bit Windows 8. It is backed by 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB on board memory.
The device is powered by an 1.8 GHz processor, with the detachable 11.6-inch screen sporting a pixel resolution of 1366 x 768. This means one can see everything in bright, vivid colour on the device’s diagonal high definition display. Ultra-wide viewing angles help you see clearly no matter how you hold it. It sports an in-plane switching (IPS) panel, which aids viewing the display at different viewing angles and is visible even in sunlight.
That’s not all. Slide a latch and the anti-glare LED IPS display can be easily detached from the keyboard. Thus the x2 can operate as an independent Windows 8 tablet. Unlike competing products, the x2 combines magnets and a mechanical latch to keep the tablet from falling out of its dock. The tablet itself measures about 8.5 mm thick and weighs 690 grams, while the dock weighs 1.39 kg.
There’s an optional stylus too. This means you can enjoy the freedom to work your way. Write, draw, and navigate in more detail without leaving fingerprints or smudges. With Beats Audio and dual speakers, the x2 is designed for rich audio available on a laptop. A full-size keyboard with a trackpad dubbed the ‘Imagepad’ is included, as is ports for USB, HDMI and SD card slots. For connectivity, the device supports Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi. One can even connect a data card through a USB port. Overall, I was impressed with the build and performance of the device.
My takeaways: The new HP Envy x2 gives you the power of two devices in one. A Windows 8 notebook with a bright, vivid HD touch display. And a tablet that slides off for those times when you