HP ENVY x2 is a Hybrid PC that a Macbook Air Owner Could Love [Hands-on]


Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba, and Samsung are all doing it, and now HP has joined the Windows 8 hybrid PC fray. The new HP ENVY x2 is a a super thin hybrid PC that combines the best of both worlds with its detachable screen that easily transforms into a tablet. The ENVY X2′s display is able to attach to its keyboard using a neat magnetic latch.

The HP ENVY X2 also packs in a 11.6″ touch display with a 400-nit In-Plane Switching (IPS) pane and a healthy 1,366×768 resolution. It weighs 3.1 pounds with its keyboard, and 1.5 pounds as a stand-alone tablet. An optional stylus accessory will also be available for the ENVY x2. Other specs include an 8MP rear-facing camera, Beats Audio, HDMI out, a 64GB SSD plus a microSD card slot for expansion, and built-in NFC. The system is powered by an Intel X86 processor and is running Windows 8.

Our first impressions of the ENVY X2 is that it’s quite a slick device. But with its sleek aluminium build, we can’t help but notice the overwhelming resemblance it’s sporting to the 11″ Macbook Air, not that that is a bad thing.

The HP ENVY x2 will be available some time after the Windows 8 launch, so it’s likely to be available come November. Pricing is TBD.

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook

HP has also announced the 15.6″ HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook. This system measures 17.9 millimeters (mm) thin and weighs just 4.77 pounds. It’s also HP’s first laptop to come with a Thunderbolt port, aside from USB 3.0 and HDMI. But most of all, we’re taken with its multitouch Radiance Full HD(2) display with IPS technology, which is even better than the display on the HP ENVY Spectre 14.

Pricing for the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook will start at $1399, and the Ultrabook will go on sale in December.