Hardware and Specifications
The tablet is fitted with an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core 1.8 GHz processor. This makes for low-power consumption, albeit at a cost of some processor speed. 2GB of LPDDR2 SDRAM is included. Light notebook users who primarily do light surfing and type out reports will not notice any reduction in computing speed, but heavier x86 applications will tax the hardware considerably. After all, Core i5 dual-core processors and a more generous 4 GB helping of faster DDR3 RAM are now standard in Ultrabooks with the same form factor.
A 64 GB eMMC is included in the tablet, which is on the generous side where tablets are concerned. Booting up Windows 8 from a dead stop took just 15 seconds. If 64 GB is insufficient, an SD card slot can take up to a 64 GB SDHC card, effectively doubling the storage space. However, the slot is only in the keyboard dock, so you can’t bring the data in the card around should you choose to undock the tablet. Also, one has to note the limitations in the read/write speeds of SD cards.
Right hand side: SD card slot, USB 2.0, proprietary power jack
Left hand side: HDMI port, USB 2.0, headphone/microphone jack
Two USB 2.0 ports are included in the keyboard dock. USB 3.0 is becoming increasingly ubiquitous, and it is a wonder why one or both ports could not be made of this faster standard. A HDMI port allows for an external monitor to be connected to the keyboard dock, though a suitable adaptor would have to be used for connection to an older VGA-exclusive monitor.
Both the tablet and keyboard sections have the same proprietary power socket. The reason for this is that both the keyboard and the tablet sections have batteries in them. Combined, they can last almost 12 hours between recharges. When the tablet is docked, the whole setup has been configured to drain from the keyboard battery first, which makes sense. Recharging time is a slow 8 hours from a dead stop to full capacity, though it is understandable that a larger tank of petrol needs a longer time to fill than a smaller one, to use an appropriate analogy.
Display and Audio
The display consists of a Diagonal BrightView LED-backlit IPS display. It has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is acceptable for an 11.6-inch display, considering that this resolution is still quite prevalent among 13.3-inch Ultrabooks. Display brightness is rated at 400 nits, which makes it highly-suitable for working in brightly-illuminated settings – if you can accept the high reflectivity of the glass display. HP has announced an optional stylus for the Envy x2, though further details have yet to be released.
The tablet sections sports a back-facing 8-megapixel camera for photographs and a front-facing 720p for video-conferencing. HP has an exclusive tie-up with Beats Audio, and it has worked to incorporate the Beats Audio sound systems in many, if not all, of their latest offerings. The Envy x2 is not exception. Sound from most MP3s are crisp with excellent thumping bass. That said, this being more of a tablet and less like a boombox, don’t expect the speakers to be loud enough for anything more than a small room.