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HP Envy x2 Review: Clover Trail Tablet Hybrid

Performance Benchmarks

As is customary this laptop/notebook hybrid was put through a Futuremark Peacekeeper test (Internet Explorer 10). The results are quite illuminating.

A score of 409 was obtained, which is relatively mediocre compared to the likes of the Nexus 7 (489) and the new iPad (951). Interestingly, the Envy x2 was ranked ahead of the Microsoft Surface (348), which is supposed to be Microsoft’s Windows 8 flagship for its foray into the market for tablets, as well as the EeePad Transformer Prime (344), its current closest competitor.

Granted, these two benchmarks tested the Envy x2 against only two other laptops, but the results appear to corroborate the Futuremark Peacekeeper test. The Acer Iconia W700, a tablet/desktop hybrid, far outperformed the Envy x2 in both tests. It has to be said that the Iconia W700 has a Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM and a full-fledged SSD, so the results probably do not come as too much of a surprise.

Considering that this more of a tablet with a dock and less of an Ultrabook, much less a full laptop, it is almost certainly not meant for heavy graphics processing, such as video editing or heavy gaming. Diablo III or Batman: Arkham City are certainly near-unplayable at any setting, though retro games from four years ago or more should play quite fine. Then again, if you are a gamer, then you really shouldn’t be going for a tablet/Ultrabook hybrid anyway. 

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