Pricing and Conclusions
The HP Envy x2 costs SGD$1199 in the Singapore market, which is significantly more expensive than most Android tablets, the same as a mid-range laptop and just a notch below faster UltraBooks and the Apple MacBook Air.
In the final analysis, there are two ways of looking at this tablet/laptop hybrid. On one hand, you could see it as a very powerful tablet with built-in HSDPA connectivity. After all, there are few tablets out there which could boast an Intel Atom dual-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 64 GB eMMC, and a large 11.6-inch screen. On the other hand, when docked, you could also see the Envy x2 as a heavily underpowered laptop. The aforementioned specs pale in comparison to the standard specs of most Ultrabooks in the same price range, namely a Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 128 GB SSD.
So in the end the Envy x2 might probably appeal to a niche market of customers who have identified the need for a tablet on the move which can be converted into an Ultrabook when desk work or heavy typing on the go is needed. There are other laptop/tablet hybrids currently on the market (the Lenovo ThinkPad X230T comes to mind), but for the same or worse build quality they tend to be heavier and bulkier than the Envy x2.
Our conclusion is simple: if you are undecided between a tablet and an Ultrabook, or you need a tablet that can turn into a laptop on demand, then the Envy x2 works well by straddling the boundary between the two. Otherwise, if you do a lot of mobile computing (for example, you need to do some CAD drawings while you’re away from your desktop), then a proper notebook is probably more up your alley.