Review: HP Elite x2 1012

(Last Updated On: September 7, 2016)


Beautiful and powerful. If I was asked to come up with two words that sum up HP’s hybrid, Elite x2 1012, this would be them. Thin, lightweight, elegant, stylish, and well-crafted were also all in with a shot but just missed the cut. I guess you get my drift. This is a top-notch, two-in-one machine, for teacher and student alike, that comfortably competes with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

The 1,920 x 1,280 FHD display may not be pushing display technology to the limit, but it’s all the visual power you’ll need when staring into a 12-inch screen. The responsiveness of the touchscreen is excellent. Off-angle viewing is very clear and glare is minimal.

The tablet and keyboard are held together magnetically – and stay together even when hung upside down. (I love trying that with demos!) There’s also a great kickstand, that lets the screen tilt to almost any angle.

Solid and comfortable

The keyboard and trackpad are integrated into the Elite x2’s excellent type cover. It’s made of stiff aluminum with a felt covered exterior that provides a solid and comfortable base. The keyboard’s backlit, with well-spaced, comfortable keys and, unusually, includes a number pad. The trackpad’s nicely sensitive, too, but a bit on the small side.

Inside is a Core M processor, 8GB memory and 256GB drive. So, enough grunt, although that comes at a premium price tag (RRP $1999) and the battery could last a wee bit longer.

Overall, this is an impressive, enterprise-quality device, whether in tablet or notebook mode – and is part of the TELA scheme, so has that little extra support. Beautiful and powerful, indeed.

Performance:  3.5-stars

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