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HP Envy X2: A Windows 8 tablet to covet

Serdar Yegulalp | July 10, 2013
Smart in design and stingy on power, HP's Envy convertible works well as a laptop or a tablet.

The Envy X2 is a consumer-oriented machine. There's no management-oriented hardware: no TPM, card module, or fingerprint reader, for example. I braced for the usual gamut of preloaded consumer-oriented software, such as the HP-branded photo and music apps, and the CyberLink YouCam app. Fortunately, most of those items come in the form of Windows 8 apps that don't clutter up the desktop. The only branded apps included are links to the eBay and Snapfish sites, as well as HP's own support and recovery manager app.

Truly usable as either a laptop or a tablet, the Envy X2 may be the most smartly designed hybrid I've tested. The hardware is solid, the battery life is long, and the price is right. If you crave versatility and portability, but don't require desktop-class performance, the Envy could be just ticket.

 

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