HP Elite X2 1012 G1

Almost perfect 2 in 1 | 7/5/2016


- CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Core m5-6Y57 (dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost)

- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515


- Screen: 12-inch, 1,920 x 1,280 FHD UWVA eDP ultra-slim LED-backlit touch screen

- Storage: 256GB M.2 SATA TLC SSD (Upgraded to a 512GB M.2 SSD)

- Ports: USB Type-C with Thunderbolt support, USB 3.0, headphone/mic combo jack

- Connectivity: 2 x 2 Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo

- Camera: 2MP FHD 1080p front-facing webcam, 5MP FHD 1080p rear-facing

- Weight: 1.8 pounds (tablet), 2.65 pounds (tablet with travel keyboard), 2.79 pounds (tablet with advanced keyboard)

- Size: 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches (tablet), 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches (tablet with travel keyboard), 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches (tablet with advanced keyboard) (W x D x H)

Price: $1,134 (Eliete x2 new on Amazon) + $235 (512GB M.2 SSD Amazon)

Coming from a MS Surface Pro 1st gen, this tablet is thinner, lighter and can be upgraded / repaired in comparison. I have the m5, 8gb, 256GB model and I use it as my daily driver for just about everything from Android development to network management and even some gaming (runs World of Warcraft on low settings and gets 20 - 50 fps in most areas). I haven't been a strong supporter of HP in the past, but this tablet has changed my mind for at least their business products (I'm actually a huge fan of 2 in 1's and I can't wait to try out the 2nd gen Elite x2 when it becomes available to see if some of the cons below get fixed).
What are the pros?
Top things:

- Repair-ability and upgradability, I've already upgraded the storage from 256GB to 512GB without any issues (try doing that to a Surface Pro!). Battery is replaceable and wireless card, but not the memory.

- The keyboard feels like typing on a laptop keyboard due to the metal surface, key spacing and travel.

- The amount of ports are just right and the inclusion of both USB3 and USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 compatibility is awesome.. (although I do wish there was a mini or micro HDMI out).

- I use the fingerprint sensor daily, I really like it's inclusion and the fact it's compatible with Windows Hello (makes logging in to the tablet that much quicker).

- The processor in this tablet is a m5-6Y57 that turbo boosts up to 2.8ghz, which is better than the surface pro 4 m3 version.

What are the cons?
Top things:

- The speakers / sound quality is very, very tiny, overall the audio / speakers are the worst I have ever heard from a tablet of this size.

- Have to use an external bluetooth speaker or headphones for decent quality.

- The screen brightness could be better, hard to see outside on a clear day.

- Didn't care for the stylus that came with the Elite X2, purchased a Bamboo as a replacement which was a huge improvement with handwriting accuracy. The original stylus had problems with skipping while writing and didn't have as much pressure sensitivity.

- For serious work, the processor in this tablet is just ok ( it's good enough to run WoW and a couple VMs), but you can really feel it struggling and apps / keyboard / mouse input start to stutter at random when you have too many processor intensive tasks running. For example, running a vm while zipping a large file, and youtube is playing a music video = typing in word taking a few seconds to show up. Or while all of that's going on trying to close out an application takes a few seconds longer than normal.

- Besides the audio quality and track pad registering a right click quite often while trying to scroll... the #1 most annoying thing about this tablet... The keyboard backlight! It doesn't stay set to whatever you set it as. For example, if you turn it off completely or have it on a dim setting and close up the keyboard, the backlight comes back on full blast when you open it next time. Didn't have this issue with my Surface Pro and don't know if I'm the only one with this issue or if this is as designed, but it's quite annoying for me.

Overall, I think this 2 in 1 would be great for a student entering college, someone that wants to reduce their load while traveling or perhaps a writer or blogger. I can't recommend it for those wanting to use it for serious photoshop work, but maybe some light editing or note taking in One Note. Battery lasts for 4 - 5 hours, but you can get it to last an hour or two longer if you reduce the display brightness, use battery saver and change the processor speed to 75% max.
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