The HP ENVY x2, billed as "the right device for the right time, every time," supposedly solves the "Do I bring my notebook or tablet?" dilemma, providing the power of a notebook and the freedom of a tablet in one device.
Constructed of shiny aluminum with a dockable keyboard equipped with a hinge secured with magnets that smoothly guide the slate into place, the x2 weighs 3.1 pounds. When separated, the tablet portion weighs just 1.5 pounds.
The unit has an 11.6-inch diagonal HD touch display that yields ultra-wide viewing angles thanks to a bright, In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel. Beats Audio provides rich sound, and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology lets you share content, including photos, contacts and URLs, with a simple tap.
The device is powered by an Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM and 64GB solid-state storage. The operating system is 32-bit Windows 8, so it's compatible with standard Windows applications.
By now, consumers are used to seeing Windows 8 touch-screen notebooks transform into tablets and vice versa. I really like how the x2 accomplishes this, but the ad with Dan White wowing a child on an airplane is unrealistic. No nine-year-old I know would be that impressed.
The HP ENVY x2 lists for $849.99, but I've seen it discounted $100-$200, including on HP's own website. For more information, visit HP.com.