HP’s completely revamped Envy x2 makes us believe Microsoft actually knows something about design. The updated Envy x2 is being offered with your choice of either a 13.3-inch or 15.6-inch display, but the new built-in adjustable kickstand and removable backlit keyboard look an awful lot like the Surface Pro 3.
Both the 13-inch and 15-inch models will be powered by new 14-nanometer Intel Core M processors. The new processors allow the Envy x2 to have a fanless design but we’ll have to get a system in our lab before we know how it performs compared to the Intel Haswell chip inside the Surface Pro 3.
Other notable design features of the HP Envy x2 include Beats-branded stereo speakers and a sizable touchpad beneath the backlit keyboard on the 13-inch version or located beside the keyboard on the 15-inch model.
Speaking of the keyboard, it’s a Bluetooth model that connects to base of the Envy x2’s screen via relatively weak magnets, but we’re concerned that the keyboard and the screen won’t stay connected if you’re trying to use this hybrid laptop on your lap. As with the Surface Pro 3, we suspect most people will use the Envy x2 as a tablet in their laps and use the keyboard when they’re sitting at a desk.
The 13.3-inch Envy x2 has a starting price of $1,050 and will start shipping in the U.S. on October 29. The 15.6-inch model has a lower starting price of $950 and will arrive on November 5.
If you want a 2-in-1 laptop but don’t have around $1000 to spend, HP has also updated the more affordable Pavilion x2. This hybrid laptop includes a 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen and is powered by an Intel Atom processor.
As with the HP Stream, there isn’t much in the way of built-in storage but you can expand the built-in storage by using the microSD card slot. The Pavilion x2 also features a single USB 2.0 port and mini-HDMI port and weighs just 3.1 pounds (1.2 pounds for the tablet and 1.9 pounds for the detachable keyboard cover).
The Pavilion x2 has a wallet-friendly price tag of $329 and will be available in a variety of colors in the US on October 29.