The HP Elite x2 1011 provides an impressive array of features in a high quality and compact design. Nearly everything is likable about this notebook replacement tablet including its excellent power keyboard with built-in battery, port selection and backlighting; solid overall performance for everyday usage largely thanks to its Core M processor; a strong design; and all-day battery life.
Business buyers will appreciate the fingerprint reader and SmartCard slot in the power keyboard as well as the optional Self-Encrypting Disk storage options. They and consumers alike can further appreciate the optional WiGig dock which was included with our review unit and allows for wireless docking up to a few feet away. Our review unit also came with the optional Wacom digitizer pen which worked well in our testing; it neatly slides into a dedicated slot on the Elite x2’s bottom edge.
The main obstacle to us telling everyone to buy an Elite x2 is its price; $1,629 as equipped (not including the WiGig dock) will buy a fully equipped Ultrabook with touch and even better overall performance. The Elite x2 has its excellent battery life and detachable tablet portion going for it over most Ultrabooks but even then we have trouble calling this a good value. The Elite x2 has however done more than enough to earn our overall recommendation for being a well-rounded product but only if you’re not particularly sensitive to price and place a high priority on having a dedicated tablet.
- Good battery life with power keyboard
- Ample performance for most tasks
- Attractive design and quality
- Business security features
- Intel WiGig technology
- Most ports in the power keyboard
- Power keyboard should allow tablet to tilt back further