Desktops and Notebooks: HP Launches New Hybrid Tablet, Laptops, Desktops Ahead of Windows 8
Envy x2 Looks Like a Normal Notebook-but It's Not
HP's new Envy x2 is an ultrathin hybrid PC with the advantages of two devices. As a notebook that doubles as a tablet, the Envy x2 has a detachable screen that becomes a full tablet when separated from the keyboard via a seamless magnetic latch. If you use the x2 as a laptop, you have a choice of using a traditional trackpad or a touch screen. Users no longer have to carry more than one device to perform special tasks.
Hewlett-Packard plans to take full advantage of the Oct. 26 release of Microsoft's Windows 8. At media events around the country, the company has been showing off a number of new Windows 8-loaded PCs, including a new EliteTab tablet (which will be revealed next month) and a convertible laptop/tablet with a removable screen. The convertible Envy x2, which will be out in time for the holidays, looks like a small laptop that weighs in at about 3 pounds. But that's where the similarity ends. When you click a small magnetic latch just above the keyboard, it releases an 11.6-inch screen that turns the unit into an independent Windows 8 tablet. If you use the x2 as a laptop, you have a choice of using a traditional trackpad or a touch screen. In tablet or laptop mode, it can be used to watch video, run Windows tablet apps or regular Windows desktop software, such as Microsoft Office and PowerPoint. If HP wants to differentiate itself in the device world against all the usual-suspect incumbents, this is the device with the potential to do it. This slide show features highlights from HP's fall showcase, with more announcements due next month.