Desktops and Notebooks: HP Launches New Hybrid Tablet, Laptops, Desktops Ahead of Windows 8

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-09-21 Print this article Print
Envy x2 Looks Like a Normal Notebook-but It's Not

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.  

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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