Windows 8: Top Devices From HP, Dell, Samsung, Others for 2013

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-02-20 Print this article Print
HP Envy x2

HP Envy x2

The HP Envy x2 offers the power of a notebook with the freedom of a tablet. The Envy x2 easily switches from notebook to tablet and back again. The device weighs 3.1 pounds and, when separated, the tablet portion weighs 1.5 pounds. The Envy x2 features an optimized Windows 8 touch interface, solid-state-drive (SSD) memory designed for improved reliability and faster startup times, and an 11.6-inch diagonal high-definition (HD) touch display. Ultrawide viewing angles and a bright, 400-nit In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel provide a sharp visual experience indoors and outdoors, while an HD webcam on the front and an 8-megapixel camera on the back capture high-quality photos and video. It also comes with the Beats Audio sound technology.


The 2013 Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices present a go-anywhere look with clean lines and inventive features that meet the customer's demands for constant connectivity, mobility and flexibility. This year's collection of the latest hardware delivers increased mobility and power, alongside intriguing designs. Equipped with touch-sensitive screens, fast processors and the latest Windows 8 apps, the devices on this year's virtual catwalk are built for greater performance, yet show off keen design. Vendors also are looking to price them competitively with devices running Apple's iOS operating system or Google's Android OS. A wide range of vendors are embracing Microsoft's new OS, such as Hewlett-Packard, with its Envy x2. The system is convertible, and can be used as either a traditional laptop or a tablet. Asus' VivoTab Smart tablet features 10.1-inch high-definition display and full Windows 8 experience. Vizio is offering its All-in-One Touch PC running Windows 8. At the same time, Microsoft is offering its Wedge Mobile Keyboard, which can be used with Windows 8 tablets to give them a more laptop-like feel. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at hot Windows 8 devices for 2013.


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