1HP Elite X2: 10 Things to Consider Before Buying the Hybrid
If recent market research on tablets shows anything, it’s that two-in-one hybrids—devices that can act both as tablets and notebooks—are proving exceedingly popular. A number of PC makers see that trend and are investing heavily in the technology. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that HP recently announced an update to its popular Elite X2 line of hybrids. The devices come with a nice design, big screens and ample power, and since they’re designed for corporate users, they come with a host of security and IT management features appropriate for the enterprise. Still, like other hybrids, the HP Elite X2 is a little pricey and there are some limitations potential buyers should consider before purchasing the device.
2A Hybrid Design for Business
3Some Nice Specs Inside
HP’s Elite X2 runs Intel’s Core processors, but a variety of options are available depending on what customers are looking for in terms of power. The computer’s screen is made from Corning’s Gorilla Glass and a USB-C port allows for quick transfer of information or the ability to connect a 4K monitor for dual-screen support.
4Several Security Features
5Stylus Support Is Included
6It Runs Windows 10 Pro
In a smart move, HP bundled Windows 10 Pro with the HP Elite X2. The operating system comes with all standard Microsoft software and the security controls many IT managers want. The device also includes several of the company’s solutions built-in, which could be a problem for those who aren’t so keen on bloatware.
7Several Connectivity Features
8Not a Bad Display
The HP Elite X2 comes with a 12.3-inch screen, the same size as Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4, which arguably is its biggest competitor. The screen has a 2,736-by-1,824-pixel resolution, which technically isn’t 4K but should suffice for most. As noted, it’s protected by Gorilla Glass and supports both touch and stylus input.
9IT Management Features Built-In
The Elite X2 incorporates several features aimed at enterprise users. It supports HP’s Touchpoint Manager or Landesk to enable IT to set up and scale an entire fleet of computers across the company. And, using remote BIOS configuration, IT can deploy and maintain Elite X2 units across the office with ease.
10Compelling Service Options
HP is offering a variety of support options for the Elite X2 to help companies stay up and running. Users can take advantage of HP Care’s Helpdesk, technical support that’s available 24/7. Additionally, HP has global support in 180 countries through 230,000 vendor partners that can provide on-site and same-day repairs.
11Pricing and Availability Notes
HP’s Elite X2 pricing can vary widely depending on the version and configuration. The G1 line starts at $909 and increases to $1,980 with a few customizations. A G2 version is slated to launch in July, priced at $1,099 to start.