HP Elite x2 - HP's Microsoft Surface killer



  • http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/hp-elite-x2-1012-g1-1309302/review

    Anyone have any experience of them? I've got one on trial at the moment and think I prefer it to the Surface (mainly because I prefer dealing with HP).

    Personally, I'm not a fan of 2-in-1 PC/Tablets, preferring to work with a traditional laptop and a seperate iPad Mini - combining the two into one device is too much of a compromise - but other people seem to love them. I do really like the stylus though and could see myself taking handwritten notes in meetings with it (which I've never managed to do with an iPad).

    I'm thinking of buying a dozen for our Sales Reps.


  • Banned

    HP are fast heading into a don't buy list for me. Every time I deal with them or their products it is a head-ache.

    I LOVE HP products, I like their ethos and I don't like Dell's sales tactics but too many things keep pushing me away.



  • I've never used these. I've played with 2-in-1 devices before but not this one.

    $900 for the device, and then an additional $200~ for the keyboard... not really a great deal is it?



  • I'm afraid I've not see this one yet.



  • @Breffni-Potter said in HP Elite x2 - HP's Microsoft Surface killer:

    HP are fast heading into a don't buy list for me. Every time I deal with them or their products it is a head-ache.

    I LOVE HP products, I like their ethos and I don't like Dell's sales tactics but too many things keep pushing me away.

    I've never dealt with HP or HPE directly. I've always gone through a partner. Experience until recently has been quite good.
    I'm fairly sure that it's incompetance on the part of our account manager. A week to get back you you about replacing a failed server HDD? Yeah nah, that's why we bought our last server from Dell



  • @nadnerB said in HP Elite x2 - HP's Microsoft Surface killer:

    @Breffni-Potter said in HP Elite x2 - HP's Microsoft Surface killer:

    HP are fast heading into a don't buy list for me. Every time I deal with them or their products it is a head-ache.

    I LOVE HP products, I like their ethos and I don't like Dell's sales tactics but too many things keep pushing me away.

    I've never dealt with HP or HPE directly. I've always gone through a partner. Experience until recently has been quite good.
    I'm fairly sure that it's incompetance on the part of our account manager. A week to get back you you about replacing a failed server HDD? Yeah nah, that's why we bought our last server from Dell

    We get things like drives in two hours with HPE.



  • The convertible devices are to small and squishy for me to enjoy.
    I can use them but not for long periods of time.
    Not found one yet that I have thought "I HAVE TO HAVE THIS!"

    The Elite X2 looks like a Surface with a different keyboard...

    The Thunderbolt support is cool but... the whole category is still kind of meh to me.

    To sum it up, I'll use a quote from a game character... TINY!



  • We are rolling them out here. We evaluated other products like the Surface Pro 4 and super lightweight laptops. So far we love them. We combined them with the HP wireless dock for when the user is in the office.



  • @scottalanmiller said in HP Elite x2 - HP's Microsoft Surface killer:

    @nadnerB said in HP Elite x2 - HP's Microsoft Surface killer:

    @Breffni-Potter said in HP Elite x2 - HP's Microsoft Surface killer:

    HP are fast heading into a don't buy list for me. Every time I deal with them or their products it is a head-ache.

    I LOVE HP products, I like their ethos and I don't like Dell's sales tactics but too many things keep pushing me away.

    I've never dealt with HP or HPE directly. I've always gone through a partner. Experience until recently has been quite good.
    I'm fairly sure that it's incompetance on the part of our account manager. A week to get back you you about replacing a failed server HDD? Yeah nah, that's why we bought our last server from Dell

    We get things like drives in two hours with HPE.

    Things move a little slower here... Not always a good thing. (and we aren't even that far out of the city!!!!!!) 😡



  • I didn't read the whole review, but I skimmed it. What I saw was a weaker processor than the surface, a higher price, and less battery life.

    3 hours and 53 minute battery life is pathetic for a $1000 tablet.



  • This is kind of amazing

    The screen is also relatively easy to remove should you ever need to add upgrades. Unscrew the kickstand (which I talk more about below), attach a suction cup to the screen, pull and voila - the Elite x2's guts are yours to poke and prod.

    But damn.. this is still a super premo price tag.. $1350 for tablet and another $200 for the aluminum keyboard.. damn.

    that said, I think I paid $1300 for my convertible Yoga Pro i7 4 years ago.



  • I used one. It felt heavy. OTOH it's MIL-STD spec. I watched a guy pour water on his and plug it back in to the projector and go on with his presentation. It's also "field serviceable". This doesn't mean that you can service it in the field, but HP can. You need a jig that has magnets in the right places to release it. The advantage is that if a SSD goes, it can be replaced without having to ship the whole thing back. If you have security concerns, you can buy a new SSD and shred the old one and not be out the cost of the entire unit like you would be with an iPad.



  • @Mike-Davis said in HP Elite x2 - HP's Microsoft Surface killer:

    I used one. It felt heavy. OTOH it's MIL-STD spec. I watched a guy pour water on his and plug it back in to the projector and go on with his presentation. It's also "field serviceable". This doesn't mean that you can service it in the field, but HP can. You need a jig that has magnets in the right places to release it. The advantage is that if a SSD goes, it can be replaced without having to ship the whole thing back. If you have security concerns, you can buy a new SSD and shred the old one and not be out the cost of the entire unit like you would be with an iPad.

    Now that's a fantastic feature set that you don't see often enough 🙂



  • @Breffni-Potter said in HP Elite x2 - HP's Microsoft Surface killer:

    HP are fast heading into a don't buy list for me. Every time I deal with them or their products it is a head-ache.

    I LOVE HP products, I like their ethos and I don't like Dell's sales tactics but too many things keep pushing me away.

    Ha we've had the opposite. Dell has been kind of a disaster for us. Ha who knows.


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