HP thinks that business IT departments will appreciate that they can work on the Elite X2, something we’d bet many of our readers would find interesting, too. HP has also equipped the Elite X2 with USB Type-C ports that carry USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 signals, a trick that not even Microsoft’s pricey Surface Book has.
Buyers can option the machine with Intel vPro processor if wanted. The machine, which includes a 12-inch HD LED display, is available with the Windows 10 Pro 64 or Windows Home 64 operating system. The stylus has integrated pressure sensors to help control the width of lines when writing or drawing onscreen. The Elite x2 was created to be very portable and thin measuring in at 8.1mm thick and fewer than two pounds. Starting at $899, Elite x2 comes with the detachable HP Travel Keyboard and HP Active Pen with App Launch.
It has a built-in kickstand with 150 degrees of adjustability, allowing a user to set the device upright for viewing and keyboard typing or laying it back for on-screen typing. The Elite x2 is built to pass MIL-STD testing to meet the rigors of rough business use, while its display is covered with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for durability. HP says that this is the same keyboard hardware as used in its EliteBook Folio 1020 enterprise-class laptop. Fixed storage is provided by a built-in SSD and the tablet also features a 4G LTE modem, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, HP Noise Reduction software plus Bang & Olufsen speakers, front and rear cameras, dual array microphones, and a variety of modern connector ports (including Thunderbolt 3/USB-C and USB-A). The machine has BIOS-level security with HP SureStart tech. The system is created to be easier to upgrade and fix, with simpler parts replacement and disassembly procedures, according to HP.
The HP travel keyboard offers users a thinner keyboard solution, adding 395 grams in weight while delivering a full 1.5mm keyboard travel and a clickpad for productivity.