£800 HP Envy X2 11-G030EA: An interesting concept with a superb design

Is it a laptop or a tablet? The HP Envy X2 11-G030EA is actually both. It is a tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard and it costs £800 at PC World which makes it a tad more expensive than say the £510 Acer Iconia W510, the £499 Asus Vivotab ME400C or the £410 Android-based Asus Transformer Prime TF201.

For that outlay, you get a device powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 processor which is clocked at 1.8GHz. There’s 2GB of RAM (that’s the maximum it can take), an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 touchscreen display, dual speakers with Beats Audio, Windows 8, a 64GB SSD, up to seven hours battery life as a tablet and 14 as a laptop, NFC, HD Webcam, Bluetooth, an 8-megapixel camera, Intel HD graphics, two USB ports, a large touchpad called the "Imagepad" and Wi-Fi.

With a thickness of 19mm (with the keyboard attached), the Envy X2 is reasonably sized. Take off the attachment and its weight goes down to 700g, which for a 11.6in device is more than reasonable. As expected, it comes crammed with HP software like Connected Music, Connected Photo, Games, Connected ePrint and Recovery Manager.

The hybrid laptop will also compete with the likes of the Latitude 10 and the Lenovo Thinkpad 2.