HP's new laptop/tablet hybrid packs a stylus and great security features. That makes the HP Pro X2 410 a good pick for business users in the market for a versatile new work machine. The 12-inch, 2-in-1 device features a sharp display that snaps onto a full-size keyboard dock. That means you can use it like notebook when you have real work to do. The new HP is heavier than some other 12-inch hybrids, such as Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, but that's the tradeoff for the Pro X2's sturdier keyboard and numerous connectivity options. And it offers decent specs, including an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and a 64GB hard drive. Get a hands-on look at the HP Pro X2 at our sister site Laptop Mag, and read on for three features that make the HP Pro X2 good for work.
The HP Pro X2 packs professional-level security features, including a Smart Card slot. A Smart Card is like a key for your laptop; when activated, this feature prevents the device from functioning unless the right card is inserted. A fingerprint reader located on the lid of the device provides an extra security boost, since it lets you lock and unlock the machine by sliding your finger over the reader.
A built-in stylus turns the HP Pro X2 into a capable note-taking machine. Just slide the stylus out from a slot at the base of the device to start writing or drawing on the touch screen. And the display's built-in digitizer adds pressure sensitivity for more natural and accurate handwriting.
The HP Pro X2's numerous ports and connectivity options set it apart from most other laptop/tablet hybrids. That includes a docking port that makes it easier to hook up a larger monitor and desktop accessories like a mouse, keyboard and external hard drive. Business users will also appreciate the Ethernet port that allows a wired Internet connection, as well as both a VGA port and full-size DisplayPort that could come in handy for business presentations. Other highlights include the microSIM card slot that you can use to connect to a 3G or 4G network.