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HP Pro X2 612: Top 3 Business Features

HP Pro X2 612: Top 3 Business Features
HP's new 2-in-1 device is designed for serious business users. / Credit: HP

HP's new 2-in-1 device is designed for serious business users. The HP Pro X2 612 is a Windows 8.1 laptop/tablet hybrid with a detachable keyboard, powerful hardware and tons of security options. That includes an optional fingerprint scanner to keep your business data extra safe. And its large 12.5-inch display provides plenty of screen space for serious productivity. You can't pick up the HP Pro X2 612 just yet; it's set to hit store shelves in August. Here are three features that make it worth waiting for.

Hybrid design

Due to its large size, the HP Pro X2 612 is a notebook first. The display snaps firmly onto the full-size Power Keyboard dock, which features backlit keys, a roomy touchpad and an extended battery. Buyers can also opt for a lighter keyboard that lacks a battery and has fewer ports. The keyboard is a boon for business users, but so is the ability to detach the display and use the device as a large tablet. Standing alone, the slate is a more portable device for commuters and frequent travelers. It's also a better form factor for using touch-based Windows apps on the go. HP will also offer the tablet separately for budget-minded buyers.

Security features

The HP Pro X2 612 is packed with security features for business users. That includes BIOSphere, a computer startup technology that safeguards against hackers, as well as the HP Client Security suite. There's also the option to add a fingerprint reader to the machine, so you can lock and unlock the device by sliding your finger over the reader. That's a big plus for anyone who views or stores sensitive business or client data on their mobile device.

Large display

The Pro X2 612 sports a sharp 12.5-inch display that's big enough to work on. The size is a good balance between portability and productivity. It's slightly larger than the beefed-up display on Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro 3 tablet, which means more room for screen-intensive work. Everyday tasks like browsing the Web or checking email are also more comfortable on a larger display.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.