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.
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.
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.
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.