HP's Elite x2 is an excellent value for workers, offering better battery life at a lower price compared to its closest rivals. The system includes a sleek, 12-inch tablet; a comfy, snap-on keyboard; and an active stylus for taking notes right on the screen. You also get business-class security and durability, and solid performance for everyday productivity.
Like Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, the Elite x2 features a handy flip-out kickstand that props the tablet up while you type. This is also useful for positioning the device at a comfortable angle when you're writing on the screen with the included stylus. The downside is that, as with the Surface, balancing a kickstand on your knees can make it feel awkward when you want to use the Elite x2 in your lap.
The x2's excellent security credentials will please independent workers and IT departments alike. Security features include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that lets you access your desktop without fussing with a password screen every time you turn the system on. You also get hardware-based encryption and Intel vPro technology, which allows your system to be managed and secured remotely.
Commuters and travelers, meanwhile, will appreciate the Elite x2's tough design. HP says the device offers military-grade durability and was tested to withstand dings, extreme temperatures, dust, humidity and more.
Other hardware highlights include a full-HD, 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display that delivers crisp text and colorful images; a USB Type-C port that will come in handy for fast data transfer, as well as attaching newer accessories; and a zippy Intel Core m5 processor with 8GB of RAM.
And while the Elite x2 didn't exactly impress us on the battery-life front, it did outlast its closest rivals. The system ran for 6 hours and 54 minutes on our battery-life test, which simulates continuous web browsing over Wi-Fi. That time is shorter than the laptop average of 8 hours and 10 minutes, but it beats detachable competitors like the Surface Pro 4 (6:05) and Samsung TabPro S (6:46).