LAS VEGAS — HP's EliteBook x360 will slide right into your crowded work bag. In fact, HP says it's the slimmest business-class 2-in-1 laptop you can get. And the EliteBook x360 -- which was announced this week as the CES tech trade show – also provides get strong security, a sharp 13.3-inch display and full pressure sensitivity so you can take notes right on the screen. It launches in late January, but pricing hasn't yet been announced.
The system measures just 0.59 inches thick, which is crazy slim for a business-class hybrid. In comparison, Lenovo’s X1 Yoga laptop measures 0.66 inches thick. That might not sound like a big difference, but I think commuters and travelers will really appreciate the x360's svelte design when they get their hands on it.
I was also impressed by HP's Sure View privacy mode, a privacy feature that can be toggled on and off instantly with the press of a button on the keyboard. When it's on, Sure View works like one of those stick-on privacy filters that makes the screen fade out when it's viewed from the top or sides, in order to deter people from glimpsing private company information. I came away pretty impressed after a hands-on demo; the Sure View effect can be toggled instantly, and works as advertised. It seriously diminishes contrast on your screen, though, giving images a washed-out appearance, so you'll want to turn it off when you don't need it.
You also get all the standard security features here. That includes a facial recognition-ready camera that lets you log onto the laptop just by looking at it, a fingerprint read for single-touch sign-ons, and hardware-based encryption for all your data.
As the name implies, the x360s has a flexible hinge that lets you fold the display back a full 360 degrees, letting you use the system like a big tablet. That's great for taking notes right on the display when you pair the system with HP's active stylus, which is sold separately. Writing on the screen felt smooth and responsive when I tried it.
Other hardware highlights include Intel's 7th-generatiion Core i5 or i7 processors, A Thunderbolt 3 port for fast data transfer, and a gorgeous 13.3-inch display with optional 4K resolution.
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