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HP Pro X2 612: Is It Good for Business?

HP Pro X2 612 G2
HP Pro X2 612 G2 / Credit: HP

HP's new and improved Pro X2 612 G2 was designed with business in mind, and is surprising affordable at just $979. Specifically, HP hopes to sway anyone who was considering a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The detachable device features a kickstand, a stylus and is built to withstand drops, dust, shocks and scratches. 

Like the Surface Pro 4, the Pro X2 comes with a Wacom stylus that stows in a loop off of one side of the keyboard. It weighs 1.9 pounds (2.7 with the keyboard). It comes with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. You can choose which CPU is right for you, with options ranging from Intel's Pentium, Core M3, i5 to i7 at the high end. HP claims it should last 11 hours on a charge. 

The Pro X2 features a 12-inch, 1920 x 1280-pixel display made of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. It's got a microSD slot, a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port, a SIM card slot and a headphone jack. 

Your IT team will love that they can remove the back to get access to the removable SSD as well as the LAN and LTE components. They will also appreciate HP's self-healing safeguard called HP Sure Start Gen3, which protects against BIOS attacks. It's also got a built-in smart card reader and NFC sensor for additional security. 

On the keyboard, business folks will appreciate the keys dedicated to controlling conference calls. There are keys just for screen sharing, muting, unmuting and disconnecting. 

HP is also releasing a bunch of accessories for the Pro X2. They include a $49 rugged case, a $149 USB-C dock and a $49 travel hub. Stay tuned for a full review. 

Brett Nuckles

A former Ohio newspaper man, Brett Nuckles fled the Midwest in 2013. He now lives in Seattle, where he spends his days tinkering with smartphones, tablets and computers. He loves to think about the intersection of technology and productivity, and how to get the most out of new gadgets and apps. He's also a big fan of vegetarian food and digital painting. In his off hours he spends most of his time drawing and painting sci-fi/fantasy scenes on his PC with his trusty Wacom stylus in hand.