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.