HP Envy X2 owners' discussion

Discussion in 'Hewlett Packard' started by Loccy, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

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    Your battery life on the 700t isn't too bad-- better than I'd thought. 6 hours is a heartening figure for general light usage- web, word docs, etc.
     
  2. Loccy

    Loccy Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Oh, I agree entirely. If your use case requires sheer processing grunt (as video editing does) you are more in the computer with detachable screen camp than tablet with attachable keyboard. But you pay the price in weight. In my case, my device spends at least 60% of its time undocked, in my hands in recreational use - web slacking, reading and video. It became apparent very early on to me that the 700T was not good at that due to its bulk, and on the basis that I could get by with a Clover Trail for the other 40% of my needs, the Sammy was the wrong device for me.

    But this is something else that the reviews are (mostly) missing - the fact that there are radically different use cases for these devices. The reviewers seem to be mindlessly following the checklist: design of device/camera/benchmarks/Steam.

    Mind you, I will be interested to see what the Surface Pro is like. If they can get battery life for video to 7 hours then I could be interested - although the 700T is apparently slightly lighter...!
     
  3. hawkeye62

    hawkeye62 Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Yeah, well said. The reviews miss the difference between Atom and x86. They are comparing apples to oranges. I had an Asus netbook with a single core Atom N450 with Windows 7 that met my needs. I am sure that a dual core Clover Trail with Windows 8 will more than meet my needs. For heavy lifting my i7 desktop does the job.

    Regards, Jim
     
  4. Maccyb

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    I have to agree with you on the docking of the X2 versus my 700T. I noticed the difference, though I just got a replacement keyboard for the original as one of the USB's was dead as I mentioned in another post. The USB is ok now and docking is more secure than the first keyboard. For me it is better for typing than the X2 but the quality on the 700T could have been a bit better. Maybe we will see a higher quality KB for sale in the future.
     
  5. Maccyb

    Maccyb Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Yes Steve, and I can honestly say my usage is medium to heavy rather than light. For example a couple hours of solid video editing and playback with some office programs open is still giving me 5 hours plus before ı get the 10% battery remaining notice. To be honest, I was really surprised...I was thinking I would be plugging in the power cord after 3 or 4 hours max.
     
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  6. PePsiMaX

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    Hi,

    have you made some benchmarks on the SanDisk 64GB SDXC card ? I am extremly disappointed with the poor performance that I find with this card on both of the Envy X2 SD card readers. Altough I have checked review on the Sandsik MicroSDXC car that show that it can go up to 44Mo/s in reading and 15Mo/s in writing, the best that I have (with atto benchmark) is 23Mo/s in reading and 9Mo/sec in writing (exFat or NTFS). When I copy a large file (8Gb) from the integrated SSD drive to the MicroSDXC card speed copy is around 8Mo/s.

    Do you see same results on your side ?
     
  7. jimmy

    jimmy Pen Pal - Newbie

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    My take on the Envy 2 after about a month of ownership.

    Pros

    - Aesthetically pleasing - nice solid build
    - Dual OS - I could list this as a pro and con. It still has taken me some time to get used to but this is exactly what I've been looking for in a machine. Running tablet like apps while having the ability to to lightweight work on the machine (Outlook, remote desktop, business productivity apps)
    - Battery life - Seems to hold up quite well. I don't have specific numbers but I can go a few days without charge if i'm doing light computing.

    Cons

    - Performance - not terrible but not great either. There are noticeable lags or slowdowns while in tablet mode
    - Windows 8 - I've used ios and android and I have found windows 8 to not be intuitive at all. Along with that, I find myself issuing random swipe commands (chrome full screen) or switching apps.
    - Other issues - I've had some weird video issues when playing certain games (glitchy) and have had to shutdown and start the device numerous times because it wouldn't wake from sleep and most annoying is that there are double spaces entered at random when pressing the space bar.
    - Form factor / size - the tablet is just a little to big to be used regularly in tablet mode comfortably. The weight is heavier than I expected

    Overall - I'm disappointed in the finished product as I had a lot of expectations for this form factor and the Windows 8 OS. I feel the product was not refined enough for production as there are a lot little issues that I wouldn't have expected. After using this for a month, I've once again started my search for a new tablet convertible as I don't think the Envy x2 is the perfect fit for me.
     
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  8. hackan

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    Atto gives 9MB write, 23.5MB read for me, box says "up to 30MB/s"
    Copying from USB-drive gives 15MB/s at the beginning, but then decreasing to about 8-9MB/s.
    So it seems like the same results.

    A hint about having Dropbox on the SD-card: It can give problems with files disappearing, I took a copy from another computer.
     
  9. belecad

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    I was just trying to see if the Envy X2 had micro sd or other slots. Online the hp site told me they did not, but apparently they do. COuld you explain what the X2 has, and if they can be used for extra storage?

    Thanks very much.
     
  10. PePsiMaX

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    Hi, there is one SD card reader in the keyboard side, and one MicroSD card reader in the screen side. It can be used for extra storage as you can find 128Go SDXC cards or 64Go MicroSDXC cards, but it is pretty slow though.
     

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