HP Envy X2 owners' discussion

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

  1. belecad

    belecad Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Thanks for this. I tried it last night with an older SD card and the machine completely froze. Any ideas? Thank you for your help!
     
  2. hawkeye62

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    The Samsung 500T1C and the Asus TF810C have specs that include accelerometer, proximity, gyroscope, etc. BUT, I haven't been able to find any such specs for the Envy X2. Does anyone know what specs the Envy X2 has?

    Thanks, Jim
     
  3. nick_white

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    I have a question regarding the charging of the tablet from the dock: can you disable the charging (maybe through a supplied HP program) ?

    I am thinking at this use case: using the tablet only, but when in need to type more, connect to the dock, then after the type session, disconnect. This would wear the limited cycles of the Lithium battery. Disabling the charging would help.
     
  4. wac98

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    Hi. I'm actually waiting for my Envy X2 which will be delivered in a couple of days. IMHO, Envy X2 is perfect for those who want a sleek and long-lasting (without charging) laptops. However, perhaps it is not suitable for whose who like to play graphically demanding work including 3D games.

    In contrast to recent reviews on Envy X2, I'm not that dissatisfied with the performance of the new Atom CPU. Rather, my gripe is the slow speed of the low-profile and small-sized SSD used in Envy X2. I'm wondering if it is possible to upgrade the default SSD (the reading speed of which seems to be barely above 40 MB/s) to something performing better?

    In case the default SSD is not soldered onto the main board and uses some standard interfaces such as mSATA, I gather it should be quite possible. Does anyone know what kind of interface is used for the default SSD?
     
  5. wac98

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    I'm sorry for the wrong information in my previous post. It seems like the reading speed of the default SSD in Envy X2 is about 80 MB/s, not 40 MB/s. 80 MB/s is not that bad as compared with standard laptop HDDs but surely leaves something to be desired.

    I did some googlings and my hunch is that the default SSD is soldered onto Envy X2. I'm really curious about whether it is the case or not, but definitely I don't think I will try to open my Envy X2, to be delivered to me in a couple of days. I do have much dexterity.
     
  6. PePsiMaX

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    I would be very interested to see the inside of the Envy X2,especially for the screen part. I guess that the 64Go drive is soldered onto the motherboard, as it seems to be eMMC (embedded Multi-Media Card), which is far slower compare to Msata SSD drives.
     
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    Hi hackan, could you please share where you found the matte and clear screen protectors for sale? Thanks
     
  8. Loccy

    Loccy Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Trouble in paradise...

    So, after six weeks or so, I still really like the Envy, but there are some niggles that are irritating me.

    1) Occasional lock-ups that require a hard reboot - i.e. hold down power for 5 seconds and restart. I actually think what's happening is that the device isn't hung, but rather has stopped responding to input meaning that the power button isn't being acted on. There have been a couple of times when, while I've been working, it's suddenly stopped responding to absolutely every input method - touch, keyboard, mousepad, volume buttons - but the cursor has still been flashing in the app I'm in. I think this is the same issue - it's only when the screen is off you've got no way of turning it on to ascertain that it hasn't locked. I installed an alleged BIOS update (balls of steel after what that did to the Samsung I had!) but it didn't seem to update the visible date of the existing BIOS, so I assume that was pointless.

    2) I was deluding myself in saying that the keyboard and trackpad is on a par with a MacBook Air. Keyboard is mushy in comparison. Trackpad is awful in comparison and often seems to stop responding to gestures requiring a dock/undock.

    3) I wish it was smaller. 11.6 inches is too big for a tablet. Now the other devices are finally making their way to the UK market I find myself wishing I'd waited. The Acer Vivo Smart ME400 looks more my sort of thing. 10" and, it seems, better battery life in tablet mode. Mind you ar £399 I may well end up getting one anyway... :D
     
  9. PePsiMaX

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    Hi,

    Regarding the occasional lock-ups, I have seen these kind of complains in forum thread for all the device that use the Atom Z2760 and CloverTrail platform .. See for example :
    Iconia w510 - Acer Support Community for Acer W510
    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/asus/54322-vivotab-tf810c-stability-issues.html for Asus tf810c
    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/samsung/54202-500t-those-freezing-issues.html for Samsung 500t

    I guess that we need to wait for Intel to improve the drivers for the platform.
     
  10. wac98

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    Hi Loccy,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with Envy X2. I'm still waiting for my Envy X2. I'm just notified that it will be delivered tomorrow. Keyboard thing is fine for me but the "occasional lock-ups" seem to be quite irritating. I hope HP can clear up the bugs sooner or later. Are they known to be responsible enough?

    The most favourite part of Envy X2 for me is that it runs Windows 8 without a fan. I'm really sensitive to the existence of fans. On the other hand, there is no point in denying that we are sort or beta-testers of the new Atom CPU with Windows 8. I suggest you wait one more year for yet another version of Atom CPU, "Bay Trail", which is alleged to be at least twice faster than "Clover Trail", which is used in Envy X2. I believe that "hybrid tablet" market will become rapidly mature in a couple of years to come. It might be an idea to wait a bit more until the fruit becomes ripe.
     

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