HP SlateBook x2 and HP Split x2

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  1. TABLETBOOKPC_HYBRIDS

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    I've played with it a few more times but BestBuy doesn't make it easy as when I arrive it is without a charge (keyboard is never plugged in so zero charge there & the tablet is supposed to be plugged in charging but never is) & while it does get some charge quickly I have to consider connecting to my smartphone internet connection because the BestBuy internet connection isn't functional. Eventually I get some BestBuy Wi-Fi working but I shouldn't have to waste so much time & frustration. I also have to travel to a less convenient BestBuy as the more convenient location still hasn't set it up yet despite having a big poster of it with an empty space for this updated aluminum model. That's my BestBuy rant that some of you may encounter but at least I could see it somewhere yet for the 1080p screen I was told unless you can order that at BestBuy.com which you can't you're SOL there so HP appears to be the only place for that. I'd also prefer the option to upgrade from 4GB to 8+GB RAM there but this should still be a useful upgrade for the HP Envy x2 form factor I want.:cool:

    In my still limited experience (with the not so bright 1366 x 768 screen-I hope the 1080p screen is also brighter), the aluminum build is way nicer than the prior generation but not quite as pretty as the HP Envy x2 as it is larger & less tapered & to my eyes the exterior didn't appear to have that brushed designed effect of the HP Envy x2 exterior rather closer to the interior non-brushed palm rest aluminum area but shouldn't be a deal breaker there.

    In terms of weight of the tablet, it is noticeably lighter & more usable than the prior generation model for me (but being larger than the Envy x2 is heavier). It's not something I want to hold for hours & is no iPad Air but if you don't like the limitations of iOS & Android tablets & want walk around handable full Windows like I do, it's pretty awesome. If I didn't already have an HP Envy x2 I may have just bought the BestBuy model but at this point I'd like more of an upgrade. I still would like to hear from owners with the 1080p screen soon & read reviews before I'm totally sold.. If anyone has one already or has other thoughts please speak up..
     
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  2. crushna

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    Thanks for the heads up on Best buy...I am truly suspicious about the weight ,being used as a tablet thing. But I truly want to use it as a tablet when I want to. Otherwise I would opt for the hp spectre(non-detachable) with 1080p screen...which weighs a lot less than this...I am not able to decide on which to jump on to....by the way ...from what I understand..we can not get 1080p screen from bestbuy...but it is 30$ less at bestbuy..(not that I care for 30 bucks). If they would have that 1080p screen, I would jump on it...Heading to best buy tomorrow morning(Lucky that my work starts at 2pm).. will review the aluminum one tomorrow and let you know my thoughts on it too...
     
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    I agree, I was also thinking that Digitizer is very important
     
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    One other thing I could mention was I was impressed by the solid & easy hinge on-off for the updated split x2 & it seemed even more solid & easy than with my Envy x2.

    Speaking as a Samsung Note 2 owner, a Digitizer would be nice & I'd be willing to pay extra for that upgrade option but is not the most important thing to me as I could plug in for example a Wacom digitizer but it is true that it's not the same as integrated digitizer especially if you regularly need that function. What is your use case for integrated digitizers & what software-apps do you use?

    Ref: Amazon.com: Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet: Computers & Accessories
     
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    As an HP Envy x2 owner (11.6" screen), the first time I saw the Split x2 (13.3" screen) in BestBuy it did seem large (also with the same resolution hence lower pixel density) & heavier making me initially question if anything above 11.6" or 12.1" would be practical in tablet use but it does still feel good in the hands though in tablet use you notice its lower pixel density. If BestBuy also had the full HD upgrade screen option on display I probably would have bought it already. I expect we should be hearing from owners by the end of this month, hopefully with real user YouTube reviews beyond this ad. Non detachables already seem too limiting to me now that there is this more versatile alternative. Let us know how it goes..

    BTW, check out new links:

    HP Computers YouTube Channel - YouTube

    Detachable Laptops| Overview | HP® Official Site

    HP Split x2 Ultrabook with Beats Audio - YouTube

    Get $30 off an HP Split x2 Ultrabook™ at BestBuy

    HP Presents: 2Days Beat (Ft. Clams Casino & Vic Mensa) - YouTube

    Also Amazon should be delivering a Chromecast today so I'm curious how that changes my computing to entertainment habits..


     
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    Isnt Bestbuy giving 200 dollars off for thanksgiving for the same laptop. ...still not 1080p...(deal breaker?)...what are your thoughts...649.99? for g110dx...how does that sound to you...
     
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    That's an impressive deal! I actually specifically asked when at BestBuy whether it would be among their Black Friday deals & was told not to their knowledge (I'll no longer assume they have knowledge even about their own store sales;) but here it is ( Best Buy Latest Deals ) That is a tempting price & I'll have to reevaluate whether the base resolution would be a deal breaker for me. If you still have 14 days to evaluate satisfaction I may grab one!:cool:

    Here is Mobiletechreview's last generation HP Split x2 review which pointed out its basic 150 nits of brightness.

    Compare to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkQKDQTdbjU which is full HD & 250 nits.

    If anyone gets a chance to chat with HP please ask if their full HD upgrade is more than the standard 150 nits of brightness of the last gen split x2 & what is the current non-upgraded screen rated at in terms of nits of brightness..?

    I also noticed BestBuy is then selling the Chromecast for $30 & I've been playing with mine that arrived today & it is pretty cool to be able to "ChromeCast" Chrome tabs wirelessly. Previously I only experienced that with a wired HDMI cable to the keyboard attached but to be able to hold up the detached tablet with Chrome tabs casting web-music-videos to a large HDTV is :cool: .Fast Wi-Fi is important when chromecasting Chrome tabs. I still prefer quick chromecasting YouTube-videos (just sends the link) from my Samsung Note2 but chromecasting Chrome tabs even YouTube in one tab while working in another from the HP Envy x2 is interesting & fun:thumbsup:.

     
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    That is an impresive deal alright...considering that 1080p screen will not be on sale and gonna cost around 900 and 640 for the non hd screen...thats a 250 dollar difference...this deal makes me even more confused....after seeing that price..How would somebody dare to put 250 dollars on for just an upgrade on the screen....
    Do you have any idea whether we can upgrade HD or RAM or something offline in the bestbuy version after i bought it ..just to make myself feel better ?
     
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    The 1080p screen at HP.com would cost $880+$70=$950 - $650 during BestBuy Black Friday Sale = $300 x applicable state tax (my case x 1.0875 = $326.25 more) but according to info I just found may be worth it for some including me as it is also 2x as bright with Ultra Wide Viewing Angles:

    http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03957651.pdf

    Panel 13.3-in (1920×1080), full high-definition (FHD), light emitting diode (LED), AntiGlare (AG),
    TouchScreen with MultiTouch enabled; 16:9 wide aspect ratio; typical brightness: 400 nits;
    slim (3.0-mm), UWVA, support for eDP

    13.3-in (1366×768), HD, LED, AG, TouchScreen with MultiTouch enabled; 16:9 wide
    aspect ratio; typical brightness: 200 nits; slim (3.0-mm), support for eDP

    Memory Memory is non-accessible/upgradable
    Support for DDR3L-1600MHz dual channel, 4-GB 1600-MHZ 1.35 v DDR3L 256-
    MB×16×8 pcs memory IC
    Support for maximum 8192-MB of system RAM

    Storage Tablet: Support for the following mSATA3 solid-state drives:
    ● 128-MB EM (MLC mSATA)
    ● 128-MB
    ● 64-MB
    Keyboard base: Optional support for a 5.0-mm (0.2 in), 500-GB, 5400-rpm, SATA
    hard drive


    More user guides I will check out when I have more time: Manuals for HP Split 13t-g100 CTO x2 PC | HP® Support

    I do like getting great deals so I will reevaluate the BestBuy model during this deal. If BestBuy reviewers are correct (bolded-underlined where most relevant) this may be upgradeable:


    HP Split x2 Ultrabook 2in1 13.3" TouchScreen Laptop 4GB Memory 128GB Solid State Drive 13-g110dx - Best Buy

    The best combo..tablet and computer
    5.0 out of 5.0
    Posted by: jez77
    from new jerseyon 10/10/2013
    Value for Price
    4.0 out of 5.0
    Display
    4.0 out of 5.0
    Performance
    5.0 out of 5.0
    Convenience
    4.0 out of 5.0
    What's great about it: LONG BATTERY- 14 hours w/keyboard Usability, features, inputs, quality, IPS display, no fans with I5 Haswell, quite
    What's not so great: no 1080p but still an amazing display.. not much 1080p content out there anyway, heavy with keyboard
    First I have owned every tablet ipad, android (transformer, nexus 10, galaxy tab and windows (surface rt, pro, yoga 13, 11s with haswell)
    The HPx split that is on display at Best buy is the 3rd gen and i3 processor, LCD display. This reboot is all brushed metal (Mac book clone) with the new 4th gen intel processor which adds more batter life and does not require a fan with an I5 processor. Also this version as an IPS display which is brighter colors, larger view angles and clearer display.
    This HP SPlit x2 has 2 USB 3.0 ports, full HDMI out, and SD card slot. Also this has a micro SD card slot on the tablet itself. The keyboard can also be opened to add a 500 GB hard drive (kit costs 50 dollars).
    The system is solid a bit heavy with the keyboard, but the heft allows the tablet not to tip over and be top heavy (looking at you Asus Transformer)
    With the 128 GD SSD, I5 processor and 4 GB of ram (can also be expanded with some work)this table screams. Zipping around web pages, games, apps and rebooting this HP is an amazing 13in slate and laptop.
    It also has Beats audio and it is very loud. Holding the tablet and watching a Netflix moves is like having a theater in your hands. Then you place it on the magnetic hinge and you have a full keyboard, additional battery, and multitouch trackpad. Quick charging and you can charge the tablet and keyboard separately (also both have headphone jacks). The keyboard always powers the tablet so you 13in screen is always at 100% (about 8-9 hours). Then about double that with the keyboard battery (this is where it is better than the surface pro and yoga laptops)
    I ran Burnout Paradise City on it, with HDMI to my TV and it was well performing gaming machine (no tablet can do that). No fan noise and it did not get that hot. Then with chromecast you install Chome and cast tabs to your TV for movie watching.
    Granted the screen is big and this tablet is not fitting in your back or jacket pocket. But if you are looking for a tablet and laptop that do it all with no limitations on space, apps, ports, functionality, features, usability etc then this is for your for under 900 dollars!! Oh and just wait for Windows 8.1- this baby is going to go from a 10 to an 11.
    This product is...
    Good sound quality A touch pad that works great Perfect for Business Big screen size easy to set up bulky lightning fast
    About me...
    Basic web surfing & emails Parent with kids Technology guru Social media enthusiast Regularly process large video or graphics files Gamer Business Professional
    I would recommend this to a friend!
    59out of61found this review helpful.

    Best laptop I've owned. Plus its a tablet
    5.0 out of 5.0
    Posted by: AndyPrough
    from Kyle, TXon 10/28/2013
    Value for Price
    5.0 out of 5.0
    Display
    5.0 out of 5.0
    Performance
    5.0 out of 5.0
    Convenience
    5.0 out of 5.0
    What's great about it: Fantastic, fast processor, great graphics, cool, quiet, LONG battery life, convertible. What's not to love?
    What's not so great: I tried upgrading to Win 8.1 but ran into USB errors, so I refreshed back to Win 8. Seems like MS/Intel drivers problem
    This is a fantastic laptop. Very light, and in convertible form you get a huge tablet with a full-size windows desktop. The only thing that doesn't work great for me as a tablet on the Windows desktop is window scrolling. Battery life is outstanding, and the machine is very, very fast. About 1.5 seconds to boot up from cold shutdown.
    The full size HDMI port is wonderful. The Intel HD graphics are able to easily handle the 1680x1050 native resolution on my 22 inch external monitor.
    One nice aspect is the ability to upgrade this device with an additional hard drive and more RAM. There is room under the keyboard for a laptop-sized HDD, and RAM can be upgraded in the tablet unit from 4GB to 8GB. There are instructions for doing this yourself on the HP website, but it would probably void your warranty. Possibly BestBuy could do it and keep it under warranty.
    When I tried to upgrade to Windows 8.1, I got it working, but I had intermittent trouble with USB devices. I messed with it for a couple of days, and finally decided to revert back to Windows 8 with a refresh, because I was getting too many errors on my USB keyboard. I think the problem is that Win 8.1 is so new, and Intel hasn't put out enough drivers yet to handle their USB chipsets. Intel did have one driver update available for the chipset associated with this laptop, but when I tried to apply it, I was unable to get the drivers to actually upgrade. But - long story short, I didn't see anything in Win 8.1 that I needed, and the device is running much better under Win 8 again after the refresh. I think that once Intel pushes all its driver updates out and does some bug patching, this device will run well on Win 8.1. I'll probably wait a couple of months for them to sort out some problems before I try it again.
    This product is...
    Perfect for Business A nice compact size easy to set up lightning fast
    About me...
    Technology guru Business Professional Comfortable with technology frequent business traveler ms office power user
    I would recommend this to a friend!
    18out of19found this review helpful"
     
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    I have gone to best buy to check it out...I have researched for like 20 mins before my wife pulled me out to go to the mall...My first thoughts on the best buy version(silver)

    1) Heavy. Really surprised that the base is so heavy. Best buy version did not have any inbuilt hard drive too. But it still seems heavy.It is categorized under thin & light in HP's website(marketing?..may be)
    2) 13.3 inch tablet takes a lot of lifting if you are carrying it in one hand which makes it not comfortable..If you are using it in your lap...it might be to large a screen in front of your eyes. So you need keep it at a right distance to get the full effect
    3) Changing from laptop to tablet mode and vice versa is pretty darn simple.
    4) Screen is not HD but looks good enough. Display is decent for that resoulution(I expected worse). Little glare if watching from the side, but I can live with that.
    5)Finger prints are visible but not much.
    6)Aluminium looks pretty good while folded. I think HP aimed these looks to imitate macbook pro. Looks are not everything
    6)Bang for the buck? I would say yes for black Friday, But if you willing to spend more money on the HD screen with full price $880+$70 minus HP black friday discount (which I think would not be 200 bucks like bestbuy) I do not think this is worth it. I would go for the yoga2 for spending more than 900.
    7)Consider it a laptop with haswell processor with detachable screen which may be used for skype and browsing photos..but not a ultrabook which you can carry while you travel

    Am I going for it? Hmm yes..just for the price of it...
     

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