The HP Elite x2 1011 G1 deviates slightly from the familiar blueprint of the HP Elite line of laptops. The Elite range was made to be targeted for the business market, but the x2 1011 G1 comes in as a hybrid machine. It has a detachable screen while still being able to offer a flurry of business features.
The HP Elite x2 1011 G1 Comes in as a Hybrid Machine
For its design, the HP Elite x2 1011 G1 sets off a good start. It has a detachable screen which makes the device more manageable as compared to laptops with just rotating hinges. The 11.6-inch panel can be released with the press of a button that is found in the middle of the keyboard. Speaking of keyboard, it acts as the base of the display as well. The function does work well, but it does lack that finesse.
When the display is plugged into its base, the Elite x2 1011 G1 is 21-millimeters thick and weighs 1.55-hilograms. These are pretty decent numbers as it helps the HP come under Intel’s Ultrabook specifications. However, when compared to other rivals, those numbers are less reassuring.
The hybrid laptop/tablet is made from aluminum and it has a smart looking design. The lid and the keyboard are surrounded by metal, and there is a black metal coating around the screen and the base panel. The keyboard will taper to a narrow front edge. The keyboard keys are sunk into the base making it have a greater degree of travel.
This laptop/tablet hybrid is made as a business model, ergo, it is packed with office features. There is a small recess found at the rear of the machine. This will house Wacom-compatible stylus that will work with the screen’s digitizer. This feature alone may automatically sell to graphic designers everywhere.
The screen’s digitizer is not its only selling point as it has an 11.6-inch IPS panel that has Full HD resolution. The display is then protected with a durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
There is also a 5-megapixel camera at the rear that is paired with a 2-megapixel front snapper. The front camera also features a dual-microphone array with noise-cancelling technology for better video calls.
As for the battery life, it is where the device truly shines. Both the tablet and the base have their own separate batteries, there is a 33Wh unit within the screen and a 21Wh power pack for the keyboard. For about 40-percent screen brightness while web browsing and running a video-chat simulation, the battery lasted a more than 14-hours.
The HP Elite x2 1011 G1 is a hybrid device that comes with a reasonable selection of features. It has a comfortable keyboard with good travel, and a very satisfying battery life. However, it does suffer from the usual caveats found in other hybrid models.