HPs answer to the new Microsoft surface is called x 2. And it is there twice: as a business and a consumer version. Our comparison test shows as Lottie in the laboratory results.
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The Surface Pro 4 by Microsoft’s success does not come by about. Pure tablets while ideal for enter and infotainment tasks, dealing with Office programs or for the image and video editing but quickly reach their limits. Detachables which become a clip-on keyboard notebook to combine the compactness of tablets with the functionality of Ultrabooks.
If a 2-in-1 device like the new surface is also still quality and powerful, it’s good the audience. Undoubtedly a challenge for classic notebook manufacturers who want to score points in the lucrative market for hybrid devices themselves and now the competition of their longtime hardware partner Microsoft must help. Market leader Hewlett-Packard currently answered this challenge in two ways: with the revised business hybrids elite x 2 and the consumer model spectre x 2. We took both instruments more closely scrutinized.
The close relationship of the two Detachables is seen not only in the common name – they look pretty damn similar. Both x 2 models plug into a fine aluminium housing, to impress optically is white and excellently finished. This is also valid for the delicate-looking but very sturdy folding tripod solid stainless steel, which can be continuously adjusted in both versions. Also the light, but quite strong reflecting 12-inch touch display (Gorilla glass 4) with full HD resolution, what ppi corresponds to a pixel density of 192 is common to the elite – and spectre Variant. This is a fair distance away from the surface (267 ppi), but sufficient.
Business model with the advantages
Size and weight of the two devices differ only marginally. The differences in the magnetic docking keyboards, which also serve as a protection cover are more serious. The keyboard dock of the elite x 2 is available in two versions: by default, the so-called “travel keyboard” is used – a slightly unfortunate name, because in fact it is a full notebook keyboard, at the purely to put anything out there. The optional “Advanced” keyboard brings an extra battery and a smart card reader; Therefore, it is slightly thicker, heavier and of course more expensive.
The keyboard of the spectre x 2 was less convinced: this is due not only to their somewhat extraordinary arrangement and the silver keys, whose labeling is hardly recognizable in diffuse light – lighting – in spite. More serious, that the keyboard on the press noticeably is – not only, but also when it plan rests on the underground if it’s tilts slightly. This is somewhat unexpected in this price class. Apart from this shortcoming, you can tap awarded with the spectre keyboard.
The equipment makes the difference
There are significant differences between the business and the consumer version of the Detachables also in terms of facilities. The versatile configurable elite x 2 leaves in this regard nothing to be desired. In addition to a USB 3.0 port, it features a USB type C connector with Thunderbolt support, which is also used to recharge. The spectre offers instead two C USB ports with charging function. On a classic USB-A slot has refused HP here. The adapter required to connect of various peripheral devices is however as standard.
Looking for a separate display port or a network connection on both models in vain. Therefore a suitable adapter is required to connect to screen or LAN, must be purchased separately. The business model provides additional docking via Thunderbolt and wirelessly via the WiGig interface. To be countered that an LTE module, the consumer version – at least in the us this configuration – unfortunately in vain. The various security features of the elite Detachables (including Kensington lock and fingerprint reader) are also exclusive. Positive to mention both devices is the stylus included with integrated, with HP on a corresponding mounting option in both cases generously dispensed with has.
Powered our test candidates are supported each memory from a low-power, passively cooled, and thus silent Intel Core-m processor of the latest generation – 8 GB. Elite x 2 works a m5 CPU in the spectre x 2 a more powerful m7 processor is installed. Therefore slight advantages for the consumer model showed in the performance benchmark, while business run in endurance than just front: elite lasts longer in typical Office use by around a quarter of an hour. The graphics performance of both devices lack separate graphics CPU not particularly exciting, are however sufficient for average users.
For storing data, each 256 GB is large SSD available, which offers no reason to complain. Both x 2 models also have a front – and rear-view camera, where higher resolves the spectre version ever (5 and 8 mega pixel compared to 2 and 5 at the elite x 2). Integrated speaker HP has two models of Bang & Olufsen bought, whose sound could break us but despite this sonorous name of the stool.
Both HP Detachables convince by appearance, workmanship and performance. From the comparison of the two models is the elite x 2 emerged as the clear point winner. It is overall better equipped and affords virtually no weaknesses. The extra cost to the consumer version is comparatively moderate. Who do without business features and LTE however, is with the spectre x 2 operated as well, especially as it has a wider touchpad, a still more stable stand and better cameras on board. With Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 2 models must not comparable in any case, both x.
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