Review HP SlateBook x2 10-h010nr Tablet

Allen Ngo, 10/13/2013

Handy detachable. The 10.1-inch SlateBook x2 joins the 11.6-inch Envy x2 and 13.3-inch Split x2 as one of HP's key products in the detachable notebook category. It is also the least expensive model of the x2 series at a starting price of $480 and is one of the earliest tablets to sport the Tegra 4 APU. We take a closer look at the Tegra 4 hardware and Android 4.2 software in this full review.

HP’s San Francisco event in May unveiled the expanded x2 series that now includes the Envy x2, Split x2 and SlateBook x2. Based solely on their differing display sizes, processors, price points and operating systems, it is clear that the series is targeting a very wide variety of users despite their similar physical characteristics.

This review focuses on the Android-powered 10.1-inch SlateBook x2, which integrates the highest resolution display out of the three x2 models even though it is the smallest and least expensive of the bunch. After reviewing the arguably overpriced (over $700 USD) and somewhat disappointing Split x2, we walked in with lower expectations on this variant. However, we’re pleased to say that the SlateBook provides a more comfortable experience than the Split x2 while keeping most of the appeal of the Envy x2 intact.

U.S. launch price $729 $849 $479
Model Split x2 13-m010dx Envy x2 11-g000eg SlateBook x2 10-h010nr
Screen size 13.3-inch 11.6-inch 10.1-inch
Processor 1.4 GHz Core i3-3229Y 1.8 GHz Atom Z2760 1.8 GHz Tegra 4
RAM 4 GB 2 GB 2 GB
SSD 128 GB 64 GB 16 GB
Display resolution 1366 x 768 1366 x 768 1920 x 1200
Display technology TN IPS IPS
Operating system Win 8 64-Bit Win 8 32-Bit Android 4.2

Case

Visually, all x2 models are nearly analogous and differ only in physical size. Edges and corners are rounded, the Power and Volume buttons have not moved and the same locking mechanism is used across all models to attach the bottom of the tablets to their respective docking units. The matte brushed aluminum back casing and glossy edge-to-edge glass display make a return as well and feel much more expensive compared to the plastic keyboard dock. Twisting, warping and pressure points on the tablet are all visible but minimal and are not a cause for concern. Slight creaking noises can be heard if twisting the device with a moderate amount of force and so it is not entirely rigid.

The keyboard dock is decent in quality despite the thin chassis. Since it lacks key internal components normally found on a notebook, its surfaces warp minimally if depressed with a finger and any side-to-side twisting will be less likely to damage the hardware. Both the Split x2 and Envy x2 exhibit above-average construction all-around, so the quality of the SlateBook is respectable for the price.

The hinges and locking mechanism continue to be average. When attaching the tablet to the dock, it can be easy to misalign the latches and some rocking of the tablet may be necessary to fully engage it to the dock. The light auditory click and soft feedback do not feel satisfying, so the process ultimately feels squishy and unrefined. While the actual lock is reliable once engaged, the bar hinge still allows for the display to rock forward and backward. It’s minor, but it is also be an area for future improvement.

The weight of the tablet is only about 560 grams or a little less than the IdeaTab Miix (574 g), IdeaTab S2110 (570 g), Asus Memo Pad FHD (571 g) and Nexus 10 (603 g). Its thickness of only 9 mm is also a hair thinner than many of these 10.1-inch tablets. The keyboard dock is surprisingly similar in both thickness (10 mm) and weight (660 g), so the combined volume is still very portable and comparable to the IdeaTab S2110 and its keyboard dock. The high-end (and more expensive) Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is still lighter at about 1100 g with its dock.

Nearly identical to the Envy x2 and Split x2 in design
Nearly identical to the Envy x2 and Split x2 in design
Strong matte casing with rounded edges and corners
Strong matte casing with rounded edges and corners
Hinges at maximum angle
Hinges at maximum angle

Connectivity

The SlateBook x2 includes all the physical connectivity options of its siblings with one exception:  there is only a single USB port and it is located on the dock. Granted, the other two x2 models are larger and run Windows 8, but the similarly sized 10.1-inch Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 can have 3x USB ports including those on its keyboard dock. Adding even a single USB port on the SlateBook tablet itself would have been tremendously handy should its accompanying keyboard dock be unavailable for any reason. Nonetheless, we were able to connect generic mice, keyboards and USB drives successfully.

Even without the dock, the tablet has its own AC power connector, 3.5 mm audio port and a microSD reader. Since these are located on the bottom edge, they become inaccessible when attached to the dock.

The HDMI 1.4 port on the dock can output to a resolution up to 1200p60 in addition to audio. We connected to a native 1920 x 1200 external monitor with no playback or stuttering issues with compatible HD content. The displays are mirrored, but the external display will have sizeable black borders on all four edges and so it is not a true 1:1 output. Video playback via Youtube or the default video player will not remove these borders.

Front: No ports
Front: No ports
Left: 1x USB 2.0 (dock), Volume rocker
Left: 1x USB 2.0 (dock), Volume rocker
Rear: 3.5 mm headphone, AC power connector, microSD reader
Rear: 3.5 mm headphone, AC power connector, microSD reader
Right: SD reader (dock), AC power connector (dock), HDMI-out (dock), Power button
Right: SD reader (dock), AC power connector (dock), HDMI-out (dock), Power button

Software

The tablet as reviewed runs Android 4.2.2 and HP promises compatibility with future Android releases. The home screen is the standard Android fare with no proprietary skins to be found. There are a handful of HP-specific apps such as Camera, ePrint, File Manger and Media Play, but they can be removed if desired. The File Manager in particular is quite useful as it makes file navigation fast and intuitive between drives. In fact, it is reminiscent to the default file manager found on Chromebooks in both presentation and functionality. Other pre-installed apps include Kingsoft Office for compatibility with common Microsoft Office files.

Android 4.2.2 skinless home screen
Android 4.2.2 skinless home screen
FullHD 19:10 screen allows for a more comfortable browsing experience
FullHD 19:10 screen allows for a more comfortable browsing experience
1080p videos play great if compatible. High bit rates will still impact playback performance
1080p videos play great if compatible. High bit rates will still impact playback performance

Video and Camera

The SlateBook x2 includes both rear-facing and front-facing cameras as oppose to only one on the Split x2. The rear camera is capable of 1080p video, but results will be grainy, noisy and blurry unless if outdoors with bright natural lighting and slow movement. Similarly, the front-facing 720p camera produces the same results if conditions are not favorable. In contrast, image processing is very fast as the onscreen picture will update near-instantaneously as the camera pans or recorded objects move. Movie files are saved as .3GP.

Compatible video files (MP4, MKV, 3GP) play flawlessly with the default video player at 1080p. If video bit rate is too high, however, the video may begin to stutter. As an example, our Big Buck Bunny 1080p .MOV sample plays effortlessly at a variable bit rate of about 8000 kbps. We tested playback of a separate 1080p file with bit rates approaching 40 mbps (i.e., Blu-ray quality), which resulted in consistent frame skips.

Note that .AVI files are not supported. However, various third-party apps via the Play Market can be used for extended video file support, though quality will of course vary.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi reference
Canon EOS Rebel XSi reference
1080p rear-facing camera
1080p rear-facing camera
720p front-facing camera
720p front-facing camera

Communication

An integrated single band (1x1) Broadcom BCM4334 WLAN module supports a/b/g/n networks with integrated Bluetooth 4.0. We experienced no random timeouts or other connectivity issues under a standard wireless-n network. There is no WWAN, NFC or GPS to speak of, however, which is unfortunate as many competing Android tablets have GPS modules as standard and are increasingly including NFC technology.

Accessories

No accessories are included beyond the keyboard dock, AC adapter and warranty pamphlet. The proprietary dock pins are only compatible with the dock, at least for now.

Warranty

The standard 12-month warranty applies and can be extended via HP’s Care Pack support. The program includes protection from accidental damage and can be further upgraded for longer coverage and on-site services. For a manufacturer of this scale, we expect no less in terms of warranty options.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Chiclet keyboard is expectedly small in size (25 x 10 cm) with roughly textured plastic keys. It has no backlight and its performance is average at best due to shallow travel and spongy keys. Pressing down returns a soft auditory feedback and feels very light overall. The PgUp and PgDn keys in particular are halved in size and are even more difficult to use reliably. Becoming accustomed to the size and feel of the keyboard will definitely take users some time as typos can occur frequently.

The small size of the keyboard also makes it more prone to accidental clicks and cursor movements on the touchpad while typing. To mitigate this, the touchpad will automatically disable when typing and will reactivate one second later after the last key is pressed. While helpful, it is still possible for unintended clicks and movements to happen. 

Touchpad

The smooth matte touchpad on the SlateBook is exactly twice as wide as it is long at 9 x 4.5 cm. It is as wide as the touchpad on the Envy x2 despite the convertible being a larger 11.6-inch Windows device. This rectangular surface gives a wide movement range for the size, which is excellent for widescreen monitors. Multi-touch gestures like zooming are also much easier and work quite well on the touchpad. Navigation is flawless without any cursor jumps and the surface is rigid enough that pushing down with moderate force will not result in any significant depressions.

Mouse clicks are performed by clicking anywhere on the bottom half of the touchpad or simply tapping on the surface. A registered click will actually require a fair amount of force if close to the center of the touchpad. Travel is shallow, but the feedback and auditory confirmations are solid enough for a satisfying feel. For a tablet with an already excellent touchscreen, it’s great to see that the quality of the touchpad has not been ignored.

Narrow touchpad with integrated keys
Narrow touchpad with integrated keys
Very light keys with shallow travel
Very light keys with shallow travel
Up and Down arrow keys can be difficult to use
Up and Down arrow keys can be difficult to use

Display

The 16:10 (WUXGA) 10.1-inch screen offers the FHD resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Screen height is a tad higher in pixel count than the more common 1080p resolution, but do note that a height of 72 pixels is almost always reserved for the Back, Home and Tabs buttons. Thus, the “effective” onscreen resolution is slightly lower at 1920 x 1128 pixels.

Subjectively, display quality is very good with bright colors and no obvious artifacts or color inaccuracies. The high pixel density allows for crisper texts and images compared to other budget tablets like those in the IdeaTab series where 720p is much more common. There is, however, some color noise that is most noticeable when the tablet is up close and displaying a white background. As a result, the screen appears trapped under a thicker layer of glass than say an iPad or second generation Nexus 7 where the screens appear closer to the surface for a greater “popup” effect.

The X-Rite i1Basic Pro 2 measures an average brightness of about 330 cd/m2, which is noticeably lower than the advertised 400 nits from HP. Even so, black levels are low enough for a very good contrast of about 600:1. Dimly lit scenes still show some washed out grays albeit they are far from distracting.

340.6
cd/m²
321.7
cd/m²
303.6
cd/m²
337.6
cd/m²
331.4
cd/m²
303.1
cd/m²
336.7
cd/m²
350.9
cd/m²
325.9
cd/m²
Information
X-Rite i1Basic Pro 2
Maximum: 350.9 cd/m²
Average: 327.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 331.4 cd/m²
Black: .53 cd/m²
Contrast: 625:1
Distribution of brightness

Color analyses reveal an average grayscale with very balanced gamma and color temperature values (2.43 and 6238K, respectively) that are close to sRGB standards. Color reproduction at various saturation levels are also balanced for most colors. At high saturation levels above 80 percent, however, blues and magenta become oddly inaccurate with a DeltaE deviation of more than 10 units each. Colors are more or less comparable to a calibrated Split x2 yet better than the Asus Memo Pad FHD 10.

Grayscale
Grayscale
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
usable under sunlight if glare can be avoided
usable under sunlight if glare can be avoided

Outdoor usability is good at maximum screen brightness. The backlight is much more powerful than the largely indoors-only Split x2 and is instead more in line with the Envy x2. This is perhaps expected as the SlateBook x2 is an Android tablet after all and is much more likely to be used outdoors compared to larger Windows tablets. Glare and reflections from the glossy glass screen can still be an issue and direct sunlight should always be avoided for best viewability.

Viewing angles HP SlateBook x2
Viewing angles HP SlateBook x2

Viewing angles are very good as the tablet uses an IPS panel. The wider angles make it easier to mitigate any potential glare and also encourage sharing the device with others. Portrait mode is now an option, unlike the TN-based Split x2. Note, however, that both the weight distribution and rear positioning of the Volume/Power buttons are such that landscape mode is the preferred orientation. If viewing from an angle greater than 45 degrees from the center, apparent brightness will begin to decrease and the screen will become less comfortable for viewing. Colors, however, will not invert or degrade at extreme scales.

Performance

The SlateBook x2 is one of the earliest devices to sport Nvidia’s Tegra 40S. At the time of review, the only other device with the same Tegra 4 SoC in our database is the Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE. The jump from 40 nm Cortex-A9 cores to 28 nm Cortex-A15 promises higher performance and better power-saving features. The low-power fifth “companion core” makes a return from the previous Tegra generation for processing lighter loads. The ubiquity of Tegra 3-based tablets and smartphones suggests that we will be seeing a proliferation of Tegra 4-based mobile devices in the next few months.

2 GB of dual-channel DDR3L-1600 MHz SDRAM is built-in. This size is becoming increasingly common amongst newer Android tablets and is now beginning to make its way to mainstream devices like the Slatebook x2.

AnTuTu 4.0.1
AnTuTu 4.0.1
GFXBench 2.7.2
GFXBench 2.7.2
Quadrant 2.1.1
Quadrant 2.1.1
System information HP SlateBook x2

In browser-based benchmarks like Peacekeeper, Google V8 and Browsermark 2.0, the Slatebook beats even the iPad 4 across the board. Raw processing power is comparable to the A6x in the Apple tablet and the Tegra 4 in the eXcite Pro according to Linpack. Qualcomm’s Krait, the older A5 and Nvidia’s own Tegra 3 all pale in comparison in this regard.

Geekbench 3
Geekbench 3
Browsermark
Browsermark
Peacekeeker
Peacekeeker
Octane
Octane
Peacekeeper
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
1146 Points ∼18%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
1144 Points ∼18%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
915 Points ∼15%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
611 Points ∼10%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
567 Points ∼9%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
545 Points ∼9%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
3905 Points ∼21%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
4676 Points ∼25%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
1661 Points ∼9%
Asus Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), Tegra 3, 64 GB SSD
1487 Points ∼8%
Apple iPad mini
PowerVR SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
852 Points ∼5%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
2248 Points ∼12%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1222 Points ∼7%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
2334 Points ∼13%
Sunspider
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
812.9 ms * ∼8%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
837.1 ms * ∼8%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
895.3 ms * ∼8%
Asus Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), Tegra 3, 64 GB SSD
1873.5 ms * ∼18%
Apple iPad mini
PowerVR SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
1556.8 ms * ∼15%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
1150.4 ms * ∼11%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1333.2 ms * ∼13%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
699.9 ms * ∼7%
Browsermark 2.0
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
2772 points ∼39%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
2545 points ∼35%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
2495 (min: 2479) points ∼35%
Apple iPad mini
PowerVR SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
2098 (min: 2036) points ∼29%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
2380 points ∼33%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1841 points ∼26%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
2176 points ∼30%
Smartbench 2012 - default
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
4458 points ∼43%
Asus Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), Tegra 3, 64 GB SSD
3935 points ∼38%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
5080 points ∼49%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
3668 points ∼35%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
2771 points ∼27%
Linpack for Android
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
627.827 MFLOPS ∼57%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
746.313 MFLOPS ∼68%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
654.29 MFLOPS ∼60%
Asus Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), Tegra 3, 64 GB SSD
106.8 MFLOPS ∼10%
Apple iPad mini
PowerVR SGX543MP2, A5, 16 GB SSD
124.4 MFLOPS ∼11%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
253.634 MFLOPS ∼23%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
116.805 MFLOPS ∼11%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
203.213 MFLOPS ∼19%
Vellamo Mobile Benchmark 2.0 - HTML5
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
3110 Points ∼100%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
2392 Points ∼77%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
1663 Points ∼53%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1564 Points ∼50%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
1806 Points ∼58%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

System performance is smooth with almost no hiccups when switching between applications or just scrolling through web pages. We opened around 20 tabs in Chrome and were able to navigate between them without any freezing or significant jitters. Small pauses can be observed from time to time, but not nearly enough to hinder the overall fast input response. 

PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile 1.0.4
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile 1.0.4
AnTuTu 4.0.1
AnTuTu 4.0.1
SmartBench 2012
SmartBench 2012

Gaming Performance

Nvidia holds a lot of faith in the Tegra 4 APU as a mobile gaming powerhouse. It is, after all, in the much-vaunted Shield handheld. While Nvidia has yet to integrate vertex and pixel shaders into a unified architecture that is now standard across all modern desktop video cards into the Tegra silicon, the mobile processor still provides 72 GPU cores split into 48 and 24 pixel and vertex shaders, respectively.

Synthetic graphics-based benchmarks show excellent performance in 3DMark 2013 and Epic Citadel. The latter benchmark in particular returns 47.8 FPS on the highest settings, which is one of our highest scores for an Android device. A close competitor is the Adreno 320 in the Nexus 7, which manages a still respectable 38.5 FPS in the same benchmark, but is also able to go toe-to-toe with the Tegra 4 in 3DMark 2013. Note that our Epic Citadel scores for the eXcite Pro are markedly lower than the SlateBook x2 despite having the same Tegra 4 APU due to the higher resolution of the Toshiba tablet (2560 x 1600) compared to our HP.

Unsurprisingly, we were able to play any 3D title on the Android market without issuesN.O.V.A. 3 experiences more uneven frame rates, but it is still very playable. Other titles were far smoother in comparison.

Epic Citadel - 47.8 FPS on maximum settings
Epic Citadel - 47.8 FPS on maximum settings
N.O.V.A. 3 plays smoothly, albeit far from 60 FPS
N.O.V.A. 3 plays smoothly, albeit far from 60 FPS
Standard titles like Need For Drift play flawlessly
Standard titles like Need For Drift play flawlessly
3D Mark
3DMark Ice Storm10441 points
Help
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
17 fps ∼3%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
16 fps ∼2%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
16 fps ∼2%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
16 fps ∼2%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
2.7 fps ∼0%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
6.9 fps ∼1%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
16 fps ∼27%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
10 fps ∼17%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
12 fps ∼20%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
16 fps ∼27%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
6.4 fps ∼11%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
6.7 fps ∼11%
Epic Citadel
High Performance
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
59.7 fps ∼99%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
41.8 fps ∼69%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
58.6 fps ∼97%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
58.9 fps ∼97%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
57.9 fps ∼96%
High Quality
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
59.7 fps ∼100%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
40 fps ∼67%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
58.1 fps ∼97%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
57.4 fps ∼96%
Ultra High Quality
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
47.8 fps ∼80%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
28 fps ∼47%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
38.5 fps ∼64%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
30.7 fps ∼51%
NenaMark2
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
59.6 fps ∼89%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
54.7 fps ∼81%
Asus Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), Tegra 3, 64 GB SSD
36.7 fps ∼55%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
59.3 fps ∼88%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
55.5 fps ∼82%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
58.8 fps ∼87%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
10441 Points ∼7%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
13491 Points ∼9%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
10193 Points ∼7%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
11828 Points ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
3190 Points ∼2%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
5862 Points ∼4%
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
PowerVR SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
3420 Points ∼2%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
10149 Points ∼3%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
13478 Points ∼4%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
10742 Points ∼3%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
12167 Points ∼4%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
2745 Points ∼1%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
5432 Points ∼2%
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
PowerVR SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
3050 Points ∼1%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
11608 Points ∼21%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
13537 Points ∼25%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
8647 Points ∼16%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
10777 Points ∼20%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
7384 Points ∼14%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
8107 Points ∼15%
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
PowerVR SGX545, Z2760, 64 GB SSD
5955 Points ∼11%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
8056 Points ∼7%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
8511 Points ∼7%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
6826 Points ∼6%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
7245 Points ∼6%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1568 Points ∼1%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
3423 Points ∼3%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
7323 Points ∼3%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
7948 Points ∼3%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
6442 Points ∼3%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
6655 Points ∼3%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1282 Points ∼1%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
2937 Points ∼1%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
12402 Points ∼26%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
13056 Points ∼27%
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
8627 Points ∼18%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
10508 Points ∼22%
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H
PowerVR SGX544, MT8389, 16 GB iNAND Flash
7174 Points ∼15%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
8128 Points ∼17%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
10848 Points ∼8%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Graphics Score
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
11596 Points ∼4%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Apple iPad 4
PowerVR SGX554MP4, A6x, 32 GB SSD
8850 Points ∼17%
AnTuTu Benchmark v4 - Total Score
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
31327 Points ∼80%

Storage Devices

AndroBench 3.4
AndroBench 3.4

Models are available with 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of internal eMMC storage. Our unit holds only 16 GB, but can be expanded with external solutions via the microSD reader (up to 32 GB) on the tablet and the SD reader (up to 32 GB) on the dock for a combined 80 GB. Needless to say, care should be taken to avoid reading/writing onto external storage before removing the tablet from its base to avoid data loss. Unlike the Split x2 dock, the SlateBook dock does not include an internal 2.5-inch SATA slot for mechanical storage.

SSD performance is average according to AndroBench. Write speeds of small 256 KB and 4 KB blocks are particularly slow at nearly half the speeds of the Nexus 7. Read speeds are more comparable to other recent competitors.

Of the 16 GB of total storage, only about 11.8 GB is available for the user.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
57.57 MB/s ∼43%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
52.37 MB/s ∼39%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
59.73 MB/s ∼45%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604, Exynos 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
99.53 MB/s ∼75%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
49.03 MB/s ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 16 GB iNAND Flash
68.71 MB/s ∼51%
Sequential Write 256KB
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
8.65 MB/s ∼15%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
11.38 MB/s ∼20%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
13.97 MB/s ∼24%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604, Exynos 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
20.02 MB/s ∼35%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
15.83 MB/s ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 16 GB iNAND Flash
18.83 MB/s ∼33%
Random Read 4KB
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
7.84 MB/s ∼47%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
8.72 MB/s ∼52%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
11.99 MB/s ∼72%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604, Exynos 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
10.35 MB/s ∼62%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
9.59 MB/s ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 16 GB iNAND Flash
8.8 MB/s ∼53%
Random Write 4KB
HP SlateBook x2
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
0.35 MB/s ∼12%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
GeForce Tegra 4, Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
0.58 MB/s ∼20%
Google Nexus 7 2013
Adreno 320, Snapdragon APQ8064A, 16 GB SSD
0.82 MB/s ∼28%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604, Exynos 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
1.27 MB/s ∼43%
Asus Memo Pad FHD 10
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 32 GB SSD
0.64 MB/s ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
PowerVR SGX544, Z2560, 16 GB iNAND Flash
0.95 MB/s ∼33%

Emissions

System Noise

Unlike the Intel Core-ix-powered Split x2, the SlateBook x2 lacks any system fans and is always silent

Temperature

Does the lack of any active cooling have profound temperature repercussions? If left inactive with the screen on, surface temperatures can reach about 36 degrees C on one particular hot spot close to the top center of the screen. Otherwise, the tablet runs slightly warm to the touch during movie playback or general browsing. The sides of the tablet show no significant temperature differences between them during everyday use, so one hand will not feel abnormally warmer or cooler than the other. In essence, this is the APU’s low-power fifth core at work, which is what allows Nvidia to equip tablets with such fast nominally clocked processors like the 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 and still maintain relatively low temperatures.

We reproduce maximum load conditions with Stability Test 2.5 running for well over an hour before recording our temperature results below. The bottom left portion of the tablet can reach well over 40 degrees C and a steep gradient can be observed down to the opposite corner of the tablet where temperatures are much closer to 30 degrees C. The tablet does not run as hot as the Snapdragon APU in the Nexus 7 or the ULV Core i3 in the Split x2, but the high temperatures can be alarming nonetheless. Fortunately, tablets are held on the edges and mostly away from any troubling hot spots, so we were able to run demanding benchmarks and games without major discomfort. 

Max. Load
 39.2 °C38.4 °C34.2 °C 
 41.4 °C37.8 °C33.4 °C 
 43 °C43.2 °C33.2 °C 
 
33 °C34.2 °C35.6 °C
32.8 °C35.2 °C40.2 °C
31.4 °C35.2 °C44.2 °C
Maximum: 43.2 °C
Average: 38.2 °C
 Maximum: 44.2 °C
Average: 35.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  38 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

Stereo speakers near the bottom front corners of the tablet
Stereo speakers near the bottom front corners of the tablet

Stereo speakers are located on the bottom front corners of the tablet where two narrow grilles can be seen. Sound quality emphasizes treble with little bass, but it is otherwise serviceable for a tablet this size. Maximum volume is loud and does not result in static, vibrations or other unwanted side effects. External speakers via the 3.5 mm headset port are recommended for longer sessions. 

Battery Life

Two non-removable modules are included: one in the tablet (2-cell Li-ion polymer 25 WHr, 3375 mAh) and another slightly smaller capacity module in the keyboard base (2-cell Li-ion polymer 21 WHr, 2960 mAh). HP promises up to 12.5 hours of continuous 720p video playback at 150 nits of brightness.

We test maximum runtime by letting the tablet sit idle at minimum brightness with wireless radios disabled and no screen timeouts. The tablet was able to last for around 11 hours and 20 minutes. For minimum runtime, we set the display to maximum brightness with active wireless and ran Stability Test 2.5 until automatic shutdown after about 2.5 hours.

Our WLAN test puts the display at 150 nits (~40 percent brightness setting) while looping our standard browser script to simulate typical browsing conditions. The tablet was able to last for about 5 hours and 40 minutes under these settings.

Overall runtimes are average for a 10.1-inch tablet as a number of other competitors like the Nexus 10, IdeaTab S2110 and Asus Memo Pad FHD 10 can run for hours longer under our same WLAN test. Note that our recorded values do not include the secondary base battery – runtimes will almost double if connected to the dock due to their similar capacities. The combined 6335 mAh of charge is plenty for a standalone 10.1-inch tablet and brings the SlateBook to potential double digit hours.

The dock will recharge the tablet if connected and will deplete first before the primary tablet battery will begin to drain. As long as the dock is within reach, the tablet will be able to last for a full day of regular use before needing outlet power.

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 21min
WiFi Surfing
5h 42min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 34min

Verdict

HP SlateBook x2
HP SlateBook x2

Imagine an Envy x2 at half the price running Android instead of Windows and that is essentially the SlateBook x2 in a nutshell. This 10.1-inch detachable has more in common with the Envy x2 than the Split x2 - and that should be taken as a compliment. These HP models may not look as sleek as the Asus Infinity models, but the FHD IPS display, solid workmanship, versatility and outdoor usability are all indubitably better than the larger and more expensive Split x2.

On top of the well-made chassis is an even more impressive core hardware. Nvidia's Tegra 4 shines through with fast navigation, less frame skips and very speedy multi-tasking. Playback of 1080p videos with Blu-ray-like bit rate quality is still not perfect, though this is a bit of a nitpick.

Some negatives to watch out for are the lack of local USB and HDMI ports on the tablet, its average battery life if not connected to the dock, and the relatively soft keyboard keys. The dock connection and hinges themselves in particular leave a lot of room for future improvement. HDMI-out is not 1:1 and additional storage via SD or microSD is highly recommended for the 16 GB model. More advanced features like WWAN, SIM slots, GPS or NFC are all absent.

Is this Tegra 4 tablet worth $480? The tablet alone is certainly not, but its included keyboard dock makes it a more enticing deal even if its keys are average at best. The Transformer Infinity, for example, still retails for a higher price with its keyboard dock. There are currently very few competitors with tablets sporting the same Tegra 4 processor. Whether you decide to jump in today with the SlateBook x2 or wait to see what other manufacturers can offer in the near future, you can't go wrong with either.

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In Review: HP SlateBook x2 10-h010nr
In Review: HP SlateBook x2 10-h010nr

Specifications

HP SlateBook x2

:: Processor
Nvidia Tegra 4 1.8 GHz
:: Memory
2048 MB, 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1920x1200 pixel, 10-Finger kapazitiv, WLED IPS, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
16 GB SSD, 16 GB eMMC
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphone , Card Reader: 1x SD reader, 1x microSD reader, Sensors: Accelerometer, eCompass, Gyroscope ,
:: Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20,57 x 258,06 x 193,80
:: Weight
1.27 kg Power Supply: 0.27 kg
:: Battery
Tablet: 2 Zellen 25 Wh, Dock: 2 Zellen 21 Wh Lithium-Ion
:: Price
$480 USD, ~355 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.2
:: Additional features
Webcam: Rear: 1080p30, Front: 720p, Speakers: Stereo dts Sound+, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty

 

SlateBook x2 is similar in construction to HP's own Envy x2 and Split x2
SlateBook x2 is similar in construction to HP's own Envy x2 and Split x2
Android software, lower price and smaller size aim for more mainstream users
Android software, lower price and smaller size aim for more mainstream users
No sharp corners or edges to be found
No sharp corners or edges to be found
Rear is thicker than the front for a downward slant when on a table
Rear is thicker than the front for a downward slant when on a table
Volume rocker on the top left edge
Volume rocker on the top left edge
Power button on the opposite edge. Users can put the device to sleep by accident if not careful during use
Power button on the opposite edge. Users can put the device to sleep by accident if not careful during use
Rear provides no connections when connected to the keyboard dock
Rear provides no connections when connected to the keyboard dock
Small and compact profile
Small and compact profile
Hinges do a decent job, but the display still has some wobbling room
Hinges do a decent job, but the display still has some wobbling room
Silver backing is matte and completely smooth in texture
Silver backing is matte and completely smooth in texture
Despite its metallic appearance, the case feels plastic
Despite its metallic appearance, the case feels plastic
Glossy glass-protected screen
Glossy glass-protected screen
Microphone and front-facing 720p camera
Microphone and front-facing 720p camera
Only one USB port is provided as none are on the tablet itself
Only one USB port is provided as none are on the tablet itself
The lock-and-release mechanism is again similar to the Envy x2 and Split x2
The lock-and-release mechanism is again similar to the Envy x2 and Split x2
Dock stays very cool as the core hardware is in the tablet itself
Dock stays very cool as the core hardware is in the tablet itself
Keyboard dock is matte black and hides fingerprints quite well
Keyboard dock is matte black and hides fingerprints quite well
Keyboard offers no backlight and feels shallow
Keyboard offers no backlight and feels shallow
The small 10.1-inch size makes the tablet and dock much more easier to use than HP's larger counterparts
The small 10.1-inch size makes the tablet and dock much more easier to use than HP's larger counterparts
The locking mechanism feels squishy and could use a more firm feedback
The locking mechanism feels squishy and could use a more firm feedback
Bottom of tablet houses a dedicated microSD slot
Bottom of tablet houses a dedicated microSD slot
Tablet itself is 0.9 cm thick and about 600 grams
Tablet itself is 0.9 cm thick and about 600 grams
The positioning of the volume rocker and power button encourages landscape use
The positioning of the volume rocker and power button encourages landscape use
Keyboard dock is 1.0 cm thick and also about 600 grams
Keyboard dock is 1.0 cm thick and also about 600 grams
Build quality is actually quite good considering the price and plastic casing
Build quality is actually quite good considering the price and plastic casing
Six Philips screws below the rubber feet for internal access
Six Philips screws below the rubber feet for internal access
Unfortunately, the base does not provide a 2.5-inch slot like its bigger brother the Split x2
Unfortunately, the base does not provide a 2.5-inch slot like its bigger brother the Split x2
Small adapter (9 x 4 x 2.5 cm) provides 15 V of power
Small adapter (9 x 4 x 2.5 cm) provides 15 V of power
Default keyboard in landscape
Default keyboard in landscape
Default keyboard in portrait
Default keyboard in portrait
10-finger capacitive touchscreen
10-finger capacitive touchscreen
The 16 GB model reserves only 11.8 GB for the end-user
The 16 GB model reserves only 11.8 GB for the end-user

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Pro

+Powerful hardware and responsive software
+Bright IPS glass display
+Dense 1920 x 1200 resolution
+Good build quality
+HDMI 1.4, SD and microSD
+Extra-wide touchpad
+Dual batteries
+Lightweight
+Low starting price
 

Contra

-No local USB port on tablet
-Only one USB port available
-Locking mechanism could have been more firm
-MicroSD slot is hidden when attached to keyboard dock
-All-around plastic
-Poor keyboard travel and feedback
-No keyboard backlight and small arrow keys
-Non-removable batteries
-Tablet back is a fingerprint magnet

Shortcut

What we like

The SlateBook x2 is a solid Android convertible. Its hardware bests most Android tablets currently available and its 1920 x 1200 IPS screen and light weight make it the 10.1-inch Android tablet of choice in this price range.

What we'd like to see

The keyboard keys are poor and the tablet has no USB port. Without the dock, the tablet itself feels severely hindered in both connectivity options and battery life. Connecting the tablet to its base could have been easier. We would have loved to see an option to buy the tablet separately from its base for a lower price point.

What surprises us

Excellent performance and well-made hardware for a mainstream device. The pre-installed HP software are minimal and can actually be useful instead of simple bloatware.

The competition

Asus Memo Pad FHD 10

Google Nexus 10

Lenovo IdeaTab S6000

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE

Rating

HP SlateBook x2
10/17/2013 v3
Allen Ngo

Chassis
90%
Keyboard
76%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
48%
Weight
93%
Battery
95%
Display
85%
Games Performance
50%
Application Performance
75%
Temperature
78%
Noise
100%
Add Points
82%
Average
80%
85%
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Weighted Average

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Author: Allen Ngo, 2013-10-13 (Update: 2013-10-16)