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HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Convertible Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 04/26/2016

Business Elite. With the Elite x2 1012 G1, HP takes on Microsoft's Surface Pro 4. The convertible offers a keyboard dock, an active stylus and an LTE modem. At almost 1500 Euros (~$1690), the complete package doesn't come cheap, however.

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Slim 2-in-1 designs are pretty popular as of late. Microsoft started the trend with their Surface Pro series and - because of Microsoft's success - other manufacturers have followed suit. A few weeks ago we reviewed one of the competitors of the Surface Pro 4: the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700. This time around we're taking a look at HP's version of a slim 2-in-1 detachable, the Elite x2 1012 G1. Like its competitors, HP uses a 12.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and equips the convertibles in this series with Skylake Core-m processors.

In 2015 we reviewed the HP Elite x2 1011 G1, which could be considered a predecessor of sorts. The two don't have much in common, however. The predecessor came with a 16:9 aspect ratio and was a lot bulkier than the Elite x2 1012 G1. Competitors of the HP detachable are first and foremost the Microsoft Surface 4 Pro, the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700, the Dell XPS 12 9250 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO S. The Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch also deserves to be included in this list.

HP Elite x2 1012 G1 (Elite x2 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 515, Core: 300-900 MHz, Dual-Channel, 20.19.15.4331
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR3-1866, Dual-Channel, soldered on
Display
12.1 inch 3:2, 1920 x 1280 pixel 191 PPI, Capacitive, native pen support, LG Philips, IPS, Gorilla Glass 4, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-Y Premium PCH
Storage
Liteon L8H-256V2G, 256 GB 
, 200 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant @ Intel Skylake PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo-jack, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Acceleration sensor, magnetometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, HP lt4120 Qualcomm Snapdragon X5, LTE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.05 x 300 x 213.5 ( = 0.32 x 11.81 x 8.41 in)
Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 5 MPix
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, Foxit PhantomPDF, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 36 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.205 kg ( = 42.51 oz / 2.66 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1500 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The hardware is housed in a good-looking silver metal chassis. At the upper edge on the back there's a 2 cm wide black stripe (likely hiding the antennas), which breaks up the design. The Elite x2 measures 8.05 mm and is thus a bit slimmer than the Surface Pro 4 (8.5 mm) and the IdeaPad Miix 700 (9 mm). It does weigh more though (820 grams; 1205 grams with keyboard dock) than the competition (Surface Pro 4: 774 grams; Miix 700: 780 grams). None of the devices mentioned can unseat the iPad Pro 12.9-inch here, which is 6.9 mm thick and weighs 723 grams. The build quality is top notch and the parts fit together well. One point of criticism is the sturdiness: the tablet twists too easily. We would've expected a higher torsional rigidity.

The Elite x2 comes with a stand as well. Unlike the Miix 700 and the Surface Pro 4, the x2's stand is not a continuous metal plate but is a u-shaped bar that's about 8.5 mm wide. Above 55 degrees, the hinges are noticeably stiffer, which is supposed to prevent the stand from folding.

The Elite x2 doesn't have a plethora of physical ports. The USB 3.0 port (Type A) allows the connection of common peripherals like a mouse, hard drive, or a printer. A video-out is lacking - but this is where the Thunderbolt 3 port comes in. Not only is this the connector used for the power adapter, it also functions as a USB 3.1 port and - with the aid of additional adapters - can provide HDMI or VGA. 

Keyword Thunderbolt: HP doesn't use the term much in their product description. The port is listed as "USB Type C with Thunderbolt support (docking, charge, and USB 3.1 port)". Nonetheless: this is a true Thunderbolt 3 interface.

Left side: eyelet for pen loop (far left), lock slot, SIM slot, volume rocker switch, power button
Left side: eyelet for pen loop (far left), lock slot, SIM slot, volume rocker switch, power button
Right side: audio-combo jack, USB 3.0, MicroSD, Thunderbolt 3/power jack
Right side: audio-combo jack, USB 3.0, MicroSD, Thunderbolt 3/power jack

Communication

The Elite x2 is equipped with a WLAN module from Intel. In addition to the standards 802.11 a/b/g/h/n, the module supports the faster ac standard and Bluetooth 4.2. We had no issues with the wireless reception both close to our router and two floors below it. Our review convertible is equipped with LTE as well, which allows it to connect to cellular networks. This modem is optional - not all x2 models come equipped as such. The SIM-card slot supports MicroSIM cards.

The Internet for Free - Mobile Connect Pro

Our review 2-in-1 supports HP's Mobile Connect Pro Service and comes with the necessary SIM card. Users of the Elite x2 can download a maximum of 200 MB per month over 3 years free of charge in all countries of the European Union where the service is offered. Larger data volumes are offered for a surcharge. In addition, HP offers connectivity throughout Europe (meaning countries with no Mobile Connect support) and even worldwide. Note: the included SIM card is not required - alternatively, SIM cards from various cellular providers can be used instead.

Camera

The rear-facing camera of the Elite x2 has a resolution of 5 MP. The lens is equipped with a flash and produces decent photos. The quality of the webcam isn't very convincing and is just good enough for video conferencing - but admittedly this is what it was designed for.

Security

The Elite x2 supports biometric security via a fingerprint reader, which is located on the back of the unit. TPM (TCG 2.0) is on board as well.

Accessories

In addition to the usual documents, the shipping carton also includes the stylus.

Maintenance

The upgrade options are pretty limited. Only the battery and the Solid State Drive (M.2) are swappable. Opening the unit is best left to professionals, as it is possible to damage the display in the process. The hardware manual includes a description of the process.

Warranty

In Germany, the Elite x2 comes with a 3-year warranty, although other options are available as well. A 3-year worldwide onsite warranty costs about 190 Euros (~$215).

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Input Devices

Keyboard

Our review convertible included what's commonly called a travel keyboard. Similar to the competitors Lenovo and Microsoft, the keyboard is attached with magnets and can either lie flat or be propped up at an angle. The upper part of the keyboard is made from a single piece of metal; the bottom is a type of felt. The keyboard has a two-level backlight as well, which can be turned on via a function key. The keys are flat, slightly rough to the touch and feature short travel and distinct feedback. We noticed some flex while typing - same as for the Surface Pro 4 and the IdeaPad Miix 700. All things considered, this is a very decent keyboard on par with the competitors. 

HP also offers a secondary type of dock - called "Advanced Keyboard" - which is larger and heavier, but it also has a SmartCard reader and NFC. This dock sells for around 200 Euros (~$225).

Touchpad

The ClickPad is multitouch-capable and measures 9.4 x 5.5 cm - large enough for gestures. The smooth surface allows the fingers to glide easily. The travel distance is quite short and the pad provides both tactile and audible feedback.

Keyboard dock
Keyboard dock

Touchscreen/Active Pen

The touchscreen can either be controlled by the user's fingers or with the included ActivePen (Wacom; 1x AAAA). The screen recognizes up to 10 inputs simultaneously. The stylus has three buttons: two on the lower half, one on the upper. HP includes three replacement nibs as well. The x2 comes with a magnetic hold for the stylus, and there is also a pen loop, which allows attaching the stylus to the tablet. The pen is comfortable to hold and reacts quickly. Both writing and drawing are easily accomplished and the pressure sensibility is quite good as well. The ActivePen supports 2048 levels of pressure.

The stylus
The stylus

Display

Pixel array
Pixel array

The Elite x2 comes with a 12.5-inch touchscreen display and a native resolution of 1920x1280 pixels. The brightness is decent at 318.8 cd/m², although it could be a little higher, since a convertible is likely used in different environments and varying ambient light conditions. The contrast of 767:1 is good, but some of the best current panels exceed ratios of 1000:1. Users who require a very bright and contrasty display should take a look at the Surface Pro 4. A positive aspect: the Elite x2 doesn't suffer from PWM flickering at all.

The display of the HP detachable has a lower resolution than the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 (2160x1440 pixels) and the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (2736x1824 pixels). We didn't really notice a vast difference between the three devices here and the display of the Elite x2 is certainly very sharp.

322
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 323 cd/m² Average: 318.8 cd/m² Minimum: 8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 322 cd/m²
Contrast: 767:1 (Black: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.02 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 6.29 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
73.2% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 47.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.4

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9064 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Elite x2 vs. sRGB
Elite x2 vs. sRGB
Elite x2 vs. AdobeRGB
Elite x2 vs. AdobeRGB

As shipped, the Elite x2 has a DeltaE deviation of 6.02, which is neither great nor horrible. The goal is a value of less than 3. The display also has a very slight bluish hue. A calibration markedly improves the quality: the color deviation drops to 2.81 and the bluish hue disappears. The graylevels are now more balanced as well. The display can't reproduce the professional color spaces AdobeRGB and sRGB with coverages of 47.8 and 73.2%, respectively.

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CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Graylevels (calibrated)
CalMAN - Graylevels (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10.4 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 27 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
33.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.2 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 21 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

As common for this class, the Elite x2 is equipped with a panel based on IPS technology. The viewing-angle stability is thus very good and the screen content can be read from all angles. Outdoor use is possible, but primarily when the user is in the shade or during overcast conditions. Direct sunlight is best avoided.

The Elite x2 outdoors
The Elite x2 outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
IPS, 1920x1280
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
IPS, 2736x1824
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
IPS, 2160x1440
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
IPS, 2736x1824
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
IPS, 2732x2048
Dell XPS 12 9250 4K
IPS, 3840x2160
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
IPS-Panel, 1920x1080
Response Times
-38%
20%
-38%
-31%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
33.2 (15.2, 18)
46 (17.2, 28.8)
-39%
30 (11, 19)
10%
46 (17.2, 28.8, plateau, spikes in between)
-39%
36 (19, 17)
-8%
Response Time Black / White *
22.8 (10.4, 12.4)
31 (6, 25.2)
-36%
16 (4.4, 11.6)
30%
31.2 (6, 25.2, Spikes in between)
-37%
35 (8, 27)
-54%
PWM Frequency
50 (50)
200 (18)
50 (50)
1000 (20)
Screen
34%
8%
28%
46%
35%
-6%
Brightness middle
322
389.2
21%
341
6%
413
28%
399
24%
437
36%
364
13%
Brightness
319
392
23%
318
0%
396
24%
393
23%
399
25%
331
4%
Brightness Distribution
97
92
-5%
87
-10%
87
-10%
92
-5%
81
-16%
84
-13%
Black Level *
0.42
0.27
36%
0.36
14%
0.36
14%
0.22
48%
0.35
17%
0.44
-5%
Contrast
767
1441
88%
947
23%
1147
50%
1814
137%
1249
63%
827
8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.02
3.61
40%
6
-0%
3.09
49%
2.96
51%
3.56
41%
7.32
-22%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.06
9.3
8%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.29
3.8
40%
8.12
-29%
3.92
38%
3
52%
2.67
58%
7.37
-17%
Gamma
2.4 92%
2.16 102%
2.23 99%
2.3 96%
2.21 100%
2.17 101%
2.03 108%
CCT
7712 84%
5969 109%
7011 93%
7333 89%
7049 92%
6681 97%
6479 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
47.8
63
32%
63.4
33%
61
28%
71.15
49%
86
80%
42.2
-12%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
73.2
97
33%
97.4
33%
97
33%
97.87
34%
100
37%
66.1
-10%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-2% / 21%
14% / 10%
-5% / 16%
46% / 46%
2% / 24%
-6% / -6%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

The HP Elite x2 1012 G1 is a 12.5-inch detachable which offers more than enough power for normal usage scenarios. The convertible comes with business features like TPM and a fingerprint reader. Models with integrated LTE modems are available as well. Our configuration sells for about 1500 Euros (~$1700). The least expensive version sells for 900 Euros (~$1015) sans the keyboard dock.

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GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

While the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 can be purchased with either Core-m or Core-i CPUs, the Elite x2 1012 only comes with Core-m processors. Our review detachable was shipped with a middle-class Skylake dual-core Core m5-6Y54. Thanks to the very low TDP of 4.5 watts, active cooling is not required. The processor operates at a core frequency of 1.1 GHz; the Turbo can overclock one core to 2.7 GHz and both cores to 2.4 GHz and is active with the convertible plugged in as well as in battery mode. To offer a comparison: the single-thread results of the Cinebench benchmark are comparable to notebooks with a Broadwell Core i5-5200U.

The CPU is able to keep up its performance over longer periods of time. Even when we conducted the single and multithreaded tests five times in a row, the results remained the same. The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 - which we reviewed recently - is also equipped with the Core m5-6Y54 but can't keep up in that regard. It seems HP has a better handle on CPU cooling.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7003
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8731
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4235
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
31.86 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.7 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.26 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
35.63 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
255 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
111 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
111 Points ∼84%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
88 Points ∼67% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
99 Points ∼75% -11%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
122 Points ∼92% +10%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
132 Points ∼100% +19%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
84 Points ∼64% -24%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
255 Points ∼75%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
206 Points ∼60% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
200 Points ∼58% -22%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
306 Points ∼89% +20%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
342 Points ∼100% +34%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
153 Points ∼45% -40%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
1.26 Points ∼83%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
0.98 Points ∼65% -22%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1.06 Points ∼70% -16%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1.4 Points ∼93% +11%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
1.51 Points ∼100% +20%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
0.99 Points ∼66% -21%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
2.7 Points ∼71%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2.27 Points ∼60% -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2.08 Points ∼55% -23%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3.4 Points ∼89% +26%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
3.8 Points ∼100% +41%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1.72 Points ∼45% -36%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
4235 Points ∼81%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3286 Points ∼63% -22%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3690 Points ∼71% -13%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
4656 Points ∼89% +10%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
5223 Points ∼100% +23%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3276 Points ∼63% -23%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
8731 Points ∼76%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
6994 Points ∼60% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
6340 Points ∼55% -27%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
10558 Points ∼91% +21%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
11564 Points ∼100% +32%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
5370 Points ∼46% -38%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
5522 Points ∼86%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5189 Points ∼81% -6%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
6419 Points ∼100% +16%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
2837 Points ∼92%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2588 Points ∼84% -9%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3085 Points ∼100% +9%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
95.4 ms * ∼53%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
122.4 ms * ∼68% -28%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
97.8 ms * ∼54% -3%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
104.5 ms * ∼58% -10%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, A9X, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe)
181 ms * ∼100% -90%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
133.4 ms * ∼74% -40%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
184.45 Points ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
169.85 Points ∼92% -8%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, A9X, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe)
142 Points ∼77% -23%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
1305.7 ms * ∼45%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1556.2 ms * ∼54% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1311.8 ms * ∼45% -0%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1178 ms * ∼41% +10%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, A9X, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe)
1498.8 ms * ∼52% -15%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2898.3 ms * ∼100% -122%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
26727 Points ∼89%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
26885 Points ∼90% +1%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
29991 Points ∼100% +12%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, A9X, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe)
19852 Points ∼66% -26%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
10467 Points ∼35% -61%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
2555 Points ∼47%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2216 Points ∼41% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2295 Points ∼42% -10%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
2998 Points ∼55% +17%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx, A9X, Apple 128 GB (iPad Pro 12.9 NVMe)
5417 Points ∼100% +112%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2222 Points ∼41% -13%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

Considering the hardware, it's not surprising that the HP detachable operates quickly and smoothly. The results of the PCMark benchmark tests are very good as well. The Elite x2 is slightly faster than the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700, since it's able to maintain the CPU Turbo for longer periods of time. Compared to the CPU tests, the plus in performance isn't quite as large here, since the PCMark benchmarks evaluate all hardware components and not just the CPU. The overall performance can't be improved by the user - HP already exhausted all tuning options.

PCMark 7 Score
4808 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2983 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3423 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3932 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
3932 Points ∼97%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3186 Points ∼79% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3837 Points ∼95% -2%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
3697 Points ∼91% -6%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
4052 Points ∼100% +3%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3480 Points ∼86% -11%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
4808 Points ∼83%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
4274 Points ∼74% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
4518 Points ∼78% -6%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
5229 Points ∼90% +9%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
5799 Points ∼100% +21%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4087 Points ∼70% -15%

Storage Device

HP uses a Solid State Drive from Lite On with a capacity of 256 GB. About 200 GB is accessible by the user; the rest is taken up by the Windows installation and the recovery partition. The SSD uses an M.2 interface and could be swapped out for a larger model. The transfer rates are very decent.

The drive in question is "only" a SATA SSD. NVMe SSDs - with a PCI Express interface - allow for much higher transfer rates. The M.2 slot in the Elite x2 supports such drives. HP mentions in the hardware manual that some versions of the x2 ship with NVMe SSDs.

Liteon L8H-256V2G
Sequential Read: 500.5 MB/s
Sequential Write: 297.2 MB/s
512K Read: 351.7 MB/s
512K Write: 295.7 MB/s
4K Read: 28.31 MB/s
4K Write: 90.27 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 285 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 268.4 MB/s

GPU Performance

The Elite x2 has an Intel HD Graphics 515 to handle the graphics tasks. The GPU supports DirectX 12 and operates at up to 900 MHz. The HP convertible also scores ahead of the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 in the 3DMark benchmarks. Both systems have dual-channel RAM, which leads to better efficiency and higher performance. While the performance remained nearly constant during the CPU tests, we observed a drop in the 3DMark scores during our second test loop. After a very short cooling-down period, the performance improved again. During all our attempts, the 3DMark 11 results never dropped below 1100 points.

The GPU features a decoder which takes load off the CPU during video playback. The decoder integrated into the current Skylake-generation GPUs is able to also decode H.265 material - something the predecessors weren't capable of. As one would guess, H.265 is the successor to the H.264 format. This new standard allows for smaller file sizes at the same quality. During playback of a test video (4k, 60 fps, H.265), the CPU utilization remained under 10%. For the playback we use the Windows Movie & TV app, since this program supports hardware acceleration of H.265 material. Windows Media Player lacks this acceleration and would require additional software.

3DMark 06 Standard
7912 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1334 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
47242 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4943 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
739 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
1334 Points ∼51%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1344 Points ∼51% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1109 Points ∼42% -17%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
1565 Points ∼60% +17%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
2624 Points ∼100% +97%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
625 Points ∼24% -53%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
739 Points ∼53%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
740 Points ∼53% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
630 Points ∼45% -15%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
844 Points ∼61% +14%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
1395 Points ∼100% +89%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
371 Points ∼27% -50%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
3046 Points ∼65%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2316 Points ∼49% -24%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
4699 Points ∼100% +54%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
4943 Points ∼63%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
4604 Points ∼59% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3936 Points ∼50% -20%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
5853 Points ∼75% +18%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
7822 Points ∼100% +58%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2946 Points ∼38% -40%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
47242 Points ∼64%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
42046 Points ∼57% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
38523 Points ∼52% -18%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
51010 Points ∼69% +8%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
73990 Points ∼100% +57%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
29336 Points ∼40% -38%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
7912 Points ∼100%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
7733 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5842 Points ∼74% -26%
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y51, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4144 Points ∼52% -48%

Gaming Performance

The Elite x2 even allows for some gaming thanks to the fairly powerful Skylake GPU in combination with the dual-channel RAM. Games with moderate hardware requirements work best, but even then, most titles are restricted to low resolutions and quality settings. Hardware-intensive games like Far Cry Primal are out of the question, since the frame rates are simply not playable.

A look at the comparison table shows that the Core m3-equipped Surface Pro 4 is capable of higher frame rates than the review convertible when playing BioShock Infinite - despite the fact that the Elite x2 has a more powerful processor. Microsoft allows the GPU to run at a higher frequency and higher temperature when both the CPU and the GPU are working in unison. The IdeaPad Miix 700 runs at the lowest frequency, which in turn means that it trails behind the competitors.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 59.931.221.69.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 44.124.620.75.9fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 35.523.5154.3fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 11.27.1fps
The Division (2016) 128.4fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 10.19.2fps
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
44.1 fps ∼51%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
52.42 fps ∼60% +19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
33.1 fps ∼38% -25%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
HD Graphics 520, 6300U, Samsung MZFLV128 NVMe
58.1 fps ∼67% +32%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Core i7
Iris Graphics 540, 6650U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
86.8 fps ∼100% +97%

Emissions

Temperature

The Elite x2 during the stress test.
The Elite x2 during the stress test.

The fact that the CPU and GPU frequencies drop over time shouldn't come as a surprise, since the Elite x2 is cooled passively. At the start of our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running in parallel for at least one hour), both the CPU and the GPU run at high speeds. After a few seconds, throttling occurs and the CPU and the GPU both drop to 1 GHz and 550 - 600 MHz, respectively. After one hour, we observed 800 MHz for the CPU and 400 MHz for the GPU. The 2-in-1 doesn't get overly hot: only two areas exceeded 40 °C slightly.

Max. Load
 32.1 °C
90 F
39 °C
102 F
36.3 °C
97 F
 
 31.2 °C
88 F
35 °C
95 F
33.1 °C
92 F
 
 31.5 °C
89 F
32 °C
90 F
34.9 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 39 °C = 102 F
Average: 33.9 °C = 93 F
36.9 °C
98 F
40.1 °C
104 F
34.5 °C
94 F
38 °C
100 F
41.2 °C
106 F
34.6 °C
94 F
33.9 °C
93 F
35.1 °C
95 F
32.5 °C
91 F
Maximum: 41.2 °C = 106 F
Average: 36.3 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  35.1 °C = 95 F | Room Temperature 21.3 °C = 70 F | Fluke 62 Max
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.9 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 30.4 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.2 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.7 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 30.4 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.9 °C / 94.8 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-5.8 °C / -10.4 F).
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
6Y54, HD Graphics 515
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
6Y30, HD Graphics 515
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
6Y54, HD Graphics 515
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X, A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx
Dell XPS 12 9250 4K
6Y75, HD Graphics 515
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
5Y51, HD Graphics 5300
Heat
-8%
1%
-32%
-6%
-8%
3%
Maximum Upper Side *
39
43.6
-12%
38.6
1%
52.3
-34%
40.1
-3%
41.4
-6%
36.6
6%
Maximum Bottom *
41.2
45.2
-10%
40.8
1%
51.4
-25%
39.3
5%
43.9
-7%
37.3
9%
Idle Upper Side *
29.5
32.4
-10%
30.4
-3%
43.2
-46%
33.8
-15%
34.7
-18%
30.5
-3%
Idle Bottom *
29.8
29.6
1%
28
6%
36
-21%
32.9
-10%
29.4
1%
29.9
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The stereo speakers are located on the upper half of the tablet. The sound is quite acceptable, but the bass is lacking. Voices are easy to understand. Better quality requires the use of headphones or external speakers.

Frequency response (off, half, maximum)
Frequency response (off, half, maximum)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

During idle, the Elite x2 requires between 3.7 and 7.6 watts, which is lower than the power draw of the IdeaPad Miix 700. In our opinion this is due to the higher resolution of the Miix 700. The Surface Pro 4 requires even more power, since it has the highest resolution. At medium load levels, the Elite x2 is more power-hungry than the Miix 700 - the CPU of the former runs at higher speeds. At the start of the stress test we measured 34.5 watts for the first few seconds; after subsequent throttling of both the CPU and GPU that value dropped to below 20 watts. The power adapter is rated for 45 watts.

The power cable is decently long.
The power cable is decently long.
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 0.45 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.7 / 6.8 / 7.6 Watt
Load midlight 22.5 / 34.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
6Y54, HD Graphics 515
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
6Y54, HD Graphics 515
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
6300U, HD Graphics 520
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
A9X, A9X / PowerVR GT7xxx
Dell XPS 12 9250 4K
6Y75, HD Graphics 515
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
5Y51, HD Graphics 5300
Power Consumption
-9%
-7%
6%
-25%
45%
Idle Minimum *
3.7
4
-8%
4.4
-19%
2.69
27%
5.4
-46%
1.5
59%
Idle Average *
6.8
8.6
-26%
9
-32%
10.95
-61%
10.2
-50%
4
41%
Idle Maximum *
7.6
9.3
-22%
10.7
-41%
11.14
-47%
12.5
-64%
5
34%
Load Average *
22.5
18.6
17%
19.6
13%
11.54
49%
21.4
5%
13.9
38%
Load Maximum *
34.5
36.3
-5%
19.9
42%
12.8
63%
24.4
29%
16.9
51%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Our practically relevant WLAN test simulates web browsing with the aid of a script. We activate the balanced profile and set the display brightness to approximately 150 cd/m². The Elite x2 shut down after 7 hours and 23 minutes. To check how long the test candidate lasts during video playback, we let a short video (Big Buck Bunny; H.264 codec, 1920x1080 pixels) run in a loop. The wireless modules are deactivated and the display brightness is once again set to about 150 cd/m². Here, the HP detachable lasted for 7 hours and 12 minutes before we had to plug it back in. For the runtime tests, we used the Elite x2 with the keyboard attached.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 12min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
7h 23min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 12min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 10min
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
37 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core m3
38 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700
41 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Core i5, 128GB
38 Wh
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
39 Wh
Dell XPS 12 9250 4K
28 Wh
HP Elite x2 1011 G1
54 Wh
Battery Runtime
8%
11%
1%
79%
-41%
68%
Reader / Idle
732
791
8%
861
18%
899
23%
1933
164%
370
-49%
1063
45%
H.264
432
450
4%
630
46%
658
52%
WiFi v1.3
443
488
10%
440
-1%
427
-4%
695
57%
243
-45%
675
52%
Load
130
138
6%
157
21%
111
-15%
195
50%
93
-28%
288
122%

Pros

+ IPS display
+ silent
+ M.2 SSD
+ keyboard dock
+ ActivePen
+ very good battery life
+ LTE modem
+ 3-year warranty

Cons

- expensive
- chassis could be more sturdy

Verdict

In review: HP Elite x2 1012 G1. Test model courtesy of HP Germany.
In review: HP Elite x2 1012 G1. Test model courtesy of HP Germany.

Just like the competing manufacturers, HP outfits the Elite x2 with Core-m CPUs from Intel's current Skylake-generation of processors. The performance is more than adequate for most usage scenarios. Even extended loads don't cause a performance drop. The GPU, however, loses some power - but after a short cooling-down phase the performance rebounds to normal levels. In our opinion, HP does a better job with the cooling of the SoC than let's say Lenovo with their IdeaPad Miix 700.

The Solid State Drive makes for a very responsive system. If needed, this particular SSD can be swapped out for a larger model - although we recommend leaving this task to a professional. We like the keyboard dock, which performs very much on par with the competition. A positive aspect is that the keyboard features a backlight, which the IdeaPad Miix 700 lacks. The battery life is quite decent overall. The display could be improved, however. It's not that this panel is particularly bad - but considering the price, we expect a little more as far as the brightness and the contrast are concerned.

The name Elite x2 1012 G1 indicates that this detachable is oriented towards business users. Home users will find the 2-in-1 to be an appealing choice as well.

So which 2-in-1 is best overall - is it the Microsoft Surface 4 ProLenovo IdeaPad Miix 700, HP Elite x2 1012 G1 or the Dell XPS 12 9250? The Dell is instantly out of the running because of its mediocre battery life. As for the other three choices, it's mostly a matter of personal preference, the requirements, and the budget. All three did well in our tests, so we can wholeheartedly recommend them. The least expensive choice is the IdeaPad Miix 700, which is oriented more towards the home user. With the keyboard and the stylus, the Miix 700 starts at about 950 Euros (~$1070). The Surface Pro 4 has the brightest display, lots of contrast, and the highest resolution. The HP Elite x2 1012 G1 has the best CPU performance. Users who want an integrated LTE modem need to look at either Lenovo or HP. One other device worth considering is the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO S. We are in the process of reviewing that particular model and hope to publish a review in the next few days.

HP Elite x2 1012 G1 - 04/19/2016 v5.1
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
85 / 98 → 87%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
68 / 80 → 85%
Weight
73 / 35-78 → 88%
Battery
89%
Display
82%
Games Performance
54 / 68 → 79%
Application Performance
82 / 87 → 94%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
56 / 91 → 62%
Camera
65 / 85 → 77%
Average
79%
87%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-04-26 (Update: 2018-05-15)
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Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).