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HP Elite x2 1012 G2 (i5-7200U, 256 GB, 8 GB) Convertible Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 09/26/2017

The Elite in the business sector! The G2 now follows the G1. It is based on the meanwhile widely distributed Kaby Lake processors. A keyboard dock and active stylus still belong to the bundle. We present the elegant business companion that had to pass through our test course as usual in this report.

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Tablets are still being bought and are very popular. HP relies exclusively on Intel's latest ULV processors for its newly launched Elite x2 1012 G2 devices. Thus, the tablet is powered by a fast dual-core SoC, which should ensure smooth use. Intel's efficient Core-m processors were still installed in HP's Elite x2 1012 G1. Although their power consumption was better, the performance was at a clear disadvantage.

We are therefore more than pleased to find old acquaintances in HP's Elite x2 1012 G2. Intel's Core i5-7200U operates in our review sample and finds support in 8 GB of RAM. The storage device in our device is a 256 GB SSD. Our review sample almost marks the lowest price limit at 1720 Euros (~$2017). Only devices that sport Intel's Core i3-7100U will likely be a bit cheaper. The premium model based on Intel's Core i7-7600U easily surpasses 3000 Euros (3675 Euros, ~$4416, including 19% German tax configured on HP's website). However, this also includes 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD.

This price design is not a singularity among business devices. For example, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga is found in the same price region at 3300 Euros (~$3870).

HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 has to compete against the latest models of well-known manufacturers. A small selection can be found in the well-arranged chart below. We did not forget the predecessor for a better direct comparison.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 Dell Latitude 12 5285 Acer Switch 5 Toshiba Portégé X20W HP Elite x2 1012 G1
CPU Intel Core i5-7300U Intel Core i7-7600U Intel Core i7-7600U Intel Core i7-7500U Intel Core i7-7600U Intel Core m5-6Y54
GPU Intel HD Graphics 620 Intel HD Graphics 620 Intel HD Graphics 620 Intel HD Graphics 620 Intel HD Graphics 620 Intel HD Graphics 515
Panel 12.3 inch 2736 x 1824 14 inch 2560 x 1440 12.3 inch 1920 x 1080 12 inch 2160 x 1440 12.5 inch 1920 x 1080 12.1 inch 1920 x 1280
RAM 8 GB 16 GB 16 GB 8 GB 16 GB 8 GB
Storage 256 GB SSD 1024 GB SSD 256 GB SSD 512 GB SSD 512 GB SSD 256 GB SSD
Rating 90 % 88 % 88 % 84 % 88 % 87 %
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1000 MHz, dual-channel, 21.20.16.4627 WHQL
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR3-1866, dual-channel, soldered memory
Display
12.3 inch 3:2, 2716 x 1824 pixel 266 PPI, multitouch, native pen support, Samsung SDC4A49, IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-Y Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB 
, 182 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant ISST Audio
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: micro-SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, HP LT4132 LTE/HSPA+ 4G, LTE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.1 x 300 x 219.7 ( = 0.36 x 11.81 x 8.65 in)
Battery
47 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, active pen, keyboard dock, power supply, CyberLink Power Media Player, Native Miracast support, HP ePrint driver, HP Recovery Manager, HP Mac Address Manager, HP WorkWise, HP JumpStart, HP Noise Cancellation, HP Touchpoint Manager, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.193 kg ( = 42.08 oz / 2.63 pounds), Power Supply: 352 g ( = 12.42 oz / 0.78 pounds)
Price
1720 (~$2017) EUR

 

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Size Comparison

Connectivity

 

Left: power button, volume control, SIM-card slot, cable-lock slot, loop for stylus band (far right)
Left: power button, volume control, SIM-card slot, cable-lock slot, loop for stylus band (far right)
Right: Micro-SD slot, Thunderbolt 3/power-in, USB 3.0, combo audio
Right: Micro-SD slot, Thunderbolt 3/power-in, USB 3.0, combo audio
Upper edge: vents, microphones
Upper edge: vents, microphones
Lower edge: keyboard dock port
Lower edge: keyboard dock port
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
79.8 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
76.3 MB/s ∼96% -4%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
  (Toshiba THN-M401S0640E2)
64 MB/s ∼80% -20%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
87.5 MB/s ∼100% 0%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
87.4 MB/s ∼100%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
  (Toshiba THN-M401S0640E2)
86.9 MB/s ∼99% -1%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
678 MBit/s ∼100% +19%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
617 MBit/s ∼91% +8%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
577 MBit/s ∼85% +1%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
569 MBit/s ∼84%
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
500 MBit/s ∼74% -12%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
312 MBit/s ∼46% -45%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
663 MBit/s ∼100% +170%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
618 MBit/s ∼93% +151%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
514 MBit/s ∼78% +109%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
474 MBit/s ∼71% +93%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
446 MBit/s ∼67% +81%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
246 MBit/s ∼37%

Accessories

HP Elite x2 1012 Advanced keyboard
HP Elite x2 1012 Advanced keyboard

In addition to the power supply, we also find an Active Pen and the matching keyboard dock in the box of HP's Elite x2 1012 G2. The keyboard also serves for protecting the screen when folded together. Furthermore, the keyboard turns the tablet into a small laptop and even features a decent backlight. HP optionally offers the HP Elite x2 1012 Advanced Keyboard (200 Euros, ~$234) that adds NFC, a SmartCard-reader and further security features.

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Minor clouding at the edges
Minor clouding at the edges

The WQXGA+ screen has a diagonal of 12.3-inches and has a very high resolution of 2736x1824 pixels. Thus, the screen (3:2) has a pixel density of 266 PPI. The surface has a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 that protects the screen well from outer influences. The multitouch panel achieved an average brightness of 446 cd/m² in our measurements. This puts HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 in second place as only the screen in Dell's Latitude 12 5285 is even brighter at 522 cd/m². The black level of 0.41 cd/m² is not perfect, but it is still enough for a good contrast (1080:1) thanks to the high brightness. The illumination of 88% is good and the screen is not dimmed in battery mode. We discovered PWM at a frequency of 2119 Hz starting at a brightness of 50% and lower. We also observed light clouding at the edges in a completely black image.

419
cd/m²
448
cd/m²
452
cd/m²
448
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
474
cd/m²
441
cd/m²
428
cd/m²
461
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 474 cd/m² Average: 446 cd/m² Minimum: 23.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 440 cd/m²
Contrast: 1080:1 (Black: 0.41 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.6 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
98% sRGB (Argyll) 62.6% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.38
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Samsung SDC4A49, , 2716x1824, 12.3
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
LG Display LP123WQ112604, , 2736x1824, 12.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
LEN4140, , 2560x1440, 14
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
BOE06DC, , 1920x1280, 12.3
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
WST KL.1200w.004, , 2160x1440, 12
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
Toshiba TOS508F, , 1920x1080, 12.5
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
LG Philips, , 1920x1280, 12.1
Response Times
288%
29%
-42%
-1%
-64%
11%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
45.6 (23.6, 22)
42 (20, 22)
8%
3.6 (1.6, 2)
92%
42.4 (20.4, 22)
7%
37 (19, 18)
19%
67 (33, 34)
-47%
33.2 (15.2, 18)
27%
Response Time Black / White *
21.6 (9.2, 12.4)
29 (18, 11)
-34%
3.2 (2, 1.2)
85%
30.8 (18, 12.8)
-43%
26 (14, 12)
-20%
39 (22, 17)
-81%
22.8 (10.4, 12.4)
-6%
PWM Frequency
2119 (50)
21000
891%
240.4 (80)
-89%
210.1 (99)
-90%
Screen
-3%
-37%
-20%
-49%
-34%
-52%
Brightness middle
443
417
-6%
243
-45%
523.2
18%
369
-17%
442
0%
322
-27%
Brightness
446
401
-10%
240
-46%
522
17%
331
-26%
410
-8%
319
-28%
Brightness Distribution
88
88
0%
95
8%
88
0%
75
-15%
86
-2%
97
10%
Black Level *
0.41
0.29
29%
0.42
-2%
0.46
-12%
0.22
46%
0.42
-2%
Contrast
1080
1438
33%
1246
15%
802
-26%
2009
86%
767
-29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.6
3.63
-40%
5.3
-104%
4
-54%
5.52
-112%
5.22
-101%
6.02
-132%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4
6.74
-69%
8.9
-123%
8.6
-115%
9.29
-132%
11.84
-196%
10.06
-152%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3
2.18
27%
3.7
-23%
5.5
-83%
6.95
-132%
7.88
-163%
6.29
-110%
Gamma
2.38 101%
3.09 78%
1.78 135%
2.16 111%
2.58 93%
2.51 96%
2.4 100%
CCT
6780 96%
6767 96%
6202 105%
7546 86%
7009 93%
6756 96%
7712 84%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.6
63
1%
84.8
35%
64.86
4%
56
-11%
64
2%
47.8
-24%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98
99
1%
100
2%
93.97
-4%
88
-10%
97
-1%
73.2
-25%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
143% / 64%
-4% / -19%
-31% / -25%
-25% / -41%
-49% / -39%
-21% / -42%

* ... smaller is better

The image quality of HP's x2 1012 G2 is good. Colors are reproduced very well and do not look pale or faded. The color shifts (3 and 2.6) are already very low in delivery state. Calibration improved this even more. Furthermore, this eliminated the light bluish tint. The color-space coverage is suitable even for professional image-editing with 98% in sRGB and 62.6% in AdobeRGB. Only the OLED panel found in Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga is considerably better.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
HP Elite x2 1012 G2 vs. sRGB (98%)
HP Elite x2 1012 G2 vs. sRGB (98%)
HP Elite x2 1012 G2 vs. AdobeRGB (62,6 %)
HP Elite x2 1012 G2 vs. AdobeRGB (62.6%)

High brightness alone does not ensure unconditional outdoor suitability. The screen's glossy surface limits outdoor use a bit. Nevertheless, it is possible to work outdoors with HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 when direct sunlight is avoided. The viewing angle test turned out well, as is typical for IPS. All test images can be recognized very well even when viewed from a very flat angle.

HP Elite x2 1012 G2 in sunlight
HP Elite x2 1012 G2 in sunlight
HP Elite x2 1012 G2 in the shade
HP Elite x2 1012 G2 in the shade
HP Elite x2 1012 G2 viewing angles
HP Elite x2 1012 G2 viewing angles

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
21.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9.2 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. » 20 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
45.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23.6 ms rise
↘ 22 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. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.7 ms).

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 detected 2119 Hz ≤ 50 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2119 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 50 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2119 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 10570 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

Performance

In short, the combination of Intel's Core i5-7200U and 8 GB of RAM is more than sufficient for the intended purposes. HP's Elite X2 1012 G2 can also be purchased with a faster Intel Core i7 and 16 GB of RAM. The working memory is soldered and, like the CPU, it cannot be replaced. An LTE modem is installed for unconditional mobility. It is possible to configure the device with a storage device with a maximum of 1 TB optionally.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC Latency
Intel Extreme Utility
Intel Extreme Utility (benchmark)
 

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Processor

Intel's Core i5-7200U is a dual-core SoC. This processor is a member of the Kaby Lake lineup and clocks at 2.5 to 3.1 GHz (2-core Turbo: 3.1 GHz). Thanks to Hyper-Threading, Intel's Core i5-7200U can process four threads at the same time. In terms of performance, Intel's Core i5-7200U is clearly superior to Intel's Core m5-6Y54. A look at the Cinebench R15 outcomes shows that the performance potential of Intel's Core i5-7200U can be retrieved well, at least for a short time. Our HP Elite x2 1012 G2 cannot compete with the faster i5 and i7 models although the difference in the multithread performance is considerably lower than in the single-thread performance.

Further benchmarks concerning Intel's Core i5-7200U can be found here.

The clock speed could be maintained quite well in the first run of our Cinebench R15 loop. However, the processor's temperature increased quickly under this permanent load. A visible downward trend was already seen in the second run. The result was relatively stable at approx. 290 points from the third run. Thus, the processor's performance decreased by almost 10% during permanent load.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel Core i7-7600U
160 Points ∼100% +26%
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
Intel Core i7-7600U
156 Points ∼98% +23%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7600U
152 Points ∼95% +20%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Intel Core i7-7500U
143 Points ∼89% +13%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel Core i5-7300U
141 Points ∼88% +11%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
127 Points ∼79%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
111 Points ∼69% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel Core i7-7600U
373 Points ∼100% +16%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Intel Core i7-7500U
339 Points ∼91% +5%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel Core i5-7300U
334 Points ∼90% +4%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7600U
329 Points ∼88% +2%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
322 Points ∼86%
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
Intel Core i7-7600U
319 Points ∼86% -1%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
255 Points ∼68% -21%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel Core i7-7600U
1.85 Points ∼100% +26%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7600U
1.76 Points ∼95% +20%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.65 Points ∼89% +12%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.47 Points ∼79%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
1.26 Points ∼68% -14%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel Core i7-7600U
4.08 Points ∼100% +13%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.64 Points ∼89% +1%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7600U
3.62 Points ∼89% +1%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.6 Points ∼88%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
2.7 Points ∼66% -25%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel Core i7-7600U
266.14 Points ∼100% +26%
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
Intel Core i7-7600U
248 Points ∼93% +17%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Intel Core i7-7500U
236.42 Points ∼89% +12%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel Core i5-7300U
219 Points ∼82% +3%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
211.85 Points ∼80%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
184.45 Points ∼69% -13%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
Intel Core i7-7600U
37531 Points ∼100% +34%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel Core i5-7300U
33186 Points ∼88% +18%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Intel Core i7-7500U
32940 Points ∼88% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel Core i7-7600U
31702 Points ∼84% +13%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
28030 Points ∼75%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
26727 Points ∼71% -5%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
1305.7 ms * ∼100% -4%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
1256 ms * ∼96%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Intel Core i7-7500U
1039.9 ms * ∼80% +17%
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
Intel Core i7-7600U
983 ms * ∼75% +22%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel Core i7-7600U
972.8 ms * ∼75% +23%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6416 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
13438 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
7344 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4934
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10830
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7250
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.47 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.6 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
32.03 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
127 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
322 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
41.36 fps
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System Performance

The performance of HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 is throughout good, as the PCMark 8 and PCMark 10 benchmarks also confirm. Our review sample can compete well with Microsoft's Surface Pro that is equipped with an allegedly better processor. The difference to HP's Elite x2 1012 G1 is between 3 and 10%. The subjective system performance was good during the entire test period. No prolonged latencies were observed, and the device responded quickly to inputs. The tablet also coped easily when multiple tabs were opened in the browser at the same time.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
4852 Points ∼100% +20%
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK512GVN8
4797 Points ∼99% +19%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
4585 Points ∼94% +14%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4036 Points ∼83%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
3983 Points ∼82% -1%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
3932 Points ∼81% -3%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3510 Points ∼72% -13%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4741 Points ∼100% +44%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3860 Points ∼81% +17%
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK512GVN8
3654 Points ∼77% +11%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
3556 Points ∼75% +8%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3289 Points ∼69%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
2983 Points ∼63% -9%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
2936 Points ∼62% -11%
PCMark 10
Productivity
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
5956 Points ∼100% +17%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5104 Points ∼86%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
5009 Points ∼84% -2%
Score
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
3448 Points ∼100% +10%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3146 Points ∼91%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
2957 Points ∼86% -6%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3289 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4412 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4036 points
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Storage Device

The configuration of our HP Elite x2 1012 G2 review sample has a 256 GB SSD by Samsung. The storage device communicates via a fast PCIe interface and achieves a sequential read speed of up to 2200 MB/s and a sequential write speed of almost 900 MB/s in the AS SSD test. We also like the 4K rates that are an advantage, particularly when loading small files. In total, the SSD presents a very good total performance that the high rating of 4653 underlines. There were no negative occurrences that would have compromised working with HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 during the test period. The system is ready to use very quickly thanks to the very fast SSD. The manufacturer optionally offers SSDs that only operate in SATA speed. HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 can be equipped with a maximum storage of 1 TB.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
CrystalDiskInfo
CrystalDiskInfo
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
Toshiba SG5 THNSNK512GVN8
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Liteon L8H-256V2G
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-34%
21%
-30%
-28%
-57%
-56%
Write 4k QD32
472.5
373
-21%
506.6
7%
434.5
-8%
425.4
-10%
208.1
-56%
268.4
-43%
Read 4k QD32
398.3
423
6%
631.7
59%
493.3
24%
460.6
16%
322.5
-19%
285
-28%
Write 4k
145.4
125
-14%
182.2
25%
72.22
-50%
128.3
-12%
89.36
-39%
90.27
-38%
Read 4k
56.9
46
-19%
58.23
2%
31.75
-44%
35.92
-37%
25.24
-56%
28.31
-50%
Write 512
844.4
445
-47%
1292
53%
589.3
-30%
535.1
-37%
266.6
-68%
295.7
-65%
Read 512
1235
225
-82%
1040
-16%
406
-67%
653.2
-47%
404.4
-67%
351.7
-72%
Write Seq
1261
853
-32%
1693
34%
865.2
-31%
592.6
-53%
277.3
-78%
297.2
-76%
Read Seq
1875
723
-61%
2004
7%
1294
-31%
1066
-43%
469
-75%
500.5
-73%
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Sequential Read: 1875 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1261 MB/s
512K Read: 1235 MB/s
512K Write: 844.4 MB/s
4K Read: 56.9 MB/s
4K Write: 145.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 398.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 472.5 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 620 processor-integrated graphics unit is responsible for video output. The little graphics unit clocks from 300 to 1000 MHz and, thanks to the dual-channel memory, places itself in the midfield. HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 clearly distinguishes itself from the former HP Elite x2 1012 G1 here again. However, not too much should be expected from the little graphics unit. Nevertheless, Intel's Graphics 620 is perfectly suitable for routine work and does not have any bigger problems with high-def videos, either. The hardware supports H.265/HVEC and Google's VP9.

More benchmarks concerning Intel's HD Graphics 620 can be found here.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
1084 Points ∼100% +16%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1030 Points ∼95% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
1000 Points ∼92% +7%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
933 Points ∼86%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7300U
889 Points ∼82% -5%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
797 Points ∼74% -15%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
8850 Points ∼100% +21%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
8599 Points ∼97% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
8075 Points ∼91% +10%
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
7562 Points ∼85% +3%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
7334 Points ∼83%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7300U
7265 Points ∼82% -1%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
6308 Points ∼71% -14%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
1633 Points ∼100% +8%
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1613 Points ∼99% +7%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
1589 Points ∼97% +5%
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
1553 Points ∼95% +3%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1510 Points ∼92%
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m5-6Y54
1200 Points ∼73% -21%
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark 11 Performance
1646 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
53450 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5919 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
855 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
395 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
349 points
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Gaming Performance

We cannot classify HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 as gaming suitable. Only old and undemanding games can be played fairly smoothly in the minimum preset. However, the power of Intel's HD Graphics 620 is often enough for simple games from the Windows Store. The performance of the other comparison devices is roughly on par here.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 52.930.525.27.5fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 40.627.218.36.1fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 20.111.96.84.3fps

Emissions

Noise characteristics
Noise characteristics

System Noise

The noise development of HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 is audibly within limits although the passively cooled devices have a clear advantage here. However, it is possible to work noiselessly with HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 as the fan first begins to spin during load. An annoying noise is not heard at a maximum of 32.5 dB(A) even during load. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga was considerably more penetrating with 38.9 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle
29.5 / 29.5 / 29.5 dB(A)
Load
30.6 / 32.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.5 dB(A)
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK512GVN8
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
Noise
-8%
2%
-2%
off / environment *
29.5
29.3
1%
28.2
4%
30.4
-3%
Idle Minimum *
29.5
29.3
1%
28.2
4%
30.5
-3%
Idle Average *
29.5
31.1
-5%
28.2
4%
30.5
-3%
Idle Maximum *
29.5
33.3
-13%
28.2
4%
30.5
-3%
Load Average *
30.6
33.3
-9%
30.4
1%
31.2
-2%
Load Maximum *
32.5
38.9
-20%
34
-5%
31.3
4%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.12929.62530.628.529.73127.626.726.94024.924.526.75028.126.226.66324.822.722.48024.522.222.51002321.722.512520.920.221.216019.119.118.420019.718.318.925018.416.617.731517.616.317.240017.316.316.750016.815.816.163016.715.216.380017.215.717.9100017.616.219.7125017.516.319160019.617.321.2200021.317.923.2250019.61824.7315018.61821.3400018.418.219.4500018.418.318.8630018.11818.3800017.817.817.81000017.417.417.31250016.816.916.81600016.316.416.1SPL30.629.532.5N1.31.21.5median 18.1HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EAmedian 17.4median 18.4Delta0.811.833.730.636.331.332.135.73229.933.930.630.434.229.228.730.328.427.230.328.128.328.426.825.52925.12528.22323.325.123.62325.322.722.124.421.32125.220.119.522.921.118.923.620.518.22420.717.624.220.31723.919.516.72420.616.425.222.416.428.723.616.229.523.316.429.622.316.630.319.616.826.419.216.82517.517.12117.117.118.81716.917.617.317.217.633.229.438.91.81.33median 20.7Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00median 17.1median 251.72.21.4hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

3DMark 11 post stress
3DMark 11 post stress

Despite the active cooling unit that is supposed to discharge heat out of the casing, the maximum temperature is 44.5 °C during load. Thus, HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 scores even better than Dell's Latitude 12 5285, which gets a bit warmer at almost 49 °C.

Intel's Core i5-7200U heats up to a maximum of 81 °C in the stress test, which is also the thermal limit that the manufacturer specifies for throttling the clock speed. We observed a clear loss of performance during permanent load already in the Cinebench R15 loop. HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 performs the one-hour Prime95 stress test with an average clock speed of 2.4 GHz. The faster Core i7 models will unlikely benefit much from the higher performance since the cooling unit simply cannot discharge the produced waste heat out of the casing fast enough. The 3D performance was on a similar level after the stress test as after a cold start.

Stress test: Prime95 solo
Stress test: Prime95 solo
Stress test: Furmark solo
Stress test: Furmark solo
Stress test: Furmark + Prime95
Stress test: Furmark + Prime95
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK512GVN8
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
HD Graphics 515, 6Y54, Liteon L8H-256V2G
Heat
-9%
2%
-3%
-9%
22%
-1%
Maximum Upper Side *
42.3
39.2
7%
47.5
-12%
38.2
10%
44.7
-6%
35.7
16%
39
8%
Maximum Bottom *
44.5
40.3
9%
44.8
-1%
48.6
-9%
47.5
-7%
24.2
46%
41.2
7%
Idle Upper Side *
29.5
37
-25%
23.7
20%
29.6
-0%
29.7
-1%
23.4
21%
29.5
-0%
Idle Bottom *
25.2
32.3
-28%
24.6
2%
28.8
-14%
30.7
-22%
24.2
4%
29.8
-18%

* ... smaller is better

Max. Load
 42.3 °C41.6 °C37.5 °C 
 38.6 °C39.5 °C36.1 °C 
 34.8 °C35.9 °C33.6 °C 
Maximum: 42.3 °C
Average: 37.8 °C
39.8 °C44.5 °C44.2 °C
38.5 °C40.5 °C39.9 °C
32.8 °C34.6 °C33.1 °C
Maximum: 44.5 °C
Average: 38.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  32.1 °C | Room Temperature 20.3 °C | Voltcraft IR-900
Temperature development front (load)
Temperature development front (load)
Temperature development rear (load)
Temperature development rear (load)
Temperature development front (load)
Temperature development front (load)

Speakers

Bang & Olufsen audio
Bang & Olufsen audio
Pink Noise characteristics
Pink Noise characteristics
 

Both speakers come from Bang & Olufsen and are situated on the left and right edges, facing the user. Thus, the sound is transmitted directly toward the user. Furthermore, it is unlikely that the speaker openings will be covered in tablet mode.

The sound is very treble-heavy, which can get unpleasant in the maximum volume of 71 dB(A). The predefined audio profiles did not improve this completely, although the profile optimized for music was still the best. The speakers are sufficient for office use and videoconferencing. Voice is transmitted very clearly. The HP Elite x2 1012 G2's noise suppression for filtering ambient noises is also good. The internal speakers do not stand a chance against an external sound solution, though.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029272528.527.53126.725.14024.525.65026.2266322.723.88022.225.110021.723.512520.22416019.122.920018.325.525016.63131516.338.740016.342.150015.840.263015.243.980015.751.1100016.252125016.351.5160017.350.6200017.952.125001854.931501862.9400018.266.4500018.36263001855.2800017.848.81000017.443.71250016.945.41600016.449.1SPL29.571N1.221.3median 17.4HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EAmedian 48.8Delta1736353637.428.237.435.825.435.83729.83737.928.537.940.728.940.740.429.140.440.928.940.943.528.443.545274548.723.848.75022.75056.721.956.758.320.958.358.120.558.162.219.562.264.918.464.960.818.260.860.917.860.961.21861.267.817.867.865.217.865.260.317.960.35817.95855.81855.856.71856.757.117.957.156.117.856.145.117.745.142.517.842.57430.77432.31.532.3median 57.1Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5median 18median 57.15.92.15.9hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.9% higher than median
(-) | highs are not linear (16.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (31.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 88% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 11% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 90% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 7% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 9.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 10% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 17% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 79% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram comparison (checkboxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The idle power consumption ranges from 4.4 to 11.1 watts. Thus, HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 needs a bit more than the competition. The consumption settles to 33.8 watts during average load, although we measured peaks of 49 watts. One reason for the slightly higher consumption is the CPU's performance that demands considerably more power until it reaches the thermal limit. Another reason is the very bright screen that achieved an average of 446 cd/m² in our measurements. The convertible is recharged via the USB Type-C port. The power supply has a maximum output of 65 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.47 / 0.58 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.1 / 9.2 / 11.1 Watt
Load midlight 33.8 / 49.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
7200U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 2716x1824, 12.3
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
7300U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M, IPS, 2736x1824, 12.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
7600U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0), OLED, 2560x1440, 14
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
7600U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1280, 12.3
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
7500U, HD Graphics 620, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G7, IPS, 2160x1440, 12
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
7600U, HD Graphics 620, Toshiba SG5 THNSNK512GVN8, IPS, 1920x1080, 12.5
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
6Y54, HD Graphics 515, Liteon L8H-256V2G, IPS, 1920x1280, 12.1
Power Consumption
25%
-4%
24%
23%
37%
26%
Idle Minimum *
4.1
3.6
12%
4.9
-20%
2.85
30%
3.86
6%
3.4
17%
3.7
10%
Idle Average *
9.2
8.1
12%
7.6
17%
6.76
27%
6.4
30%
5.8
37%
6.8
26%
Idle Maximum *
11.1
8.7
22%
13.8
-24%
6.91
38%
7.17
35%
6.7
40%
7.6
32%
Load Average *
33.8
25.5
25%
33.4
1%
32.88
3%
30.5
10%
21.4
37%
22.5
33%
Load Maximum *
49.2
23.5
52%
46.5
5%
37.41
24%
32.4
34%
21.6
56%
34.5
30%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

3DMark 11 vs. battery mode
3DMark 11 vs. battery mode

The 45 Wh lithium-ion battery is a bit bigger than that of the predecessor, although the slightly higher power consumption results in a slightly shorter battery life. Our review sample first shuts down after almost 14 hours without load. In contrast to that, one charged battery is only good for two hours of load, which is enough for third place here. Our Wi-Fi test is considerably more realistic, and HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 achieves a runtime of 6:18 hours here. We measure an almost identical runtime of 6:17 hours in our video playback test. The battery is recharged after a good two hours (2:11 hours). The 3D performance is a bit poorer in battery mode than in AC mode. HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 only achieves 1185 points in 3DMark 11, which is almost 500 points lower.

Maximum battery runtime
Maximum battery runtime
Minimum battery runtime
Minimum battery runtime
Wi-Fi battery runtime
Wi-Fi battery runtime
H.264 runtime
H.264 runtime
Charging time
Charging time
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 53min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 40.15063.0.0)
6h 18min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 17min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 18min
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 47 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
7300U, HD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 20JES03T00
7600U, HD Graphics 620, 56 Wh
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
7600U, HD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
7500U, HD Graphics 620,  Wh
Toshiba Portege X20W-D-10R
7600U, HD Graphics 620, 44 Wh
HP Elite x2 1012 G1
6Y54, HD Graphics 515, 37 Wh
Battery Runtime
49%
-4%
11%
-17%
40%
4%
Reader / Idle
833
1054
27%
784
-6%
1075
29%
711
-15%
1001
20%
732
-12%
H.264
377
408
8%
432
15%
WiFi v1.3
378
744
97%
368
-3%
486
29%
355
-6%
719
90%
443
17%
Load
138
168
22%
120
-13%
105
-24%
95
-31%
150
9%
130
-6%

Verdict

Pros

+ very good build
+ agreeably quiet
+ good system performance
+ bright IPS screen with high color-space coverage
+ LTE modem
+ keyboard dock
+ Active Pen
+ fast M.2 SSD
+ long battery life

Cons

- high price
- permanent load burdens cooling unit
- high casing temperatures during load
HP Elite x2 1012 G2, courtesy of Cyberport.de
HP Elite x2 1012 G2, courtesy of Cyberport.de

HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 is an elegant convertible that is primarily situated in the business sector and takes over from HP's Elite x2 1012 G1. The familiar stylish, basic design looks appealing and the good choice of materials conveys a high-quality feel to the user when holding the device. HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 costs 1720 Euros (~$2017) in our test configuration. The buyer gets a fast Intel Core i5-7200U processor that can deal with the requirements of daily office work. The 8 GB of RAM and the 256 GB SSD both ensure a fast-running system.

HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 convinces with an immaculate build and very good screen. Useful accessories, such as the keyboard dock and Active Pen, extend its possible applications and encourage creativity.

In addition to the immaculate build, we liked the high-resolution panel and the accessories in form of the keyboard dock and Active Pen. The system performance is also on a good level, although the cooling unit quickly finds its limits during permanent load. Therefore, buyers should consider whether it is really sensible to opt for the Core i7 model before purchasing it. HP managed to boost the performance clearly in all aspects compared with the predecessor.

HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA - 09/22/2017 v6
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
85 / 98 → 87%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
64 / 80 → 80%
Weight
73 / 35-78 → 88%
Battery
88%
Display
90%
Games Performance
56 / 68 → 83%
Application Performance
85 / 87 → 97%
Temperature
90%
Noise
96%
Audio
56 / 91 → 62%
Camera
68 / 85 → 80%
Average
79%
88%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > HP Elite x2 1012 G2 (i5-7200U, 256 GB, 8 GB) Convertible Review
Sebastian Bade, 2017-09-26 (Update: 2017-09-27)