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HP Elite x2 1013 G3 (i5-8350U, SSD, 3k) 2-in-1 Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum-Balaz (translated by Martin Jungowski), 10/03/2018

Complete redesign. Hewlett-Packard's Elite x2 1013 G3 is a 13-inch 2-in-1 equipped with a powerful quad-core CPU, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 3:2 3k display, an active stylus, and a keyboard dock.

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In HP’s world, Elite stands for its upper-class business models. Accordingly, today’s review unit named Elite x2 1013 G3 will set you back around $1,800. What you get in return is a nicely equipped 2-in-1 device with a 3:2 display. This particular model is the successor to the Elite x2 1012 G2. HP has included a number of improvements and changes, such as for example the larger display. Its competitors are devices like the Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1, the Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB, and the Microsoft Surface Pro (2017). Find out whether or not this latest incarnation of an HP detachable is worth taking a closer look at in our extensive review.

HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA (Elite x2 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1100 MHz, Dual-Channel, 24.20.100.6286
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, Dual-Channel, no free slots
Display
13 inch 3:2, 3000 x 2000 pixel 277 PPI, capacitive, 10-point multitouch, native pen support, AU Optronics AUO101A, IPS, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 , glossy: yes, detachable screen
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB 
, 177 GB free
Soundcard
Conexant CX8400 @ Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 3 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, hall sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 300 x 231.5 ( = 0.31 x 11.81 x 9.11 in)
Battery
50 Wh, 6500 mAh Lithium-Ion, 7.7 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 5 MPSecondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, stylus, Windows 10 Pro DVD, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.17 kg ( = 41.27 oz / 2.58 pounds), Power Supply: 325 g ( = 11.46 oz / 0.72 pounds)
Price
2199 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The latest generation is very easily recognizable as successor to the Elite x2 1012 G1 and Elite x2 1012 G2. It still features the same sleek metal case and flip stand. Unlike Microsoft, HP’s designers decided against a metal plate and went with a 6 mm thick metal frame instead. That is all when it comes to similarities - the Elite x2 1013 G3 represents much more than a simple CPU swap. Instead, it is a completely redesigned device.

One of the first things we noticed were the significantly thinner display bezels thanks to which the previously used 12.3-inch display has now been replaced with a 13-inch display. Subjectively, the new case seems to be thinner even though at 7.9 mm it is slightly thicker than the G2’s 7.62 mm. Contributing factors for this illusion are the thinner display bezels and the beveled edges. The design has also been updated and is now much more chiseled and edged than before.

Overall build quality was immaculate. The device was well-made with no obvious weaknesses. Gaps are consistent, and we found no overhanging parts or burred edges. Stability was somewhat lacking, and we were able to warp the device slightly. We would have expected a better rigidity. The flip stand was very firm and held the tablet in place very steadily. The continuous hinges were rather firm and stiff, and the flip stand is thus highly unlikely to flip open unexpectedly. The maximum opening angle is 155 degrees.

All of the devices in our test group reported a similar weight. Their footprints differed significantly due to the differences in aspect ratios.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

The ports have also undergone a major overhaul. Gone is the USB-A port, and we found three USB-C ports instead, two of which were connected to a Thunderbolt 3 and the remaining one to a USB 3.1 Gen 1 controller. All three carry a DisplayPort signal and can be used accordingly with a matching USB-C to DisplayPort adapter or cable. Unfortunately, HP has also scrapped the microSD card reader.

Left: cable lock, SIM-card slot (nanoSIM), volume rocker, audio-combo jack
Left: cable lock, SIM-card slot (nanoSIM), volume rocker, audio-combo jack
Right: 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C), 2x Thunderbolt 3
Right: 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C), 2x Thunderbolt 3

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Communication

HP’s latest 2-in-1 device features an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 Wi-Fi modem with support for 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. Under ideal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices nearby, low distance between sender and receiver) it performed admirably. The Elite x2 is WWAN-ready as well and comes with all necessary peripherals such as WWAN slot, antennas, and a SIM-card slot.

The Wi-Fi modem is made by Intel.
The Wi-Fi modem is made by Intel.
An LTE modem can be fitted retroactively.
An LTE modem can be fitted retroactively.
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
577 MBit/s ∼100% +84%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
569 MBit/s ∼99% +81%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
490 MBit/s ∼85% +56%
Average of class Convertible
  (38.3 - 678, n=118)
477 MBit/s ∼83% +52%
Huawei Matebook E
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
437 MBit/s ∼76% +39%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
314 MBit/s ∼54%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
312 MBit/s ∼54% -1%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
286 MBit/s ∼50% -9%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
647 MBit/s ∼100% +8%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
618 MBit/s ∼96% +3%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
598 MBit/s ∼92%
Huawei Matebook E
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
592 MBit/s ∼91% -1%
Average of class Convertible
  (39.2 - 685, n=118)
487 MBit/s ∼75% -19%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
446 MBit/s ∼69% -25%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
247 MBit/s ∼38% -59%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
246 MBit/s ∼38% -59%

Cameras

The Elite x2 is equipped with two cameras, a 5 MP front-facing webcam and an 8 MP shooter at the back. It lacks a flash. In addition, our review unit was also equipped with a front-facing infrared camera with support for Windows Hello. This IR camera is optional and not included on every Elite x2 SKU.

The webcam did not do a particularly good job at capturing photos. They turned out crisp but somewhat noisy. The rear-facing camera did a much better job.

8 MP camera
8 MP camera
Webcam (5 MP)
Webcam (5 MP)

Security

The Elite x2 includes a fingerprint reader and allows for biometric access control. The fingerprint reader is located at the back of the tablet. In addition, the device also includes a TPM 2.0 chip as well as HP’s own Client Security software.

Accessories

In addition to the usual (quick-start guide, warranty booklet) our review unit also came with an active stylus and a Windows 10 Pro DVD. Additional accessories, such as the two Thunderbolt 3 docking stations, can be purchased separately. The HP Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock (90 W) and the HP Thunderbolt Dock 120 W G2 will each set you back around $150.

HP Thunderbolt Dock 120 W G2
HP Thunderbolt Dock 120 W G2
HP Thunderbolt Dock 120 W G2
HP Thunderbolt Dock 120 W G2
HP Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock
HP Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock
HP Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock
HP Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Maintenance

The device must be opened in order to perform any sort of maintenance. More specifically, the display must be removed. This turned out to be fairly simple if you have the right tools. Most important helper: a simple suction cup.

First, the stand needs to be flipped back. The four Torx screws underneath need to be removed next. Then, the tablet has to be propped up and the suction cup attached to the top right corner of the display. The display can now be carefully removed. You need to be very careful. The display is connected to the motherboard with two ribbon cables and can be easily damaged in the process. After the cables have been removed the display can be set aside. The internal hardware is now readily accessible.

Warranty

By default, the Elite x2 ships with a three-year limited warranty on parts and labor, which can be extended if so desired. At the time of writing $270 will get you a five-year NBD on-site warranty.

HP's CarePack Central website showing the possible warranty options.
HP's CarePack Central website showing the possible warranty options.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Our review unit was equipped with HP’s detachable keyboard. The connection between the tablet and its keyboard dock is magnetic, and the keyboard can be attached in two positions: flat down on the table or angled upwards towards the user. As before, the keyboard’s top case is made of a single piece of metal while the bottom shell is made of plastic. The shallow and smooth key caps featured a pretty short travel with a very distinct feedback. We liked the accentuation point. A two stage backlight controlled via a function key is also included. All things considered, the keyboard was suitable for everyday use.

Touchpad

The multitouch-capable ClickPad measured around 9.4 x 5.5 cm (3.7 x 2.2 inches). It was large enough for gesture input. Its smooth surface was a pleasure to use. It worked very well right up to its edges. Its button travel was very short and offered a considerably audible and palpable accentuation point.

Keyboard dock
Keyboard dock

Touchscreen

The touchscreen supports finger input as well as the included ActivePen stylus. The display is 10-point multitouch-capable and responded very quickly to our inputs. It did not cause any problems.

According to HP, the stylus supports up to 4,096 pressure points. It was very lightweight (15 g) and comfortable to hold. Handwriting and drawing worked flawlessly and quickly. The pen has a total of three buttons: two at the bottom and one at the top. All three can be individually configured. The stylus is connected to the tablet via Bluetooth.

The pen’s battery is not user-replaceable and is charged via a USB-C port. In other words: the Elite x2’s included power supply can be used for the stylus as well. According to HP the pen should charge from near empty to full in 30 minutes. We can confirm this claim. The pen’s battery charge level is displayed in the configuration utility.

The included stylus pen
The included stylus pen
Charged via USB-C
Charged via USB-C
HP pencil stylus settings
HP pencil stylus settings

Display

HP has not just increased the display’s size; the company has also increased the resolution from the previous 12.3-inch display’s 2716x1824 to 3000x2000 now. Brightness (411.8 nits) and contrast ratio (942:1) were very decent. However, considering the Elite x2’s high price, the contrast ratio could have been better. We would have preferred a measurement in the magnitude north of 1,000:1. In terms of brightness, Microsoft’s 2017 Surface Pro devices were pretty much on a par with the HP Elite x2. They offered a higher contrast ratio. The Dell Latitude 12 5285 was much brighter than the entire competition. Positive side note: We found no evidence of PWM.

Alternatively, the Elite x2 can also be ordered with a WUXGA+ panel (1920x1280) with support for HP’s SureView technology that prevents bystanders from reading the display from the side. This feature can be enabled with the push of a button. To find out more about SureView and see this effect in action, take a look at our HP EliteBook 850 G5 review.

Subpixel geometry
Subpixel geometry
Halations
Halations
422
cd/m²
393
cd/m²
386
cd/m²
424
cd/m²
452
cd/m²
384
cd/m²
411
cd/m²
442
cd/m²
392
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 452 cd/m² Average: 411.8 cd/m² Minimum: 21 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 456 cd/m²
Contrast: 942:1 (Black: 0.48 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.05 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 1.56
ΔE Greyscale 4.87 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
97% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 62% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.71
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
IPS, 3000x2000, 13
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
IPS, 2716x1824, 12.3
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
IPS, 1920x1200, 12.2
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
IPS, 1920x1280, 12.3
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
IPS, 2160x1440, 12.6
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
IPS, 2736x1824, 12.3
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
IPS, 2736x1824, 12.3
Response Times
10%
18%
-4%
3%
13%
-1%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
47 (23, 24)
45.6 (23.6, 22)
3%
36 (18, 18)
23%
42.4 (20.4, 22)
10%
41 (22, 19)
13%
37 (16, 21)
21%
42 (20, 22)
11%
Response Time Black / White *
26 (14, 12)
21.6 (9.2, 12.4)
17%
23 (12, 11)
12%
30.8 (18, 12.8)
-18%
28 (16, 12)
-8%
25 (13, 12)
4%
29 (18, 11)
-12%
PWM Frequency
2119 (50)
200 (90)
210.1 (99)
22130 (55)
21000
Screen
16%
-19%
5%
1%
5%
15%
Brightness middle
452
443
-2%
384
-15%
523.2
16%
262
-42%
482
7%
417
-8%
Brightness
412
446
8%
355
-14%
522
27%
254
-38%
466
13%
401
-3%
Brightness Distribution
85
88
4%
80
-6%
88
4%
89
5%
92
8%
88
4%
Black Level *
0.48
0.41
15%
0.56
-17%
0.42
12%
0.26
46%
0.395
18%
0.29
40%
Contrast
942
1080
15%
686
-27%
1246
32%
1008
7%
1220
30%
1438
53%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.05
2.6
36%
4.58
-13%
4
1%
3.34
18%
4
1%
3.63
10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.64
4
40%
11.63
-75%
8.6
-30%
7.12
-7%
7.2
-8%
6.74
-2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.56
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.87
3
38%
5.63
-16%
5.5
-13%
3.28
33%
5.7
-17%
2.18
55%
Gamma
2.71 81%
2.38 92%
2.45 90%
2.16 102%
2.47 89%
2.28 96%
3.09 71%
CCT
7160 91%
6780 96%
7571 86%
7546 86%
7180 91%
7950 82%
6767 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62
62.6
1%
60
-3%
64.86
5%
59
-5%
62
0%
63
2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97
98
1%
92
-5%
93.97
-3%
90
-7%
96
-1%
99
2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
13% / 15%
-1% / -13%
1% / 4%
2% / 1%
9% / 6%
7% / 13%

* ... smaller is better

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: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

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

The display’s color accuracy was pretty decent out of the box. Its DeltaE 2000 deviation of 4.05 for colors was just slightly above the ideal of less than 3. The display did not suffer from a blue tint. We were able to improve color accuracy somewhat through calibration and not only decrease DeltaE for colors to 1.56 but also improve upon grayscale balance. The display does not cover AdobeRGB. It only covered 62%. On the plus side, sRGB was almost completely covered (97%).

Our ICC profile that can be found for download in the box above can improve color accuracy. Please make sure to check whether your display is identical to ours before you start using the profile. Otherwise, your color accuracy might worsen instead of improving. Manufacturers often use several different display panels from different sources within the same series.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (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
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 46 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
47 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 24 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. » 75 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The device is equipped with an IPS display with great viewing angles. Accordingly, it can be viewed and used from all angles. Even though it was very bright it turned out to be all but unusable outdoors due to its highly reflective display coating. We found it easier to use outdoors in the shade or on overcast days.

Elite x2 outdoors in direct sunlight.
Elite x2 outdoors in direct sunlight.
Elite 2x outdoors with the sun directly behind the device.
Elite 2x outdoors with the sun directly behind the device.
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The HP Elite x2 1013 G3 is a 2-in-1 device with a 3:2 13-inch display. It offers plenty of performance for everyday tasks. The device includes business features such as a TPM chip, a fingerprint reader, and extensive warranty options. An LTE modem can be fitted retroactively. At the time of writing, our review unit sold for around $1,800 plus tax. Other SKUs are available as well.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon
Intel XTU

Test Conditions

The tablet’s BIOS setup included an option called “Enable Turbo Boost on DC”. This can be used to activate/deactivate the CPU’s turbo boost on battery. Since it was disabled by default, we left it as-is and ran our benchmarks accordingly.

Processor

The Elite x2 is equipped with a Core i5-8350U quad-core CPU from Intel’s Kaby Lake Refresh generation. The ULV model with a TDP of 15 W offers more than enough performance for most everyday tasks. It runs at a base clock of 1.7 GHz and a turbo boost of up to 3.6 GHz.

In our multithread tests with Cinebench the CPU peaked at 3-3.3 GHz for a few seconds, after which its clock speeds were reduced to 2.3-2.4 GHz. The single-thread tests were performed at 3.6 GHz end-to-end. At least when connected to mains. On battery, the CPU ran much slower and reached between 1.5-1.9 GHz in the single-thread test and 1.9-2.2 GHz in the multithread test.

Activating “Enable Turbo Boost on DC” had no significant effect. Rarely did a CPU core run faster than before. The Cinebench R15 multithread score bears witness to this oddity: It only improved from 330 to 336 points.

Single-thread (on mains)
Single-thread (on mains)
Multithread (on mains)
Multithread (on mains)
Single-thread (on battery)
Single-thread (on battery)
Multithread (on battery)
Multithread (on battery)

We determine whether or not a device is capable of maintaining high turbo boost speeds under sustained load by running the Cinebench R15 multithread test in a 30-minute loop. The score dropped between the first and second iteration but remained consistent afterwards. Clock speeds were between 2.3-2.4 GHz throughout the remainder of the test.

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HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA Intel Core i5-8350U, Intel Core i5-8350U: Ø486 (481.08-516.94)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7 Intel Core i7-7660U, Intel Core i7-7660U: Ø352 (335.35-409.45)
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U; Cool Mode Off: Ø496 (487.22-531.67)
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U; Cool Mode On: Ø456 (434.78-525.48)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5 Intel Core i5-7300U, Intel Core i5-7300U: Ø240 (211.49-337.24)

The results of our CPU benchmarks were at a level expected of this particular CPU.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6193
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
16222
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5769
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
39.5 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
5.48 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.69 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
46.38 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
517 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
147 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U
164 Points ∼100% +12%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
163 Points ∼99% +11%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7600U
152 Points ∼93% +3%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
147 Points ∼90%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
  (128 - 153, n=8)
147 Points ∼90% 0%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel Core i5-7300U
141 Points ∼86% -4%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q738
Intel Core i5-8350U
128 Points ∼78% -13%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
127 Points ∼77% -14%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
Intel Core i7-7500U
126 Points ∼77% -14%
Huawei Matebook E
Intel Core i5-7Y54
124 Points ∼76% -16%
Average of class Convertible
  (19 - 177, n=274)
102 Points ∼62% -31%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
  (332 - 631, n=8)
536 Points ∼100% +4%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U (Cool Mode Off)
532 Points ∼99% +3%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U (Cool Mode On)
525 Points ∼98% +2%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
517 Points ∼96%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
410 (min: 335.35, max: 409.45) Points ∼76% -21%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel Core i5-7300U
334 Points ∼62% -35%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q738
Intel Core i5-8350U
332 Points ∼62% -36%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7600U
329 Points ∼61% -36%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
322 Points ∼60% -38%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
Intel Core i7-7500U
299 Points ∼56% -42%
Average of class Convertible
  (33 - 761, n=280)
279 Points ∼52% -46%
Huawei Matebook E
Intel Core i5-7Y54
254 Points ∼47% -51%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
1.89 Points ∼100% +12%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7600U
1.76 Points ∼93% +4%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
1.69 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
  (1.62 - 1.71, n=3)
1.673 Points ∼89% -1%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.47 Points ∼78% -13%
Average of class Convertible
  (0.24 - 2.01, n=212)
1.108 Points ∼59% -34%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
  (5.48 - 7.33, n=3)
6.25 Points ∼100% +14%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
5.48 Points ∼88%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
4.55 Points ∼73% -17%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7600U
3.62 Points ∼58% -34%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.6 Points ∼58% -34%
Average of class Convertible
  (0.45 - 8.56, n=221)
2.77 Points ∼44% -49%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
6213 Points ∼100% +8%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7600U
6115 Points ∼98% +6%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U
5781 Points ∼93% 0%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
5769 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
  (5152 - 5769, n=2)
5461 Points ∼88% -5%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
4934 Points ∼79% -14%
Average of class Convertible
  (466 - 7508, n=233)
3334 Points ∼54% -42%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
  (16222 - 19640, n=2)
17931 Points ∼100% +11%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U
16646 Points ∼93% +3%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
16222 Points ∼90%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U
13838 Points ∼77% -15%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7600U
11532 Points ∼64% -29%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U
10830 Points ∼60% -33%
Average of class Convertible
  (706 - 24180, n=229)
7649 Points ∼43% -53%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U
12523 Points ∼100% +2%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
12270 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
 
12270 Points ∼98% 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (954 - 14144, n=93)
5026 Points ∼40% -59%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U
3875 Points ∼100% +13%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
3439 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
 
3439 Points ∼89% 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (561 - 3933, n=93)
2097 Points ∼54% -39%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U
13014 Points ∼100% +3%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
12679 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
 
12679 Points ∼97% 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (856 - 14519, n=33)
7029 Points ∼54% -45%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U
4858 Points ∼100% +17%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
4160 Points ∼86%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
 
4160 Points ∼86% 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (805 - 4858, n=33)
2953 Points ∼61% -29%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U
13622 Points ∼100% 0%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
13605 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
  (11004 - 13605, n=2)
12305 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Convertible
  (2296 - 15196, n=29)
8529 Points ∼63% -37%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U
4977 Points ∼100% +18%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U
4225 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
  (3646 - 4225, n=2)
3936 Points ∼79% -7%
Average of class Convertible
  (880 - 4977, n=29)
3338 Points ∼67% -21%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Convertible
  (809 - 9177, n=168)
2573 ms * ∼100% -100%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U (Edge 42)
1288.9 ms * ∼50%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 40.15063.0.0)
1256 ms * ∼49% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
  (1189 - 1289, n=3)
1245 ms * ∼48% +3%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
Intel Core i7-7500U
959.7 ms * ∼37% +26%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U (Edge 40)
927 ms * ∼36% +28%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U (Edge 40)
37106 Points ∼100% +24%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel Core i5-7300U
33186 Points ∼89% +10%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
Intel Core i7-7500U
31930 Points ∼86% +6%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U (Edge 42)
30033 Points ∼81%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
  (28223 - 31171, n=3)
29809 Points ∼80% -1%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 40.15063.0.0)
28030 Points ∼76% -7%
Average of class Convertible
  (3067 - 42822, n=159)
21013 Points ∼57% -30%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel Core i7-8550U (Edge 41)
273.62 Points ∼100% +25%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Core i7-7660U (Edge 40)
253.3 Points ∼93% +15%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel Core i5-8350U (Edge 42)
219.69 Points ∼80%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel Core i5-7300U
219 Points ∼80% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U
  (181 - 232, n=4)
213 Points ∼78% -3%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 40.15063.0.0)
211.85 Points ∼77% -4%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
Intel Core i7-7500U
184.46 Points ∼67% -16%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q738
Intel Core i5-8350U
181.1 Points ∼66% -18%
Average of class Convertible
  (33.5 - 288, n=151)
167 Points ∼61% -24%
Huawei Matebook E
Intel Core i5-7Y54
152 Points ∼56% -31%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

Thanks to the combination of a quad-core CPU, dual-channel RAM, and an NVMe SSD, system performance was more than adequate. We have not encountered any problems. The Elite x2 is more than powerful enough for everyday office and Internet tasks. The decent PCMark scores confirmed as much. In direct comparison with its competitors the x2 was significantly slower than the Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB. This can be attributed to the Miix’s lower display resolution (1920x1200) and higher single-thread performance.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 7 Score
5676 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3413 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4669 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4200 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
4772 Points ∼100% +14%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4200 - 4906, n=6)
4669 Points ∼98% +11%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U, Samsung PM971 KUS040202M
4431 Points ∼93% +6%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4200 Points ∼88%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4036 Points ∼85% -4%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4034 Points ∼85% -4%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
3983 Points ∼83% -5%
Average of class Convertible
  (1007 - 5281, n=203)
3662 Points ∼77% -13%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3510 Points ∼74% -16%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4741 Points ∼100% +39%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U, Samsung PM971 KUS040202M
4095 Points ∼86% +20%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3860 Points ∼81% +13%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3063 - 3776, n=7)
3566 Points ∼75% +4%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3413 Points ∼72%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3289 Points ∼69% -4%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q738
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
3063 Points ∼65% -10%
Huawei Matebook E
HD Graphics 615, 7Y54, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1027
2979 Points ∼63% -13%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
2936 Points ∼62% -14%
Average of class Convertible
  (741 - 4741, n=250)
2743 Points ∼58% -20%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
2591 Points ∼55% -24%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U, Samsung PM971 KUS040202M
3014 Points ∼100% +11%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2103 - 3024, n=5)
2718 Points ∼90% 0%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2714 Points ∼90%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
2437 Points ∼81% -10%
Average of class Convertible
  (727 - 4342, n=71)
2417 Points ∼80% -11%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2246 Points ∼75% -17%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
2202 Points ∼73% -19%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q738
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
2103 Points ∼70% -23%
Productivity
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
6860 Points ∼100% +20%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U, Samsung PM971 KUS040202M
6665 Points ∼97% +17%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5004 - 6238, n=5)
5760 Points ∼84% +1%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5698 Points ∼83%
Average of class Convertible
  (1162 - 7045, n=72)
5108 Points ∼74% -10%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5104 Points ∼74% -10%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
5009 Points ∼73% -12%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q738
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
5004 Points ∼73% -12%
Essentials
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
8199 Points ∼100% +4%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U, Samsung PM971 KUS040202M
8076 Points ∼98% +2%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7919 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6994 - 7995, n=5)
7617 Points ∼93% -4%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7276 Points ∼89% -8%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q738
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
6994 Points ∼85% -12%
Average of class Convertible
  (2489 - 9291, n=72)
6781 Points ∼83% -14%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
6367 Points ∼78% -20%
Score
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Iris Plus Graphics 640, 7660U, Samsung PM971 KUS040202M
3909 Points ∼100% +10%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3696 Points ∼95% +4%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3559 Points ∼91%
Average Intel Core i5-8350U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3004 - 3764, n=6)
3534 Points ∼90% -1%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3146 Points ∼80% -12%
Average of class Convertible
  (1006 - 4347, n=73)
3081 Points ∼79% -13%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q738
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
3004 Points ∼77% -16%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
2957 Points ∼76% -17%

Storage Devices

HP opted for a 256 GB M.2-2280 NVMe SSD made by Samsung. Out of the box, around 177 GB was usable with the rest taken up by the Windows installation and the recovery partition. Transfer rates were very high. NVMe SSDs tend to achieve much better results than SATA III SSDs due to their PCI Express 3.0 x4 bus connection. The M.2-2280 slot supports both NVMe and SATA III SSDs.

NVMe SSD
NVMe SSD
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Sequential Read: 1786 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1209 MB/s
512K Read: 716.7 MB/s
512K Write: 798.3 MB/s
4K Read: 49.66 MB/s
4K Write: 104.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 286 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 298.4 MB/s
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Samsung PM971 KUS040202M
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
Average Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
30%
14%
-9%
-45%
4%
-15%
15%
Write 4k QD32
298.4
472.5
58%
498.5
67%
434.5
46%
239.8
-20%
421.48
41%
373
25%
389 (94.9 - 621, n=40)
30%
Read 4k QD32
286
398.3
39%
606.5
112%
493.3
72%
296.8
4%
485.58
70%
423
48%
426 (132 - 650, n=40)
49%
Write 4k
104.2
145.4
40%
139.3
34%
72.22
-31%
73.52
-29%
136.27
31%
125
20%
129 (46.6 - 177, n=40)
24%
Read 4k
49.66
56.9
15%
54.83
10%
31.75
-36%
30.06
-39%
53.64
8%
46
-7%
53.3 (29.8 - 62.6, n=40)
7%
Write 512
798.3
844.4
6%
627.1
-21%
589.3
-26%
260.7
-67%
791.87
-1%
445
-44%
781 (338 - 890, n=40)
-2%
Read 512
716.7
1235
72%
586.3
-18%
406
-43%
289.3
-60%
227.5
-68%
225
-69%
892 (406 - 1295, n=40)
24%
Write Seq
1209
1261
4%
931.9
-23%
865.2
-28%
260.9
-78%
960.7
-21%
853
-29%
1127 (341 - 1409, n=40)
-7%
Read Seq
1786
1875
5%
882.5
-51%
1294
-28%
475.3
-73%
1307.9
-27%
723
-60%
1626 (800 - 2196, n=40)
-9%

GPU Performance

All things graphics are handled by Intel’s UHD Graphics 620. It supports DirectX 12 and runs at between 300 and 1,100 MHz. 3DMark benchmark scores were at a level expected of this GPU. It benefitted from the RAM’s dual-channel mode, which allows for a higher GPU performance.

3D Mark 11
3D Mark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark 06 Standard
10622 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1851 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
56649 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7437 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1026 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
384 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Intel Core i7-7660U
2493 Points ∼100% +50%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U (Cool Mode Off)
1717 Points ∼69% +3%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U (Cool Mode On)
1606 Points ∼64% -3%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 1979, n=104)
1680 Points ∼67% +1%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
1660 Points ∼67%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
1589 Points ∼64% -4%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1510 Points ∼61% -9%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
1419 Points ∼57% -15%
Huawei Matebook E
Intel HD Graphics 615, Intel Core i5-7Y54
1256 Points ∼50% -24%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q738
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
1235 Points ∼50% -26%
Average of class Convertible
  (173 - 7483, n=301)
1176 Points ∼47% -29%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Intel Core i7-7660U
1418 Points ∼100% +25%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1136 Points ∼80% 0%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
1131 Points ∼80%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
1084 Points ∼76% -4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1336, n=84)
1083 Points ∼76% -4%
Average of class Convertible
  (132 - 5965, n=213)
953 Points ∼67% -16%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
933 Points ∼66% -18%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7300U
889 Points ∼63% -21%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
328 Points ∼23% -71%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, Intel Core i7-7660U
11264 Points ∼100% +35%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11294, n=93)
8858 Points ∼79% +6%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7600U
8850 Points ∼79% +6%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U (Cool Mode Off)
8833 Points ∼78% +6%
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U (Cool Mode On)
7559 Points ∼67% -9%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8350U
8330 Points ∼74%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-7500U
7894 Points ∼70% -5%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
7334 Points ∼65% -12%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7300U
7265 Points ∼64% -13%
Average of class Convertible
  (1023 - 37388, n=263)
6408 Points ∼57% -23%

Gaming Performance

Some games were rendered smoothly by the Elite x2. Mostly those that were less demanding. Either way, lowered resolutions and reduced details were a necessity rather than an option. The enabled dual-channel mode made itself noticeable in higher frame rates than on comparable devices that had RAM running in single-channel mode.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 91.54528.612.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 60.631.126.88.7fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 17.211.463.1fps
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
62.2 fps ∼100% +3%
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
60.6 fps ∼97%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (18.3 - 81.7, n=94)
58.1 fps ∼93% -4%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
56.5 fps ∼91% -7%
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
52.9 fps ∼85% -13%
Average of class Convertible
  (8.35 - 247, n=184)
47.8 fps ∼77% -21%
Fujitsu Stylistic Q738
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
43.8 fps ∼70% -28%
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, 7300U, Samsung PM971 KUS030202M
42.9 fps ∼69% -29%
Huawei Matebook E
HD Graphics 615, 7Y54, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1027
41.52 fps ∼67% -31%
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
24.55 fps ∼39% -59%
Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Low Preset
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
UHD Graphics 620, 8350U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
91.5 fps ∼100%
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
HD Graphics 620, 7600U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
88.6 fps ∼97% -3%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (24.3 - 104, n=10)
82.4 fps ∼90% -10%
Average of class Convertible
  (10 - 318, n=89)
53.6 fps ∼59% -41%

Emissions

System Noise

Overall, the Elite x2 remained comparatively quiet regardless of load. When idle, the fans were off and the device was dead silent. Under load, the fans remained unobtrusive. During our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously for at least a full hour) they peaked at just 32.9 dB(A). The noise they made was very discreet.

Noise Level

Idle
30.3 / 30.3 / 31.2 dB(A)
Load
32.8 / 32.9 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: 30.3 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.83331.131.932.82531.83531.43431.83129.541.233.133.529.54031.136.530.232.731.15029.342.929.13329.36327.734.227.628.827.78026.928.827.427.326.910025.22725.725.725.212524.726.625.424.624.716024.3252423.724.320023.523.323.122.423.525022.222.822.221.722.231521.721.921.620.921.740021.121.620.920.921.150020.221.421.119.320.26302020.820.918.52080019.821.321.818.419.810001920.720.818.419125018.920.620.917.618.9160019.722.622.717.519.720001921.321.717.619250019.221.72217.719.2315018.921.821.917.618.940001818.919.1181850001818.418.518.118630018.118.218.218.118.1800018.218.318.218.118.21000018.318.318.218.318.31250018.218.118.118.118.21600018.218.218.118.118.2SPL31.232.832.930.431.2N1.41.71.61.31.4median 19.2median 21.3median 21.1median 18.3median 19.2Delta1.71.81.71.91.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
8350U, UHD Graphics 620
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
8550U, UHD Graphics 620
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
7600U, HD Graphics 620
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
7660U, Iris Plus Graphics 640
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Convertible
 
Noise
4%
-1%
6%
1%
1%
-1%
2%
off / environment *
30.3
29.5
3%
30.2
-0%
28.2
7%
30.2
-0%
29.6
2%
29.5 (27.8 - 30.6, n=108)
3%
29.9 (27.8 - 32.2, n=115)
1%
Idle Minimum *
30.3
29.5
3%
30.2
-0%
28.2
7%
30.2
-0%
29.6
2%
29.6 (27.8 - 32, n=108)
2%
28.4 (27.8 - 37.8, n=274)
6%
Idle Average *
30.3
29.5
3%
30.2
-0%
28.2
7%
30.2
-0%
29.6
2%
29.6 (27.8 - 33.8, n=108)
2%
28.8 (27.8 - 37.8, n=274)
5%
Idle Maximum *
31.2
29.5
5%
30.2
3%
28.2
10%
29.6
5%
30.1 (27.8 - 34.2, n=108)
4%
29.1 (27.8 - 39, n=272)
7%
Load Average *
32.8
30.6
7%
33.4
-2%
30.4
7%
30.8
6%
33.4
-2%
34 (28.5 - 44.4, n=107)
-4%
33.1 (30.4 - 46.6, n=273)
-1%
Load Maximum *
32.9
32.5
1%
34.2
-4%
34
-3%
32.9
-0%
34.1
-4%
36.1 (31 - 45.9, n=108)
-10%
35 (30.6 - 53.5, n=274)
-6%
Witcher 3 ultra *
33.4

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The Elite x2 stress test
The Elite x2 stress test

Our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously for at least a full hour) was performed differently on battery and on mains. On mains, the CPU ran at 800-900 MHz while the GPU ran at between 600 and 750 MHz. On battery, the CPU ran at 1.3 GHz while the GPU’s clock speeds were reduced even more to just 500-550 MHz. Keep in mind that our stress test is an extreme load scenario that is unlikely to be ever encountered in the wild. We use this test to determine whether or not a system is stable even at extreme loads.

Under maximum load our review unit got pretty warm and crossed the 40 °C threshold in several areas simultaneously. It was warmer than expected when idle as well but still far from annoying or even worrying.

Max. Load
 39.5 °C
103 F
49.4 °C
121 F
46.7 °C
116 F
 
 36.1 °C
97 F
40.3 °C
105 F
39 °C
102 F
 
 40.7 °C
105 F
41 °C
106 F
40.3 °C
105 F
 
Maximum: 49.4 °C = 121 F
Average: 41.4 °C = 107 F
45.6 °C
114 F
47.1 °C
117 F
40.3 °C
105 F
43 °C
109 F
42.3 °C
108 F
38.9 °C
102 F
36 °C
97 F
37 °C
99 F
35.9 °C
97 F
Maximum: 47.1 °C = 117 F
Average: 40.7 °C = 105 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.8 °C = 95 F | Room Temperature 23.9 °C = 75 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41.4 °C / 107 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 49.4 °C / 121 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 47.1 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.2 °C / 90 F, compared to the device average of 30.4 °C / 87 F.
(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 41 °C / 105.8 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.2 °C / 84.6 F (-11.8 °C / -21.2 F).
Heat-map top (load)
Heat-map top (load)
Heat-map bottom (load)
Heat-map bottom (load)
Heat-map top (idle)
Heat-map top (idle)
Heat-map bottom (idle)
Heat-map bottom (idle)
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
8350U, UHD Graphics 620
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
8550U, UHD Graphics 620
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
7600U, HD Graphics 620
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
7660U, Iris Plus Graphics 640
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
7300U, HD Graphics 620
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Convertible
 
Heat
15%
5%
12%
16%
13%
8%
15%
13%
Maximum Upper Side *
49.4
42.3
14%
43.7
12%
38.2
23%
40.5
18%
42
15%
39.2
21%
41.4 (32.6 - 52.6, n=107)
16%
40.7 (28.8 - 55.7, n=366)
18%
Maximum Bottom *
47.1
44.5
6%
44.5
6%
48.6
-3%
37
21%
42
11%
40.3
14%
44.4 (31.8 - 57.8, n=107)
6%
42.8 (24.2 - 67.1, n=366)
9%
Idle Upper Side *
38
29.5
22%
38
-0%
29.6
22%
31.1
18%
31
18%
37
3%
27.4 (21.4 - 38, n=106)
28%
30 (21.8 - 43.2, n=356)
21%
Idle Bottom *
30.8
25.2
18%
30.8
-0%
28.8
6%
28.2
8%
28
9%
32.3
-5%
28.1 (22.3 - 37, n=106)
9%
30.1 (20.8 - 42.6, n=356)
2%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The device features front-facing stereo speakers that can be found in the upper corners on both sides of the tablet. Their sound characteristic was pleasant and full, and it was good enough for extensive long-term use. The soundscape could use more bass, though. For an improved audio experience we recommend using external speakers or headphones.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.831.930.82532.33432.33133.233.533.24029.732.729.75028.53328.56328.328.828.38026.627.326.610030.125.730.112541.124.641.116050.223.750.220053.322.453.325053.521.753.531555.420.955.440057.920.957.950051.419.351.463062.118.562.180071.318.471.3100074.118.474.1125071.117.671.1160073.117.573.1200069.917.669.9250073.317.773.3315074.417.674.4400066.51866.5500068.218.168.2630064.718.164.7800062.318.162.31000061.118.361.11250060.518.160.51600065.318.165.3SPL82.630.482.6N49.21.349.2median 62.3median 18.3median 62.3Delta7.71.97.735.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EAApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.36 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 38% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Idle power consumption was measured at 11 W, which is identical to its predecessor. The display was the main culprit for this relatively high power consumption. FHD tablets tend to be more efficient. During our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running simultaneously for at least a full hour) power consumption peaked at 36 W. With just Prime95, it went even higher and reached a maximum of 55.2 W. The included USB-C power supply is rated at 65 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.45 / 4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.9 / 8.9 / 11 Watt
Load midlight 32 / 36 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
8350U, UHD Graphics 620
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
7200U, HD Graphics 620
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
8550U, UHD Graphics 620
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
7600U, HD Graphics 620
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
7500U, HD Graphics 620
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
7660U, Iris Plus Graphics 640
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
7300U, HD Graphics 620
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Convertible
 
Power Consumption
-6%
14%
19%
34%
-7%
22%
6%
12%
Idle Minimum *
4.9
4.1
16%
3.9
20%
2.85
42%
3.4
31%
4.2
14%
3.6
27%
3.97 (2 - 9.7, n=110)
19%
4.75 (1.8 - 23, n=345)
3%
Idle Average *
8.9
9.2
-3%
8.2
8%
6.76
24%
5.7
36%
10.1
-13%
8.1
9%
7.09 (4.3 - 12.5, n=110)
20%
7.89 (3.8 - 32.3, n=345)
11%
Idle Maximum *
11
11.1
-1%
8.4
24%
6.91
37%
7.4
33%
14
-27%
8.7
21%
8.82 (5.2 - 14.8, n=110)
20%
9.37 (4.1 - 61, n=345)
15%
Load Average *
32
33.8
-6%
25.2
21%
32.88
-3%
15
53%
37.4
-17%
25.5
20%
35.5 (15 - 56, n=110)
-11%
26.2 (1.4 - 94, n=343)
18%
Load Maximum *
36
49.2
-37%
37
-3%
37.41
-4%
29.7
17%
34
6%
23.5
35%
42.6 (22 - 79, n=110)
-18%
30.6 (10.4 - 117, n=344)
15%
Witcher 3 ultra *
38.1

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our real-life Wi-Fi battery test, the Elite x2 powered off after 7:39 hours. We use this test to simulate browsing usage by loading various websites with the power profile set to “Balanced” and display brightness set to 150 nits. In the video test, the HP device lasted for 6:29 hours. In this test we determine how long a device lasts during video playback by running the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264, 1920x1080) in a loop. All radios are disabled, the profile is set to “Balanced”, and display brightness is set to 150 nits. All things considered, the Elite x2 1013 G3 performed very similar to its own predecessor but managed to outlast it in the Wi-Fi test.

Please note that the only energy profile available on the Elite x2 was “Balanced”. Accordingly, we had to run all of our tests with these settings. The profiles “Power Saving” and “High Performance” were not available, and we were unable to create them retroactively.

50 Wh battery
50 Wh battery
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 01min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 42)
7h 39min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 29min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 17min
HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA
8350U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 47 Wh
Lenovo Miix 520-12IKB 20M3000LGE
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 38 Wh
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
7600U, HD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
Asus Transformer 4 Pro (i7-7500U, HD620)
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 39 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i7
7660U, Iris Plus Graphics 640, 45 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
7300U, HD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Average of class Convertible
 
Battery Runtime
-3%
-27%
7%
-15%
16%
40%
5%
Reader / Idle
781
833
7%
1075
38%
842
8%
1054
35%
765 (117 - 1985, n=277)
-2%
H.264
389
377
-3%
614
58%
449 (206 - 1070, n=100)
15%
WiFi v1.3
459
378
-18%
334
-27%
486
6%
280
-39%
489
7%
744
62%
448 (153 - 1010, n=219)
-2%
Load
137
138
1%
105
-23%
118
-14%
112
-18%
168
23%
148 (49 - 677, n=266)
8%
Witcher 3 ultra
115
173 (115 - 230, n=2)

Verdict

Pros

+ bright 3k IPS display with decent color-space coverage
+ 3:2 display
+ impressive build quality
+ decent system performance
+ NVMe SSD
+ keyboard dock
+ backlight
+ 2x Thunderbolt 3
+ active stylus
+ free slot for WWAN modem
+ three-year warranty
+ easy maintenance

Cons

- expensive
- no card reader
HP Elite x2 1013 G3 (2TT14EA). Review unit courtesy of HP Germany.
HP Elite x2 1013 G3 (2TT14EA). Review unit courtesy of HP Germany.

HP’s Elite x2 1013 G3 is a 13-inch 2-in-1 device aimed primarily at business customers. It is the successor to the Elite x2 1012 G2. Given that the 1013 G3 is a complete overhaul these two don’t have a lot in common. Subjectively, the new device is sleeker and thinner than its predecessor.

It is powered by a Core i5-8350U CPU that offers more than enough performance for everyday office and Internet tasks. The device remained very quiet regardless of load and stayed fairly cool during everyday use. It is very fast thanks to its NVMe SSD. The SSD can be replaced.

HP’s Elite x2 1013 G3 is a well-made 2-in-1 device. We found only a few things to criticize. Among others, we would have expected an LTE modem considering the device’s high price of almost $2,000.

The included keyboard dock did a very good job. The keyboard allowed for quick and smooth typing, and it was even suitable for extended and regular typing sessions. It also features a keyboard backlight. Battery life was decent. The Surface Pro (2017) had a lot more to offer in this regard.

The 13-inch 3:2 high-contrast display was very bright and offered wide viewing angles. The touchscreen supports finger as well as stylus input. Our review unit lacked an LTE modem, but it was WWAN-ready. In other words: An LTE modem can be fitted retroactively.

HP Elite x2 1013 G3-2TT14EA - 09/28/2018 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
87 / 98 → 89%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
70 / 80 → 87%
Weight
73 / 35-78 → 88%
Battery
89%
Display
87%
Games Performance
57 / 68 → 84%
Application Performance
87 / 87 → 100%
Temperature
83%
Noise
94%
Audio
56 / 91 → 62%
Camera
73 / 85 → 86%
Average
80%
88%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2018-10- 3 (Update: 2018-10- 4)