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HP Envy x2-j001ng Convertible Review

Nino Ricchizzi, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 11/19/2014

Broadwell, the second. Following the Yoga 3, HP's Envy x2 is one of the first devices on the market that is based on Intel's new Broadwell technology. HP has created a convertible with multimedia mannerisms, not least due to the installed Beats Audio speakers. Our test will uncover other talents of the Envy x2.

For the original German review, see here.

HP presents its new ENVY 13-j001ng x2 convertible. The manufacturer sees it as a flexible, elegant, and always ready for use all-rounder. Intel's new Core M chip that clocks with 1.1 GHz alongside the integrated Intel HD Graphics 5300 graphics solution should ensure that. The review sample additionally features 8 GB of working memory and a 256 GB SSD storage device, which is to prevent long waiting times. A high-quality, Full HD, IPS screen provides the necessary clear view. The total package is rounded off with Beats Audio components. HP demands a price of approximately 1000 Euros (~$1253) for this bundle when everything is added up.

As usual, we let the review sample compete against a few rivals. One is Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro that is a worthy contender with a 1.7 GHz Haswell CPU (Intel Core i5-4210U), a 256 GB storage capacity and an IPS screen. We will examine whether the Satellite's additional 100 Euros (~$125) is justified in the test. This looks absolutely different for Asus' Transformer Book T300LA. It comes with an Intel Core i5-4200U, 128 GB storage, as well as an IPS screen for 100 Euros (~$125) less.

Case

The casing of the Envy x2 consists of two parts. The tablet features a casing of noble aluminum and some plastic elements. The screen and its black plastic bezel are encircled by a metal frame. The speakers, including printed Beats Audio logo, are on the left and right. The device's front is adorned with a chrome-colored bezel. Not only its looks are appealing, but also its feel. The maximum height of 1.4 cm in the screen's lower area makes the convertible particularly thin. The device undercuts its contenders even when the keyboard is connected, with 1.9 cm. The casing nevertheless makes a robust impression and is a lightweight with 1266 grams (1796 grams w/ keyboard) compared with the comparison devices. Two different textile parts cover the keyboard. The underside shows a dotted gray and white pattern. In contrast to that, an elegant and soft leather look is on the upper side. However, it is not as favorable that the edges are only made of loose material strips that also protrude when the device is closed. To stick to the topic of build, one key in the keyboard of our review sample was strikingly loose. Otherwise, the tablet's build is very satisfactory. A loop for a digitizer has additionally been sewn onto the keyboard unit's right.

Adjustable hinge for the tablet
Adjustable hinge for the tablet
Front view
Front view
Tablet's back
Tablet's back

Connectivity

All interfaces of the Envy x2 are installed in the tablet unit. They have been conveniently placed in the lower area (erected). One USB 3.0 port is found on both sides. Connecting a bigger USB stick and an HDMI cord simultaneously could cause problems. A magnet connection for the keyboard unit is on the lower edge. The keyboard's power button has been placed somewhat disadvantageously. It is located right by the connector and can thus only be operated before use. The textile soft combination of keyboard and tablet unit exclusively allows using the tablet mode on the lap.

Upper edge: power button
Upper edge: power button
Lower edge: docking connector
Lower edge: docking connector
Right: combo audio, 1 USB 3.0, power socket
Right: combo audio, 1 USB 3.0, power socket
Left: HDMI-out, 1 USB 3.0, micro-SD slot
Left: HDMI-out, 1 USB 3.0, micro-SD slot

Communication

The installed network adapter is Intel's 7265NGW module. Data can be transferred with up to 104 Mbps. To test the throughput rate in everyday life, we used a non-standardized test in the author's setup to ascertain the average download speed. The test was set up one story below the router, and an Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 (late 2013) was used for comparison. HP's Envy x2 achieved an average of 2.9 Mbps. The MacBook is considerably faster with 7 Mbps. Both contenders reached the same speeds when we moved the test to the same story as the router.

Videos shot with the Full HD camera run smoothly, but they exhibit slight color deviations and evident noise. It should nevertheless suffice for video chats.

Accessories

No accessories were included for the review sample apart from a few brochures. A mouse (50 Euros, ~$62) and additional Bluetooth speakers (130 Euros, ~$163) are offered on the official Envy 13 website. The digitizer loop on the keyboard unit is meant for HP's Executive Tablet Pen G2 (53 Euros, ~$66) that can be used for handwritten notes as well as a mouse replacement. According to HP, product details will be available late December.

Maintenance

The tablet is not meant to be maintained by the user. Openings or maintenance covers are not provided. Only skilled hands should thus attempt disassembling HP's Envy x2.

Warranty

HP states a 2-year limited warranty on parts. Users can upgrade this warranty with HP's Care Packs. For example, a pick-up service for three rather than two years is offered, as well as partial co-payment in case of drop damages and spill protection. With 200 Euros (~$250), a fifth of the purchase price has to be invested for that, though. The classic basic warranty upgrade by a year with extended technical support is available for just below 118 Euros (~$148).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The black chiclet keyboard's keys feature a soft and short drop, which allowed typing especially quietly on the review sample. It is notable that a single-level backlight is installed in this external input device. It was possible to type smoothly and quickly on the keyboard. As mentioned, one key was loose in our case and buyers should check this right after purchasing. The up and down arrow keys still need getting used because they share the space of one key. The keyboard of HP's Envy x2 can be called as very feasible in total.

Touchpad

The touchpad's size of 11 x 6.7 cm is pleasing. Navigating is quick and accurate owing to the suave surface. Unfortunately, we noticed that slow gestures on the pad often led to a jerky mouse cursor on the screen during our tests. However, multi-touch gestures like scrolling websites were detected impeccably. A brochure with all possible gesture patterns is included for the device. Two buttons with quiet click noises and a short drop are installed in the lower area. Using an external device is recommendable for longer work periods because the occasional slight delays in response that we observed were annoying.

Touchscreen

Inputs made on the 10-finger touchscreen were implemented smoothly and immediately during our test. All inputs and gestures were detected without problems up into the corners.

It is possible to make inputs...
It is possible to make inputs...
...in three different ways.
...in three different ways.
Keyboard backlight included
Keyboard backlight included

Display

Images are rendered on a Samsung IPS screen in 1920x1080 pixels. The glare surface has an impressive average brightness of 368.3 cd/m² that the contenders cannot provide. Asus' Transformer Book T300LA has a brightness of just 220.4 cd/m². Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro is somewhat better though not quite on the review sample's level with 304.8 cd/m².

The screen's build results in a pleasing image reproduction. Nevertheless, reflections might become distracting when positioning the device unfavorably to external light sources. Another problem of our screen is noticed at the edges - clouding. White spots are clearly visible on black backgrounds.

374
cd/m²
365
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
379
cd/m²
386
cd/m²
366
cd/m²
371
cd/m²
372
cd/m²
361
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 386 cd/m² Average: 368.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 313 cd/m²
Contrast: 919:1 (Black: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.49 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 8.05 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
Gamma: 2.37
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
Screen
12%
-2%
Brightness middle
386
303
-22%
229
-41%
Brightness
368
305
-17%
220
-40%
Brightness Distribution
88
87
-1%
79
-10%
Black Level *
0.42
0.37
12%
0.27
36%
Contrast
919
819
-11%
848
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.49
2.82
49%
4.5
18%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.05
2.06
74%
5.52
31%
Gamma
2.37 93%
2.47 89%
2.42 91%
CCT
6902 94%
6271 104%
6227 104%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.59

* ... smaller is better

A color temperature of 6500 K is considered ideal. We measured 6583 K in the center of the convertible's screen, which is just slightly above the ideal rate. The contrast of 919:1 is just as impressive and is pleasing in movies. Although the contenders lag behind here, they are not bad either (Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro: 819:1 and Asus Transformer Book T300LA: 848:1). The resulting black level of 0.42 cd/m² is quite high due to the bright screen. The contenders' lower brightness leads to better rates.

A high DeltaE shift of 8.05 was ascertained in the analysis of the grayscale reproduction. It looks a bit better in the colors with a dE rate of 5.49. Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro displayed a shift of less than three in both tests, and it can thus reproduce colors in the sRGB color-space comparison particularly accurately.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

The screen's high brightness makes outdoor use possible despite the reflective surface. The content can still be seen well especially in shade-protected surroundings. However, direct light sources behind the user, such as sunlight, thwart this undertaking. Since the comparison devices do not feature matte screens either and even have lower brightness, HP's device is the most suitable one for this scenario.

Shade-protected surrounding
Shade-protected surrounding
Direct sunlight
Direct sunlight
Indirect sunlight
Indirect sunlight

Colors and brightness barely deviate when the screen is tilted owing to the IPS technology. It is possible to use it in virtually every imaginable position - in both tablet and laptop mode.

Viewing-angle stability
Viewing-angle stability

Performance

The Envy x2 is to be in no way inferior to a conventional laptop. Intel's new Core M-5Y70 (Broadwell) processor with a base clock of 1.1 GHz, which can increase its clock to 2.6 GHz via Turbo mode, should ensure that. The 8 GB of working memory operates in dual-channel mode. In conjunction with the swift 256 GB storage device and Intel's HD Graphics 5300, the Envy x2 might just turn out to be a real all-rounder.

System information: HP Envy X2-j001ng

Processor

Intel's Core M-5Y70 has a base clock of 1.1 GHz, which can be boosted up to 2.6 GHz for short moments via Turbo mode. Thus, the processor has an unusually large margin. Cinebench R15 will illustrate in which league the new CPU line plays. The multi-core score of 182 points is considerably lower than that of the contenders. Asus' Transformer Book T300LA (i5-4200U) manages a lead of 18%, and Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro (i5-4210U) also scores much higher with 31% more points. The performance range of Intel's Core M-5Y70 is located between Intel's Core i3-4010U and Intel's Core i3-4030. However, the lower TDP of 4.5 watts has to be considered to justify this outcome in relation to the contenders. That is less than a third of the contender's power consumption (Intel i5 Haswell U: 15 watts). Then again, it looks completely different when compared with the more economic Intel i5-5202Y (Haswell, 11:5 watts) found, for example, in HP's Spectre 13 and HP's Pro X2 G1. The new Intel Core M-5Y70 is roughly on par and tends to be even marginally faster in the multi-thread rendering test. A considerable performance boost is achieved in the single-thread rendering test - with the CPU's TDP more than halved mind you - which consequently allows a fan-less design!

Throttling (i.e. undercutting the base rate) was no issue during the tests. The maximum Turbo rate was, however, not permanent. The average clock was 1.5 GHz after several test runs. The full performance is only available in AC mode and drops by 7 - 8% in battery mode.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.06 Points ∼43%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
1.12 Points ∼46% +6%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
1.18 Points ∼48% +11%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
0.88 Points ∼36% -17%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
0.48 Points ∼20% -55%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.89 Points ∼7%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
2.37 Points ∼9% +25%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2.62 Points ∼10% +39%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
1.85 Points ∼7% -2%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
1.82 Points ∼7% -4%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
90 Points ∼41%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
92 Points ∼42% +2%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
105 Points ∼48% +17%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
77 Points ∼35% -14%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
72 Points ∼33% -20%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
182 Points ∼4%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
214 Points ∼5% +18%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
239 Points ∼5% +31%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
171 Points ∼4% -6%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
169 Points ∼4% -7%
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.06 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.89 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
17.8 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
90 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
182 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
19.54 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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System Performance

Owing to the strong hardware components, we did not experience any long waiting times while working on our review sample during the tests. PCMark 8 confirms this subjective impression. Though the contenders are right at the Envy x2's heels, they lag behind it - despite higher-performance Intel Haswell U processors.

PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2163 Points ∼35%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2053 Points ∼34% -5%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
1918 Points ∼31% -11%
PCMark 7 Score
4361 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2163 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2262 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2066 points
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Storage Devices

CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

The convertible makes use of a 256 GB Samsung solid state drive to ensure swifter response times. Sequential read rates of almost 530 Mbps outclass the contenders. However, Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro defeats HP's Envy 13 x2 by over 200 Mbps in the write rates. The review sample convinces in the crucial 4K results, in return.

AS SSD
4K Write (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
84.56 MB/s ∼40%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
78 MB/s ∼37% -8%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
76.24 MB/s ∼36% -10%
4K Read (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
32.27 MB/s ∼12%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
21 MB/s ∼8% -35%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
28.2 MB/s ∼11% -13%
Seq Write (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
257.94 MB/s ∼6%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
471 MB/s ∼11% +83%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
271.81 MB/s ∼7% +5%
Seq Read (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
512.51 MB/s ∼10%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
505 MB/s ∼10% -1%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
470.63 MB/s ∼10% -8%
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
Sequential Read: 529.5 MB/s
Sequential Write: 267.2 MB/s
512K Read: 431.7 MB/s
512K Write: 260.1 MB/s
4K Read: 35.26 MB/s
4K Write: 97.53 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 279.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 245.7 MB/s

Graphics Card

The used graphics solution is based on the selected CPU here because Intel's HD Graphics 5300 is directly integrated into the Intel Core M-5Y70. Its preferred application scenarios are basic office and multimedia tasks. A look at the 731 points achieved in 3DMark 11 helps to classify the performance. Both contenders feature an Intel HD Graphics 4400, but with different core clocks. The Transformer Book T300LA is behind our convertible by almost 30 points, but Asus' laptop accomplishes approximately 40 points more. The Intel HD 4200 GPU in the Spectre 13 is within a similar range. We can again speak of an amazing performance of Intel's CPU/GPU seeing that it reaches the level of the HD 4400 despite the CPU's significantly lower cooling load (TDP).

Significant performances losses do not need to be feared in battery mode. 3DMark 11 achieved very similar results.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
731 Points ∼2%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
770 Points ∼2% +5%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
703 Points ∼2% -4%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
721 Points ∼2% -1%
3DMark - 1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
30404 Points ∼3%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
34025 Points ∼3% +12%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
26490 Points ∼2% -13%
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
29562 Points ∼3% -3%

Legend

 
HP Envy X2-j001ng Intel Core M-5Y70, Intel HD Graphics 5300, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
 
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104 Intel Core i5-4210U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
 
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
 
HP Pro X2 410 G1 Intel Core i5-4202Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
 
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2 Intel Core i5-4202Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
3DMark 11 Performance
731 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
30404 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3580 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
387 points
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Gaming Performance

The previous 3DMark scores do not allow an unambiguous classification of the gaming performance. The buyer should be aware that the limits in gaming will soon be reached due to the installed energy-saving CPU. However, users who can live with a lower graphics quality level can enjoy some up-to-date games like Tomb Raider or BioShock: Infinite from 2013. Even F1 2014 from this year ran smoothly with an average of 33 fps in lowest settings. However, the review sample's power was not enough for Alien Isolation. In total, the level of an Intel HD Graphics 4400 could be reached in the games we tested.

We would refer to our article "Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards" for more results.

Tomb Raider
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
20 fps ∼4%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
23.1 fps ∼4% +16%
Dell Inspiron 13 7347
17 fps ∼3% -15%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
19.8 fps ∼3% -1%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
17.1 fps ∼3% -14%
Lenovo Miix 2 11
7.7 fps ∼1% -61%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
40.8 fps ∼7%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
42.2 fps ∼7% +3%
Dell Inspiron 13 7347
33 fps ∼5% -19%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
37.4 fps ∼6% -8%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
33.9 fps ∼5% -17%
Lenovo Miix 2 11
14 fps ∼2% -66%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
14.43 fps ∼4%
Dell Inspiron 13 7347
13 fps ∼3% -10%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
16.8 fps ∼4% +16%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
12.9 fps ∼3% -11%
Lenovo Miix 2 11
5.2 fps ∼1% -64%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
27.43 fps ∼6%
Dell Inspiron 13 7347
25 fps ∼6% -9%
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360
30.1 fps ∼7% +10%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
24 fps ∼5% -13%
Lenovo Miix 2 11
10.4 fps ∼2% -62%

Legend

 
HP Envy X2-j001ng Intel Core M-5Y70, Intel HD Graphics 5300, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
 
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104 Intel Core i5-4210U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
 
Dell Inspiron 13 7347 Intel Core i5-4210U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
 
HP Pavilion 13-a000ng x360 Intel Core i3-4030U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
 
HP Split x2 13-m210eg Intel Core i5-4210Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064MAM-1J2 64 GB
 
Lenovo Miix 2 11 Intel Core i3-4012Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
low med. high ultra
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) 33.12516fps
Metro 2033 (2010) 168.14.7fps
Dirt 3 (2011) 57.426.516.7fps
Battlefield 3 (2011) 16.312.79.7fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 20.2177.2fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 332411.8fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 40.82014.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 27.4314.4311.243.51fps
GRID 2 (2013) 4121.3415fps
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014) 18.311.17.6fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 20.113.97.6fps
F1 2014 (2014) 332013fps

Emissions

System Noise

The convertible is absolutely silent owing to its fan-less design. A fan is installed in the contenders, and thus Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro, for example, is very audible with a maximum of 38 dB(A).

Temperature

Stress test...
Stress test...
...via Furmark and Prime95
...via Furmark and Prime95

While HP's Envy 13 x2 operates without a notable heat development in idle mode, the fan-less design takes its toll in load. However, the hot spot of 43.5 °C is not yet close to the pain barrier and is only slightly unpleasant when this area is directly on the skin for a longer time. Despite its loud fan, Toshiba's Satellite Click 2 Pro has comparable temperatures of up to 47.2 °C. Asus' Transformer Book T300LA only remains cooler by three degrees than our review sample.

The CPU's clock frequency dropped to 800 MHz right after we started the stress test, which is below the base clock. The CPU's temperature settled to approximately 67 °C and the clock frequency was 700 MHz over the entire testing period. 3DMark 11 still achieved 731 points after the stress test finished, which is in the normal range of the tests.

 24.5 °C
76 F
25 °C
77 F
25 °C
77 F
 
 25.1 °C
77 F
26.1 °C
79 F
25.6 °C
78 F
 
 28.7 °C
84 F
32.2 °C
90 F
26.7 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 32.2 °C = 90 F
Average: 26.5 °C = 80 F
25.6 °C
78 F
27.3 °C
81 F
27.9 °C
82 F
25.3 °C
78 F
27 °C
81 F
26.6 °C
80 F
25 °C
77 F
24.8 °C
77 F
25.1 °C
77 F
Maximum: 27.9 °C = 82 F
Average: 26.1 °C = 79 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.3 °C = 85 F | Room Temperature 22.2 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.8 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.9 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.5 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.5 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 42.9 °C / 109.2 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (-13.9 °C / -25 F).

Speakers

Expectations on the sound of convertibles and especially tablets are not very high. Thus, it is all the more pleasing when there is a positive surprise like with the Envy x2. Owing to Beats Audio, the sound spectrum can truly be called worthy of listening to. The speakers directly face the user, which additionally contributes to the sound reproduction. The volume is also more than sufficient for a cozy meet-up and movie night.

Energy Management

Consequences of the new Broadwell CPU can be ascertained in the power consumption. The device's consumption ranges from 3 - 7.9 watts in idle (balanced profile, communication modules off). 18.2 watts is required when the battery is recharged. Differences between the comparison devices and review sample are also seen in load operation, where the Envy x2 is considerably more frugal. A similar level as the Haswell Y models is reached in load mix. However, our device with a 5Y70 CPU has the lead in full load, which is due to the considerably higher Turbo. The 45-watt power supply will be able to cope easily with the review sample's power consumption in any event.

HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
HP Spectre 13-h205eg x2
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
Power Consumption
-53%
-19%
-6%
Idle Minimum *
3
4
-33%
3.3
-10%
4.8
-60%
Idle Average *
6.3
8.9
-41%
5.6
11%
5.9
6%
Idle Maximum *
7.9
9.4
-19%
7.8
1%
7.1
10%
Load Average *
15.3
31
-103%
21.8
-42%
16
-5%
Load Maximum *
18.2
31.1
-71%
28.1
-54%
14.5
20%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3 / 6.3 / 7.9 Watt
Load midlight 15.3 / 18.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Two cells and 33 Wh should suffice as the battery in HP's convertible. Texts could be read for roughly 12 hours when the communication modules were off and in minimum brightness. Browsing through websites with a brightness of approximately 150 cd/m² is simulated in the most relevant test scenario. The review sample shut down after 5 hours and 23 minutes. Asus' Transformer Book T300LA lasts over twice as long. We ascertain the minimum battery life using Battery Eater's Classic test. Owing to the economic Broadwell architecture, the Envy x2 achieved 2 hours and 41 minutes. Even the Transformer Book is drained 10 minutes sooner.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 00min
WiFi Surfing
5h 23min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 41min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
HP Envy X2-j001ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
323 min ∼85%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
342 min ∼90%
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-C4006H
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, SanDisk SD6SB1M128G1002
653 min ∼173%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
HD Graphics 4200, 4210Y, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064MAM-1J2 64 GB
433 min ∼115%
HP Pro X2 410 G1
HD Graphics 4200, 4202Y, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
500 min ∼132%
Dell Venue 11 Pro
HD Graphics 4200, 4020Y, 128 GB SATA SSD
402 min ∼106%
Dell XPS 11
HD Graphics 4200, 4210Y, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD256HAGM
378 min ∼100%

Verdict

HP Envy x2
HP Envy x2

HP's Envy x2 achieved solid results over the entire test period. The robust metal casing provides elegant looks. Mechanical inputs can be performed using a keyboard unit connected via magnets. Typing is comfortable and easy and the touchpad scores with its big and suave surface. However, the mouse cursor occasionally jerked when making inputs on it. A bright and stable viewing-angle screen belongs to the mobility of a convertible. The high average brightness of almost 370 cd/m² is also an advantage. The innards also excel with a good system performance that outclasses the level of current Haswell Y processors. The Envy x2 pulls the ace out of its sleeve in noise and proves to be absolutely silent owing to its SSD and fan-less design. This does not have a big impact on heat development in comparison with its contenders. Since tablets are especially interesting for mobile use, special focus is placed on battery life. A runtime of 5 - 6 hours can be reckoned with in real-world browsing use. Asus' Transformer Book T300LA provides more mobility. In a nutshell, we can say that the concept of HP's Envy x2 is well-conceived.

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In review: HP Envy x2-j001ng. Test model courtesy of HP Store.
In review: HP Envy x2-j001ng. Test model courtesy of HP Store.

Specifications

HP Envy X2-j001ng (Envy x2 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 5300, Core: 850 MHz, igdumdim64 10.18.10.3741
Memory
8192 MB 
, dual-channel 1600 MHz LPDDR3
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, capacitive, Samsung SDC3959, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Broadwell PCH-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: combo audio jack, Card Reader: micro-SD, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, e-compass
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14 x 355 x 216 ( = 0.55 x 13.98 x 8.5 in)
Battery
33 Wh Lithium-Ion, 2 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FullHD
Additional features
Speakers: 2 speakers, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.796 kg ( = 63.35 oz / 3.96 pounds), Power Supply: 287 g ( = 10.12 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Price
999 Euro

 

A loop for the HP Executive Tablet Pen G2.
A loop for the HP Executive Tablet Pen G2.
Magnetic connector for the Bluetooth keyboard.
Magnetic connector for the Bluetooth keyboard.
Beats Audio convinces.
Beats Audio convinces.
Plain and elegant.
Plain and elegant.
Interesting choice of materials for the keyboard's underside.
Interesting choice of materials for the keyboard's underside.
Clear view outdoors.
Clear view outdoors.

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Pros

+Design
+Materials
+Keyboard
+Fan-less design
+System performance
+Sound reproduction
 

Cons

-Dock's stability
-Stuttering touchpad
-Webcam
-Adversely positioned on/off button

Shortcut

What we like

High responsiveness and a great sound reproduction.

What we'd like to see

A firmer mount for mobile keyboard use and a stronger battery.

What surprises us

The convertible proved to be a real all-rounder.

The competition

HP's Envy x2 joins a bevy of convertibles: Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro, Asus Transformer Book T300LA, Spectre 13 x2, Dell XPS 11, Lenovo Yoga, etc.

Rating

HP Envy X2-j001ng - 11/11/2014 v4(old)
Nino Ricchizzi

Chassis
83 / 98 → 85%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
69%
Connectivity
51 / 80 → 64%
Weight
65 / 35-78 → 70%
Battery
89%
Display
81%
Games Performance
56 / 68 → 82%
Application Performance
68 / 87 → 78%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
70 / 91 → 77%
Camera
61 / 85 → 72%
Average
73%
77%
Convertible - Weighted Average
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Nino Ricchizzi, 2014-11-19 (Update: 2018-05-15)