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HP x2 210 G2 (x5-Z8350, eMMC, WXGA) Convertible Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 12/21/2018

Old wine in old skins. Hewlett Packard's 10.1-inch convertible comes with an IPS touchscreen, decent battery life, and soundless operation to boot. Its performance is fairly limited - HP opted for an outdated Atom x5 processor.

Today’s review unit is the second generation x2 210, which besides a few minor changes is almost identical to the previous model. Case and internal hardware are basically identical, and the CPU has been bumped to a slightly faster model. Its main competitors are the Asus Transformer Book T102HA, the Lenovo IdeaPad D330-10IGM, the Microsoft Surface Go, the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR, and the Apple iPad.

Given that the HP x2 210 G1 and G2 are identical to the HP Pavilion x2 10, we are not going to discuss case, connectivity, input devices, display, and speakers in great detail in this review, except of course in case they differ. If you are interested in these aspects we would like to refer you to our reviews of the Pavilion and the x2 210 G1 instead.

HP x2 210 G2
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Core: 200-500 MHz, single-channel, 20.19.15.5058
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single-channel, soldered, no memory slots
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixel 149 PPI, capacitive, 10-point multitouch, AU Optronics AUO18D4, IPS, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 39.9 GB free
Soundcard
Intel SST Audio Device
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: microSD, Sensors: accelerometer, eCompass, gyroscope, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.5 x 265 x 183 ( = 0.93 x 10.43 x 7.2 in)
Battery
32.5 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix HP True Vision fixed focus camera
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.2 kg ( = 42.33 oz / 2.65 pounds), Power Supply: 300 g ( = 10.58 oz / 0.66 pounds)
Price
399 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Case

The only noticeable difference between today’s review unit and the HP x2 210 G1 is the placement of the power button and volume rocker, as well as the lack of the dedicated Windows button that was still present on the x2 210 G1. Instead, the second generation comes with a rear-facing 5 MP camera.

Size Comparison

265 mm / 10.4 inch 183 mm / 7.2 inch 23.5 mm / 0.925 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs264 mm / 10.4 inch 182 mm / 7.17 inch 19.84 mm / 0.781 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs259 mm / 10.2 inch 170 mm / 6.69 inch 14 mm / 0.551 inch 770 g1.698 lbs250 mm / 9.84 inch 183 mm / 7.2 inch 17.5 mm / 0.689 inch 1 kg2.31 lbs249 mm / 9.8 inch 186 mm / 7.32 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.1 kg2.52 lbs245 mm / 9.65 inch 175 mm / 6.89 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 523 g1.153 lbs240 mm / 9.45 inch 169.5 mm / 6.67 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 469 g1.034 lbs

Connectivity

Right side: microSD card reader, microHDMI, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1x Type-C, 1x Type-A)
Right side: microSD card reader, microHDMI, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1x Type-C, 1x Type-A)
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
67.8 MB/s ∼100% +41%
Average of class Convertible
  (7.5 - 197, n=130)
61.8 MB/s ∼91% +29%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
57 MB/s ∼84% +19%
HP x2 210 G2
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
48 MB/s ∼71%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.9 MB/s ∼100% +11%
Average of class Convertible
  (19.2 - 246, n=127)
77 MB/s ∼91% +1%
HP x2 210 G2
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
76.4 MB/s ∼90%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
581 MBit/s ∼100% +30%
Apple iPad 6 2018
 
570 MBit/s ∼98% +27%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
448 (min: 399, max: 476) MBit/s ∼77%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
368 MBit/s ∼63% -18%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
308 MBit/s ∼53% -31%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
289 MBit/s ∼50% -35%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
569 MBit/s ∼100% +18%
Apple iPad 6 2018
 
500 MBit/s ∼88% +4%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
483 (min: 364, max: 559) MBit/s ∼85%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
476 MBit/s ∼84% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
272 MBit/s ∼48% -44%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
235 MBit/s ∼41% -51%
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HP x2 210 G2 Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell); iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø445 (399-476)
HP x2 210 G2 Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell); iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø483 (364-559)

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen display features a native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, and the display is the same that we already found on the x2 210 G1. Nevertheless, both units differed slightly from one another since even two seemingly identical displays produced on the same day in the same factory are never truly 100% identical.

The display featured a very good contrast ratio of 1,718:1 and an acceptable maximum brightness of 274.6 nits. Accordingly, the device is best used indoors only. The G2’s competitors offer much brighter displays, particularly the Asus Transformer Book T102HA. We found no evidence of PWM flickering on the x2 210 G2.

280
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics AUO18D4
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 294 cd/m² Average: 274.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 293 cd/m²
Contrast: 1718:1 (Black: 0.17 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.76 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 6.01 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
63% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 40% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.26
HP x2 210 G2
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
HP x2 210 G1
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
IPS, 1800x1200, 10
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Apple iPad 6 2018
IPS, 2048x1536, 9.7
Response Times
18%
16%
16%
29%
31%
35%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
46 (22, 24)
43 (21, 22)
7%
39 (21, 18)
15%
44 (22, 22)
4%
29 (16, 13)
37%
32 (14, 18)
30%
26.4 (17.7, 18.7)
43%
Response Time Black / White *
35 (18, 17)
25 (10, 15)
29%
29 (17, 12)
17%
25.6 (11.6, 14)
27%
28 (15, 13)
20%
24 (13, 11)
31%
25.9 (14.4, 11.5)
26%
PWM Frequency
50 (60)
1020 (99)
294 (80)
19000 (90)
Screen
1%
3%
38%
16%
-4%
16%
Brightness middle
292
313
7%
389
33%
456
56%
530
82%
251
-14%
530
82%
Brightness
275
295
7%
376
37%
426
55%
491
79%
244
-11%
513
87%
Brightness Distribution
82
84
2%
91
11%
88
7%
88
7%
79
-4%
92
12%
Black Level *
0.17
0.21
-24%
0.43
-153%
0.31
-82%
0.46
-171%
0.33
-94%
0.61
-259%
Contrast
1718
1490
-13%
905
-47%
1471
-14%
1152
-33%
761
-56%
869
-49%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.76
6.79
-0%
5.23
23%
1.3
81%
4.33
36%
5.34
21%
1.2
82%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
24.45
14.11
42%
9.39
62%
3
88%
7.32
70%
9.91
59%
3.2
87%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.01
6.78
-13%
5.45
9%
1.4
77%
3.51
42%
6.04
-0%
1
83%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.26 97%
2.49 88%
2.24 98%
2.36 93%
3.23 68%
2.28 96%
CCT
6749 96%
6708 97%
7728 84%
6687 97%
7007 93%
7491 87%
6588 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
40
41
3%
51
28%
62.3
56%
50
25%
51
28%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
63
63
0%
81
29%
96.8
54%
77
22%
81
29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.99
1.1
Total Average (Program / Settings)
10% / 4%
10% / 5%
27% / 34%
23% / 18%
14% / 2%
26% / 19%

* ... 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9354 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation

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
35 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 90 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 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. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

Performance

Hewlett Packard’s x2 210 G2 is a 10.1-inch convertible made primarily for basic office and Internet tasks and workflows. Our review unit was the series’ base model which currently sells for around $450. Other more expensive SKUs are also available, however they only differ in regards to operating system and eMMC storage size.

Processor

HP decided not to pester its customers with new and modern CPUs. Instead, the x2 210 G2 features an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (Cherry Trail) quad-core CPU, a rather slow microprocessor that is barely fast enough for simple office and Internet tasks.

Thanks to its low TDP of just 4 W the system does not require a fan at all. The CPU runs at a base clock speed of 1.44 GHz and features a turbo boost of up to 1.92 GHz. Our multi-thread benchmark tests were performed at a decent 1.68 GHz. During our single-thread tests, the CPU oscillated between 1.68 and 1.92 GHz. This behavior was identical regardless of power source (battery or mains).

We test whether or not the device is capable of maintaining a high turbo boost level even under long-lasting sustained load by running Cinebench R15’s multi-thread test in a 30-minute loop. We are happy to report that the scores did not drop and remained at their initial level. In other words, turbo boost is applied consistently even under sustained load.

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HP x2 210 G2 Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel Atom x5-Z8350: Ø96.1 (93.86-96.75)
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel Pentium Silver N5000: Ø232 (230.48-237.35)
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003 Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y, Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y: Ø163 (162.13-163.67)
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel Atom x5-Z8350: Ø99.3 (96.12-100.08)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel Atom x5-Z8350: Ø97.7 (95.02-98.38)
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
847
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
2994
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1627
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
28 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
97 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
10.7 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average of class Convertible
  (19 - 179, n=302)
105 Points ∼48% +275%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
77 Points ∼35% +175%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
65 Points ∼30% +132%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
31 Points ∼14% +11%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (25 - 31, n=9)
28.3 Points ∼13% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
28 Points ∼13% 0%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
28 Points ∼13%
HP x2 210 G1
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
26 Points ∼12% -7%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average of class Convertible
  (33 - 830, n=310)
300 Points ∼7% +209%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
237 Points ∼5% +144%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
164 Points ∼4% +69%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
100 Points ∼2% +3%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
97 Points ∼2%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (81 - 101, n=10)
95.4 Points ∼2% -2%
HP x2 210 G1
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
93 Points ∼2% -4%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
92 Points ∼2% -5%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Average of class Convertible
  (466 - 7508, n=243)
3389 Points ∼31% +300%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
2521 Points ∼23% +198%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2284 Points ∼21% +170%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (817 - 999, n=6)
901 Points ∼8% +6%
HP x2 210 G1
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
855 Points ∼8% +1%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
847 Points ∼8%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Average of class Convertible
  (706 - 26481, n=239)
7884 Points ∼12% +163%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
6850 Points ∼10% +129%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
5586 Points ∼9% +87%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
2994 Points ∼5%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (2575 - 3130, n=6)
2939 Points ∼4% -2%
HP x2 210 G1
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
2135 Points ∼3% -29%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5775 Points ∼7% +148%
Average of class Convertible
  (954 - 14144, n=98)
5297 Points ∼7% +128%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
2324 Points ∼3%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (2130 - 2332, n=5)
2247 Points ∼3% -3%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Convertible
  (561 - 4102, n=98)
2165 Points ∼44% +177%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
1804 Points ∼37% +131%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
782 Points ∼16%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (709 - 796, n=5)
755 Points ∼15% -3%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Convertible
  (856 - 18772, n=37)
7470 Points ∼25% +218%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5654 Points ∼19% +140%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
2352 Points ∼8%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (1980 - 2399, n=4)
2227 Points ∼7% -5%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Convertible
  (805 - 5752, n=37)
3157 Points ∼53% +250%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
2009 Points ∼33% +123%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
902 Points ∼15%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (836 - 934, n=4)
888 Points ∼15% -2%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average of class Convertible
  (2296 - 18527, n=47)
9915 Points ∼17% +298%
Apple iPad 6 2018
Apple A10 Fusion
5952 Points ∼10% +139%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
5856 Points ∼10% +135%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
2490 Points ∼4%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (2296 - 2490, n=2)
2393 Points ∼4% -4%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average of class Convertible
  (880 - 5523, n=47)
3676 Points ∼58% +297%
Apple iPad 6 2018
Apple A10 Fusion
3499 Points ∼55% +278%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000
1975 Points ∼31% +113%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
926 Points ∼15%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (880 - 926, n=2)
903 Points ∼14% -2%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (Edge 44)
7229.9 ms * ∼12%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (5047 - 7230, n=5)
5908 ms * ∼10% +18%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
3077.3 ms * ∼5% +57%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 42)
2871.2 ms * ∼5% +60%
Average of class Convertible
  (809 - 9177, n=195)
2438 ms * ∼4% +66%
Apple iPad 6 2018
Apple A10 Fusion (Safari Mobile 11.3)
1025.5 ms * ∼2% +86%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad 6 2018
Apple A10 Fusion (Safari Mobile 11.3)
27967 Points ∼53% +492%
Average of class Convertible
  (3067 - 42822, n=186)
22009 Points ∼42% +366%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 42)
13119 Points ∼25% +178%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
11875 Points ∼23% +151%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (4722 - 7265, n=5)
6393 Points ∼12% +35%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (Edge 44)
4722 Points ∼9%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Convertible
  (33.5 - 288, n=168)
169 Points ∼48% +359%
Apple iPad 6 2018
Apple A10 Fusion (Safari Mobile 11.3)
167.2 Points ∼48% +354%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel Pentium Silver N5000 (Edge 42)
106.71 Points ∼30% +190%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
86.989 Points ∼25% +136%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (Edge 38.14393.1066.0)
44.442 Points ∼13% +21%
HP x2 210 G1
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
44.024 Points ∼13% +20%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
42.637 Points ∼12% +16%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350
  (34.8 - 45.8, n=10)
40.4 Points ∼11% +10%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (Edge 44)
36.813 Points ∼10%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

As long as you do not ask too much of the slow CPU the system feels generally quite snappy and smooth. However, having several websites open simultaneously in your web browser of choice is going to bring the device to its knees, and it is going to start slowing down noticeably. We suggest limiting the device to no more than basic office and Internet tasks and workflows. The PCMark benchmark results reflect this quite accurately.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1546 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1571 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1220 points
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PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average of class Convertible
  (605 - 4342, n=100)
2492 Points ∼21% +312%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1352 Points ∼11% +123%
HP x2 210 G2
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
605 Points ∼5%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
 
605 Points ∼5% 0%
Productivity
Average of class Convertible
  (1121 - 7179, n=102)
5266 Points ∼54% +370%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
3107 Points ∼32% +177%
HP x2 210 G2
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1121 Points ∼12%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
 
1121 Points ∼12% 0%
Essentials
Average of class Convertible
  (2489 - 9678, n=102)
6963 Points ∼63% +162%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
4519 Points ∼41% +70%
HP x2 210 G2
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2662 Points ∼24%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
 
2662 Points ∼24% 0%
Score
Average of class Convertible
  (872 - 4677, n=103)
3180 Points ∼41% +265%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1912 Points ∼25% +119%
HP x2 210 G2
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
872 Points ∼11%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
 
872 Points ∼11% 0%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Average of class Convertible
  (741 - 4741, n=278)
2801 Points ∼46% +81%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
UHD Graphics 605, N5000, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2201 Points ∼36% +42%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1587 Points ∼26% +3%
HP x2 210 G2
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1546 Points ∼25%
Average Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
  (1264 - 1587, n=5)
1433 Points ∼24% -7%
HP x2 210 G1
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1391 Points ∼23% -10%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, SanDisk DF4128
1264 Points ∼21% -18%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
741 Points ∼12% -52%

Storage Devices

The eMMC storage offers 64 GB of capacity, of which around 40 GB are available to the user out of the box. We were able to free up additional space by removing some of the preloaded applications and tools. We suggest keeping at least 10 GB of free space in order to ensure enough space for the bi-annual Windows 10 upgrades. Transfer rates were at a level expected of eMMC storage.

In theory, the x2 210 G2 supports storage expansion via microSD card. However, it seems to be limited to microSD cards of no more than 64 GB capacity. The device failed to recognize a 128 GB SanDisk Extreme microSD card.

According to HP’s manual, some SKUs support a 2.5-inch hard disk drive as secondary storage in addition to the eMMC flash storage available on all units. The drive is located in the keyboard dock, however our particular dock lacked a SATA port and we were thus unable to retroactively install a 2.5-inch drive.

64 GB eMMC Flash
Sequential Read: 137.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 73.87 MB/s
512K Read: 110.3 MB/s
512K Write: 53.02 MB/s
4K Read: 15.78 MB/s
4K Write: 17.65 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 47.91 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 33.97 MB/s
HP x2 210 G2
64 GB eMMC Flash
HP x2 210 G1
64 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
128 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
64 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
128 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
SanDisk DF4128
Average 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Average of class Convertible
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-17%
104%
45%
-27%
-41%
-22%
300%
Write 4k QD32
33.97
11.84
-65%
46.5
37%
33.64
-1%
10.67
-69%
11.5
-66%
12.3 (1.775 - 37.3, n=33)
-64%
156 (0.033 - 573, n=344)
359%
Read 4k QD32
47.91
35.31
-26%
14.51
-70%
34.45
-28%
30.03
-37%
32.71
-32%
25.3 (7.36 - 47.9, n=33)
-47%
202 (0.317 - 632, n=344)
322%
Write 4k
17.65
10.06
-43%
35.53
101%
24.27
38%
9.877
-44%
8.555
-52%
9.46 (1.504 - 24.3, n=33)
-46%
57.2 (0.013 - 201, n=344)
224%
Read 4k
15.78
15.79
0%
25.18
60%
19.06
21%
9.935
-37%
6.705
-58%
12.3 (4.93 - 25.2, n=33)
-22%
40.1 (0.215 - 5814, n=344)
154%
Write 512
53.02
57.69
9%
206
289%
107.1
102%
44.39
-16%
39.86
-25%
50.5 (9.1 - 132, n=33)
-5%
282 (7.93 - 2043, n=342)
432%
Read 512
110.3
112.9
2%
240.9
118%
190.6
73%
121
10%
68.59
-38%
127 (69.1 - 242, n=33)
15%
356 (20.7 - 1788, n=342)
223%
Write Seq
73.87
66.09
-11%
215.2
191%
122.4
66%
54.09
-27%
54.53
-26%
62.1 (27.9 - 147, n=33)
-16%
354 (23 - 1889, n=344)
379%
Read Seq
137.8
134.1
-3%
288.4
109%
259.6
88%
139
1%
92.68
-33%
146 (74.8 - 282, n=33)
6%
561 (33.6 - 2819, n=344)
307%

GPU Performance

The GPU integrated into the Atom CPU is Intel’s HD Graphics (Cherry Trail). It supports DirectX 12 and runs at clock speeds of up to 500 MHz. 3DMark results were at a level expected of this GPU. Thanks to its integrated video decoder, the GPU supports H.264 and HEVC/H.265 media decoding in hardware. The device should thus be well suited for streaming movies over the Internet.

GPU-Z
GPU-Z
DXVAChecker
DXVAChecker
3DMark 11 Performance
397 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
1511 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
200 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Convertible
  (173 - 7483, n=327)
1275 Points ∼100% +265%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
1257 Points ∼99% +260%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
757 Points ∼59% +117%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
349 Points ∼27% 0%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
349 Points ∼27%
Average Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
  (247 - 418, n=11)
341 Points ∼27% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
297 Points ∼23% -15%
HP x2 210 G1
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Intel Atom x5-Z8300
291 Points ∼23% -17%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Convertible
  (132 - 5965, n=238)
1016 Points ∼100% +334%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
819 Points ∼81% +250%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
561 Points ∼55% +140%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
234 Points ∼23%
Average Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
  (202 - 234, n=2)
218 Points ∼21% -7%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average of class Convertible
  (1023 - 37388, n=289)
6753 Points ∼100% +267%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
6602 Points ∼98% +259%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
4200 Points ∼62% +128%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
2000 Points ∼30% +9%
Average Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
  (1519 - 2455, n=7)
1865 Points ∼28% +1%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
1841 Points ∼27%
HP x2 210 G1
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Intel Atom x5-Z8300
1537 Points ∼23% -17%

Gaming Performance

Most games in our database are not going to run at all on the x2 210 G2. Some titles might manage to run smoothly albeit at drastically reduced details and resolutions. In return, most casual games that can be found in the Microsoft Store should run just fine.

low med. high ultra
Anno 2070 (2011) 27.7fps
Diablo III (2012) 18.3fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 10.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 16.9fps
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 11.8fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 11.5fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 13.3fps
Civilization VI (2016) 9.7fps
Prey (2017) 6.8fps
Farming Simulator 19 (2018) 14.1fps

Emissions and Energy

System Noise

Given that the Elite x2 lacks active cooling and a mechanical drive it is completely silent.

Temperature

HP's 2-in-1 during our stress test
HP's 2-in-1 during our stress test

Our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark running simultaneously for at least one hour) ran identically on both mains and battery. The CPU starts out at clock speeds of between 1.4 and 1.7 GHz but subsequently and continuously drops as low as 480 MHz. GPU clock speeds are reduced from 460 MHz at first to 340 MHz over the course of the test.

All things considered, HP’s tablet remained fairly cool. We found two hotspots of slightly over 40 °C (104 °F) while running our stress test. However, said stress test is an extreme load scenario that is rarely ever encountered in real world usage. We use this test to detect stability issues and thermal bottlenecks at maximum load, and are happy to report that temperatures were not noticeable during everyday use.

Max. Load
 27.4 °C
81 F
31.8 °C
89 F
40.8 °C
105 F
 
 27.3 °C
81 F
32 °C
90 F
40.3 °C
105 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
34 °C
93 F
37 °C
99 F
 
Maximum: 40.8 °C = 105 F
Average: 33.4 °C = 92 F
38.9 °C
102 F
32.1 °C
90 F
27.6 °C
82 F
38.2 °C
101 F
31.8 °C
89 F
27.7 °C
82 F
35.2 °C
95 F
32.2 °C
90 F
27.6 °C
82 F
Maximum: 38.9 °C = 102 F
Average: 32.4 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  31 °C = 88 F | Room Temperature 22.8 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.4 °C / 92 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 40.8 °C / 105 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 38.9 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.7 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 37 °C / 98.6 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.9 °C / 84 F (-8.1 °C / -14.6 F).
Heatmap front (load)
Heatmap front (load)
Heatmap rear (load)
Heatmap rear (load)
Heatmap front (ide)
Heatmap front (ide)
Heatmap rear (idle)
Heatmap rear (idle)

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.437.243.42536.83636.83135.631.235.6403528.535503632.2366335.328.735.38036.428.636.410037.327.537.312537.825.137.816039.225.539.22004123.64125043.12343.131551.722.151.740053.92153.950054.620.254.663057.62057.680056.818.756.810005917.9591250631863160062.717.362.7200066.117.366.1250067.617.367.631506717.267400064.61764.6500062.41762.4630059.117.159.1800059.617.159.61000057.617.357.61250050.317.350.31600046.317.546.3SPL75.430.275.4N32.21.232.2median 57.6median 17.9median 57.6Delta7.72.77.732.830.632.834.131.834.141.929.641.935.730.735.736.328.636.330.327.630.327262725.825.825.826.62426.63023.63029.722.729.733.121.133.142.120.942.155.120.355.158.119.658.162.318.862.360.218.460.265.71865.763.118.563.167.117.667.164.717.764.765.218.165.265.51865.562.417.862.45917.95958.318.158.358.418.258.454.118.254.150.21850.242.51842.575.230.475.231.81.331.8median 58.3median 18.2median 58.310.4210.438.334.438.336.23936.235.842.235.831.135.431.129.937.829.929.929.629.928.228.828.228.928.328.934.725.634.740.923.340.941.722.741.735.621.535.642.520.842.556.520.456.556.419.356.457.218.557.257.818.257.864.517.964.560.617.960.659.217.759.261.717.861.760.317.760.359.818.159.866.618.266.671.118.371.17018.57058.618.658.65318.65349.218.449.253.218.553.276.530.676.535.71.435.7median 57.2median 18.5median 57.26.61.86.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP x2 210 G2Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGMAsus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP x2 210 G2 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (67.58 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.9% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 39% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 51% 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, 7% similar, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (67.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 78% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 19% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 79% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 15% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.13 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 60% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 57% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Consumption

The x2 was very energy efficient over the entire load spectrum. When idle we measured a maximum of 5.2 W. When put under the immense pressure of our stress test, it peaked at just 10.9 W due to the fact that both CPU and GPU throttled massively. The included USB-C power supply is rated at 45 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.7 / 1.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.9 / 4.8 / 5.2 Watt
Load midlight 10.4 / 10.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

We simulate real-world conditions with our Wi-Fi test. With the energy plan set to “Balanced”, the brightness normalized to 150 nits, and all energy saving features disabled the HP notebook lasted for exactly 9:11 hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 44)
9h 11min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Apple iPad 6 2018
A10 Fusion, A10 Fusion GPU, 32.4 Wh
714 min ∼27% +30%
Lenovo Ideapad D330-10IGM
N5000, UHD Graphics 605, 39 Wh
684 min ∼26% +24%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Z8350, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 32 Wh
658 min ∼25% +19%
HP x2 210 G2
Z8350, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 32.5 Wh
551 min ∼21%
HP x2 210 G1
Z8300, HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), 33 Wh
550 min ∼21% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Z8350, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 33.3 Wh
461 min ∼17% -16%
Average of class Convertible
  (153 - 1010, n=253)
455 min ∼17% -17%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
4415Y, UHD Graphics 615, 28 Wh
448 min ∼17% -19%

Pros

+ IPS display
+ completely soundless
+ decent battery life
+ USB Type-C

Cons

- slow microprocessor
- warranty limited to one year
- expensive

Verdict

HP x2 210 G2 (2TS74EA). Review unit courtesy of:
HP x2 210 G2 (2TS74EA). Review unit courtesy of:

The x2 210 G2 is based on old technology. The installed Atom x5-Z8350 CPU is several years old and offers barely enough power for basic office and Internet tasks. At least the GPU includes a hardware decoder for video streaming, which means that the device is usable for streaming movies while remaining completely silent thanks to its passive cooling.

Storage space is fairly limited as well, and just 40 out of the installed 64 GB of eMMC storage are available out of the box. Storage expansion is supported, however limited to no more than 64 GB.

The IPS touchscreen offers wide viewing angles and a decent contrast ratio. Display brightness is acceptable, and the display is certainly bright enough for indoor use. The keyboard was decent, and so was battery life.

The HP x2 210 G2 is a long-running office and web device. However, given that HP is selling outdated and poorly performing components at a comparatively high price the device does not deserve our endorsement.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR is equipped identically and can be had for around $200. Modern devices with detachable screens, such as for example the recently reviewed Lenovo IdeaPad D330-10IGM, are much more powerful than the x2 210 G2. HP’s target audience seems to be the educational market - after all, the device comes preloaded with HP’s School Pack Installer that can be used to download various educational software packages.

HP x2 210 G2 - 12/20/2018 v6(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
63 / 98 → 64%
Keyboard
73%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
42 / 80 → 52%
Weight
73 / 35-78 → 87%
Battery
92%
Display
79%
Games Performance
32 / 68 → 47%
Application Performance
40 / 87 → 46%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
56 / 91 → 62%
Camera
44 / 85 → 52%
Average
66%
77%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2018-12-21 (Update: 2018-12-22)