You won’t believe the battery life of the new HP ENVY x2 laptop

If you regularly need to work on the go, battery life and portability are the two most important features of any laptop. HP’s brand new 2-in-1 has both bases covered.

  • What is a 2-in-1 laptop? It is a hybrid between a tablet and a regular laptop, usually with a detachable keyboard.
  • Why should you buy a 2-in-1 laptop? If you want something portable, and you like touchscreen controls, buying a 2-in-1 makes a lot of sense.
  • What is the best 2-in-1 laptop for battery life? Try the new HP Envy x2 laptop — this beauty offers 1000 hours of standby and 22 hours in use.

We love 2-in-1 laptops here at Gadget Flow. They offer a great compromise between size and power, while the touchscreen controls are more efficient than any mouse. They are also great for reading long documents and working on the go.

Of course, portability is about more than form. Your laptop can be the lightest thing on Earth and still be hamstrung by a poor battery life. The folks at HP clearly recognized this when they designed the new ENVY x2 laptop. This remarkable machine can keep going through three working days, with an ergonomic keyboard and built-in LTE.

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Work anywhere

How does a 2-in-1 laptop work?

As the name suggests, 2-in-1 devices can take two different forms: regular laptop or large tablet. The former mode lets you type away at top speed, while tablet mode lets you use the touchscreen more easily.

The HP ENVY x2 works beautifully with or without the supplied soft-touch keyboard. You can just as easily write a novel at your desk as recline with your Netflix queue.

The device runs Windows 10 S on a stunning WUXGA+ touchscreen display, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. You get up to 256GB of solid-state storage, and dual cameras (13MP + 5MP) for great snaps and selfies.

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Two great cameras

The soft-touch keyboard attaches to the screen via an elegant magnetic clip. A flip-out kickstand supports the screen in laptop mode, and you can purchase HP’s Digital Pen stylus to get creative in tablet mode.

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Get creative

It must be said, this isn’t the fastest laptop on the market. Furthermore, Windows 10 S only works with 32-bit apps. However, you can quickly and easily upgrade to Windows 10 Pro without paying a dime.

What is the HP ENVY x2’s best feature?

The answer has to be battery life. The ENVY x2 can stay connected on standby for 1,000 hours — that’s more than 41 days. It also provides 22 hours of use on a single charge. Even when you eventually run out of power, the device charges to 90% in just 90 minutes.

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One way or the other

In addition, the x2 comes with a SIM slot, so you can work from anywhere. At just 1.2 kg / 2.64 lbs, it’s the ultimate machine for digital nomads.

“On the move. And still connected. The HP ENVY x2 redefines mobility—with all-day battery life up to 22 hours, durable design, and 4G LTE” — HP.com

The pros

Lightweight yet durable design, with great battery life and access to LTE. The touchscreen is great for creatives, and the cameras are also pretty impressive.

The cons

As you might expect from such a lean machine, this isn’t the most powerful 2-in-1 around. Qualcomm’s processor copes well with general usage — but if you need to edit video or play games, you might want to look elsewhere.

Availability

– Order now: via HP.com

– Price: $999.99 USD

Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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