The lines between notebook computers and tablets are becoming more blurred by the day.
“Convertible laptops” can also be used as fully-functioning tablets, offering you the best of both computing worlds in a single device.
The HP Elitebook X360 1030 G2 13.3″ Flip Design Notebook (#ad) is one of the more powerful “convertible” notebooks on the market today.
Like other convertibles, you can either flip up the lid and use it like a traditional notebook PC or fold it all the way back and use it as a tablet. The choice is yours.
This little gem weighs in at a mere 2.8 pounds but it packs plenty of power into its relatively small frame. Here’s a quick run-down of what’s inside:
- 13.3″ diagonal FHD UWVA ultra slim w/ Corning Gorilla Glass touch screen (1920 x 1080)
- Intel HD Graphics 620
- 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor
- 8 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM
- 128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
- 1 Thunderbolt 3 controller with DisplayPort 1.2 technology built-in
- 2 USB 3.1 Type-A ports
- 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
- Up to 15 hours of battery life
- Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
As you can see, there’s plenty of power packed into the Elitebook X360’s small frame.
I found this machine to be very comfortable to type on. The touchpad took a little getting used to because it seems to be a bit more sensitive than most, but after a few minutes I was able to use it just fine.
I didn’t quite know what to expect in terms of video quality as the screen’s maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080, but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it in operation. I suppose it’s because of the 13.3 inch screen size, but the display appears very sharp and bright.
This convertible notebook can be used in five modes, but the ones I find most useful are Laptop Mode, Presentation Mode and Tablet Mode. The photo at top right shows it in Laptop Mode. The images below depict the other two modes:
As you can see, the ability to rotate the lid a full 360 degrees makes this a very versatile machine indeed.
According to the specs a battery charge should last up to 15 hours or so, but I was able to use the one I tested for just a shade under 17 hours. Not bad, but then I didn’t watch a bunch of streaming video or do any intensive gaming during my testing.
This machine boots up very quickly due to its Intel Core i5 CPU and solid state drive, and the speed doesn’t slow down once you’re up and running in Windows. I had a Youtube video running in the background while I edited a picture in Photoshop Elements and it never hiccuped or missed a beat.
Conclusion: This is a very fast laptop that either met or exceeded my expectations in almost every way. If you’re looking for a convertible laptop that can double as a full-powered Windows tablet, I believe the Elitebook X360 from HP deserves careful consideration.
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