Someplace to stash my stuff
and I sorta needed it.
Published on December 5, 2014 By starkers In Personal Computing

So the last few months haven't been the greatest and I needed a bit of cheering up.... and what better to do that than a new device that blows yer old one outta the water!!

Anyway, to cut to the chase, I got me a HP Envy x2 13" Touchscreen Laptop to fill in while I'm between addresses and can't set up my main PCs the way I'd like.  Put bluntly, I don't have the room, and this little laptop-come tablet pretty much handles what I need to do for now. 

More to the Point, I was pretty fed up [read pissed] with the POS Android tablet that I had.  I mean, you can't honestly call Android an OS.  What it really is is a widget-like engine that runs some piss-farty apps that pretty much do fech all for me... hence the investment in a Windows 8.1 tablet that doubles as a laptop.

And what a nice unit it is, too!  I love the 13.6" screen - so much better than the 10" I suffered each time I turned that Android POS on - and it has great sound with the Beats speakers.  I had considered a MS Surface Pro 3, but it was like 300 bucks more than the retail price of this unit and had no keyboard included, meaning another $150 to bring it up to par.... and then there's the 128gb SSD.  Yup, it was pretty hard to go past, and being I got it for $200 less than the advertised price, and sold my Asus lappy for $150 as well, so it didn't create such a hole in the budget after all.

So, the specs for those who can't be bothered clicking on the link....

  • Screen: 13.3-inch diagonal Full HD WLED-backlit IPS Display (1920x1080) Touchscreen
  • Processor: Intel® Core M 5Y10 (2.0GHz, 4M L2 Cache)
  • Storage: 128GB MSATA SSD
  • Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1
  • Connection: WiFi 802.11 (a, c) / BT / 2 x USB3.0 / HDMI / 3.5mm
  • Dimensions: Slate: 355.4 (W) x 215.6 (D) x 13.9mm (H), 1.46 Kg
  • Warranty: 12 month
  • Extra: (Front-facing) HP TrueVision Full HD WVA webcam with integrated dual digital microphones
  • Extra: Active Stylus.  

So yeah, it has more storage and RAM than the Surface I looked at, an equally powerful CPU and a bigger screen.  And it's quite zippy for what it is.  While it falls well short of my main rig speed and power-wise, it leaves the old Asus well behind and choking on its dust.




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on Dec 05, 2014


Quoting benmanns,

Nothing is impossible while it is only for the half apple it is possible that it might come to other devices soon.

Ahaa... So that's why the site is flooded with your new work

The only device I own with touch features is my phone, the reason why I do not contribute is because I need to learn too much for my exams - just have a look at the current time and you will understand hehe, also some problems with OD and my system, and if I find time I'm busy with ZBrush.

Also, I must not necessarily create something as we are all enriched by your work.

But if you present me with a surface, I will to try to paint a stick figure on it. Joking aside, I might contribute a icon or a wallpaper now and then to my pp but I don’t see me finding the time for windowblinds projects currently. It would also take to many restarts to finish the startmenu currently

But back to the touch topic I guess that in future we will see better opportunities for touch devices in the area.

It works very well on wacom products, true a pen is required, but the most natural way of painting something is with our fingers, that is where children start to do it, until they expand their skill and finesse maybe we will see the same thing on touch devices. I believe it is a great idea.

PS: High performance DeLorean engine kit… parts from the future to go back in time

on Dec 06, 2014


Ahaa... So that's why the site is flooded with your new work
Just Kidding around Rollo

on Dec 10, 2014

Okay, so I've had this little beauty a tad over a week now and I'm still very happy with my purchase.

For the time being I am using it as my main PC and have found it to be quite efficient and up to the task.

Yesterday I batch resized several images using FastStone Image converter and the HP Envy x2 handled the task like a breeze.

I also installed AnyVideoConverter to see how well it performed on this machine and it too completed its task quickly and efficiently.  I converted a 875mb AVI file to a standard MP4 and it took approximately 20 minutes, which is pretty good for a portable machine with these specs



Processor: Intel® Core M 5Y10 (2.0GHz, 4M L2 Cache)

Question is that basic clock speed ? As far as i can read about it its 1GHz and goes up to 2Ghz

I did check out the CPU and according to Speccy it is a 1Ghz with turbo boost up to @ghz.  Now this may sound like a small processor and that the machine may be under powered, but given it runs in tandem with a 128Gb SSD and 4Gb RAM, it performs very well indeed.  I have not had one freeze up or experienced any lagging even when converting video, so I'm fairly certain that it is sturdy and reliable enough to cope with the day to day use I will throw at it until I can again set up my big beasties.

For those who say: "Aw, but it's got bloody Win 8 on it."....BAH HUMBUG!!!!!!  Given that it has a touch screen and can be used as either a laptop or a tablet, Windows 8.1 is the perfect OS for it.  As a laptop I use it as I would normally, in desktop mode, and I can do the same in tablet mode because it has the full OS, not the RT variant.  The thing is, I can also use the Metro interface in tablet mode and take advantage of the ever growing list of apps available through the store, meaning I have the best of both worlds in the one machine.

So yes, it was/is a good investment.

on Dec 10, 2014

HP Makes great Laptops. I have a Envy17 with the native 3D screen. I love it except for the DVD player which has no door and just swallows the disk. Still runs Win7 But I'm building a Win8 desktop now. just installed the OS and so far I love it. I think you made a good investment also.   

on Dec 11, 2014


HP Makes great Laptops.

I've not personally had a lot to do with HP laptops before this, but I am well pleased with this baby... and I love its versatility, the fact that I can use it as a full Win 8.1 tablet and not have to compromise with RT.  That arrangement was never satisfactory to me, and probably why the early Surface RT tablets failed. 

I need a full OS where I can install full programs of my choosing rather than apps of another's choosing from a 'walled garden'...  hence, RT was not my cup of tea.  Yup,  I so glad that I waited to get a full OS tablet and didn't get caught up in the hype of those early Windows tablets.  My Android tablet sorta served its purpose until now, but it was just a stop-gap measure and the HP Envy x2 is streets ahead of that old thing in terms of speed, reliability and OS... was never fussed on Android anything.


I love it except for the DVD player which has no door and just swallows the disk.

Yeah, I prefer DVD/disc players with a drawer, but these days more and more PCs, TVs and media players come with just a horizontal slot on the side somewhere.  My HP Envy x2 does not have a DVD drive built in, but I do have a USB powered portable one I can use should I need one to install programs, etc.

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