HP ZBook X2 review | TechRadar


Here is the HP ZBook X2 configuration sent to TechRadar for review:

CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i7-8650U, 1.9GHz baseclock, 4.2GHz Turbo

RAM: 16GB DDR4

Screen: 14-inch IPS, 3,840 x 2,160, 10-bit

Storage: 1TB Toshiba NVMe SSD

Optical drive: N/A

Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C, 1x USB A, HDMI, headphone, SD Card

Connectivity: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2

Camera: Dual webcams, front with Windows Hello facial recognition

Weight: 4.78 lb (2.17kg)

Size: 0.75 x 14.35 x 8.94 in (1.9 x 36.4 x 22.7 cm) with keyboard

The world’s most powerful detachable PC. So says HP of its ZBook X2. And who are we to disagree? Actually, we’d be the first to disagree if it wasn’t true. But the ‘detachable’ PC segment isn’t exactly mainstream, so it’s not that punchy a claim.

Anyway, the ZBook is essentially a large format tablet with a detachable keyboard. On paper, it’s in the same ballpark as a Microsoft Surface Pro or an iPad Pro. In practice, it’s a rather different species of 2-in-1 detachable, something that’s obvious the moment you clap eyes on it and scope out those massive bezels. Fashionable the ZBook X2 most definitely is not. However, on-trend slickness isn’t HP’s aim. 

This is meant to be a serious tool for professionals and creatives, complete with pen input, Adobe Creative Cloud optimisations – including shortcut buttons on the screen bezels – and alleged workstation features and performance. Time to find out if HP can deliver on that demanding and self-imposed remit.

HP ZBook X2 2

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Price and availability

This generation of ZBook X2 went on sale last year and as such it’s pretty mature on the market. Official pricing is $5,308 or £4,538 for this very high end configuration. But if you shop around significant savings should be available. That said, as a niche product, availability isn’t wide and you may need to be flexible on some items of specification to get the best deal.

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