The HP Split x2 is a notebook with a 13.3 inch screen, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state disk. Oh yeah, you can also pull the screen apart from the keyboard and use the Split x2 like a tablet. That’s why it’s got “split” in the name.

When HP introduced the Windows 8 laptop/tablet hybrid a few months ago, the company promised it would be available in August for $800.

It looks like things are running ahead of schedule and under budget, because you can already pick up an HP Split x2 from Best Buy for $750.

Hp Split x2

The computer features a 1.4 GHz Intel Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor and a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display. While there are plenty of devices with faster or more efficient CPUs and higher resolution displays, $750’s not a bad price for a device with those specs which can function as either a notebook or a tablet.

Still, I’m looking forward to a day when the only devices with 1366 x 768 pixel screens have 10 inch or smaller displays.

The tablet portion of the HP Split x2 measures 0.4 inches thick and weighs about 2.3 pounds. Add the keyboard base and it measures 0.9 inches thick and weighs 4.9 pounds (according to Best Buy — I’d originally heard it would be closer to 4 pounds).

While there aren’t many ports in the tablet section, the base station has an HDMI port, a a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, and an extra battery, which should let you use the laptop for longer.

HP does offer a smaller, cheaper Windows 8 notebook with a detachable tablet section. But the 11.6 inch HP Envy X2 has a less powerful Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor and at $650, it’s only $100 cheaper than the new HP Split x2.

via Engadget

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8 replies on “HP Split x2 convertible notebook hits the streets for $750”

  1. Is this the first convertible with a screen larger than 11.6″?

    Some folks would rather have the larger screen, even if it means lower DPI than a 10″ 1366 x 768 would have.

    Since most of the electronics are located in the screen half, it’s good to have some extra weight in the keyboard half to help keep it from being too top-heavy.

    1. Not a convertible, but a hybrid.

      Convertibles are the old Windows Tablet PC style laptops which have been around for over a decade. Their screen could not detach, but could rotate and flip down over the keyboard. The system’s guts are in the keyboard/base.

      Hybrids have what used to be called slate (in Windows PC terminology) guts that could dock onto a keyboard

      1. What is your definition of sliders, flipping screens (Dell) and 360 degree lid (Lenovo)? Many call them hybrids.

        1. Specifically…

          Tablets are slates, with no keyboard.

          Hybrids are Slates that can dock with a Keyboard, thus why they’re called hybrids as you can use them in either Slate or Laptop form factor.

          Sliders are tablets with keyboards only hidden, but can slide out when needed. These are similar to Convertibles but without flipping or twisting the screen.

          Convertibles, are laptops with touch screens that can be flipped, or twisted, or folded to allow it to transform into a tablet form factor.

    2. I actually prefer smaller screens. More like UMPCs with a thumb keyboard and integrated mouse like the OQO, Viliv N5 and the never released Viliv X70 (it had a mouse but no keyboard though).

      Anything bigger than a 10.1″ screen plus the required huge bezels for holding purposes are just too awkward too use as a tablet no matter how light it is. My definition of “tablet use” is holding it with two hands and using your thumbs to control it or holding it with one hand while using your other hand to control it. If it goes on a table or lap then I’d would take out a keyboard and mouse (ie. notebook/desktop use). That’s just me though.

      1. I prefer both smaller and larger screens. I don’t like 10 inch screens as they don’t work for any usage scenario I have.

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