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.
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.