The HP Spectre x2 arrives in a very familiar 12 inch tablet form factor with a magnetic keyboard. Nonetheless, around the back of the device, you will find a kickstand bar. Instead of going with the kick out panel, the Spectre x2 has a 3.5mm stainless steel. Lenovo and even Apple have created devices trying to capture the same magic, HP is straying from the treated path with its little more singular Spectre x2 exchangeable tablet.
Bar shaped kickstand allows the Spectre x2 to be as flexible to use as the Surface Pro 3. And you will be able to tip the tablet back as far as a 150-degrees, a fair bit more than the 135 degrees you will get on the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700.
The Spectre x2 comes rocking three cameras. On top of the usual front facing, 5 MP webcam and the much deplored, 8MP rear camera both of which capture amazingly sharp footage, there is an Intel RealSense 3D camera as well.
This tablet only comes with a 1,920 x 1,080 panel. So, those who have already made the jump to 4K screens might find the sharpness lacking. Sadly, it isn’t the lightest device around, weighing 1.85 pounds 807g by itself and 2.69 pounds 1,220g with the keyboard.
The Spectre x2 weights about a quarter pound more than the Microsoft’s headlining hybrid mostly, because of its keyboard is made entirely out of aluminum. The HP Spectre x2 is the latest hybrid to join the ranks of the Intel Core M powered 2 in 1 tablets.
Like the Miix 700, you will configure this tablet with Intel’s low powered and fanless M3, M5 or M7 processors. In spite of the tablet being so thin at 8mm, the Spectre x2 is kitted with a full size HDMI port. Other ports contain a mini DisplayPort 1.2 connector, 2 USB-C ports and a USB-C to full size USB dongle.
There is a lot to like about the Spectre x2 by including its thin frame, colorful display, bumping audio and spectacular keyboard.